Ferguson protests draw clergy, faith voices to streets and Twitter

Pastors, priests and rabbis joined the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., (center) in the 1965 march on Selma. Religion News Service file photo by Robie Ray
Pastors, priests and rabbis joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (center) in the 1965 march on Selma. Now, clergy are joining protesters demanding justice in Ferguson, MO. Religion News Service file photo by Robie Ray

Pastors, priests and rabbis joined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (center) in the 1965 march on Selma. Now, clergy are joining protesters demanding justice in Ferguson, MO. Religion News Service file photo by Robie Ray

Is Ferguson, MO, today’s Selma?

In the contentious aftermath of the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot by police, the streets of the St. Louis suburb have been riled with demonstrators and heavily armed police. Social media has joined in concert, awash in outraged commentary at #Ferguson and #Michael Brown.

And just as 49 years ago clergy joined arms in the march on Selma for civil rights, so voices of faith are among those raised on Twitter as clergy join people flocking to the black community of the town.

Yamiche Alcindor, of USA TODAY tweets:

Twitter #NMOS14, calling for a national moment of silence, has prompted scores of communities from Hawaii to Maine to hold vigils and a moment of silence at 7 p.m. (Eastern) to honor Brown’s memory — and pray for justice in Ferguson. A New York activist who goes on Twitter as @Feministajones launched the tag and offers a link to a list of locations Louisville, Ky. pastor Kevin Smith says:

Rev. Jamal Bryant, pastor of Pastor of Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, MD., is back in Ferguson, his second trip to stand with peaceful demonstrators. He tweeted today. 

Paul Revere, an Indianapolis free lance writer was one of many who sent his prayers.

Joel MaHarry @JoelMaHarry a Califcornia brand marketer, saw the thread to Selma:

Evangelical writer Rachel Held Evans, noting the arrests of protesters and news reporters covering the protests:

Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, in his account of being arrested Wednesday evening, mentions a clergywoman, also arrested, singing hymns as she’s driven away.


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  • There will always be sick humans who form mobs for the purpose of control over the others around them.

    Gov is just the mob in charge currently.

  • So while america falls apart, our gov is sending more troops and death machines to ukraine, syria, iraq and israel.

    And your kids will get bill. If they don’t like it and protest, see Ferguson as a response.

    Enjoy your freedom.

  • Lles,

    The ONLY “true” freedom from mob riots, hate, prejudice, racism, wars, and all other problems experienced by everyone, such as all sickness, disease, old age and death will soon be provided by God’s kingdom or heavenly government.

    As the apostle Paul brought out, “…For a certainty, I perceive that God is not partial, but in every nation the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34). We should follow that same attitude and be impartial to our fellowman.

    God’s kingdom will rule over mankind on earth with righteousness, justice and love, qualities which are not exercised by the majority of people today (Isaiah 11:1-9), and put an end to all human rule under which the majority of people are suffering (Daniel 2:44).

    We are provided with this most encouraging news today:

    “And he (God) will certainly render judgment among many peoples, and set matters straight respecting mighty nations far away. And they will have to beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. They will NOT lift up sword, nation against nation, neither will they learn war any more. And they will actually sit, each one under his fig tree, and there will be no one making them tremble, for the very mouth of Jehovah of armies has spoken it.” (Micah 4:3,4)

    All the wicked ones will be done away with by God, as he did in the days of Noah and Lot (Psalm 37:10,11)

    People of all nations, tribes, races and cultures will finally live with everlasting life and peace!! 😀

  • P.S. Michael Brown, the person who lost his life in this tragic event, has the hope of resurrection back to life on earth, to be reunited with family and friends (Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29), through God’s kingdom.

  • Lles,

    Yes indeed! It will definitely take place, and my strong faith and hope in those promises from God keep me going today! It’s so comforting and reassuring to me to know that “this life” is not all there is!!! That is why I love to share such good news with others! 😀

  • It is the truth and is guaranteed to take place. Man thinking that he and his governments can solve ALL the problems on his own on earth IS delusional.

  • GOD see all things and he shall judge accordingly. It is righteousness that shall exalt a nation. An America is for from it. God is sending his true Prophets because the time is at hand. People better get ready because judgment will start with the believer.

  • As the apostle Peter says at Acts 10:35:

    “… Now I truly understand that God is not partial, but in EVERY NATION the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”

    The time left for all wicked ones to repent and turn their lives around is short (Psalms 37:10,11).

  • God bless the family who lost their son in this tragic accident. But don’t make this a race bated issue. This isn’t about race. IT’s 2014 and we are still having wars and factions about RACE? REALLY? The officer was in fear for his life. The person targeted was in the wrong, though we can’t forget the pain his family is going through. This isn’t about race, it’s about a nation that is torn on all sides about what is best for AMERICANS. Yet here we are, in this late stage of our country, and with a half black President, and we still can’t get it right. There are some who look for every opportunity to inject a race bated hate filled agenda. Always playing the victim while they victimize each other. We see that the person killed, is seen on camera robbing a store, yet, here we go again, with those from e liberal right trying so ard to divide us..

  • That is why God’s kingdom or heavenly government will soon intervene in man’s affairs and put an end to all terrible conditions on our home, earth, including all corrupt governments and abuses of power (Daniel 2:44).

    That kingdom will rule over meek mankind in all nations with real justice, righteousness and love, no matter what race, nationality or culture (Isaiah 11:1-9).

    That kingdom will also put an end to hate, prejudice, selfishness, greed, wars, old age and even death (Revelation 21:1-4); something no man or his governments have the love or power to accomplish!!
    There will be complete brotherhood of man, with true love shown for all.

  • @Kari K,

    “The person targeted was in the wrong…”

    Evidence for this?
    Is the investigation completed?
    Evidence for ‘wrong’?
    Evidence for just cause?
    Evidence for pulling out a gun?
    Evidence for having to kill instead of wound ?
    Evidence for your claim?
    Evidence for your claim?

    Then why make the claim?
    Oh, right. You’re a Christian. No evidence is needed.

    Jump to conclusions.