Black Clergy Rising, Ebenezer Pastor Arrested During Capitol Protest
Reader THANKS TO PASTORS like Rev. Raphael Warnock and Rev. Cynthia L. Hale who are not afraid to take a stand on the issues that affect the communities they serve in. It is problematic when you look at the social media pages of some of these high influence pastors and churches who are dead silent on this proposed budget, having church as usual.
The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock was among several pastors arrested in Washington, D.C. during a protest against the proposed budget and efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
A photo shows Warnock, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, was escorted out of the building in handcuffs by Capitol police.
Spokeswoman Tenisha Bell said Warnock and other faith leaders were singing and praying in the Russell Senate Office building.
Warnock and the Rev. Cynthia L. Hale, senior pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church, were among a group of pastors who went to Washington to highlight the cuts in President Donald Trump's budget that would adversely affect black communities, including proposed decreases in funding for education and civil rights programs.
"This budget, which slashes programs for those who need it the most in order to provide a tax cut to those who need it the least, suggests that there is a spiritual sickness in the body politics," Warnock said.
Likewise, Trump proposed zeroing out federal support for legal aid, which the White House said would put more control in local hands.
After his arrest, Warnock released the following statement.
As a pastor, I believe that the national budget is not just a fiscal document, but a moral document. It reflects what we believe and who we are for one another. And if this mean spirited budget were an EKG, it would indicate that America has a heart condition. The government is taking student aid, job training and medicine from those who need it most in order to give a tax cut to those who need it least.