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WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rev. Graylan Hagler, senior minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, has been speaking out for more than 20 years against what he calls the "R word."


  1. “Black clergy have been the conscience of America”? A bit of hyperbole here, I’m afraid. What is worth examining is Ray Halbritter’s own place in the Oneida community. He does not represent whom he claims to represent, and even his status as an Oneida is challenged. The rebuttal: Obama’s birthplace has been challenged, too.

    Here we have it: The typical liberal “foundation” for anything is any public figure who can make a claim that supports liberal causes.

    What these liberals will not accept is any real effort to determine whether Native Americans by and large favor changing the football team’s name. Their own agenda is paramount, not the actual positions of people they claim to represent. Ask them to “do a headcount,” so to speak, and they’ll quickly change the subject.

    I suspect that Redskins management already know what’s going on and will pay no more attention to this “made for the mainstream media–including USA Today–event.

  2. Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    When the owners of the Redskins team picked that name America had not yet become “sissified.” Thus to identify with courageous men who fought to protect their homes and families and religion once was a supreme compliment to those so recognized as having such courage.
    But not today. To have a male sense of courage, strength, and family protection is looked down upon–even ridiculed. So no wonder our culture can’t tolerate a football team having an honorable “macho” name.
    I suppose the next liberal attack will be on the Boston Celtics “ready to fight” Irish leprechaun mascot and Notre Dame will be expected to change its name from “The Fighting Irish” to “The Sweet Roses of Tralee.”