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FERGUSON, Mo. (RNS) Carrying brooms and large garbage bags, volunteers collected whatever they could find: rubber bullets, broken glass, liquor bottles, tear gas grenades.


  1. Double take.

    A positive, spin free piece on religious american christians? On RNS? Am I in the right place?

    The author merely reported what happened, and what the volunteers said…entirely within context?

    Better not get us used to this honesty and bias free writing, RNS.

    • Chaplain Martin

      The best RNS could have done was just what they did on this story (I do think RNS often word their titles and stories on the bias.). That’s not going to keep the awful comments from the religion haters from coming in.

      I’m from the deep south. I was born and raised in Fulton County. In a part taken in by the Atlanta city limits. Atlanta earned the title “A city to busy to hate” when schools were integrated and later so were the eating places.

      I remember in about 1960 driving my non-driving mother “up town” to Rich’s department store. Having spent my week-days attending a small mountain college, I was ignorant of what was taking place twenty minutes from my home. Boy what a scene, upon our arrival. The store was made up of two building across the street from one another with connecting bridges over the street. Prior Street and Marietta Street run parallel with store fronts on each other. Civil Rights advocates where marching around one of the Rich’s store and on the opposite side of the street the KKK was marching. In the middle on the street was the vehicles of the Atlanta Police Department. Police seemed to be using every none essential vehicle they had. No tanks, no riot gear (that I could see), just plenty of law enforcement present. They were circling the stores. Customers of the store were not blocked from entering. We parked in the parking garage and my mother went shopping. To say I wasn’t an activist in those days would be an understatement. I didn’t even have a sense of danger.

      Oh we have come so far in the last 54 years. Ferguson, MO a peaceful protest of a killing of an unarmed black youth is broken up with police in riot gear, using tear gas, journalist arrested. Violence and killing by police and vigilantes joins our all ready gun loving culture. We now have a glorification of guns, and the co-opting of God’s own by the Republican Party.

      It was so good to see humble folks getting down to pick up debris in the war-torn city of Ferguson. They were from a Church doing a simple yet beautiful thing. Seeing the film of that simple act gives me hope for a better tomorrow.

  2. This is the Church at its best. Not looting, not throwing molotov cocktails, not giving big interviews on MSNBC, just doing its job and making a small difference where it can.

    PS. Michael Brown was unarmed, but he had just finished doing a strongarm robbery for a box of cigars. THAT was what caused the police to show up; the officer who did the fatal shooting would not have been there if not for that one robbery call.

    Not saying the fatal shooting was justified. It wasn’t. But now we’re seeing more and more of the REAL TRUTH coming out. Wanna say something about it, Al Sharpton??

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