Let the heads explode.
At a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at the Holy City Church of God in Christ in Raliegh, Tennessee, Bishop Vincent Matthew Jr. called Vice President Mike Pence “one of the most persecuted Christians in America.”
He’s probably right, although the timing and place of his comments have drawn the ire of liberals who venerate MLK on this weekend each year.
Pence visited the primarily African American congregation and recalled how Martin Luther King, Jr. was “one of the heroes of his youth” while talking about the good that President Donald J. Trump has done for black people in the nation.
Bishop Matthew, who is the president of the denomination’s world missions organization, told the crowd, “One thing I love about this man of God, you know if you don’t know anything, is that he is one of the most persecuted Christians in America.”
“The biggest criticism that he gets all over television and everywhere else is that he actually believes the Bible. They hate him for believing the Bible.”
Pence followed up the comments with the explanations regarding Trump’s work.
Pence said, “Under the leadership of President Donald Trump we’ve created more than 8,700 opportunity zones, including many here in Tennessee, bringing new investment and jobs to underserved communities across the nation. And I’m proud to say that today, African American unemployment is at the lowest level ever recorded.”
He went on, “We’ve stood for the right of parents to choose where their children go to school. And not long ago, surrounded by university leaders, President Trump made the more than $250 million in annual funding to historically black colleges and universities permanent under federal law.”
Some activists are less than thrilled with Bishop Matthew’s remarks. Nonetheless, they’re true.
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