Bishop Aubrey Shines, chairman of Conservative Clergy of Color, called Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King “asinine” and “disgusting” for suggesting that “white European” statues of Jesus should be torn down.
“Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” King, a former surrogate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) presidential campaign, wrote on Twitter Monday. “They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been.”
In another tweet, King said “all murals and stained glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down.”
“They are a gross form of white supremacy,” said King.
Bishop Shines said King’s comments were “disgusting,” “outrageous,” and “an insult of the lowest order to every single Christian living in the United States.”
“How dare Mr. King try to paint our Savior into one race and use that as an excuse to deface His image. Does this mean now that every Biblical figure must go too?” he said in a statement released Monday night.
Conservative Clergy of Color launched earlier this month as a coalition of pastors and ministers “who believe that their work supersedes the boundaries of race.”
“Mr. King’s imbecilic knowledge of this issue is embarrassing,” Shines continued. “If he asks that the Eurocentric depiction of Christ come down, would he be okay if the Afrocentric, or the Asian-centric images also be removed? There’s a reason why there is no physical portrait of the Messiah, because it was never about the pigmentation of individuals who lived in that region during that time. The holy Scriptures declare by one blood were all races created. To raise the issue of the degree of melanin in one’s DNA as it relates to Christianity represents the most asinine, idiotic understanding of basic Judeo-Christian orthodoxy.”
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