What Christians Are Saying About Deadly Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville

The Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, was anticipated as the largest gathering of hate groups in the U.S. in decades. The rancorous rally, said to be about protesting removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, turned deadly Saturday when a protester was killed and at least 19 injured when James Fields, 20, drove his car into a crowd. Two state troopers were also killed in a separate incident reportedly tied to the hate gathering.

Unite the Right protesters and counter-protesters have been clashing since dozens of White men and White women lit tiki torches and marched on the University of Virginia Friday evening. Photos and videos of the tiki-torch march were reminiscent of decades-old images of white-hooded KKK members gathered in front of burning crosses and torches at night.

Ku Klux Klan assembles short distance from U.S. Capitol with the American flag as their banner. The KKK assembled in numbers of 300 within two miles of the U.S. Capitol at night and received 50 candidates for membership. This photo, taken between 1920 and 1930, shows the shrouded members in the background with the candidates kneeling in the foreground. (Photo: Underwood & Underwood, via Library of Congress)

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In addition to President Donald Trump’s curious statement about “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,” many Christians clearly condemned the racialized terror on display in Charlottesville Saturday, with at least one clergy coalition facing the evil head-on on the ground.

Here is a round-up of what some Christians have said to condemn the violence and racist ideology fueling the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, as well as to remind others that there is nothing Christ-like about white supremacy.

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