The GOP's Questionable Role in Black Community 

The story about Bishop Gerold O. Glenn and the Rev. Steve Parson and their political leanings add up to half sense for the community ("Black Power, Revisited," Cover Story, Nov. 29).

First of all, as far as those who have been duped into thinking that one can "cast a vote against God," this sounds like something straight from the Middle Ages. Bishop Glenn states that the Democratic Party has taken blacks for granted. The same should be said about the Republican Party, especially after what the world has witnessed in terms of Republican leadership in incidents related to Hurricane Katrina and the voting foul-up in mostly black/Latino southern Florida, a state where the president's brother continues to sit as the Republican governor. Also, many still recall the Reagan years, when statistics show that the rich prospered while the middle class struggled.

The Rev. Parson for several years has attempted and failed to gain property in Chesterfield for his projects. The county usually states to the pastor that they have "huge plans" for whatever piece of land he desires (it seems that "GOP Bible" has not yet enlightened the county board of supervisors). If I may recommend to the pastor a fine book by Wayne Allyn Root: "Millionaire Republican: Why Rich Republicans Get Rich — and How You Can Too!" (Tarcher). The pastor may find this book (behind prayer, of course) a resourceful method of philosophy for the future.

As far as Apostle William Carter is concerned, is the apostle operating a church/prayer group, or are these meetings actually political conversion/education meetings with a Bible nearby and hymn books on a coffee table? The bottom line is, as long as the Republican leadership in this country continues to rail against minimum-wage pay hikes, support unjust wars with this "stay the course" ideology, wage war on the poor, parade as the self-proclaimed "party of God," the black community as a whole will never embrace a dominant Republican philosophy (family, church and decent living quality are not solely GOP themes) — at least not until some become "blessed rich" like ministers Glenn and Parson. Must be wonderful to lead an affluent mega-church in this land of prosperity. God does bless America after all!

D. Lynn

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