LISTEN: Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc. Condemns Hate Groups and Violence In Charlottesville, Virginia (BCNN1, 8/16/2017)

This is the Black Christian News Network Podcast for Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

1. According to BCNN1, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. (PNBC) condemned the violence that took the life of Heather Heyer, and injured other anti-protestors who rallied against the “Unite the Right” march of the KKK, white supremacists, and white nationalists in Charlottesville, VA. They extended condolences to the families of Ms. Heyer, those who were injured, and the two officers.

2. According to BCNN1, the National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) believes Trump’s response to the Charlottesville violence is an example of the President’s racial insensitivity towards African Americans. The group said: “His political calculation not to denounce white supremacy adds another stitch in the quilt of racial injustice and intolerance that has continued for 400 years in this country.”

3. According to the Christian Post, a group of conservative black pastors and intellectual leaders on Monday defended President Donald Trump amid criticism of his initial response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. Organized by The Center of Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) the press conference was originally scheduled for the purpose of praising the Trump administration’s plan to revitalize inner cities. But given the events of last weekend — where clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters became deadly — Charlottesville and the related issue of racial conflict dominated much of the talk in the news conference.

4. According to Dallas News, Texas pastor Kenneth McNeil showed up to work late Tuesday morning and immediately noticed the doors at the McLennan County church hall had been damaged. Inside, as the Waco Tribune-Herald reported, McNeil found much worse: A swastika and other Nazi symbolism, along with the words “Satan” and “Trump,” scrawled in mustard and ketchup on the walls of Willow Grove Baptist Church’s fellowship hall. McNeil told the newspaper: “We are determined not to allow that fear and that hate to win.”

5. According to News and Charisma News, one of President Donald Trump’s manufacturing advisers quit this weekend over the president’s response to the Charlottesville rally. He said in a statement: AMERICA’S LEADERS MUST HONOR OUR FUNDAMENTAL VALUES BY CLEARLY REJECTING EXPRESSIONS OF HATRED, BIGOTRY AND GROUP SUPREMACY, WHICH RUN COUNTER TO THE AMERICAN IDEAL THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE CREATED EQUAL. AS CEO OF MERCK AND AS A MATTER OF PERSONAL CONSCIENCE, I FEEL A RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST INTOLERANCE AND EXTREMISM. Trump blasted Frazier for his decision on Twitter.

6. According to Fox News, Fox News host Eboni K. Williams denounced President Trump’s failure to explicitly condemn neo-Nazis and the KKK in his initial statements after last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Va. Williams called out the president in her segment “Eboni’s Docket” on “The Fox News Specialists.” Calling his initial statement regarding the incidents “ambiguous” and “irresponsible,” Williams explained that she had initially withheld judgement from Trump, but the events in Charlottesville forced her hand.

7. According to NFL.com, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will file the appeal of his six-game suspension on Tuesday or Wednesday, sources close to him say, with the hope of getting back on the football field as soon as possible. With that in mind, his legal team is preparing the arguments for his appeals hearing, either with Commissioner Roger Goodell or his designee. A portion of his argument, according to those familiar with it, revolves around the credibility of his alleged victim. Elliott will attempt to show that the NFL’s suspension did not accurately weigh that factor.