Pastor of LA’s First AME Church Asks Congregants to Pray for President Trump After Vulgar Remarks About Immigrants

Senior Pastor J. Edgar Boyd speaks during church service Sunday at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Los Angeles. (Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times)
Senior Pastor J. Edgar Boyd speaks during church service Sunday at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Los Angeles. (Francine Orr/ Los Angeles Times)

At First African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Los Angeles on Sunday morning, Senior Minister J. Edgar Boyd was met with murmurs of disapproval when he urged his mostly African American congregation to pray for the president of the United States.

When Boyd asked God to hold Trump accountable for “his words, his deeds and his actions,” the disapproval turned to applause.

Another pastor, Rev. Charolyn Jones, offered inspiration from the Jews who were held captive in Babylon and followed God’s advice to build houses, grow food and raise families.

When people are “constantly subjected to racist, vile, offensive and divisive” remarks by a leader they may not have voted for, they should continue to hope and look to the future, whether by speaking out against racism or by running for public office, Jones said.

After the 10 a.m. service, church members said Martin Luther King Jr., whose birthday will be celebrated Monday as a federal holiday, would be disappointed, even horrified, to hear what Trump allegedly said recently about immigrants from Africa and Haiti.

During a White House meeting with lawmakers last week, Trump asked why the United States would accept immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa and the Caribbean and said the U.S. needed more people from places like Norway, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

“The fact that he’d say something like that then turn around and talk about commemorating Martin Luther King is really hypocritical,” said Archie Shackles, 65, of Trump.

Shackles grew up in Texas during segregation and recalls having to step off the sidewalk to let white people go by.

Trump, he said, wants to put African Americans in an even lower place than that.

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SOURCE: Cindy Chang
The Los Angeles Times