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Monday, July 9, 2012


A group of Alabama pastors are holding a 3-day conference to which only "white Christians" are invited.  The event will feature a cross-burning, which a conference spokesman insists on calling a "cross lighting";  the "lighting" will be done, fire.  The spokesman declared, "We often use fire. Our ancient fathers said fire was a cleansing element. Even the Bible says the earth will be purified with fire. What purer element can we use as a symbol of our worship?” He added, “It has nothing whatsoever to do with any kind of racism or hate or anything like that, and anybody who would brand it as that would be a racist and a hater themselves, you know...We’re seldom ever have been invited to black Muslim events and we never have been invited to NAACP events and we never have been invited to join Jewish synagogues events and stuff,”



The pastors avoid malcontents

Whenever they hold their events

It's only for whites

On these special nights

They say they've no racist intents.


"It has nothing to do with hate"

A spokesperson said of the date

"We are very devout

So I can't figure out

Why some folks have got so irate.


The Jews and Black Muslims contend

That their rights are what they defend.

While that may be true

When they have their to-do

They never ask us to attend."


They're lighting their crosses with fire

Their people they want to inspire.

It will be quite a show

But I'd just like to know -

Will sheets be the preferred attire?

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