Associate Pastor Rev. Paul Graney of the Church of Divine Child used his homily to disparage Black Lives Matter, comparing the group to Al-Qaeda.
“Al-Qaeda’s goal was to come to the United States and kill Americans,” Graney said. “Really just wanted to wipe America off the map. And they would have done it if they could. But today, those who we see wanting to bring down America are Americans, and they want to do it under the facade of justice, freedom, and love. But it is all a big bunch of baloney. It’s anti-Christian. It’s anti-family. It’s evil.”
The goal of Black Lives Matter is to eradicate systemic racism and white supremacy and to oppose police brutality and discrimination against Black people.
Bob McCabe of the Church of the Divine Child in Dearborn stepped in an apologized via Facebook for Graney’s remarks, stating Graney created "division, anger, confusion, and chaos.”
“As your pastor, I want to assure you that at Divine Child we love and respect all persons. Every person is sacred in the eyes of God regardless of their race, religion, or sexuality," McCabe said.
A member of the church posted the full apology from McCabe on social media, stating Graney spoke for himself.
The full homily was posted on YouTube, titled Father Paul Graney Tells the Truth About Black Lives Matter.
"Shortly after the tragic murder of George Floyd, I said we are being called to move from intolerance to tolerance, from tolerance to respect, from respect to love," McCabe wrote. "I pray that this can be an opportunity for all of us to recommit ourselves to the call to love one another as Jesus loves us."
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