Governor’s ‘pray away crime’ idea disgusts Kentucky pastor
Reverent Clay Calloway, above right, of the West Louisville Ministers Coalition, said he wanted to ‘throw up’ when Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, left, this week unveiled a plan to fight crime with prayer in the city of Louisville.
Bevin, according to this report, suggested at a community meeting on Thursday that volunteer groups of between three and ten people would adopt specific blocks and walk around them while praying.Volunteer patrols that will not report or stop criminal activity, but
You know, you walk to a corner, pray for the people, talk to people along the way. No songs, no singing, no bullhorn, no T-shirts, no chanting. Be pleasant, talk to the people, that’s it.
Bevin said the “prayer police” would make year-long commitments, and even suggested specific zip codes for the roving bands of Christian crime-busters to patrol.
Calloway was so disgusted by the Republican Governor’s comments that he walked out of the meeting.
The only thing I wish was present was a barf bag in front of my seat so I could throw up. Otherwise, I might have stayed a little bit longer.
“Prayer WILL change things,” Bevin wrote on Twitter. “Prayer is powerful, and a people united in prayer will make a difference in their communities,” he wrote in another tweet.
The meeting was held amid growing violence in Louisville.
Reverent Joe Phelps of the Highland Baptist Church said:
I believe in prayer. I’m a pastor. I pray every day, I pray all the time.
That’s not the answer here. I feel embarrassed for the Christian faith if the Governor of Kentucky is saying these things as a solution to violence in our community.
Oliver Evans of Spradling Memorial AME Zion Church told local NBC station WAVE that although he had mixed feelings, overall he supported the prayer plan.
As a matter of fact, I will share this with my congregation when we meet on Sunday.
MeShorn T Daniels, above , of God’s Lives Matter, was also encouraged by the plan.
It’s a seed, like with anything. If you don’t do anything you don’t get nothing. But if you apply something, and the prayer is a seed, you look to see what happens from that so that’s why I support the idea.
Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, head of the city’s Office of Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, said that Bevin had “oversimplified” the issue.
It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t know what’s been going on in the city … He’s not really in touch.