Appearing on MNSBC’s “AM Joy” Saturday, Bishop William Barber II blasted the right-wing ‘Value Voters Summit’ as a “heretical group perpetrating a fraud on the American people.”
During the interview, Rev. Barber called for a “values revolution” to counter Values Voters Summit’s celebration of President Donald Trump and Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore.
“I just can’t call it Christian right, it’s so wrong, it’s not Christian. Gun-waving politicians that support segregation is not Christian, it’s crazy,” explained Rev. Barber told MSNBC anchor Joy Reid.
“It’s time really for there to be a major challenge to this kind of public heresy that we see going on that is so counter the real values of Christianity,” Rev. Barber concluded.
“We’re looking at pictures of him waving his tiny pistol around at this Values Voters Summit,” Reid replied to Rev. Barber. “The stuff they’re distributing there, it feels so counter to the core message of Christian love in the Bible. It’s hard for me to believe they read that Bible and get that out of it.”
“Actually, from Jeremiah 22 to Jesus and Matthew 25, Christian values for nations and political leaders has to do with love and justice, equality, stopping exploitation of the vulnerable, caring for the poor, caring for children, welcoming immigrants, helping the sick and loving all,” Rev. Barber said.
He added: “And by these standards, the so-called Values Summit is not about Judeo-Christian values, it’s not about Christianity, but the values of a heretical rhetorical extremism funded by a whole lot of money, perpetrating a fraud on the American people.”
“Their values are cash and not Christ, greed and not grace,” Rev. Barber concluded. “What the president did was irreligious, it is an anathema to Christian values. He boasted about taking health care, that’s not Christian.”
“He promoted arrogance, he promoted warmongering — these are not Christian values — and it’s high time that we call it out,” Rev. Barber demanded. “These are not Christian values but the values of an extreme corporate oligarchy trying to use the values and claim the faith as a way to gain power.”
“This is a con, it’s been going on a long time … it’s as old as the slave master who had people who endorsed slavery and found theological ways to do that.”
Watch the powerful segment in the video below: