In late June, Fair Park Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, found itself in the midst of controversy after a guest speaker delivered a sermon that included racist remarks. Here’s what happened.
The Father of a Criminal
The speaker in question was Mike Keller, the father of Anna Duggar, who is married to reality TV star and sex offender Josh Duggar.
The Shocking Statements
Keller’s sermon, which took place on June 25, contained shocking statements suggesting that “Black slaves” needed to “humble” themselves and learn to read the Bible to eventually achieve freedom.
The Backlash Forced an Apology
The church was compelled to issue an apology after the sermon received significant backlash from the community and online platforms.
He Made False Claims
During his sermon, Keller proclaimed that it was simple to change America and went on to make historically inaccurate claims about “Black slaves.”
In the Past People Didn’t Stand Against Racism?
He insinuated that enslaved individuals in the past never protested or rallied against slavery and instead chose to humble themselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from their supposed wicked ways.
The White Taught Them to Read
Keller further propagated the false narrative that white slave owners were benevolent figures who taught slaves to read.
He Kept on Blasting Racist Comments
He suggested that the actions of Black slaves led to the abolition of slavery, completely disregarding the systemic racism and violence endured by enslaved individuals.
The Entire Sermon Was Recorded
The sermon, captured on video and shared on TikTok, quickly drew criticism and condemnation from a wide range of individuals.
Viewers Condemned the Claims
Social media users pointed out the fallacies in Keller’s claims, with one user highlighting that running away from plantations was a form of protest.
They Shared Historical Examples
Another person highlighted the numerous rebellions and the Civil War as examples of resistance against slavery.
Twitter Users Shared Their Thoughts
One Twitter user wrote, “I just can’t w/these people!! The man whose daughter stays married 2a pedophile is giving a sermon from the book that condones slavery while insisting the God of that same Bible freed “the blacks” from slavery when they decided to read the Bible?”
The Church Faced Criticisms
The fact that Keller, as Anna Duggar’s father, was given a platform to espouse such beliefs within the church raised further concerns about the congregation’s judgment and inclusivity.
The Church Issued a Statement
Following the significant backlash, Fair Park Baptist Church released a statement to distance itself from Keller’s remarks.
Reaffirming What Is Considered Wrong
The statement unequivocally affirmed that racism and slavery are wrong, sinful, and contrary to the teachings of scripture.
The Church Would Never Tolerate Racism
The church emphasized that it would never condone slavery or tolerate any form of prejudice against people of color.
They Claimed They Aimed for Equality
By issuing this statement, the church aimed to reaffirm its commitment to promoting equality, respect, and understanding among all its members.
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