The only reason that I found this article is because it was posted on a secular African American website. As such I can sarcastically say that it is a very wonderful and warm welcome to African Americans to join Orthodoxy ::)GÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âª.But then thank God for the Holy Ethiopian Orthodox Church which was building, thriving and teaching Orthodoxy already for for centuries before Christianity occupied even a single brain cell on the minds of this guys ancestors.
Of course I don’t believe his excuse, he has been an American priest for 55 years living through the civil rights movement and all.
EWING, N.J. -- An 82-year-old white man who is a pastor left messages at three Trenton-area black churches calling Martin Luther King Day an "N" holiday.
The Rev. Paul Shafran asked for forgiveness at a news conference held by black ministers to denounce the messages Wednesday.
The pastor emeritus of Saint Vladimir Orthodox Church said he acted out of foolishness and without malice. Shafran could not explain why he made the calls on Monday.
Shafran told the ministers he did not realize the "N" word was offensive.
More than a dozen black ministers prayed with Shafran and asked god to bless him.
Police have charged the retired minister with harassment and bias intimidation.
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