Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017
8:00 am -- An official of the West Virginia Council of Churches, which represents 14 Christian denominations, will discuss its formal condemnation of the violence in Charlottesville and efforts to counteract what it says is "racism endemic in our society." Among factors to blame, reports Rev. Jeffrey (Jeff) Allen, Director of the council < www.wvcc.org >, is "the deterioration of political debate in our society." It is expressed "through the demonization of political adversaries, falsehood masquerading as truth for political gain, and the corrosive effect of anonymous money," says the organization's statement on Saturday. "We unequivocally reaffirm our belief that Black lives do matter and that our country must come to terms with the racism endemic in our society."