Donald Trump Jr., came out in defense of a pastor after he received backlash for liking tweets by the leader Turning Point USA, a conservative non-profit.
Pastor Chris Hodges from the Church of the Highlands reportedly posts by Charlie Kirk, the president of the non-profit, which AL.com reported led to the Birmingham Housing Authority to end its partnership with the church.
“They’re canceling the pastor of the largest (and most racially diverse) church in Alabama just because he liked some of @CharlieKirk11’s posts. Absolutely insane,” Trump tweeted.
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The report said that the housing authority ruled that the church can no longer let volunteers work at the city’s housing projects and must stop providing services at the Christ Health Clinic, which the report said provided free coronavirus testing in the community. The church used to provide assistance to the city’s nine public housing communities, the report said.
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One of the controversial posts reportedly included two photos. One included President Trump with Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks with the caption, “The racist Donald Trump in the 1980s,” and then there was a picture of Gov. Ralph Northam in blackface back with the caption “Progressive Leftist Ralph Northam in the 1980s.”
Another screenshot reportedly showed that Hodges liked a photo of Kirk donating blood with the caption, “We all must do our part to defeat China Virus.”
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AL.com reported that the housing authority said that Hodges’ views “do not reflect those of HABD and its residents.”
Hodges told the paper in a statement on Monday that, “Jesus Christ teaches us to love our neighbors. In these complex times, we want to do more than ever to listen, love and serve our city. We want to publicly thank the Birmingham Housing Authority for the opportunity they provided us to serve them over the years. We continue to support their work and encourage others to do the same.”
Kirk told Fox News he is “deeply saddened” that the pastor is “being slandered by the mob for stating mainstream pieces of widely-cited data and public information.”
“I have had wonderful times of fellowship with Chris in the past and think he is a gifted ambassador for Christ,” Kirk said. “I didn’t ask him to like my posts, he did so on his own. I will never apologize for stating irrefutable facts, and nor should he.”