Morehouse College alumni are outraged after a prominent pastor and fellow alum was disinvited from speaking at the college’s baccalaureate service just one day after he wrote an op-ed, criticizing President Obama, who will deliver the school’s commencement address.
Rev. Kevin Johnson, a Morehouse graduate and the senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in North Philadelphia wrote an opinion column earlier this month in the Philadelphia Tribune accusing Obama of lacking diversity in his cabinet picks and neglecting the black community.
According to the reverend, one day after the article was published, Morehouse President John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. expressed reservations about his “untimely” comments. Days later Mr. Johnson learned he had been replaced by three alternate speakers, the Georgia Tipsheet reports.
Support for the reverend is mounting, and now a group of two dozen pastors who lead churches across the country are demanding the college re-invite Johnson.
“If President Wilson turns his back on one of our most distinguished alums because of an exercise of free speech and political commentary, he will have set Morehouse on a dangerous course and departed from the great tradition bequeathed to us,” Rev. Dr. Amos Brown, senior pastor of Third Baptist Church in San Francisco, Calif., told the East Atlanta Patch.
“In 1947, Dr. King warned that, ‘If we are not careful, our colleges will produce a group of close-minded, unscientific, illogical propagandists, consumed with immoral acts. Be careful, ‘brethren!’ Be careful, teachers!’ We are potentially witnessing the realization of King’s greatest fears,” he added.