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Pastor set himself on fire in order to protest racism and injustice in America

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pastor1Rev. Charles Moore might not be a household name, but some are praising him for going as far as he could for his convictions.  Earlier this year, the pastor got out of the car in a shopping mall in Texas and set himself on fire.  The retired preacher didn’t survive the incident, and it didn’t make the splash that he hoped it would.  But now, the national media is starting to catch on to his sacrifice and are reviewing the reasons that he would go so far to make his point.

According to the Huffington Post, Pastor Moore was trying to send a message against racism and in favor of social justice.  Rev. Jeff Hood says that “Reverend Moore thought this was going to be a whole lot bigger of a deal than it turned out to be.
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 He expected it to make national news.”

Pastor Moore left behind a note for the police after the act, stating that he has been in pain for decades over racial discrimination, explaining how it harmed his soul.  He grew up in Grand Saline, Texas, and says that he saw some unspeakable things during his years there.

“I will soon be 80 years old, and my heart is broken over this. America, and Grand Saline… have never really repented for the atrocities of slavery and its aftermath. What my hometown needs to do is open its heart and its doors to black people as a sign of the rejection of past sins,” the pastor said.

The pastor also chastised the United Methodist Church for not reversing its policies that he claimed were homophobic and unfairly promoted the death penalty.

“This decision to sacrifice myself was not impulsive: I have struggled all my life (especially the last several years) with what it means to take Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s insistence that Christ calls a person to come and die seriously. He was not advocating self-immolation, but others have found this to be the necessary deed, as I have myself for some time now: it has been a long Gethsemane, and excruciating to keep my plans from my wife and other members of our family.”

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