Officials said Thursday that an Alabama state lawmaker made a call at a birthday celebration for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate general who was the first grand magician of the Ku Klux Klan, to resign from the church.
Rep. Willmess of Prattville stepped down from Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, where he was, according to Melv Johnson, the church mission’s lead mission strategist.
Desquemes said on Facebook on Thursday that he resigned “not at the request of the church but by choice” because he did not want Pleasant Hill to exit the fellowship, which NBC affiliate WSFA reported. The post did not appear on the Desmuse page on Thursday night.
Dismux did not respond to requests for comment.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Dismux faced criticisms over its appearance at the annual event Saturday at the Selma woman’s private home, “Fort Dixie”.
According to the WFSA, the latter was a wonderful time to speak Fort Dixie and invite Nathan Bedford Forrest’s annual birthday celebration. “Always a great time and sure enough good eating !!”
Dismuse appeared just a day before the body of Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights representative. John Lewis was taken to Selma’s Edmund Pettis Bridge, where he was killed nearly 55 years ago during a march to the right to vote.
On Monday, Alabama Republican Party President Terry Lathan called Dismuk’s actions “deeply offensive”.
He said in a statement, “It is one thing to honor someone’s southern heritage. However, it is entirely another issue to remember the leader of an organization that is unfriendly to African-Americans for unruly actions and atrocities.” Remembers especially with undisputed history. “
“Today’s Alabama was on full, honorable performance as we paid a humble tribute to the life of Congressman John Lewis this weekend,” Lathan said. “That’s Alabama we are proud of – showing the country and the world that we are one of the common goals of equality for all our citizens.”
In an interview with WFSA Monday, Dismux blamed the reaction on “anti-South sentiment”.
“It was not a shot at the demise of Rep. John Lewis,” Dismuk said. “I mean it didn’t really go through my mind, I was literally reflecting on the events of the previous day and it was taken in a completely different way, which I was not looking at all and I would take responsibility for it. Am. “
He told the station that he had no plans to resign from the state legislature.