An Open Letter to the Waller County Sheriff

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We Say Her Name - #SandraBland #SandySpeaks

P-SAM, the Political-Social Action Ministry of St. Luke "Community" UMC-Dallas stands in solidarity with Rev. Hannah Bonner and all who call for Justice for Sandra Bland. God requires us to #DoJustice. Our prayers continue to be with the family of Sandra Bland and for all who have been affected by the violence that is too often visited upon Black and Brown bodies. #BlackLivesMatter #SandySpeaks #SayHerName

P-SAM, Political-Social Action Ministry more than 1 year ago

R. Glenn Smith

The United Methodist Church of N. Andover, Massachuestts is praying for you to build a relationship with God and Jesus Christ. We all make mistakes. When we take responsibility for our mistakes and make right our relationship with God then we are able to honestly ask for forgiveness for our mistakes. Fortunately for you, Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner is the one you would speak to directly and she is a follower of Christ. She will forgive you, just as God will forgive you. Sheriff Smith, it is evident that you are in need of a Christian community of faith. We would like to suggest that you attend one of the United Methodist Churches in your area. You will be welcomed. Let God bless you in this difficult time, just as God is with Rev. Bonner.

JoAnn Carlotto more than 1 year ago

Stand with Sandra and Hannah

I am very proud of my sister Hannah who stands in the place of Sandra, for us all, and for justice. Her peaceful vigil stands up for a woman who was wrongly accused and abused by a bully. If we do not demand those who enforce the law to be honest, how can we protect the rule of law and freedom.

Sarah Bonner more than 2 years ago

#sayhername

I stand with Rev. Bonner and the fellowship of the clergy and laity of our denomination which historically bears witness for truth and Grace - Doug Walker, National Coordinator for Criminal Justice Reform, General Board of Church and Society

Doug Walker more than 2 years ago

#sandrabland

I stand with Rev. Bonner in requesting, no demanding a full investigation into the death of Sandra Bland while in your custody.

Rachel Frink more than 2 years ago

Waller Sheriff

Waller Sheriff
I support the United Methodist Church in their position on this subject.
Jim Wolff, Lead, SD

Jim Wolff more than 2 years ago

Dear Sheriff Smith, Waller County Sheriff,

I am a long serving law enforcement chaplain, and I and millions of my fellow United Methodists find your words and alleged potentially illegal and unethical actions very troubling. Our Church has not always been perfect but we have never followed Satan. If you want to find the agent of Satan in this case, I suggest you look in the mirror and ponder what you see.
Rev. Bonner and her followers were engaged in the 𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘭 𝘦𝘹𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘦 of their rights. 𝘐𝘧 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘦 as alleged that you were collecting personal information with intent to harass and target for selective enforcement those participating, then you 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 have committed criminal official oppression.
Among the many United Methodist people of faith are a large number of judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and law enforcement officers who cringe in disbelief and utter embarrassment at your inappropriate words and actions. The law and the US and Texas Constitutions are in force in Waller County just as everywhere else, whether 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘵 or 𝘢𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘵 or not. Our Church's history demonstrates our fight against injustice wherever it is found.
Any law enforcement official who has abused their authority to deprive others of their constitutional rights is subject to severe sanctions and penalties. I daresay that while in 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘫𝘢𝘪𝘭 Ms. Bland was deprived of her right to life. If one is deprive of that right, the rest don't really matter too much, do they? We all simply want the whole truth, and the just and right consequences of that truth, to roll down like waters.
You seem to be headed towards an unnecessary career ending, massively lawsuit inducing adoption of obfuscation, oppression and injustice for the sake of expediency and convenience. 𝘈 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘫𝘢𝘪𝘭, and your alleged action against those who simply want you to tell the truth is going to profoundly compound your problems personally and professionally.

𝘈 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘥𝘪𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘫𝘢𝘪𝘭 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘴𝘶𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘤𝘪𝘳𝘤𝘶𝘮𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴, and 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙎𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙛𝙛 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙖𝙘𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚. To your credit you requested an independent investigation. Now you must not interfere with it, or with citizens exercising their First Amendment rights and call from God to demand that the whole truth be told.
I encourage you do so immediately, to both restore your previous reputation as a tough, but also just and fair, Sheriff and to allow justice to run its course. You gave your word to the citizens of Texas that first time you were sworn in as a law enforcement officer to uphold the law. Tell the whole truth. If you cannot do so now without incriminating or embarrassing yourself, please resign and allow healing to begin. Either way, the next step lies with you and your own personal integrity. I am counting on your personal integrity to do the right thing.

David Persons more than 2 years ago

I stand with Reverand Bonner

I demand justice for Sandra Bland.

Debbie Key more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev Bonner as well

Justice for Sandra Bland!

A.R more than 2 years ago

Sheriff should be accountable

I am not a Methodist, but I believe all forms of government should be accountable to the people of the U S including police and sheriffs, you seem to think you are above being accountable. You are not.

Helen Sandusky more than 2 years ago

Please add my name and accept my support for your cause

I am not a Christian, but I am an American. I therefore support Rev. Bonner's right to freedom of speech, religion, and assembly. Please add my signature and accept my moral support for your cause. Please feel free to visit our facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1647845422117085/

Grace Lynn Schofield more than 2 years ago

People United

I am not Methodist,nor Christian. But I stand with all who support the Rev Bonner for her efforts to promote humanity. We all need to stand against ignorance and bigotry of all kinds. "Church of Satan"??? The sheriff needs to get real, he is obviously not mentally well.

Suzan Fine more than 2 years ago

Elected Officials

We are so proud of our Sheriff here in Waller. I am sure he will win our next election by a landslide.

A. Faure more than 2 years ago

You've been served

Looks like you've bought yourself a little trouble with Christians everywhere, sheriff. Shame on you.

Tahni Whisenant more than 2 years ago

Please add my name

While I am neither a Methodist nor a Christian, I have to add my support of Rev. Bonner in her call for information and accountability in the mysterious death of Sandra Bland.

Barb White more than 2 years ago

Looking forward to meeting you

A resident of Maryland, but native Texan, I stand with my Methodist brethren is support of Pastor Bonner and the good folks of your town. I will be very interested to hear your explanation of your idea of Satan and how he is at work in this situation, sir. We apparently have some differences to work out.

M.L. Elliott more than 2 years ago

Waller County Sheriff

If the Police Force in your State, has so many ignorant and rotten apples, it is your Government's responsibility to throw them out. It is neither Jesus Christ, nor your diplomatic "open letter" that will cure this disease.

Lela Gary more than 2 years ago

I stand with Hannah Bonner

I stand with Hannah Bonner and the UMC. Most of all I stand for justice for Sandra Bland.

lela more than 2 years ago

Sheriff is usually an elected position....

Gather your members and vote the idiot out.

Rich Kingdon more than 2 years ago

DO JUSTICE

I Stand With Rev. Bonner. "What does the Lord require of us?" To DO JUSTICE.

Vickie Washington-Nance more than 2 years ago

Waller Sheriff

I support the United Methodist Church in their position on this subject. E Giegerich Saint Louis, Missouri

egiegerich more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner

I stand with Rev. Bonner. Law enforcement officials such as Sherriff Smith must take responsibility for their words and actions. Tim Garrett, Cassidy U.M.C., Nixa, Mo.

Tim Garrett more than 2 years ago

Support for Reverend Bonner

As a tax-paying American citizen, a social justice activist, and as a minister, I stand with millions of people - people of faith and those who simply believe in fairness and the justice promised in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights - who support Rev. Bonner and any American who refuses to put up with oppression, repression, brutality, indifference, insult and injury. You are a disgrace to your town, state, nation, profession, and humanity. We see you, we know who you are, and what you have done. The world is watching and history will judge. Despite all of this, you are in my prayers. May God teach you the joys of living a life of compassion and humanity, instead of machismo, violence and racist bigotry.

Reverend Jack Cuffari more than 2 years ago

Standing, too.

I stand with Rev. Bonner and the fellowship of the clergy and laity of our denomination which historically bears witness for truth and Grace. Rev. Douglas L. Sivers, Retired, Susquehanna Annual Conference (PA)

Douglas L Sivers more than 2 years ago

From Abingdon, VA: Love your neighbor

If Ms. bland were your daughter, you would want the truth. She deserves that.

Teresa Frazier more than 2 years ago

Re: Rev. Bonner

I just read your article about Hanna Bonner and the Sheriff of Waller Co. Hanna Bonner has gone from being a Methodist Pastor to being a dangerous Activist. Her facebook page incites hate. It is peppered with lies. Yes, the Sheriff lost his temper with her. She has continually instigated hate and discontent in his parking lot. She continually says that she has become Sandra's voice. Have you even heard Sandra's voice? She was a foul-mouthed hate monger that continually instigated confrontations with the police. She killed herself. Suicide is a sin. Yet, Ms. Bonner, I refuse to refer to her as a pastor, has helped spread her hate. When the Sheriff said what he said, he said it to her. Her ministry is a ministry that spreads evil. If the 300,000 people you claim he insulted really understood the situation, they would know that she is not representing the vastmajority of them. She claims to go out to Waller everyday to pray. She goes to further her cause in your name. In God's name. She will have to answer to Him for that. She has incited people to make death threats. Are you aware of that? Her biggest supporter and friend called on her follower to burn the jail down. Families of officers, children are being threatened. This is literal. It has happened. You should have researched this story a bit more.
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April Faure more than 2 years ago

We support Rev. Bonner

My family and I stand with Rev. Bonner and all others who physically or symbolically stand with her!

Sue Crawford more than 2 years ago

Solidarity with Rev Hannah Bonner

I stand in solidarity with my sister in Christ, the Eev. Hannah Bonner, as she stands vigil to protest the strange death of Sandra Bland and awaits the investigation results of that event. Targeting her for harassment will only bring more unwelcome attention by those who are concerned for the unconscionably disproportionate treatment of people of color for what would for most of us be a simple misdemeanor in this country, not just of late, but since Reconstruction. As a retired Sailor in the U.S. Navy and as a retired United Methodist Pastor, I am appalled by the disdain shown by persons sworn to protect us all in the execution of their duties for those who have historically been disenfranchised. i truly do hope that the investigation reveals the shortcomings of the Waller County Sheriff's Office and/or Jail staff, and that the leadership is truly willing to make the necessary attitudinal and procedural changes necessary for fair treatment for all held for the due process of law!

George Bradley more than 2 years ago

Really, Sheriff?

I will be there.

Rev. Pam Fine more than 2 years ago

BOTH WHITE AND BLACK?!?

Where are Latinos in your worldview Cynthia B. Astle? Where are Asian Americans?
This is nice letter but I for one am SICK AND TIRED of White people acting as if they live in a a TWO RACE SOCIETY!!!
You're in TEXAS FOR God's SAKE! This is the TWENTY FIRST CENTURY!!
You should know better but of course you're still stuck in the past.
I believe Black Lives Matter. But PLEASE FOR THE SAKE OF CLARITY STOP STOP STOP STOP
Using that kind of antiquated WHITE/BLACK language. It is SERIOUSLY part of the PROBLEM!!
I hope you know that I SHUT DOWN when I read that and the MILLIONS of Latinos and Asians and Native Americans do too. It is utter ridiculousness.

Estrafalario more than 2 years ago

Sheriff: you were out of line

I applaud the actions of the ministers and condemn the hate speech of the sheriff.

Marilee Mouser more than 2 years ago

Standing in Solidarity

I stand with the Rev. Hannah Bonner.

Rev. J. Howard Cherry, Retired U. M. Pastor more than 2 years ago

Solidli United Methodist

I have had enough of the name calling and hateful remarks I have read on both sides of this situation. This, however, goes "beyond the pale"! No public official has the right (at least legaly in this country) to make such a sweeping allegation without some form of support. Then to threaten an entire denominattion is just ignorant and prejudicied!! I would like to find out that this is a misunderstanding of terms, but I fear it is not!!

Iva Schuldies more than 2 years ago

Standing

As a United Methodist woman in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church, I stand in support with my sister Rev. Bonner and Sandra Bland's family and supporters -

Ann Heard more than 2 years ago

Standing firm

I stand with my sister Rev. Hannah Bonner

Morita Truman more than 2 years ago

Standing with Reverend Bonner

As a Deaconess Candidate in the United Methodist Church, I stand with those who want answers to questions on the care of all prisoners as well as the disproportionate number of people of color incarcerated, injured, and killed in custody. We pray for peace, and we stand for fair, responsible treatment of all God's children. People in your custody are also in your care, and there should have been a suicide watch.

Alethea more than 2 years ago

I stand with my Sisters in Christ

As a Christian, mother, wife, daughter, friend and Episcopal priest, I too stand with my sisters, the Rev Hannah Adair Bonner and Sandra Bland. Jesus directed those who would believe in and follow him to stand with and visit the poor, the sick, the marginalized, and the imprisoned. The work of God will not be thwarted. It may take time, but the Holy Spirit will move and love will prevail and God's justice and love will win. And we will stand in judgment before Christ.

The Rev VJ Hayes more than 2 years ago

My sister's keeper

That was your task. You failed to serve As Sandra's safekeeper, and you have made that failure more offensive and cruel by your blasphemy. We are One in the eyes of God. You brought evil intention to a call for justice and accountability. You're responsible for injustice now.

Barb more than 2 years ago

Episcopalian stands with Rev. Bonner

And our rights as citizens to question and hold accountable those in positions of authority and government service. I am appalled at the Sheriff's attitude and behavior. Among other things it makes me more suspicious of what is happening with law enforcement in Texas, not less.

Bonnie Guy more than 2 years ago

Standing

I stand with my sister Rev. Bonner and Sandra Bland's family and supporters.
Rev. Dr. Deborah Appler Eastern PA Conference of the UMC

Deborah A. Appler more than 2 years ago

Standing in Solidarity

What happened to Sandra Bland sheriff?

And I stand in solidarity with my clergy sister Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner and all who are showing up and asking questions and demanding justice.

Rev Karen Stoffers-Pugh, Wesley UMC, Bakersfield, CA

Karen Stoffers Pugh more than 2 years ago

What happened to Sandra Bland, Sheriff?

She took her own life, most likely because none of her family or friends would bail her out of jail. She was legally and legitimately arrested and placed into jail. Whether you like those facts or not is immaterial. They are what they are. Why aren't you asking her family and friends why they didn't respond to her requests for help in making bail? Your definition of justice is, most likely, that the Sheriff and all who work for him would wind up in jail, the rest of the inmates turned loose, and Texas fall prey to California's version of justice. How's that working out for those who've been murdered by illegal immigrants who've been freed under your state's screwed up laws? Why aren't you screaming for justice for those victims, instead of meddling in Texas' matters?

Ric Walters more than 2 years ago

I am appalled!

As a Presbyterian, I side with Rev. Bonner and the United Methodist Church and am deeply troubled by what happened to Sandra Bland. Your harassment of a member of the clergy engaged in lawful protest does not show you, nor your county, in good light. Apparently your understanding of both the Constitution of these United States and the Gospel of Jesus Christ need more thought and study.

Kellie Thorne more than 2 years ago

Rev. Bonner is doing what Jesus asked of us

As an Episcopalian, I consider Rev. Bonner my sister in Christ. I will stand with her.

Dianne.smith.harper@gmail.com more than 2 years ago

UCC member in Arizona in support of Rev. Bonner

i support and honor the witness of Rev. Bonner in her search for justice for Sandra Bland. God grant her courage and strength.

Gordon Schneider more than 2 years ago

Support for Rev. Bonner

This is outrageous! As a Methodist and active member of Coldspring United METHODIST Church, I find this offensive and totally uncalled for. Please accept this as support for our sister in Christ.

Paula Franklin more than 2 years ago

I stand with Rev. Bonner and Sandra Bland

As a disciple of Jesus Christ, and a United Methodist clergy woman, I support Rev.Bonner's quest for justice and accountability. Sheriff Smith may not like the attention these protests continue to bring on his department, but he has no right to threaten, intimidate, harass, or malign Rev. Bonner. I respectfully ask him to apologize and respect the laws he is sworn to uphold, which includes the right to assemble and peaceably protest.

LaTrelle Miller Easterling more than 2 years ago

Support Rev. Bonner

As a fellow UMC Pastor, I support Rev. Bonner and the work she is doing to bring justice for Sandra Bland.
Conway, AR

Rev. Todd Vick more than 2 years ago

Stand united

I stand united with Rev. Bonner and all those who seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. Edgewater, MD Joy Reigns Lutheran Church

Mary Bredbenner more than 2 years ago

Rev. Bonner deserves respect

Sheriff Smith, I take exception with your remarks about and to Rev. Bonner. Those who act from conscience in a way you happen not to agree with still deserve your respect. And in this instance, the world is watching Waller County to see if the truth about Sandra Bland's death will be made known. We are also paying attention to how Rev. Bonner, other United Methodists and people of faith and others who demanding justice are treated.

Rev. Anne Broyles more than 2 years ago

Rev. Bonner deserves respect

Rev. Bonner deserves the same amount of respect she's shown the Sheriff. Oops. She hasn't shown any. She's disrupted the community, forced her way inside the County jail, interfered with the ministry of the pastors appointed to the Hempstead community, and worsened race relations. If anything, she should be brought up on charges by the Church.

Ric Walters more than 2 years ago

Waller County

I am a Methodist and I live in Waller County. I support the Sheriff. From what I have seen, this woman has intentionally tried to provoke the sheriff. Why can't people comprehend that all the investigations show that she killed herself? All of this needs to stop! Pastors are supposed to promote love and peace.

Sherry Davis more than 2 years ago

Standing?

Rev. Bonner has created an unnecessary amount of trouble, has interfered with the ministry of other pastors, has insulted the Sheriff with her misguided accusations, and has added to the racial discord by her behavior and comments, and all of you stand with her?

The young woman took her own life. Why? She obviously was disturbed and likely depressed. Why was she depressed? Maybe because her own family wouldn't post a meager bond? Maybe because her friends wouldn't? Maybe because her actions contributed to her arrest and incarceration. But all I see on this page are people making something out of her tragic death that's simply not there, and a UM pastor making things worse.

No wonder the world's in a mess. Folks, it's not the Sheriff's fault she died, nor is it his Deputies and jail staff.

It's not the Trooper's fault. Although he likely could have resolved it differently, he was within the law and his rights as a peace officer to arrest her. If you're unhappy with those facts, you'll just have to try and get them changed by the legislature.

Instead of creating problems with your "civil disobedience," perhaps you should be spending your time helping others so they don't wind up in the same fix.

Ric Walters more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner

I stand with Rev. Bonner as a fellow United Methodist Clergyperson. Grace and peace to ALL.

Daniel R. Gangler more than 2 years ago

With Rev. Bonner

I stand with Rev. Bonner.
Rev. Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Acton MA, New England Conference, UMC

Steve Garnaas-Holmes more than 2 years ago

Presbyterian in Solidarity

As a Presbyterian minister and a graduate of the same seminary Rev. Bonner attended, I applaud her witness. I respectfully request an apology from Sheriff Smith.

Jeanette Stokes more than 2 years ago

I support Rev. Bonner

I am a 56 year old, who is proud to proclaim to have be born and raised in the Methodist Church.

Lorraine Nichols more than 2 years ago

Support for Rev. Bonner

As a former United Methodist, an ordained minister in Metropolitan Community Churches, a Christian, an American and a person of compassion and fairness, I support Rev. Hannah Bonner.

Rev. Lisa Heilig, MCC Clergy, Decatur, GA more than 2 years ago

Standing in support of Sandra Bland and Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner

1 Peter 3:14 - But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord.
We stand united!
Gordon Barbosa, Lay Leader - Patterson Federated Church
UMC/Presbyterian

Gordon Barbosa more than 2 years ago

Standing in Solidarity

I am a retired UCC clergyperson. Like a host of clergy of all persuasions, I stand for justice in the name of the God who calls us all to do justice, make peace and support the down-trodden.

Rev. Dr. Carl R. Gillett more than 2 years ago

UCC Supporter

I stand with my sister in Christ.

Rev. Dr. Kent Ulery, Interim Associate Conference Minister, Wisconsin Conference United Church if Christ more than 2 years ago

I Stand with Rev. Bonner

I am United Methodist and I am proud to stand with my sister in Christ Rev. Bonner.

Laurie Goodenough more than 2 years ago

Standing in Solidarity

Grace and peace to you Rev Hannah

Rev Mike Rayson, Nameoki UMC Granite City IL more than 2 years ago

Support for Rev. Bonner

Sheriff, you are an embarrassment to law enforcement by letting your prejudices and biases distort what should be clear, rational thinking by a person in your position... I, too, support Rev. Bonner... However, your resignation from office would be very appropriate at this point... Thank you.

Rev. Dr. Frank Trotter, United Methodist clergy, retired more than 2 years ago

Episcopal Priest

As a priest in the Episcopal Church, I must stand with this pastor and the young woman who was arrested and died in the care of this law enforcement agency. "Black lives matter." "I can't breath." "Love wins."

The Rev'd Dr. Suzi Robertson more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner

One of my baptismal and membership vows in the United Methodist Church is to "resist evil, injustice and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves." Rev. Bonner is witnessing to the need for a thorough review of Sandra Bland's death. I stand with her. Ellen Bachman, Alexandria, VA

Ellen Bachman more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner

As a Lutheran-flavored Christian, I support Rev. Bonner

Constance M. Otto more than 2 years ago

I stand for justice

I will be standing with Hannah and others next week. Vince Gonzales, Board Member, General Commission on Religion and Race of The United Methodist Church

Vince Gonzales more than 2 years ago

I stand with my UMC sisters and brothers

Rev. Damon Stalvey
First United Methodist Church & Margaret United Methodist Church
Crowell, Texas

Damon Stalvey more than 2 years ago

An American and former Methodist

As a sherif, you have SO overstepped your legal duties! You have trampled on the constitutional rights of a religious leader. This is not the 1600's in Europe! Shame on you!!

Sally Waaramaki more than 2 years ago

I too support Rev. Bonner

Rev. Roger Osgood, Senior Minister, Heights Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Roger D. Osgood more than 2 years ago

Truth and Justice

I stand in support of my sister in Christ.

Rev. Laura Heffernan more than 2 years ago

Standing with the Reverend.

I support Rev. Bonner as well.

Eric Holmstrom, Chaplain, American Baptist Churches, USA more than 2 years ago

Standing

Standing with Rev. Bonner. Please add my name.

Rev. Carole L Vincent, California-Nevada Annual Conferenct, United Methodist Church more than 2 years ago

I stand with Rev. Bonner

I'm a Catholic, and I support Rev. Bonner, as well. I stand with her and her congregation and pray for justice for Sandra Bland.

Amelia Patrick more than 2 years ago

Support from an Episcopalian

I stand with this pastor and her UMC supporters. Sandra Bland's death must be investigated by impartial outside agencies.

Mdlinda Flannery more than 2 years ago

Rev Bonner has my support from NC

I'm sick to my stomach that an elected official would speak these words and still be in office.

Anne Mallonee more than 2 years ago

Judge that you be not judged Sheriff Smith

I am an Anglican Minister in the UK Sheriff, and stand united with my Sister in God.

Rev'd Peter Doodes more than 2 years ago

I stand with Rev. Bonner

I support Rev. Bonner and her ministry in Hempstead.

S Hroblak more than 2 years ago

I'll Hitchhike To Stand For Justice with Rev. Bonner

"...I want to tell you this evening that it is not enough for us to talk about love, love is one of the pivotal points of the Christian faith. There is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.”
~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ~

G. Dillon Culbreth, Creston, NC more than 2 years ago

I stand with Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner

Kelsey Leftwich
Member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lee's Summit, MO

Kelsey L more than 2 years ago

I am United Methodist, and I stand with Reverend Bonner

I was appalled when I saw your revealed attitude and character as you insulted Rev. Bonner as she exercised her constitutional right to protest. Please respect others whose opinions are different than yours. You owe her a sincere apology.

Diana Anderson more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner!

I want to sign on to this open letter.

Kathy Cheney-Egan more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner

Please add my signature and support for Rev. Bonner and her witness for justice for Sandra Bland. Thank you, Rev. Bonner for your witness and call for accountability and answers from the Waller Co. Sheriff.
Rev. Martha Jolly, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) clergy, Columbia MO
Anti-Racism, Pro-Reconciliation Ministry Team member

Rev. Martha Jolly more than 2 years ago

In support of Rev. Bonner

I am a proud pastor's wife of the UMC and stand with Rev Bonner! Ebenezer UMC Mt Ulla NC

Anita McRacken more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev Bonner

I am a proud Western PA United Methodist and would like to stand with Rev Bonner and all United Methodist Women who stand for justice for all. Bonnie Wilson Bridgeport UMC

Bonnie Wilson more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev Hannah Bonner in the exercise of her religious freedom

Rev. Hannah Bonner is exercising her First Amendment rights & demonstrating what true religious freedom entails by standing for justice in Waller County. She has my support.

Jerrilyn Woodard-Entrekin, Active Member of FUMC of Arlington, TX more than 2 years ago

I stand with Rev. Bonner

I am a proud United Methodist, and stand with this pastor and her congregation.

Iris Edwards, Ocala FL more than 2 years ago

Add my name: Clayton Karrer, Pastoral Intern, Parker Lane UMC, Austin, Texas.

Please add my signature.

Clayton Karrer more than 2 years ago

Standing up on holy ground

Jesus was accused of being on the side of Satan. It seems the UMC is standing exactly where it should be with those who love justice and mercy.

Heather Murray Elkins more than 2 years ago

Standing in support with Rev. Hannah A Bonner

Keep the light shining on this issue.
Lynn Ronkainen, Episcopalian

Lynn Ronkainen more than 2 years ago

Lutheran Lawyer in Support of the Rev. Bonner and All those Seeking Justice

Without a doubt this Sheriff does not understand the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas which he has sworn an oath to uphold. He was unprofessional beyond belief. As a physician and lawyer, I am appalled at the negligence and worse in the case of Sandra Bland. No matter what the people that law enforcement interacts with do, YOU are to remain professional in all that you do. They did not in the case of Sandra Bland and this Sheriff did not in the case of Rev. Bonner

Philip M. Kober, JD, MD, PhD more than 2 years ago

Standing in unity

Dear Sheriff: you have ticked off the wrong folks: God-fearing, God-loving, justice-seeking servants of the Lord. Now they - and God - are watching. Do the right thing. An Episcopal priest from the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota.

Lauren R Stanley more than 2 years ago

Please add my name: Rev. Allen V. Harris, Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ) Capital Area Region

Please add my name: Rev. Allen V. Harris, Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples Of Christ) Capital Area Region

Allen V. Harris more than 2 years ago

Sandra Bland

Blessings upon this letter, this stand.

Gillian Redfearn more than 2 years ago

In Support

Dale Lloyd
Community UMC - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Dale Lloyd more than 2 years ago

I stand with Rev. Bonner

I stand with Rev. Bonner as a fellow member of the United Methodist Church and a citizen of the United States, in which we have the rights of free speech, to assemble, and to petition our government.

Lori Nolen more than 2 years ago

Support

I support this pastor. Leading peaceful demonstrations is not illegal. I remember from history another pastor who stood up for others. His name was Rev Martin Luther King.

Michelle Worzbyt more than 2 years ago

In support

Rev. Amanda Rochelle
Huntsville, AL

Amanda more than 2 years ago

IN SUPPORT

I stand with Rev. Bonner. I am Episcopalian and stand with all my bothers and sisters in the UMC

Kelvin Mays more than 2 years ago

UMC Preacher's Kid

in solidarity with the Rev. Hannah Bonner and all those living out the love of Christ in the world.

Sarah Craig more than 2 years ago

UM Christians in support of Sandra Bland and Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner

We are watching, sir, and praying for our sister, for you, and for God' s justice.

Rev. Dr. Steven Tuell, Pittsburgh, PA more than 2 years ago

I too...

...stand with Rev. Bonner.

Amy Keith more than 2 years ago

Standing with my clergy sister in defiance of government officials who misuse their powers. Rev. Helen Kester, pastor in PCUSA.

No Christian can stand silent in the face of injustice.

H.kester@comcast.net more than 2 years ago

In Support

I stand in support of Rev. Hannah Bonner and all who are with her. We pray that she continues to stand to draw attention to the serious questions around the death of Sandra Bland that her life and the work she is doing we kept safe and that justice will be done concerning the life of all the mysteriously die while in incarceration.

Rev. Tracy A. Duncan more than 2 years ago

In support of the Rev. Bonner

Standing up for justice & accountability.

Bobbi Armolt more than 2 years ago

Texans support Rev. Bonner

I am and have been a member of the United Methodist Church for over 30 yrs. I am also a Native Born Texan and you should be ashamed of yourself for talking to a person of the Cloth and a lady like that! Rev. Bonner is acting out her faith and her rights as an American citizen, rights that you should help protect. I pray that God will soften your hard heart and bless you with patience and humility as you consider what Jesus would have you do.

Rodger Standridge more than 2 years ago

Open letter

Ashamed...of ignorance and hatred.

Cherilyn Elliott more than 2 years ago

In support

I support Rev. Bonner and her fellow protesters.

Rev Kristina Hine, Presbyterian Church, USA

Kristina Hine more than 2 years ago

I Stand with Rev. Bonner

Rev. Mary Kay Will, California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church

Rev. Mary Kay Will more than 2 years ago

Standing in support

Prayers from a Lutheran sister in Christ.

Rev. Sue Seiffert more than 2 years ago

In support

I stand in support of Rev. Bonner

Diane Davis more than 2 years ago

Standing together

I join with the UMC and other faith communities to support Rev. Bonner.
Jeralynne Hawthornne, member of 1st UMC in Jackson, MI

Jeralynne Hawthorne more than 2 years ago

In support of Rev. Bonner

I was born and raised a Methodist in Houston, TX. My family in Texas are still Methodists. Thank you Rev. Bonner for standing up for those whose voices have been silenced.

Barbara Condon more than 2 years ago

In support

TES Shelton, here, from Billings, Montana. I'm not a UM member but I'm a lover of Jesus and I stand with Rev. Bonner in a request for a thorough and fair investigation regarding Sandra Bland's incarceration and death.

TES Shelton more than 2 years ago

In support

I stand with Rev.Bonner. I am an Elder in La Feria, Texas

Bill Davis more than 2 years ago

Not a UMC member but just a believer in Jesus

I stand with the UMC in that the only satanic thing about this is the unwillingness to look into this atrocity seriously. I am white, and see that this sort of police corruption needs to stop. No one should have this happen. The authorities that allowed it to happen should be severely dealt with. I stand with #blacklivesmatter because #alllivesmatter

Carlos Shelton more than 2 years ago

In support of Rev Bonner

I stand with my fellow clergyperson

Reverend Andrew Williams UMC Elder more than 2 years ago

In support...

...of all those standing in faith.

The Rev. Helen R Neinast more than 2 years ago

Just another UMC Clergy Standing with Rev Bonner

Rev. V. Mitchell Hay, Essex UMC, Vermont

Mitchell Hay more than 2 years ago

I stand with Rev. Bonner

I'm proud to share the same denomination as Rev Bonner who is simply carrying on the tradition of Methodists. Standing up for those who don't have a voice.

Mary Anne Dijak more than 2 years ago

I STAND WITH REVEREND BONNER

I stand with Reverend Bonner and will stand with her physically as soon as I can. I live and work in the Dallas area but will be there to stand side by side with her as soon as I can. UNITY!

Nina A. Bujosa more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner

We United Methodist in the Tennessee Conference stand with Rev. Bonner and call for an apology from Sheriff Smith.

Reverend Dr. Joe E Bowers more than 2 years ago

Standing together

Have long admired Astle's journalism and she does us all credit here. Standing with Rev. Bonner.
The Rev. Dr. Paula A. Ferris, cal-Pac Conference of the UMC.

Paula Ferris more than 2 years ago

Supporting Rev. Bonner

God have mercy. Christ have mercy. God have mercy.

Leah Ostwald, Downers Grove FUMC, Illinois more than 2 years ago

I stand with Rev. Bonner

The world is watching what happens in Texas. We are waiting for justice for Sandra Bland. Don't make the mistake that you are insulated from world opinion. An investigation is what is being sought. Justice should be for all regardless of race.

Rev. Marilyn Brewer more than 2 years ago

Rev. Bonner

As a third generation UM Clergy and a female, I definitely support Rev. Bonner in her calls for investigation. I also believe Sheriff Smith needs to understand that Jesus was not White and most importantly we are all brothers and Sisters in Christ!!!!
Rev. Deborah Talbott

Rev. Deborah Talbott more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev Bonner

Rev. Deborah Lewis, UM campus minister
Charlottesville, VA

Deborah Lewis more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner

As a third generation United Methodist, I am proud of my church and her Pastors and what the United methodist Church stands for. Prayers for Ms. Sandra Bland' s family. Let justice be served.

SandraJ.Woodruff more than 2 years ago

I stand with Pr. Bonner

I and the parishioners of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Parish of downtown Dayton, OH stand 100% with Pastor Bonner and the Christians of the Texas Annual Conference--our communion partners in the United Methodist Church. Courageously bear the Cross!

Sherriff Smith, in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we call you to repentance and amendment of life.

Rev. Jonathon Moyers more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev Bonner

Rev. Sara Yotter
Joy Reigns Lutheran Church (ELCA) Edgewater, MD

Sara Yotter more than 2 years ago

I support Pastor Hannah Adair Bonner

My name is Pastor Tahieta Gosey - Bailey and I am assigned as Associate Pastor to St. Johns UMC in Houston. I support Hannah in seeking God's truth, justice and peace concerning Sandra Bland.

Tahieta more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Hannah Bonner

Chelsea Spyres, Detroit Michigan, Young Adult Missionary

Chelsea Spyres more than 2 years ago

Rev Bonner

I stand with Rev Bonner and her faithfulness to her Christian conscience.

Sharon Pendergast. FUMC Gastonia NC more than 2 years ago

Add my name please

As a Christian and United Methodist I stand with Rev. Bonner. Pamela Fulbright-Scheyer, Houston. TX

Pamela Fulbright-Scheyer more than 2 years ago

Please add my name

Anne White
Yadkinville, NC

Anne White more than 2 years ago

An Open Letter to the Waller County Sheriff

I stand with Christ and Rev. Bonner.

Rev. Adiel DePano more than 2 years ago

Support for Rev. Bonner

Greatest respect, support and love for an old mentor, Hannah Bonner, from a younger woman now in the process of ordination in the United Methodist Church. In solidarity.

UM Pastor Jordan Scruggs, Saint James UMC, Kingston, NY more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner

Rev. Heather M. Baker-McAllister United Methodist Church clergy in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania

Heather M. Baker-McAllister more than 2 years ago

Support Rev. Bonner

I support Rev. Bonner and all people in the USA. We have the constitution to back us up. Remember "We the people...."

Donna Henshaw more than 2 years ago

Justice Now!

Sheriff Smith, I know you must know the implications of what has happened in your county jail. Justice is for everyone. Truth and transparency is foundational to any sense of governmental integrity. Denying the right of people to demand the truth about Sandra Bland's case is not only appropriate, it is absolutely necessary! Please help be part of the solution for healing in America.

United Methodist Pastor, Eric McKinney more than 2 years ago

I support Rev. Bonner

Rev. Thomas Hello. Schnitzlein
Pastor, Broad Street United Methodist Church
Mooresville, NC

Thomas H. Schnitzlein more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner

Rev. Kay C Barckley, Deacon
University Temple UMC, Seattle, WA

Kay Barckley more than 2 years ago

I support Rev. Bonner

I stand with Hannah & Jesus- who I'm sure would be doing exactly what she is doing :)

Erin more than 2 years ago

I stand in support

Elisa Gatz, Sterling, Illinois

Elisa Gatz more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner & asking What Happened to Sandra Bland?

Rev. Laura Markle Downton, Provisional Elder in Balt-Wash Annual Conference of the UMC

Rev. Laura Markle Downton more than 2 years ago

Support for Rev. Bonner

Lifting my sister in prayer. Grateful for your bravery in witnessing to the gospel, Hannah!
Rev. Stephanie Baxter Dunn
Calvary United Methodist Church
Nashville, TN

Stephanie Dunn more than 2 years ago

I strand with Rev. Bonner

Although I am not in the ministry, I am a concerned, God fearing citizen of these United States. The video, which clearly captures your disrespectful and disdainful remarks have cut me to the quick. The good Reverend Bonner has been an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church for better than half a decade. Your threats of harassment and retribution will not go un-noticed. You are under the microscope of worldwide public scrutiny now, sheriff. If you are at the very least unwilling to apologize, please make sure that your future statements and actions are above reproach.

Jeff Syvertsen more than 2 years ago

I stand with Rev Bonner

As a United Methodist at Two Rivers UMC in Rock Island Illinois I stand with Rev Bonner in seeking answers.
Dick Lee

John Richard Lee more than 2 years ago

I stand with Rev Bonner

Martha Lundgren
United Methodist deaconess-in-training

Martha Lundgren more than 2 years ago

In support!

Rev. Denise Kilgo-Martin
Hoyle Memorial UMC
Shelby, NC

Denise more than 2 years ago

Standing in Ohio

The least I can do is take a stand here and I do. I stand with Rev. Bonner. NW Ohio.

Kathy Ramsdell more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner

UM Pastor North Ferrisburgh, VT Kim Hornung-Marcy

Kim Hornung-Marcy more than 2 years ago

I stand with Christ and Rev. Bonner

Rev. Bonner, in insisting on a thorough investigation, is faithfully representing Christ in our midst. I wholeheartedly stand with her

Rev. Tobias Schlingensiepen, First Congregational Church (UCC), Topeka, Kansas more than 2 years ago

Rev. Bonner

I support Rev. Bonner

Rev. William Noll more than 2 years ago

support

Sheriff, I am a white Bubba who grew up in Mississippi in the 1960's. Your attitude smacks a lot of the sheriff of Neshoba County when they were investigating the disappearance of three civil rights worker. It may be time for you to resign

Rev. Jim Johnson more than 2 years ago

Support for Rev. Bonner

Justice for All

Debra Logue more than 2 years ago

In support

Aaron T. Bell
Boulevard United Methodist Church
Richmond, VA

Aaron Bell more than 2 years ago

I stand with Rev Bonner

As a United Methodist pastor in Waverly, Iowa, I stand with Rev Bonner.

Rev Deborah Wise more than 2 years ago

Support of the Christian, Rev. Bonner

I support Rev. Bonner's efforts. I read about the sheriff's behavior in JAMAICA where I live. Embarrassed as a US citizen, a Texan and a Methodist. We do not worship any demon.

Elizabeth R. Grimsley more than 2 years ago

Signed

Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.

MaryAnn more than 2 years ago

Solidarity

I stand in solidarity with Rev. Bonner and all who wonder about the why and how of Ms. Bland's death in your jail, 3 days after a traffic violation. Justice is required for all.

Carol Bennett-Barker more than 2 years ago

Another example of civilian authority gone amok?

The sheriff was out of bounds, as was the deputy that arrested Sandra Bland causing her to be incarcerated for three days, resulting in her death. While the evidence appears to confirm suicide, the point is she should not have been there at all. If she were a white blonde with attitude who refused to put out her cigarette, would the results have been different? The arresting officer went out of bounds on this and the sheriff is beginning to do the same. I stand with Rev. Bonner in her attempt to shine the harsh light of truth on a racism that continues to pollute our society.

John Astle more than 2 years ago

I support Rev Bonner

Rev. Nan Jenkins
HR Presbyterian Church USA
Pflugerville TX

Nan Jenkins more than 2 years ago

We Shall Not Be Moved

Presbyterians in Austin stand with Rev Bonner in seeking truth for Sandra Bland and exercising free speech

Rev Dr Kyle Walker more than 2 years ago

Please add our names

The Rev. Brooke Newell and The Rev. Caspar Green
Potsdam NY

Brooke Newell more than 2 years ago

Signing

Rev. Dr. Catherine Davis
Newberg First United Methodist
Newberg,OR 97132

Cathy more than 2 years ago

I agree!

I fully support this open letter and agree wholeheartedly!
Bishop Guy Erwin, SW California Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Bishop Dr. R. Guy Erwin more than 2 years ago

Forgive

Aren't you supposed to forgive those who trespass against you? I'm not a God fearing man but I was raised going to church and I was always taught that when someone does you wrong you forgive them and treat them as you would want them to treat you. Or am I wrong and all all of you God-fearing people are right?

Darryl more than 2 years ago

Darryl

I think maybe you don't understand the focus of our support for Rev. Bonner.

Robert Herring more than 2 years ago

Things must change!

What must happen for leaders to understand they must be role models for the respect we should all be demonstrating?

Le'Ann Solmonson, Nacogdoches, TX more than 2 years ago

submit my signature

I support the Reverend Bonner

Nancy Clay, Baytown TX more than 2 years ago

Sign my name, please

I would like to have my name listed as a signer on the open letter.

Cindy Wallingford more than 2 years ago

Satanist Error.

Since you are so wrong about the Reverend, and our Church, it makes it harder to assume you are right about much of any thing else. Obviously you lack judgement. That you are in a position to make life and death decisions makes this lack of judgement more alarming.

Vance Langley; New Braunfels, Texas more than 2 years ago

Sheriff, this is Democracy!

I stand with Rev Bonner, the United Methodist Church and all of my fellow citizens who speak out for justice and humanity.

Michelle Hughes more than 2 years ago

standing with Rev. Bonner

As Christians and pastors, we stand with Rev Bonner. Rev. Erle Prevatt, UMC for over 40+ years, retired, Rev, Jo-An Prevatt, ULC, 3 yrs. Both of us believe that Rev. Bonner is correct in standing up for her parishioner and is practicing her responsibilities as a pastor of the UMC and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She was also well within her rights as an American citizen & a citizen of the state of Texas. This sheriff should not be threatening this pastor, an apology is surely in order. We live in Florida & will keep Rev. Bonner & her church in our prayers.

Jo-An Prevatt more than 2 years ago

Signed

The Rev. Richard Wesley Neal, Pastor, Williamsville (N.Y.) United Methodist Church

Richard W. Neal more than 2 years ago

uplifting Reverend Hannah Adair Bonner

Sign me to the open letter please. Emphasis on coming to your town sir. If u touch Rev Bonner, I will join the protest. I'm within easy driving distance & will fill my car with like-minded decent people who won't stand for this either.

Deon Gordon more than 2 years ago

We deserve answers!

We have a right to hold you accountable, and will!

Laura B. Katy, TX more than 2 years ago

Signed

Aileen Granadosin
Evergreen United Methodist church
San Jose, CA

Aileen more than 2 years ago

Signing

Please sign my name to this letter, Sheila Luecht, Illinois.

Sheila Luecht more than 2 years ago

Addendum

I just signed in support of Rev. Bonner. I neglected to state where I was from. My name is Suzanne Cherry, and I live in Mesa, Arizona

Suzanne Cherry more than 2 years ago

Suzanne Cherry standing with Rev. Bonner

As a Christ Follower, a United Methodist, and an American, I must say that this response to a pastor practicing her responsibility as a Christian and her right as an American is unconscionable. An apology is in order.

Suzanne Cherry more than 2 years ago

With Rev. Bonner

Speaking as a former but still ordained bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (i.e., the Mormons), I rise to stand against Sheriff Smith's indefensible attack on the millions of good Christians who make up the United Methodist Church, a denomination with which we frequently partner in many worthy and altruistic endeavors. An apology at the very least is in order.

N. D. Meservy more than 2 years ago

signed

Rev, Amanda L Baker
Pastor Marion Valley UMC
Marion KS
Great Plains Conference

Amanda baker more than 2 years ago

The Rev. Melodie Long, Sackets Harbor, NY PCUSA (and Texas native)

What was said was offensive and disrespectful to all clergy.

Melodie Long more than 2 years ago

Standing with Rev. Bonner

Add my name to the letter. Even if there is frustration people should be more careful with how they speak to each other.

Betty Henson more than 2 years ago

Co-signed

Steve Knight
Open Hearts Gathering (Disciples of Christ)
Gastonia, NC

Steve K. more than 2 years ago

You are forgiven

I am a disciple of Jesus you can add my name to this letter. You should be very careful invoking the name of Satan. For fear of it coming back on you. Amen

Jose Hernandez more than 2 years ago

I'm standing with Rev. Bonner

I'm a retired ELCA pastor, and I too am offended by Sheriff Smith's words against my sister in Christ. Quickly spoken words can cut deeply and also reveal a deeper fear. I hope you will find time to reflect on your words.

Kurt@thelakeslutheran.org more than 2 years ago

I support Rev. Bonner

I live in Shreveport, LA. That makes me close enough that I will be one of the United Methodists who will converge on Hempstead to stand with her physically as well as in prayer.

Beth Ackerman more than 2 years ago

Say her name #SandraBland

I too stand with Rev. Bonner, whose presence represents Jesus Christ and God's love among us.

Rev. Sara E. Baron more than 2 years ago

The sheriff is wrong

Sheriff, your comments are unprofessional and inappropriate. Apologize or resign, please.

The Rev Dr Michael J Wollman more than 2 years ago

Open Letter..

I am grateful for the leadership that you are providing. Thanks, Blessings and Peace.

Barbara Carter more than 2 years ago

Count me standing BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Black lives matter! Reverend Brenda S Wills, Oregon Idaho Annual Conference of the United Methdist church

Brenda S Wills more than 2 years ago

Please add my name

I'm standing with Rev. Bonner! - from Grace UMC in Sioux City, Iowa one of ten UMC congregations in this community. 11 Million United Methodists are awaiting your apology Sheriff. (Please add my name to the letter.)

Timothy Bonney more than 2 years ago

Why should he apologize?

Doesn't the sheriff, who has had to put up with these protesters who refuse to believe the evidence provided to them by his department, have the right to freedom of speech as well?

Karen more than 2 years ago

Freedom of speech

The sheriff certainly has freedom of speech as an individual, but as an elected official he is expected to maintain himself professionally and courteously while acting in his elected capacity. Insulting a religious leader in the community is neither professional nor courteous. ***Please add my name to the letter to Sheriff Smith*** Evalyn Allen, Kansas City

Evalyn Allen more than 2 years ago

Here's Why

Of course the sheriff has the right to freedom of speech. What he does not have is the freedom to escape the consequences of his speech. When a law enforcement officer slanders not just a congregation but an entire denomination, it calls into serious question his suitability for the position as well as his ability to enforce the law fairly and maintain public order.

Dean more than 2 years ago

I support Waller County

I am life long citizen of Waller County. I may not be a member of the United Methodist Church but I am a Christian. I don't necessarily agree with the Sheriffs comment to Rev Bonner yesterday but I do understand his frustration. They have had weeks of protest, threats and hate filled attention. Our officers and sheriffs office were threatened just yesterday via video by someone she so proudly associates with. Not to mention the lies she is spreading on her FB page all in the name of the Lord. Forward me your email address and I will be happy to send you several video clips to correct her lies and to back up my comment about her friend Mr. Ashton P. Woods. I would consider him a terrorist. UMC is opening themselves up for discord by allowing your clergy to rally with this man. This has been going on far too long. And for what? Ms. Bland killed herself, the autopsy report proves this fact. I think Rev. Bonner needs to use her "voice" and ministry where it really matters and that is in areas where people of faith or far and few between. Waller County is not that place! She needs to spread the love of Christ to these kids on the street that are growing up to be disrespectful and criminals because no one at home cares enough to make a difference. It is time for her and everyone else to accept the truth that Sandra Bland committed suicide. The facts are there as well as three days worth of videos showing no foul play, what more can you ask for?

Tammy more than 2 years ago

Notable Quotes


Brian McLaren"All of us, especially people of faith, need to proclaim that white supremacy and white privilege and all other forms of racism and injustice must indeed be replaced with something better – the beloved community where all are welcome, all are safe, and all are free. White supremacist and Nazi dreams of apartheid must be replaced with a better dream – people of all tribes, races, creeds, and nations learning to live in peace, mutual respect, and neighborliness. Such a better world is possible, but only if we set our hearts on realizing the possibility."

– Brian McLaren, writing in "What I Saw in Charlottesville" on the Auburn Seminary website.


"The idea of racial (or most any other) supremacy is antithetical to that Gospel. We should remember that Jesus himself grasped for no superiority, no rank, but instead made himself a servant, giving himself in love. What we saw in Charlottesville was therefore a kind of anti-gospel, something that must be resisted, yes–but more, something that must be overcome."

– Dr. Craig Hill, dean of United Methodist-related Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, on Facebook.

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