Alabama Baptists ‘grieved’ after pastor posts photo celebrating birthday of KKK leader

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Will Dismukes, 30, a pastor in the Southern Baptist Convention and a Republican state representative in Alabama, gives the invocation at an event celebrating the 199th birthday of former KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest. | Twitter/Winchester7752

Alabama Baptist leaders said they were “grieved” after learning that Pastor Will Dismukes of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Prattville had offered prayers at an event celebrating the 199th birthday of Nathan Bedford Forrest, a leader in the Confederate Army and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Dismukes, who’s also a Republican state representative, was subsequently forced to resign from his role as pastor.

The statement comes as Dismukes, 30, is also being urged to resign from political office.

Dismukes sparked the national controversy when he shared a post on Facebook from the July 25 event along with a photo of him surrounded by confederate flags.

The event was held at Fort Dixie in Selma and coincided with ceremonies honoring the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, an Alabama native who is an icon in the civil…

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