A Republican state representative from Alabama has resigned from his position as a pastor on Thursday after attending the 199th birthday celebration of Confederate general and first KKK Grand Wizard, Nathan Bradford Forrest.
Will Dismukes, 30, had attended the annual birthday celebration of the controversial leader on Saturday. The event was held on the same day tributes were being given in remembrance of the late civil rights leader, John Lewis.
According to the Montgomery Advertiser, Dismukes went public with the celebration in a now-deleted Facebook post.
“Had a great time at Fort Dixie speaking and giving the invocation for Nathan Bedford Forrest annual birthday celebration. Always a great time and sure enough good eating!” Dismukes wrote on Sunday.
Accompanying Dismukes written post was a photo where he stood behind a podium amongst several Confederate flags.
Following the weekend, Dismukes was met with calls for his resignation as a pastor by local church leaders, Baptist Press reports. Dismukes had served as the pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Prattsville since last February.
“We are saddened and grieved to learn of the recent Facebook post by state Rep. Will Dismukes,” said Rick Lance, the executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. “… In the wake of tremendous controversy, we reaffirm our opposition to any kind of racism.”
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