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Resolution Number: 1979-D066
Title: Condemn Ku Klux Klan and Similar Groups
Legislative Action Taken: Concurred As Substituted and Amended
Final Text:

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 66th General Convention condemns any resurgence of membership or activity of the Ku Klux Klan, and all similar racist hatred groups, and urges the people of this Church, lay and clerical, to be alert to the threats to democracy and to Christ's kingdom on earth presented by such groups and to make their opposition to them as obvious and as effective as possible.

Citation: General Convention, Journal of the General Convention of...The Episcopal Church, Denver, 1979 (New York: General Convention, 1980), p. C-129.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Author:
Originating House: House of Deputies
Originating Committee: Committee on National and International Problems

House of Deputies

On the tenth day, the Committee on National and International Problems presented its Report #14 on Resolution D-66, and recommended adoption of a Substitute Resolution submitted by the Diocese of Alabama and adopted by the Committee as its Substitute Resolution.

Deputy Snow (Alaska) moved to amend the Resolution by replacing "or" with "and all."

Accepted by the Committee:

Whereas, the President of the House of Deputies, Dr. Charles Lawrence, in his opening address to the House at the 66th General Convention of this Church, forcefully reminded the House of resurging activities of several branches of the Ku Klux Klan in various regions of our nation; and

Whereas, the Ku Klux Klan, in its precepts of violent racism and ethnic hatred and in its acts of terrorism and bodily harm, violates our nation's commitment to the worth and value of individuals regardless of race, religion or ethnic heritage; and

Whereas, the same precepts and actions violate the laws of God, and the teachings and examples of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and, therefore, our vows at Baptism and Confirmation, together with our prayers for justice and peace for all men; and

Whereas, the use of the cross by the Ku Klux Klan as a symbol of hatred and violence rather than one of love and sacrifice for all people, is an affront to the Christian world and a desecration of His holy life, death and resurrection; be it therefore

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 66th General Convention condemns any resurgence of membership or activity of the Ku Klux Klan, and all similar racist hatred groups, and urges the people of this Church, lay and clerical, to be alert to the threats to democracy and to Christ's kingdom on earth presented by such groups and to make their opposition to them as obvious and as effective as possible.

Substitute resolution adopted

(Communicated to the House of Bishops in HD Message #175)

House of Bishops

On the tenth day, HD Message #175 on Substitute Resolution D-66 (Ku Klux Klan) was received.

The House concurred

(Communicated to the House of Deputies in HB Message #227)

Abstract:   The 66th General Convention condemns the Ku Klux Klan, and all similar racist hatred groups, and urges Church members, to be alert to the threats of such groups and to oppose them.