Local NY Black Lives Matter leaders defend actions in viral video at church | TheHill

Grace Baptist Church’s self-proclaimed “bigot” pastor, John Koletas, subscribes to the “Curse of Ham,” a fringe Christian belief that Black people are the descendants of Noah’s son Ham and cursed by God, according to BuzzFeed. Grace Baptist is part of the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist movement, which broke off from the mainline Baptist denomination around the turn of the 20th century.

The church, which drew local attention in 2014 after raffling off an AR-15, announced another raffle three days after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Word of the giveaway, as well as Koletas’s comments on race, circulated in local Facebook Black Lives Matter groups.

Source: Local NY Black Lives Matter leaders defend actions in viral video at church | TheHill