City Councilwoman Mary McBride-Lee, a city minister, responds to comments from OIB readers regarding an article highlighting female pastors endorsing Mayor Joe Ganim’s reelection.
Her comments follow:
Submitted by Reverend Mary Annette McBride-Lee
In response to the article that was posted concerning the women pastors
Dear Mr. Day:
First of all, you do not have the right or the power to define me nor anyone else. When you talk about one of us, you talk about us all. Shame on you!!! Mr. Day. Yes, I marched in Selma for all people not just black people; and, I fought for my rights. What have you done? You have no idea what is good for me.
Second, I noticed that you appear to be prejudiced against women pastors. I noticed you did not name even one female pastor nor minister that may be making a difference in our city. Every pastor you mentioned was a male. Not that it matters, however. God is not coming back for a large or small church, for a male or female, or for the building that we worship in. He is coming back for an entire people. And never you mind about my relationship with Mayor Ganim.
There might be fifty votes among us all, but I guarantee you that they will go for the betterment of our city. You have no respect for the cloth and have a potty mouth and a bad mind; but remember, the word of the Lord says, “Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm.” You might not think females qualify for the anointed role but God does. He is the only one we answer to.
Maria Pereira, I agree with you one hundred percent and I did instruct Pastor Lewis to contact you; however, I have asked her and the Lord many times for forgiveness, as a true woman of God.
I should not have asked her to have any dealing with an “atheist.” Your words not mine. When you are right you are right. One of my worst mistakes was asking her to go there. Oh, and by the way, you didn’t win either.
Alicea, we may be in a store front, but God is in the store front with us. We are dedicated and committed to the works of the Lord and we never stole a dime from Him!!! Did you?
And, Mr. Mackey, Thank you for speaking about your African American Queens all over the world whether you agree with us or not; that is what kings do, they protect their queens. Thank you personally for not letting me down. I have always had a quiet place in my heart for you. Thank you.
Reverend Mary Annette McBride-Lee