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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pastors should be present in Douglass Park

By Delcia R. Crockett
May 24, 2012 | 5:31 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Open letter to pastors of this city:

It's true the believers need your service in the buildings on a regular basis, but there is another need in this town only you can fill.

I challenge you to pray about this and take it to heart.

The problems in Douglass Park and in every spot that brings forth violence can be remedied by your being there and preaching God's love — and preaching it boldly.

If 20 or so of you would show up every time there is a crowd in the park or anywhere where this activity happens and cover every space with your bold words, there would be no more problems.

Please consider you may be arrested. We can get arrested for putting the Ten Commandments on a courthouse wall and for putting baby Jesus in a public place on Christmas or for posting a note on a windshield on a public street or for stating we do not want to be a part of something we consider un-Christlike. You must be willing to pay the price for taking God's love into the public park — but you would soon drown out the evil in this town.

You hold the key to making this town a place of peace.

Bring the marchers for peace with you, if you must.

Delcia R. Crockett is a Columbia resident.