On Monday, August 10, Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith, in what seems to be an attempt to insult United Methodist pastor Hannah Bonner, said: “Why don’t you go back to the Church of Satan that you run?” Reverend Bonner has been active for roughly the past month in an ongoing protest against the death of Ms. Sandra Bland in the Waller County Jail, maintaining a presence with fellow activists of varying belief systems in the nearby parking lot. A few minutes later Sheriff Smith pointed to Bonner, who was filming him with a camera, and referred to her as “the Church of Satan lady.”
Unsurprisingly, this prompted an open letter from “United Methodists in support of Sandra Bland and Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner,” asserting their significant local numbers as well as their faith in Jesus Christ, not Satan, stating that their public mission is "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Hardly an endorsement of diabolism.
Sheriff Smith’s remarks successfully insulted Rev. Hannah Adair Bonner, albeit through their mutual misprision of the philosophy of the Church of Satan. Yet I find it interesting that he inadvertently identified in her actions what we’d consider a genuinely Satanic dedication for determining the truth and exacting justice accordingly.
@LewisLeadership - Meredith McNabb (Virginia AC), Elizabeth Ingram Schindler (Pacific Northwest AC), Jessica Anschutz (New York AC), Clair Travis Sauer (Holston AC), & Hannah Adair Bonner (Eastern Pennsylvania AC) enjoy time together during their year as Lewis Fellows with the Lewis Center for Church Leadership. Traveling and learning about innovative ministry throughout the country. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership is based at Wesley Seminary in the Northeastern Jurisdiction.