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United Methodists denounce Native American sports mascots

 


United Methodists denounce Native American sports mascots

May 13, 2004

By Linda Green*

PITTSBURGH (UMNS) - United Methodist agencies and other organizations are not to conduct meetings or hold events in cities where professional sports teams use Native American mascots.

Delegates to the 2004 United Methodist General Conference rejected the use of Native American names and symbols for sport teams, calling the practice dehumanizing and a blatant expression of racism. The action came May 7 at the church's top legislative gathering, held every four years.

The nearly 1,000 United Methodists from across the world also noted that their denomination has been one of many faith groups calling for respect for Native American legacies and traditions.

The resolution, approved 842-10, reaffirmed the church's commitment to "participate actively in the continued struggle of building the true community of God, where reconciliation comes together with justice and peace."

The General Conference called upon all churchwide agencies, annual conferences and other United Methodist-related entities to hold meetings and events only in cities that do not sponsor sport teams using Native American names and symbols. After choosing an event location, the organization should state the denomination's position regarding Native American names and symbols, the conference said.

*Green is a United Methodist News Service news writer.  News media can contact Linda Green at (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

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