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Female Pastors in South Carolina Speak Out About Receiving Death Threats


Two female pastors in Clarendon County, SC have received violent threats just days apart as reported by WISTV. Pastor Mary Rhodes of Society Hill AME Church and Pastor Valarie Bartley of Reevesville AME Church both received letters where the writer used verses from the Bible to terrorize them for being female pastors.

“A lot of people do not respect female pastors,” Pastor Rhodes told WISTV. “Sexism in the church has been around for the longest time and it always gets, to my opinion, sort of hidden under the other issues that are there.”


The Clarendon County Sheriff's Office is taking the letters seriously and ask anyone that has information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

Photo: wistv.com

Joneka Percentie is a junior studying Communications, Africana Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies. When she is not working as an editorial assistant with For Harriet, she enjoys blogging for SPARK, singing, dancing, tweeting @jpercentie, eating, and sleeping. E-mail her at joneka.percentie@forharriet.com

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