The rapper Kanye West visited to two Harris County jails in Houston with his Sunday Service choir.
The rapper’s used songs from his new album, “Jesus is King” during his recent concert at the jail.
During the performance, West declared the event was “not a show, but a mission.” And that mission seem to have reached the purpose. You could see the inmates worshipping in their orange uniforms, other craying while praying, and others making decisions for Christ. Not only the inmates but also the officers enjoyed the event.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez was one of them. On Twitter, he shared a video of the performance expressing his support to the event.
“[email protected] and his choir brought some light and #churchservice to people who needed it today at the Harris County Jail. #HouNews,” Gonzalez posted with a link to a short YouTube clip.
— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) 16 de noviembre de 2019
However, not everyone agreed. A national atheist group alleges in a complaint filed with the local sheriff that event was an egregious violation of the separation of church and state.
Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) maintains the concerts were illegal because of the religious content.
Andrew L. Seidel, director of Strategic Response for the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) said: “This was about a superstar using his notoriety to pressure a captive audience into accepting his particular brand of religion.”
Besides, Seidel requested that public records related to all correspondence, emails and concert notices between West’s team and officials from the jail or sheriff’s department be provided to FFRF within 10 daysi. He asked that request to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez in a four-page letter.
It was not the end
After posts of the event circulated everywhere, Seidel did not wait to express his ideas. He went on to take Gonzalez to task for using his secular office to “promote his personal religion, even if it happens to be a religion Kanye West shares.”
Source: Christian Headlines