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Pastor: Poverty 'weapon of mass destruction'

Register & Bee staff writer
February 5, 2008

The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr. said he didn't come to Danville on Monday to politick for Democrat Tom Perriello. But he couldn't help it.

Forbes returned to an area where he once preached to let about 200 people at Bibleway Cathedral know that Danville has better days ahead.

Forbes and Perriello, who is challenging Congressman Virgil Goode in the 5th District, got to know each other in New York when Forbes was pastor of Riverside Church. The first African-American pastor of Riverside Church has been listed as one of the best U.S. preachers in Newsweek.

Perriello, also at Monday's gathering, said he heard about the prophetic justice principles Forbes developed and he wanted to know more. Forbes believes the problem isn't who is sitting in the White House, but the culture that elected that type of person.

"Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction," he said.

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