Pastors on Point respond to anonymous attack on Roberts
On Friday, we published images of a series of anonymous, spiteful, seemingly racist and possibly illegal campaign materials opposing the current San Diego County Board of Supervisors, two of which, Bill Horn and Ron Roberts, are up for reelection in November. Among the materials there was a flyer featuring “Blasper the Angry Ghost” with a mixed message about Roberts and racism.
What really made the flyer dirty was that it was attributed to Pastors on Point, a non-profit group that organizes community services and events like the recent Praise Fest gospel festival.
Today Pastors on Point held a press conference denouncing the materials and calling for an investigation. For some reason, we didn’t get the invite and didn’t know about it until Channel 10 called and asked for a comment from us (they should have video tonight).
So, I called Pastor Ray Smith, president of Pastors on Point, on his cell. Here’s what he said:
We were taken by surprise. We think that particular flyer that came out was degrading. It should be nowhere in our community, in our city, in our society…. We just believe the person who put the flyer together ought to have enough nerve to come out and say they did. What they did is they put ‘Pastors on Point’ on the bottom of the flyer and we don’t think that’s fair because it wasn’t us that did the flyer. We think that it’s just wrong.
Some voiceofsandiego.org staffers jumped on us for publishing the images, claiming via Twitter that we were helping the cowardly smearsters spread their message. We asked Smith whether he was upset that we published the documents:
We were glad in the sense of being able to get our hands on it because if it went out all across the city, it would be difficult to retract. At least now we got it out in the open and people can hear it from the press release, people can see the flyer and it’s something that we as a city have to get past. This covert and overt racism is not good for our community.
Pastors on Point has called for an investigation into the materials. That’s one of the reasons we put it out there: Evidence.
Writers note: I’ve made minor modifications to this story for the sake of clarity.