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Letter from former pastor ejected from Fargo Trump rally responding to critics

Allyne Holz stands outside of her apartment in Moorhead on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Holz was removed from Scheels Arena during the Trump Rally on Wednesday. David Samson / Forum News Service

Since June 27, when I turned my back on President Trump, I have received so much support in Facebook posts, editorials and letters; I offer my thanks to each of you.

To those who expressed their displeasure without judgement or foul language, I thank you also for expressing your thoughts with kindness.

There have been a few, thankfully only a few, that have tried to shame me, said I should read my Bible more and called me to publicly repent.

A common theme my critics used is the Biblical command to honor and obey those in authority. The Biblical commands that directed my action are that we are to love our neighbors, welcome the foreigners and care for the vulnerable.

In sermons, Bible studies and confirmation classes, I have tried to teach that the Bible is not a weapon for us to keep others in line; the Bible is God's word of grace that keeps my heart open to welcome others.

Holz is a former Lutheran pastor living in Moorhead.