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Descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee quits NC church over criticism

Mark Price, The Charlotte Observer on

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Lee was both praised and criticized for his taking part in the glitzy awards show.

"You sir are not a Christian pastor," posted Janis Moore in response to a Winston-Salem Journal story on Lee. "Instead of appearing on television maybe you should spend some time ministering in the community around the church where you are 'pastor.'"

"This guy was so caught up in the glitz," posted Patricia Merchant on Facebook. "Exactly how long has this character been on a crusade against social injustices? Three days? Three weeks? Three months? Since Charlottesville? Never? He will spin this into a pretty little PR opportunity. ... He's a phony."

Others expressed support for Lee on Twitter.

"Rob didn't walk on eggshells. Well done, brother," posted self-described Christian activist Brian D. McLaren.

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