*A minister in Maryland is taking his message of peace from the pulpit to the juke joint. Anthony C. Muse, who also is a state Senator representing Prince George’s County, said when it comes to his personal anti-violence message he’s willing to do whatever it takes to get the word out.
“When things are broken you have to do something different,” Muse told the Washington Post, noting the nearly 90 homicides in the county this year.
Muse, the pastor of Ark of Safety Christian Center in Forestville, has teamed with an area night club owner, the manager of a well-known funk band and other clergy to put an end to violence in his district.
Muse (D-Prince George’s) said he will encourage club patrons to peacefully work through problems in a campaign he started with Legends Night Club in Temple Hills, the manager of the Backyard band and other clergy.
Club owner Kevin Schwapp said his patrons might not want to attend church, but he said they want to makes night clubs safer. In 2007, county officials closed some clubs in response to violent incidents.