The last week since Barack Obama had his “most honest speech on race”speech on race in America (thereby altering Obama from a candidate for President who happens to be black, to a black candidate for President), have been revealing. Revealing in the way the Left and the MSM are willing to do mental and ethical gymnastics to excuse the racist, America-hating views of Obama’s ‘spiritual mentor’ and pastor. (A rundown of which can be seen here)
Revealing in the way Obama attempted to lie his way out of having heard these things, then four days later, admitted to having heard them.
Revealing in the way he spun the national conversation about Wright into his ‘typical white person’ grandmother, and by extension, we are all supposedly guilty .
Revealing in that having admitted to hearing these sermons, he chose to not only attend Wright’s church for twenty years, but have this man as his close friend and adviser.
Revealing in the exposure to most of us of Black Liberation Theology, which Obama appears to at least condone, if not outright accept. (more on BT can be seen here)James Cone, the originator of BT, and a current leader of the movement, reveals to us a number of very un-Christian ideals.
In his own words, Christianity was a white European religion that didn’t address black people. He created BT for the express purpose of bringing the Black Power movement together with Christianity. Black Power was a movement created in the 1960s, ostensibly to empower black Americans, who had in fact been oppressed and abused. The Civil Rights movement came about not just through black Americans, or they would have failed. Racist sheriffs would have found a way to create accusations, and with no one else around to refute them but blacks, they would have put the movement down as insurrectionists. White people in general, and Christianity in particular were instrumental in giving the Civil Rights movement legs, and numbers. At risk of being accused of a racist statement, they ‘legitemized’ the movement in the eyes of people on the sidelines.
The rhetoric of both Black Power and BT are Marxist in their cores (I detailed the origins of BT in the above previous post). America is raping the world, America is creating chaos, capitalism is bad, middle class values and ideals are evil and oppressive.
Sounds an awful lot like the standard Democrat of today, of Ahmedinijad, Chavez, Castro, and Bin Laden as well.
Stokely Carmichael was a Black Power leader, raising these issues. One issue that he got completely right and wrong simultaneously is the matter of poverty programs. he says:
How do we raise the questions of poverty? The assumptions of this country is that if someone is poor, they are poor because of their own individual blight, or they weren’t born on the right side of town; they had too many children; they went in the army too early; or their father was a drunk, or they didn’t care about school, or they made a mistake. That’s a lot of nonsense. Poverty is well calculated in this country. It is well calculated, and the reason why the poverty program won’t work is because the calculators of poverty are administering it. That’s why it won’t work.
He got it right in that these programs have as their end result the enslavement of not just blacks, but the poor overall. I have long called this the Plantation Mentality. These programs make one dependent on the people handing out the money, and just as a person’s muscles will atrophy from lack of use, the people on today’s plantation have had their will and drive to succeed atrophy. We are in the last 20 years seeing the results of generations of people who live hand to mouth, dependent on their government ‘paycheck’. Yes, they call it that, I’ve had pre-school aged children come running up to me on check days, crying out for their ‘momma’s paycheck’. Benjamin Franklin got a few proverbs right on this matter:
Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.
“I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading them or driving them out of it.”
“Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor, will feel a pleasure in the reverse. And those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues, are happy if others can be depressed to a level of themselves.
Human nature doesn’t seem to have changed, at least in the last 250 years. Poverty should be hard, so your normal human drives kick you in the seat of the pants to change it. Making it easy by giving the poor checks and benefits will only encourage people to stay there, because it’s a lot easier to sit back and wait on the government ‘paycheck’ than it is to get up early, go to school, and save your money to rise up out of that poverty. Remember: If you want more of something, subsidize it.
Carmichael got it wrong, in that being born on the wrong side of town, having kids too young, or not being married when you have them, not caring about school, is exactly the way to stay in poverty. Before the 1960s, when you had a flood of government programs, the black community in America had far greater obstacles facing them than there are now. Yet the poverty rate was lower, marriage rates were far higher, very few children born out of wedlock, there was a thriving black middle class, complete with people owning their own businesses.
The introduction of making poverty easier has led to a permanent underclass in America. The people that do have drive, want to learn, postpone kids until they are married and out of school, they are condemned by the black community as ‘acting white’ or being Uncle Toms. The charge of being ‘uppity’ has left the mouths of white conservatives, who today are all too happy to watch people of any skin color have pride in themselves, and show the drive to succeed. The fact that someone has done it despite hurdles in front of them all their lives, makes the story all the greater to me!
Carmichael got it wrong, the naive, hopeful part of me says, in the origin of poverty programs. I’d like to think that these programs, like most leftist programs, are created simply out of good intentions. Good feelings. The whole problem with good intentions and good feelings is that if you don’t think them through, look forward, you wind up with very different results than you intended.
The result of the ‘war on poverty’ in America has been a permanent underclass, with its will atrophied. The plantation mentality is alive and well today, with people looking to their government masters for their money, their housing, their food, just as black people were dependent on their “owners” (I use the quotation marks purposely, because despite what laws men may pass, no man may truly own another) back in the slavery days.
Back to the foundations of BT. According to Cone, King wasn’t ‘appropriately black’, therefore, Cone needed to do more to make the message for black people. He admired Malcom X, a Nation of Islam leader and protege` of NOI leader Elijah Mohammed. Christianity didn’t have a ‘black Jesus’, and Malcom X wasn’t a Christian. Therefore, he melded the two to create BT, with an unhealthy dose of Marxism thrown in to make it completely un-Christian.
Cone has wedded himself to Trinity United Church of Christ, Obama’s church of 20 years, the alliance between Cone, Wright, TUCC, and BT being clear (if the clips we’ve seen of Wright’s preaching weren’t evidence enough). Cone wrote that the United States was a white racist nation and the white church was the Antichrist for having supported slavery and segregation.
Today, Cone, a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York, stands by that view, but also makes clear that he doesn’t believe that whites individually are the Antichrist.
In an interview, Cone said that when he was asked which church most embodied his message, “I would point to that church (Trinity) first.” Cone also said he thought that Wright’s successor, the Rev. Otis Moss III, would continue the tradition. (also evidenced in Moss’ Easter Sunday sermon this last weekend)
What Cone fails to mention is that white Christians were behind both the abolitionist movement, and the more recent Civil Rights movement. He can’t really mention that, because that would undercut the very message that white people are all racist, and Jesus is black.
Cone also has some rather controversial ideas about God, saying:
The black theologian must reject any conception of God which stifles black self-determination by picturing God as a God of all peoples. Either God is identified with the oppressed to the point that their experience becomes God’s experience, or God is a God of racism…The blackness of God means that God has made the oppressed condition God’s own condition. This is the essence of the Biblical revelation. By electing Israelite slaves as the people of God and by becoming the Oppressed One in Jesus Christ, the human race is made to understand that God is known where human beings experience humiliation and suffering…Liberation is not an afterthought, but the very essence of divine activity. (A Black Theology of Liberation, pp. 63-64)
Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community. . . . Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love. (emphasis mine)
This is the man who taught Rev. Right, and is still a leader in teaching BT. The preachings we’ve heard from Wright, and what we’ve heard come out of Michelle Obama’s mouth, now begin to make sense. The originator of the theology that you preach created this, and Wright, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, and their children all soak this bilge in.
TUCC has, despite moving and removing certain parts of their ‘Black Value System’ the ideas that ‘middleclassness’ is a racist methodology practiced by whites to separate and even kill black people. After the recent exposure of Wright’s…values…TUCC has hidden the page, removing the link from the front page.
Just as most Marxist movements, in America and around the world, BT and TUCC take up the cause of the ‘Palestinian’ people, against Israel, and by extension, the eradication of Jews and Israel.
In the pastor’s notes section of the TUCC bulletin, he reprints an open letter from Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marzook. This diatribe includes rants about America, President Bush, Israel, and includes the official Hamas position of the destruction of the state of Israel and elimination of the Jews. In this letter, Marzook even compares the Hamas charter, which includes these ideals, to our Declaration of Independence, with the Hamas Charter being superior. (!)
This was not a letter written to TUCC, but an editorial in the LA Times. Wright chose to reprint it, deeming it a worthy message for his flock to read. Marzook is deputy of the political bureau of Hamas, who according to the U.S. government, “During his tenure in the US, he created an extensive network to support HAMAS’ terrorist activities.”
Another bulletin features work from Omid Safi, from the greatly misnamed Progressive Muslim Union. The introduction to this work comes from Rev. Wright, in which he is supportive of Islam, critical of the “war on terror” and the Palestinian muslim problem in the “state” of Israel. (quotation marks belong to Rev. Wright, not me)
Other assorted quotations from these Pastor’s Pages include:
Obery Hendricks saying: “(Bush is) a man who has shown a frightening disdain for the sanctity of human life for the entirety of his career in elective office” and
“He…sent thousands of Americans to their deaths based on lies and knowing deception…” (I realize there are Americans who fully agree with this, but that is an argument for another time)
Wright telling us that in the Sunday, July 1, 2007 worship service,
The war in Iraq is now in its fifth year. Justified as a means to end oppression, this war has imposed the new oppression of terror on the people of Iraq.
….. Tens of thousands more innocent Iraqi lives are daily being offered on the altar of preemptive war and sectarian violence…. In our name human rights have been violated, abuse and torture sanctioned, civil liberties dismantled, Iraqi infrastructure and lives destroyed.
On July 29, Rev. Wright Rev. Wright bizarrely introduces an article about Paris Hilton’s alleged “conversion” as an example of “21st Century white distortions” and “arrogance.”
According to Bizzyblog, who did extensive work in going through these bulletins,
And this is only from one month.I have in my possession almost 100 other TUCC online bulletins dating as far back as December 2004. Although I haven’t read every issue’s “Pastor’s Pages” word for word, I have seen enough to be confident that July 2007 was not an atypical month — and that Barack and Michelle Obama would have to have been deaf, dumb, and blind on an “ongoing basis” to not have picked up a continual stream of what is, and remains, in Barack Obama’s own words, “completely unacceptable and inexcusable.”
The previous month, TUCC published an open letter to Oprah Winfrey in the bulletin, who left the church some four years ago due to her ‘uncomfortableness’ with Wright’s preaching. (It would appear that she has a little bit more integrety than Sen. Obama, but only a little, since she is still supporting Obama)
I do know that Mr. Mandela, who is probably the most respected man on Earth today, is your friend and hero. He is also mine. I met him in Chicago; and I had the honor of visiting him at his home in South Africa, years back. You are also a friend and a great admirer of Cape Town Archbishop Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize dignitary, a man who has stood against injustice and racism almost his entire life. Both men describe Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, the natives of the land, as worse than apartheid. Recently, Israel prevented Bishop Tutu from coming to Gaza to investigate and report Israel’s war crimes to the United Nations.
I must tell you that Israel was the closest ally to the White Supremacists of South Africa. In fact, South Africa allowed Israel to test its nuclear weapons in the ocean off South Africa. The Israelis were given a blank check: they could test whenever they desired and did not even have to ask permission. Both worked on an ethnic bomb that kills Blacks and Arabs.
Arabs have always supported the dismantling of this racist government. In 1962, African-Arab Sudan granted Mandela a passport to travel with to gain international support in his struggle to free his people. Libya, among other Arab states, provided Mandela and other African liberation movements, political as well as material support. As a result, Libya was designated by the White House as a terrorist rogue state. What a great honor!
In addition to Obama’s church, TUCC, he has a political adviser and friend by the name of James Meeks, longtime Illinois state Senator, Reverend of a Chicago church, and political powerhouse in Chicago. This is the man who in a sermon, railed on white people and politicians who opposed him, saying:
Rev. James Meeks made an about face and promises now that he will never use a racial slur after setting off a firestorm when he used a slur in a sermon.
CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports Meeks said the battle goes beyond language.
“I won’t use the word, but what about all of the ills that the word has caused society?” Meeks asked on WBBM Newsradio 780.
The chairman of the General Assembly’s Black Caucus says he’s “officially retiring” the “n” word from his vocabulary, just a few days after fiercely defending his use of it to denounce African-Americans with whom he disagrees.
“You’ve got some preachers that are house niggers. You’ve got elected officials that are house niggers. And rather than them trying to break this up, they’re going to fight you to protect that white man,” Meeks said in the sermon last month.….. It is clear this controversy is not over.
Among other things in that controversial sermon last month, Meeks referred to unnamed white mayors and white governors, accusing them of running a lousy educational system that intentionally kept young African-American students from learning how to read and write. According to Fox News, Meeks is an Illinois super delegate, has ties to Obama’s campaign, and Obama’s campaign site tout Meeks’ endorsement. Meeks is also a former Vice President of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition. This organization has a long-standing, well earned reputation for being racial shakedown artists. Meeks let this ‘talent’ show in an incident with Chicago police, in which he was in a car driving recklessly, then when pulled over, he immediately got out and advanced on the officer, despite being ordered to stop and get back in the car. When he continued advancing, the officer finally pulled his sidearm on Meeks, leading to Meeks having a press bonanza over the matter.
It isn’t clear where Obama’s beliefs and the church’s diverge. Through aides, Obama declined requests for an interview or to respond to written questions about his thoughts on Jesus, Cone or liberation theology.
This goes far, far beyond the questions of character that we had with Bill Clinton back in the ’90s. The already known proclivities of the man speak to his morals, and dedication to his family. The teachings that Barack Obama has been exposed to for twenty years are hateful, divisive, and utterly destructive to both the black community and America at large.
This is an issue of ones worldview, and by extension, how one lives his or her life. Looking into the worldview of someone who would be President of the United States and projecting our will around the world, inside and outside America, is not out of bounds, but our duty as Americans. This should continue to be done, whether it’s Obama, Clinton, or McCain. The idea that a man with these views, and his closest adviser who taught him those views, is one that the whole country needs to seriously consider.
Consider what such things might reveal.