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Can't get this song out of my head today. The sentiment is as great now as when the song first came out in the 1970s.
Posted by Mike Feinstein on October 4, 2008 10:08 AM | Permalink
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Unfortunately, Trinity United Church, Jeremiah Wright, and their theology are opposite to what you describe: "empower black people to stand on their own and not to take the easy road of blaming their troubles on those that oppressed them in the past." If that was the case, there would be no problem with Obama supporting this church so heavily for so long.
However, this church serves up incendiary speech to their parishioners with hate and blame for the American Government as one example.
October 10, 2008 10:01 AM
I don't edit or filter the comments on this blog, other than obvious spam or anything truly hateful. I had to think hard about the previous comment. I left it as is, but will say that for a more balanced view of black liberation theology, you can read about it on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_liberation_theology
In general, I am not threatened at all by black religious leaders trying to empower black people with a slanted set of teachings. Certainly some of it can be interpreted as racist, but I tend to think that the strong positions are done more to empower black people to stand on their own and not to take the easy road of blaming their troubles on those who have oppressed them in the past.
In a truly equal society, this type of strong approach will be much less effective. But, it's very hard for me, as a well off middle-aged white man, to put myself in the place of a poor, inner city, black young man. If strong language empowers them to take more responsibility for uplifting their community, it's not a big problem for me.
And, I believe that Obama now has much more in common with his Ivy League classmates than with this same inner city black youth. Part of his appeal to many people is that he bridges all of these worlds.
Mike Feinstein |
October 5, 2008 08:21 PM
Speaking of Peace, Love, and Understanding.
BEFORE ANY AMERICANS WHO OPPOSE RACISM EVEN THINK OF VOTING FOR OBAMA, THEY NEED TO TAKE A SERIOUS LOOK AT HIS SO-CALLED “RELIGION.” How can Obama claim to be a "uniter" when his religion is based upon racism, i.e. black liberation theology. Here are a few statements from James H. Cone, one of the founders of black liberation theology, about the nature of Obama's religion, and you tell me if they are consistent with Christianity or "unification."
(1) "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."
(2) “To be Christian is to be one of those whom God has chosen. God has chosen black people."
(3) "While it is true that blacks do hate whites, black hatred is not racism."
(4) "All white men are responsible for white oppression."
(5) "Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man "the devil."
(6) "If there is any contemporary meaning of the Antichrist, the white church seems to be a manifestation of it."
I recommend that you do a little research on Obama’s so-called religion, black liberation theology. First, here is a link to Obama’s church where they admit they preach black liberation theology, and that it is based on the teachings of James H. Cone. They offer his seminal book about Obama’s religion on their site, also. It is called “Black Theology and Black Power.”
http://tinyurl.com/5q7rjk (Note: This link has been destroyed by the church) Here is a cache of the link.
http://tinyurl.com/64rup5 --- Here is another one just in case they scrub this one --
If you have the time, read the books of Cone, starting with the above-referenced book. I have to warn you, however, that all of the hatred and racism makes for a rather depressing read. If you don’t have time to fully research this issue, then go on the web. Here are just a few sources which are helpful.
Also, here is the church’s Black Value System that Obama adhered to for 20 years:
1. Commitment to God
2. Commitment to the Black Community
3. Commitment to the Black Family
4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
6. Adherence to the Black Work Ethic
7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community
10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions
11. Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
12. Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System.
After you have completed your research, you will find that Obama’s religion is NOT CHRISTIAN, like he professes it to be, but racist and divisive. Then, you need to figure out in your own mind, what it says about a man who would practice such beliefs for 20 years, and who would expose his family and children to this theology of hate.
October 5, 2008 08:03 PM
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