Monday, April 28, 2008

The Reverend Wright’s Love Fest with Bill Moyers

Senator Obama and Reverend Wright permeated the airwaves this weekend. Who do you think Wright was trying to help? Himself?– he is trying to sell a book-, or Obama? Hmmm I don't think so.

Wright was interviewed by Bill Moyers. Wright was dressed in a suit and well-coiffed. He sure didn't look like the radical everyone portrayed him to be. Bill Moyers seemed to be quite enamored with Wright. Wright talked of the black experience, "

I was a teenager when I heard the call to ministry. I grew up in a parsonage. I grew up a son of and grandson of a minister, which also gave me the advantage of knowing that there were more things to ministry than pastoring. I had no idea that I'd be preaching or pastoring a church at that teenage year. As a matter of fact I left Philadelphia going to Virginia Union University. And unfortunately, I was starting during the civil rights movement. And the civil rights movement showed me a side of Christianity that I had not seen in Philadelphia. I had not seen Christians who, as I saw in Richmond, Virginia, who loved the lord, who professed faith in Jesus Christ and who believed in segregation, saw nothing wrong with lynching, saw nothing wrong with Negroes staying in their places. I knew about hatred. I knew about prejudice. But I didn't know Christians participated in that, in that kind of thinking.

He talked of Black Liberation Theology, "I think that's a fair bumper sticker. I think that the terms "liberation theology" or "black liberation theology" cause more problems and red flags for people who don't understand it." I understand liberation theology, and I also know it's a perversion of the gospel. Click on Black Liberation Theology.

Reverend Wright claims the sound bites that are endlessly looped take his words out of context, but if one examines the entire sermon, the only conclusion one can reach is that they are not taken out of context.

We bombed Gadafi's home and killed his child. "Blessed are they who bash your children's head against a rock!" We bombed Iraq. We killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan to payback for the attack on our embassy. Killed hundreds of hard-working people; mothers and fathers who left home to go that day, not knowing that they would never get back home. We bombed Hiroshima! We bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye! Kids playing in the playground, mothers picking up children after school, civilians - not soldiers - people just trying to make it day by day. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and Black South Africans, and now we are indignant? Because the stuff we have done overseas has now been brought back into our own front yards! America's chickens are coming home to roost!

The United States has been more benevolent, and has helped more nations than any other nation in the world. At the end of World War 2, many more people would have died if we had not bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

When confronted by Mike Wallace about controversial statements Obama had heard during Wright's sermons, Obama soft peddled the answer, and talked about the Jim Crow laws, etc. I don't think Mike Wallace was talking about the Jim Crow Laws. We all know racism is wrong, and we all know the Jim Crow laws were wrong. There is more audio. From Hugh Hewitt.

Another rant out of several on Hugh Hewitt.

The government lied about Pearl Harbor. They knew the Japanese were going to attack. Governments lie. The government lied about the Gulf of Tonkin. They wanted that resolution to get us into the Vietnam War. Governments lie. The government lied about Nelson Mandela, and our CIA helped put him in prison, and keep him there for 27 years. The South African government lied on Nelson Mandela. Governments lie. Turn back to your neighbor and say it again. Governments lie (audience responds). The government lied about the Tuskegee experiment. They purposefully infected African-American men with syphilis. Governments lie. The government lied about bombing Cambodia. And Richard Nixon stood in front of the camera, let me make myself perfectly clear, we are not...governments lie. The government lied about the drugs for arms Contra scheme, orchestrated by Oliver North, and then they pardoned, the government pardoned all of the perpetrators, so they could get better jobs in the government.  Governments lie. The government lied about adventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. Governments lie. The government lied about a connection between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, and are connected between 9/11/01 and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Governments lie. The government lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq being a threat to the United States peace. And guess what else? If they don't find them some weapons of mass destruction, they're going to do just like the LAPD, and plant them some weapons of mass destruction. Governments lie. (applause)

When I was in Nicaragua, and I saw the liberation theology movement; I didn't worry about it every reaching our borders. I was wrong. Liberation theology is trying to become mainstreamed. It was rejected by the Vatican, and it should be rejected by any rational person.

Sure, the Blacks have had a different history than most Americans. I don't mind if their church focuses on its African traditions. I don't even mind a Black Messiah. After all, the renaissance painters painted a white Messiah which is also probably not true. Jesus was probably more of a middle-eastern color since he was born in the Middle East.

There is a reason the Reverend Wright coddles Louis Farrakhan. Reverend Wright is a radical and Louis Farrakhan is a radical. Obama attended this church for twenty years without batting an eye as Reverend Wright would say. He also took his children to see this radical preacher on a weekly basis.

Even the Reverend Wright admits that liberation theology comes from the vantage point of the oppressed. This is not the gospel. The gospel does not refer to class. The "poor" is the "poor in spirit" not "poor economically" As Joe Klein of Time Magazine said, Black Liberation Theology is not the Black Church. I would go further; Liberation Theology is not Catholicism.

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