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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Racism and Black Liberation Theology

If John McCain had spent 17 years in a church that embraced the doctrine of the Ku Klux Klan, and the pastor was an active KKK member, and McCain called his pastor his “friend and mentor”, where would the media be on this?

Black Liberation Theology

What is it? Why should we care? The Democratic Presidential candidate spent 17 years in a church that embraces Black Liberation Theology. Reverend Wright, whom Obama calls his “friend and mentor”, embraces Black Liberation Theology.

There are numerous quotes in red in this post. These are quotes from James Cone, the recognized founder of Black Liberation Theology. His words speak for themselves.

So again I ask, what is Black Liberation Theology? First, the flowery, feel good, liberal version:

Terry Gross, of NPR Radio, interviewed the founder of Black Liberation Theology, James Cone in March of this year. Cone is the author of Black Power and Black Theology and numerous other books of the same genre. Gross said she wanted us to get “a better sense of what Black Liberation Theology is and where it fits into American religion and culture.”

Through Gross’s interview, Cone came across as a champion for the poor and oppressed. Some of his quotes from the interview:

Cone explained the movement as “mainly a theology that sees God primarily as concerned with the poor and the weak." It's an attempt, he says "to teach people how to be both unapologetically black and Christian at the same time."
“It’s not just for black people…” It is concerned about the Gospel for everybody.

Cone says “the overriding message of Old Testament prophets — and Jesus Christ — is a condemnation of the nation and of the religious [establishment] ... for oppressing the poor."

He also said America has been primarily a White Supremicist society and being Black has been defined as evil and negative.

We need to be unapologetically black and Christian at the same time.”

Now for what he didn’t say in the interview that he says in his books.

From this site:

”What if anything does the Christian gospel have to say to powerless black men whose existence is threatened on a daily basis by the insidious tentacles of white power? If the gospel has nothing to say to people as they confront the daily realities of life, it is a lifeless message.

Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man 'the devil.' The white structure of this American society, personified in every racist, must be at least part of what the New Testament meant by demonic forces... About thirty years ago it was acceptable to lynch a black man by hanging him from a tree; but today whites destroy him by crowding him into a ghetto and letting filth and despair put the final touches on death."

From American Thinker

"The Christian faith has been interpreted largely by those who enslaved black people, and by the people who segregated them."

From the Asian Times

Christ is black therefore not because of some cultural or psychological need of black people, but because and only because Christ really enters into our world where the poor were despised and the black are, disclosing that he is with them enduring humiliation and pain and transforming oppressed slaves into liberating servants.

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.

In the New Testament, Jesus is not for all, but for the oppressed, the poor and unwanted of society, and against oppressors ... Either God is for black people in their fight for liberation and against the white oppressors, or he is not.

And here is an article on the Marxist roots of Black Liberation Theology.

Why anyone who is not a racist, black or white, would vote for Obama, knowing his association with these radical racist ideas, is a great puzzle to me. Either they are naïve or they, if they are black, are really racist, or, if they are white, they have a guilt complex they’re trying to alleviate.

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At 7:42 AM, Blogger Mark said...

Re: Either they are naïve or they, if they are black, are really racist, or, if they are white, they have a guilt complex they’re trying to alleviate.

I touched on this white guilt theory on my post today. Although I didn't post on BLT, the theology goes hand-in-hand with the ideology.

At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really sad to see this kind of racism from blacks/churches. What's wrong with these people?
- V

At 4:46 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

Interestingly, a very close friend of my family is a black preacher. Last night after church we were discussing the election and he said (HE said) that "...most blacks are not committed to God. They are more committed to their race." I said, that's a bold statement for you to make, brother. He said, "It's true. Blacks like to go to church on Sunday morning, hear some good music, be entertained and get some good preaching- but then the rest of the week they aren't applying the Christian principles they learn to their own lives." All I could say was that many whites do the same thing. He said the difference was that blacks as a whole are that way.

I wasn't going to argue with him. I've known him too long. He's black. He's a preacher. I'm not.

At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Herm said...

Its sad to see a whole society of people imprisoned in such theological darkness that they can't see the true light of the gospel message. Thanks mainly to radical black messengers and the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton always promoting racism and black victimization.

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Theway2k said...

This is a very appropiate for voters to consider. Indeed, if McCain was in the KKK situation you provided, there would be a huge public and media outrage. Barack Hussein Obama gets a pass for his associations.

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Ms.Green said...

You are right, he does get a pass. Worse though, is that anyone who brings any of this up is called a racist for daring to question him about anything.

This is a double standard so egregious that I have not seen the likes of it ever before.

At 1:00 AM, Blogger Marshall Art said...

I have been discussing this at my blog. The question there is whether or not it is appropriate to doubt their Christianity. I argued that they might claim to agree with the essentials, but their actions regarding black oppression and victimhood defintely stray far enought away to make it into something not quite so Christian. Nothing in the way "White" Christians have interpreted the Bible has ever compared to what BLT hopes to preach. The Klan's interpretation has been roundly rejected by the Body of Christ as equally reprehensible, as has the blatherings of Fred Phelps. They use their claims of being Christian to lend legitimacy to their marxist ideology.


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