Continuing on in my writings regarding the radical nature of Obama and this administration…
Reverend Jeremiah Wright and Black Liberation Theology
Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the inflammatory pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, was thrust onto the national stage during Obama’s presidential campaign, after videos and tapes of Wright’s racist, self-righteous sermons began surfacing. Voters learned that Wright served as Obama’s spiritual advisor for 25 years, performed his married to Michelle, and baptized his children; and so the logical question was – – did Obama share and condone Wright’s views?
No, no, of course not. In fact, Barack didn’t even remember hearing sermons like the ones that had so many folks upset. Wright would eventually get thrown under the campaign bus when it became clear he was becoming too much of a liability. After all, Obama was supposed to be a racial uniter.
The truth is, Obama chose Wright and his church very carefully. What made Trinity United unique from other Chicago churches was that it preached Black Liberation Theology. What is that? Black Liberation Theology (BLT), yet another brainchild of 60’s radicals, is a disturbing blend of communist ideology mixed with Christian teaching.
BLT originated with two black theologians, James Cone and Cornel West in the 1960’s. Cone claimed that “The Christian faith has been interpreted largely by those who enslaved black people” and that white theology had failed for centuries to help blacks in their struggle for freedom as its followers considered blacks to be no better than animals.
Thus blacks needed a new form of Christianity and in Cone’s 1970 book, A Black Theology of Liberation, he explains black theology as a system of liberation; the preaching of the gospel from the viewpoint of blacks as centuries-old victims of white domination. BLT founders, Cone and West, both believed Marxism provided the best ethical framework for the black church because, as Cone said, Marxism “best addressed remedies to the condition of blacks as victims of white oppression”.
In Cornel West’s theological essay, “Black Theology and Marxist Thought” he explains that both BLT and Marxism “focus on the plight of the exploited, oppressed and degraded peoples of the world, their relative powerlessness and possible empowerment.” This shared focus prompted West to call for “a serious dialogue between Black theologians and Marxist thinkers”, a dialogue to be centered on the possibility of “mutually arrived-at political action.” In his book Prophesy Deliverance, West advised that by working together, Marxists and black theologians can bring about much-needed social change for the black community.
So it was that Black Liberation Reverend Jeremiah Wright would preach Marxism, class warfare, and black victimhood from the pulpit of Trinity United for over three decades. And Obama (and later his wife and children) would sit in the pews for 25 years listening to this bile. As Cone said in his book 1999 book, Speaking the Truth, “Black people who have been humiliated and oppressed by the structures of White society six days of the week gather together each Sunday morning in order to experience another definition of their humanity”. Yes, it must have been terribly difficult for Obama, during his years at Columbia and Harvard, to even manage to get to class with the throngs of white people blocking his path.
For decades, Reverend Wright worked to keep his parishioners continually agitated and always victimized. Whether he was shouting “God Damn America”, sermonizing about the government infecting blacks with HIV, or ranting against Hilary Clinton, who he said was among the oppressing class of “rich white people”, thus incapable of understanding oppression, because she “ain’t never been called a nigger”; his radical teachings were required to keep racism alive, to foment distrust, and to nurture resentment. All feelings necessary for a Marxist revolution.
In fact, one of the tenets of Trinity United is “economic parity”. On its website, Trinity claims that God is not pleased with “America’s economic mal-distribution.” Let’s be clear here, phrases like “economic parity” and “social justice” are simply code for a redistribution of wealth. Wright’s militant preaching focused on wealth redistribution through a large and intrusive government, entitlement programs, nationalized healthcare, repeated minimum wage increases, etc. After all, if the rich, evil, white man is not willing to give power, then blacks must take it through any means necessary.
The irony of all this, of course, is that Communism always leads to tyranny and oppression. Patronizing blacks as perpetual victims is the best possible way to keep them enslaved and subjugated, to have them reliant upon government and believing that someone else is responsible for their success or failure in life. The only ones enriched in a communist society are the ruling elite.
So tell me, with what we know these days, is there anybody left out there that believes Obama did not know what was being said in his church by Reverend Jeremiah Wright?
to be continued…