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Rethinking Kwanzaa: Jerry Falwell says America has been duped into accepting illegitimate holiday
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 12/30/06 | Jerry Falwell

Posted on 12/30/2006 2:34:47 AM PST by JohnHuang2

We hear a lot these days about a divided nation. So I began wondering this week why our nation has begun to embrace a relatively new celebration known as Kwanzaa, which is not as innocent as it appears on the surface.

Launched in 1966, Kwanzaa is celebrated for seven days, beginning Dec. 26. The weeklong festival was introduced by Ron Karenga (aka Ron Everett), a black author and Marxist devotee, who has a very dubious history. Mr. Karenga's Marxist roots should be a warning signal right off the bat, but there's more to be concerned about here.

In 1969, on the campus of UCLA, Mr. Karenga led a student group known as United Slaves, which, along with students in the equally radical Black Panthers (the rivals of United Slaves), actually attended classes with loaded weapons.

David Horowitz, in his book "Radical Son," noted that Black Panther John Higgins was then "murdered – along with Al 'Bunchy' Carter – on the UCLA campus by members of Ron Karenga's organization." Later, female members of the United Slaves said they were tortured by United Slaves members, all at Mr. Karenga's command.

Members of the organization have since reported being beaten and tortured by Mr. Karenga and his minions. He actually was convicted of felonious assault and false imprisonment in 1971 and sentenced to prison. At his trial, a psychiatrist's report declared: "This man now represents a picture which can be considered both paranoid and schizophrenic with hallucinations and elusions, inappropriate affect, disorganization and impaired contact with the environment."

But the story gets more bizarre.

When he was released from prison, Mr. Karenga had earned his doctorate degree and soon was appointed to the Black Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach.

I'll never cease to be amazed at the foolish gullibility of modern education officials.

Our nation, I believe, has also been naïve in accepting Kwanzaa without examining its roots and its founder. In our modern quest to embrace multiculturalism and diversity at all costs, I believe we are being duped by the founder of Kwanzaa.

I've watched several news reports on Kwanzaa in recent days and none of them have mentioned the dark history of its founder or its Marxist pedigree. The reports have simply noted that Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration rooted in African traditions, and even that is untrue.

Mr. Karenga himself admits that Kwanzaa is not fundamentally African, telling the Washington Post in 1978, "People think it's African, but it's not."

In a recent column, Ann Coulter, never one to mince words, said of Kwanzaa: "[It] is a lunatic blend of schmaltzy '60s rhetoric, black racism and Marxism." She added, "When Karenga was asked to distinguish Kawaida, the philosophy underlying Kwanzaa, from 'classical Marxism,' he essentially explained that under Kawaida, we also hate whites."

Listen, I love learning about other cultures. At Liberty University, where I am the chancellor, this year we welcomed students from 83 nations among our 10,000-plus resident students. Further, nearly 14 percent of our student body is African-American. I truly enjoy meeting these students, hearing their stories and celebrating their life goals. It is fascinating to learn about others' customs and ways of life.

But I cannot accept Kwanzaa as a legitimate American holiday. It is corrupt and wholly anti-American. There is danger in it.

I join with Ann Coulter in celebrating Galatians 3:28, which notes that the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ is available to all, no matter their race, color, background or heritage. It says, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. …" (NKJV).

Therein lies real diversity and true freedom for all.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: culturalmarxism; hatespeech; junkarcheology; kwanza; kwanzaa; kwanzaaa; kwanzaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa; marxism; moseswasapharoah; revisionisthistory
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1 posted on 12/30/2006 2:34:51 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2

Gee, Jer, ya THINK!!???


2 posted on 12/30/2006 2:43:57 AM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: JohnHuang2
Now that wqs really nice to read at the beginning of my day. I'm repeating it again below. Thanks for posting the article.

I join with Ann Coulter in celebrating Galatians 3:28, which notes that the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ is available to all, no matter their race, color, background or heritage. It says, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. …" (NKJV).

3 posted on 12/30/2006 2:45:48 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: IncPen

ping


4 posted on 12/30/2006 2:48:50 AM PST by Nailbiter
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To: JohnHuang2

I like Kwanzaa with grilled pork. Mix it with rice and it delicious. Wait, whats Kwanzaa again?? ;-)

Everytime somebody mentions Kwanzaa, I hear Krusty the Clowns voice in my head saying "Have a Krazy Kwanzaa". Can't remember the exact quote, but it was something like that. I'm not a big Falwell fan, but he's not wrong about this faux holiday. Its just Marxism wrapped in different paper.


5 posted on 12/30/2006 2:58:14 AM PST by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned)
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To: kb2614

I noticed that the "founder"of Kwanzaa chose to start the holiday on Boxing Day,and after Christmas.guess he didn't want to miss iout on the goodies and presents


6 posted on 12/30/2006 3:16:01 AM PST by screaming eagle2 (No matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle is still a USED CAR!)
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To: JohnHuang2

This phony invention is gaining respect. Just like the Rev Al has gained respect.
Only in the PC-dominated USA can garbage rise to the top.


7 posted on 12/30/2006 3:38:33 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (the left is good for nothing)
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To: kb2614

Krusty: So, have a merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, a kwaazy Kwanza, a tip-top Tet, and a solemn, dignified, Ramadan. And now a word from MY god, our sponsors!


8 posted on 12/30/2006 3:40:28 AM PST by gruffwolf
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To: gruffwolf

LOL

Thanks.


9 posted on 12/30/2006 3:55:03 AM PST by kb2614 (Hell hath no fury than a bureaucrat scorned)
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To: JohnHuang2; shibumi

I don't care a whit about "Kwanzaa" just so long as nobody forgets that July 30 is 'Universal Salamander Appreciation Day'.


10 posted on 12/30/2006 3:55:05 AM PST by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent.......)
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To: JohnHuang2
Lots of $$$ involved. Holidays are big business. Even holidays with old historical origins are exploited. Take Valentine's Day - a minor no-account holiday promoted and exploited by florists, candy makers, jewelers, etc. A better name for it would be Mushy Money Day, a needless day where trinkets are extorted out of husbands and boyfriends by the fear that the significant woman will get sore.
11 posted on 12/30/2006 3:55:22 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: JohnHuang2

Since there is no credible evidence of the mythical event it is reputed to be based upon, Christmas is an illegitimate holiday. The holiday was invented and placed on the calendar to commandeer the millennial long celebration of winter solstice. For that matter, for similar reasons, Easter is just as illegitimate because it too is a celebration of a mythical event and was placed on the calendar to commandeer the millennial long celebration of spring equinox.


12 posted on 12/30/2006 3:57:48 AM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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I dont think many Americans take it seriously. Just the liberal/leftard panderers who thought that they could garner votes and so foisted it on us, and even THEY dont actually believe in it except as another tool to get power.
13 posted on 12/30/2006 4:22:15 AM PST by wodinoneeye
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To: Solitar

Oh just shut up.


14 posted on 12/30/2006 4:26:35 AM PST by RightOnline
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To: Solitar
"Since there is no credible evidence of the mythical event it is reputed to be based upon, Christmas is an illegitimate holiday. The holiday was invented and placed on the calendar to commandeer the millennial long celebration of winter solstice. For that matter, for similar reasons, Easter is just as illegitimate because it too is a celebration of a mythical event and was placed on the calendar to commandeer the millennial long celebration of spring equinox"


Right............

So Jesus of Nazareth wasnt born and he didnt die in execution for being who he was.....


Pray tell, what do you believe in that we can just as ignorantly label a 'myth' ????

And if you claim to be an Atheist, that itself is a belief in something unproven.
15 posted on 12/30/2006 4:27:18 AM PST by wodinoneeye
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To: Salamander
"I don't care a whit about "Kwanzaa" just so long as nobody forgets that July 30 is 'Universal Salamander Appreciation Day'."



Hopefully they have a ceremonial 'washing of the hands' for that (Salamanders skin exude strong natural poisons and people need to remember to clean their hands after handling them).

Those fanatics who dance around with salamanders in their mouths are just a bit too 'fringy' in my opinion.
16 posted on 12/30/2006 4:31:55 AM PST by wodinoneeye
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To: RightOnline
At least Groundhog Day has a real groundhog.

Charles Darwin's birthday is February 12th.

17 posted on 12/30/2006 4:37:04 AM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: DustyMoment

Kwanza is pure BS and will eventually fade away.


18 posted on 12/30/2006 4:39:09 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: wodinoneeye
Those fanatics who dance around with salamanders in their mouths are just a bit too 'fringy' in my opinion.

Maybe those toxins are hallucinogens and the dancers will hear voices and see visions of the Great Salamander God.

19 posted on 12/30/2006 4:40:38 AM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: Solitar
Psalm 14:1

The fool has said in his heart "There is no Gog."

20 posted on 12/30/2006 4:43:34 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Solitar

Or "God" for that matter.


21 posted on 12/30/2006 4:43:54 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: wodinoneeye
"So Jesus of Nazareth wasnt born and he didnt die in execution for being who he was....."

Any more proof of those events than there is for Kwanzaa or for the existence of Zeus and his son Hercules or Odin and his son Thor?

22 posted on 12/30/2006 4:45:02 AM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: JohnHuang2
I am still campaigning for MY holiday, "The Nine Nights of the Nordic Lights."

We will celebrate by eating Danish open-faced sandwiches and butter cookies while drinking copious amounts of beer. Saunas are optional.

23 posted on 12/30/2006 4:45:35 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple


LOL! Both GOOD posts!!!


24 posted on 12/30/2006 4:45:44 AM PST by onyx (Phillip Rivers, LT and the San Diego Chargers! WOO-HOO!)
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To: Solitar
God doesn't need to give you more proof, nor do we.

You are free to be an unbeliever.

The interesting question is why you are consumed with undermining others' belief.

25 posted on 12/30/2006 4:47:27 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: JohnHuang2
Careful, don't piss off Kwanzaa-bot.


26 posted on 12/30/2006 4:47:51 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: JohnHuang2

Kwanzaa: affirmative action applied to holidays.


27 posted on 12/30/2006 4:48:09 AM PST by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: Miss Marple
We will celebrate by eating Danish open-faced sandwiches and butter cookies while drinking copious amounts of beer. Saunas are optional.

Please send your address and directions. :-)

28 posted on 12/30/2006 4:48:53 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Miss Marple
The fool has said in his heart "There is no Gog."

And the dyslexic atheist says "There is no Dog."

29 posted on 12/30/2006 4:51:19 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
I am always mortified when I have a good comment and then make a stupid typo.

This is the Lord's way of teaching me humility. LOL!

30 posted on 12/30/2006 4:59:05 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Solitar

Since I know of no creditable evidence that you exist, why should I not celebrate the birth of Jesus?


31 posted on 12/30/2006 5:02:00 AM PST by usslsm51
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To: Larry Lucido
Regarding my holiday, I do not see why it isn't as valid. If I could convince the press that this was an old Norse pre-Christian holiday celebrated by the ocialist Swedes, I will bet you cash money it would be bigger than Kwanza.

Look at the marketing possibilities: food, beer, Aqvavit, herring, ski sweaters, Danish hams, Volvos....

Lots of money in MY holiday. Think of the advertising! And jobs for blonde models!

I think I will manufacture "principles" to go with it.

32 posted on 12/30/2006 5:02:24 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple

I could appreciate the non belief of an atheist if they would quit acting like there is a God by trying to get rid of something they claim does not exist.


33 posted on 12/30/2006 5:05:20 AM PST by usslsm51
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To: JohnHuang2

It never ceases to amaze me how people like Coulter and Falwell insist on going out of their way to condemn something that should have absolutely no meaning to them, merely so they can rile up their followers. Don't like Kwanzaa? Fine. Don't observe it, don't honor it, don't do anything about it. Ignore it.


34 posted on 12/30/2006 5:06:26 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: usslsm51
I am always amazed at why they care what we think. The carrying of the Gospel is motivated by wanting to save souls, and is therefore altruistic.

The effort to destroy others' faith is nihilistic and motivated by malice, in my opinion.

Can an atheist honestly say, "Hey come with me and believe in nothing. You will be SO much happier"?

35 posted on 12/30/2006 5:08:43 AM PST by Miss Marple
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To: usslsm51
Since I know of no creditable evidence that you exist, why should I not celebrate the birth of Jesus?

Maybe I'm an AI who has passed the Turing test. Do I get to vote?

Go ahead and celebrate the birth of the mythical Jesus; just don't make it a holiday which shuts down government.

Hmmm.... maybe we need another 353 holidays to shut down government all year. Or maybe only 200 more since it is shut down on weekends anyway.

36 posted on 12/30/2006 5:13:45 AM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: Solitar
There is credible evidence that Moses was real. Tons of it... Moses wasn't a Christian. It is no coincidence Islamic pagans hate Israel, Jews, Christians and Western Civilization. The entire basis of Western Civilization is Mosaic Law, something both the Neo-Pagan Left and the pagan Islamic thugs cannot abide and wish to destroy. The very idea that human beings have individual rights not subject to the whims of an earthly monarch, but subject to the laws of Yahweh, is directly from Moses. Historically, this is proven over and over again with the successive conflicts between the forces of paganism and the Judaic culture. (This includes the idolatry of cultural Marxist paganism.)
37 posted on 12/30/2006 5:17:13 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Miss Marple

Only that which has credible evidence of its reality.


38 posted on 12/30/2006 5:17:20 AM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Ton's, eh? How many bibles to a ton?


39 posted on 12/30/2006 5:22:48 AM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: Miss Marple

I'm even more embarrased. I thought you had typed it correctly (that is, I thought maybe Gog was mentioned in Proverbs and I never realized it). LOL!


40 posted on 12/30/2006 5:23:58 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Solitar
Plenty of archaeological evidence from Egypt...

Moses was a prince in Egypt and was a rival for the throne...
41 posted on 12/30/2006 5:26:57 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: JohnHuang2

Falwell is a fool - if he doesn't like Kwanzaa, he should ignore it instead of giving it more publicity.

However, Falwell is an attention whore. Why doesn't he do anything about his master's (Rev. Moon) claims that he is the second coming of Christ?


42 posted on 12/30/2006 5:28:08 AM PST by indcons (The Koran - the world's first WMD.)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Can you point out any sources of such archeological evidence that demonstrates that Moses was a prince in ancient Egypt?


43 posted on 12/30/2006 5:29:55 AM PST by indcons (The Koran - the world's first WMD.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Approximately 1.6% of this country celebrates Kwaanza (source: a FR Barf Alert thread. Look for it.)

Within 5 years, there will be more people celebrating Festivus -- if there aren't already.

44 posted on 12/30/2006 5:35:39 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
The Story of Moses may be just another African myth -- like Kwanzaa.
45 posted on 12/30/2006 5:38:06 AM PST by Solitar ("My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them." -- Barry Goldwater)
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To: Solitar

Thanks for pointing out the obvious. Anyone with an ounce of research skill (and the desire) can find out the basis of the modern celebrations of Christmas and Easter. They are pagan celebrations adapted to serve modern christianity, just like the observance of Sunday as the Sabbath. Why people insist on following their forefathers' blind ignorance is something I don't understand.


46 posted on 12/30/2006 5:39:53 AM PST by whipitgood (Public schools have replaced a biblical moral code with pragmatism. Civilization, beware!)
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To: Larry Lucido
And the dyslexic atheist says "There is no Dog."

Actually, wouldn't that read "Dog on si ereth" (Dog on the hearth)

47 posted on 12/30/2006 5:39:58 AM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right....)
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To: indcons

Sure, but go look for yourself... people like you are a waste of time...

There are also some who erroneously think Moses was Amenhotep IV (Akhenaton).


48 posted on 12/30/2006 5:40:19 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Solitar
Since there is no credible evidence of the mythical event it is reputed to be based upon, Christmas is an illegitimate holiday. The holiday was invented and placed on the calendar to commandeer the millennial long celebration of winter solstice.

There is nothing illegitimate about Christmas, while it actually marks the date of the Holy Conception, what better day, 'winter solstice', shortest day for some of us to remember the day when God came and dwelt --

Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same: That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

For that matter, for similar reasons, Easter is just as illegitimate because it too is a celebration of a mythical event and was placed on the calendar to commandeer the millennial long celebration of spring equinox.

I have no argument with your take on Easter, cause it is basically what you describe. Not one of the disciples, let alone Christ had anything to do with the 'bunny and egg' rolling.

49 posted on 12/30/2006 5:40:50 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Solitar

There are also some who erroneously think Moses was Amenhotep IV (Akhenaton).


50 posted on 12/30/2006 5:41:12 AM PST by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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