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The Real Agenda of Black Liberation Theology
American Thinker ^ | March 19, 2008 | Jeffrey Schmidt

Posted on 03/19/2008 7:38:01 AM PDT by vietvet67

Now, suddenly, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright is misunderstood. Suddenly, so-called black liberation theology is misunderstood.

Wright's successor at Trinity United Church of Christ, the Reverend Otis Moss III, won't bow to the wishes of "they" to shut up. It begs the question: "Who are they?" The larger white cultural? Or liberals and Democrats who see all this unfavorable publicity hurting the election chances of Barack Obama?

The sad truth is that neither the Reverend Wright nor black liberation theology is being misunderstood. Both, thanks to the candidacy of Barack Obama, are being exposed. God, in fact, works in mysterious ways. And unless it's the aforementioned liberals and Democrats who are trying to hush up Wright, Moss and others of their ilk, sensible Americans want to hear more, for knowledge is power, the power to combat hate.

And make no mistake, what Americans are hearing, they don't like. In the Rasmussen poll, 73% of voters find Wright's comments to be racially divisive. That's a broad cross section of voters, including 58% of black voters.

In an article in the Washington Post, unnamed ministers commented that black liberation theology "encourages a preacher to speak forcefully against the institutions of oppression..."

And what might these institutions be? They are not specified. But it is safe to say that they are not the welfare state or the Democratic Party. Given that black liberation theology is a product of the dreary leftist politics of the twentieth century, the very vehicles employed by the left to advance statism certainly can't be the culprits.

For the left, black liberation theology makes for close to a perfect faith. It is a political creed larded with religion. It serves not to reconcile and unite blacks with the larger cultural, but to keep them separate. Here, again, The Washington Post reports that "He [Wright] translated the Bible into lessons about...the misguided pursuit of ‘middle-classness.'"

Not very Martin Luther King-ish. Further, all the kooky talk about the government infecting blacks with HIV is a fine example of how the left will promote a lie to nurture alienation and grievance. To listen to Wright -- more an apostle of the left than the Christian church -- the model for blacks is alienation, deep resentment, separation and grievance. All of which leads to militancy. Militancy is important. It's the sword dangled over the head of society. Either fork over more tax dollars, government services and patronage or else. And unlike the Reverend Moss and his kindred, I'll specify the "else." Civil unrest. Disruptions in cities. Riot in the streets.

Keeping blacks who fall into the orbit of a Reverend Wright at a near-boil is a card used by leftist agitators to serve their ends: they want bigger and more pervasive government -- and they want badly to run it.

If any further proof is needed that black liberation theology has nothing to do with the vision of Martin Luther King -- with reconciliation, brotherhood and universality -- the words of James H. Cone, on faculty at New York's Union Theological Seminary, may persuade. Cone, not incidentally, originated the movement known as black liberation theology. He said to The Washington Post:

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

No mention of the Civil War involving the sacrifices of tens of thousands of lives; no abolition or civil rights movements. No Abraham Lincoln. No Harriet Beecher Stowe. No white civil rights workers who risked and, in some instances, lost their lives crusading in the south to end segregation. And since the civil rights movement, society hasn't opened up; blacks have no better access to jobs and housing; no greater opportunities. The federal government, led by a white liberal, Lyndon Johnson, did not pour billions of dollars into welfare programs and education targeted at inner cities in an attempt to right old wrongs. And still does so. A black man, Barak Obama, on the threshold of winning his party's nomination for president, has in no way done so with the help of white voters in communities across the land.

In the closed world of Cone, Wright and Moss, Jefferson Davis and Bull Connor are alive and well. Black victimhood is the doing of white society, not the doing of angry black leaders and leftists, who see advantage and profit in keeping too many people in black communities captive.

Barack Obama knows all this, as a seventeen year congregant at Wright's church, and as a liberal community activist prior to his election to the Illinois Senate. That he feigns innocence, or that he professes forbearance for some of Wright's words because of the goodness others, is not the line one expects from a post-racial politician. It is what is expected from a man whose career is steeped in racial politics, a politics that does great harm to the very people it purports to serve. Recent Articles Obama's Coming-Out Speech It's Time to Call the Democrats on Race Demagogy The Real Agenda of Black Liberation Theology Obama's Big Speech Is Obama Trying to Bamboozle Us with His Wright Denials? The New Jimmy Carter William Jefferson Obama The Lawyers' Party Iraq Vets for Congress A President Obama's Neoliberal Theocracy Blog Posts Damn Chickens (continued) The Children of Hypocrisy Did Obama blow his chance? CNN Pro-Obama and Pro-Wright All the Time 2008: Arthur C Clarke's Odyssey's End Obamababble AT editors on Blog Talk Radio More lawyerly evasions needed Reactions to Obama's speech New Black Panther Party for Obama Monthly Archives March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 More...


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KEYWORDS: blackchurch; blacktheology; jeremiahwright; nobama; obama

1 posted on 03/19/2008 7:38:02 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: Wings-n-Wind

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2 posted on 03/19/2008 7:40:09 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: vietvet67

Back Liberation Theology, the perfect breeding ground for Muslim Jihadist recruitment..


4 posted on 03/19/2008 7:43:17 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: vietvet67
"Now, suddenly, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright is misunderstood... Ya know, the same damn thing happened to david duke...
5 posted on 03/19/2008 7:45:17 AM PDT by FrankR (It wasn't FOX news who shined the spotlight of truth on Obama....WRIGHT?)
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To: vietvet67

I wonder whether “reverends” such as Wright, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton actually believe their black victimization rap, or is it just a convenient vehicle for them to fool the undereducated black masses into supporting their own elegant lifestyles.


6 posted on 03/19/2008 7:45:33 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (Abortion is to family planning what bankruptcy is to financial planning.)
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To: JackRyanCIA

The New Black Panthers have endorsed Obama on his official campaign website. BTW, here is a summary of and quote from Rev. Cone on the creed of BLT (taken from WSJ online):

What Obama is evading is that this “profoundly distorted view” is not just some passing emotion. It is what Wright himself, in the “talking points” page of his congregation’s Web site, describes as “systematized black liberation theology.” As we noted yesterday, Wright credits James Cone of New York’s Union Theological Seminary with having undertaken this systematization. Here again is Cone’s description of black liberation theology:

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.


7 posted on 03/19/2008 7:46:14 AM PDT by Pinetop
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

“I wonder whether “reverends” such as Wright, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton actually believe their black victimization rap, or is it just a convenient vehicle for them to fool the undereducated black masses into supporting their own elegant lifestyles.”

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8 posted on 03/19/2008 7:47:59 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: vietvet67

Don’t think Obama hasn’t been influenced by that evil man. I heard an Obama speech, in which he said [paraphrasing] that the US Constitution was “stained” by the taint of slavery. I figure that’s his way of saying the Constitution should be re-written.


9 posted on 03/19/2008 7:49:24 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (When hopelessness replaces hope, it opens the door to evil.)
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To: vietvet67
[ The Real Agenda of Black Liberation Theology ]

The real agenda is to masterbate white guilt and pick their pockets.. while peeing on their leg and telling them the rain is warm today.. Only works on liberals..

11 posted on 03/19/2008 7:54:26 AM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: vietvet67

http://pajamasmedia.com/2008/03/barack_i_didnt_do_it_for_this.php

by Roger L. Simon

Barack, I didn’t do it for this.

Barack, I was a civil rights worker… South Carolina, 1966… 22 yrs old … helping old folks register to vote, teaching kids to read and write, directing Raisin in the Sun…

Barack, I didn’t do it for this.

Barack, I dream of my kindergarten best friend Andy from Walden School, Manhattan, born one day after me, shot dead in Mississippi 1964.

Barack, I idolized Stokley Carmichael and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Barack, I lost the full use of my left hand for life in South Carolina.

Barack, I didn’t do it for this.

Barack, I gave hundreds to the Black Panthers for their children’s breakfast program when I was 25 and a young screenwriter in Echo Park, Los Angeles, even though I knew Huey was crazy and was worried my money might have been going for guns, even though I had my own children in the house when the Panthers came over, their jackets bulging.

Barack, I made excuses for the Black Power Movement even though I knew it was turning racist.

Barack, I didn’t do it for this.

Barack, your speech was bullshit.

Barack, this isn’t about generations.

Barack, this isn’t about the black church.

Barack, this is about a pathological minister whose uncontrolled anger wounds his own people and keeps them down.

Barack, this is about a man who ignored that rage for his own political gain and even now won’t admit a huge mistake and looks for nuance and excuses.

Barack, this about a woman who went on scholarship to Princeton and Harvard and still hates America.

Barack, you say you want Black-Jewish reconciliation but you hung with an anti-Semite.

Barack, I didn’t do it for this.

Roger L. Simon is an Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, novelist and blogger, and the CEO of Pajamas Media.

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12 posted on 03/19/2008 7:55:25 AM PDT by Enchante (Eliot Spitzer, can your daughters be "high class" coke-whores for some Democrat friends?)
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To: Pinetop

Can you get that exact quote and send it to me? Or how can I get it to email it out. If this is what Obama goes with,we are in trouble.


14 posted on 03/19/2008 8:05:01 AM PDT by red irish (Gods Children in the womb are to be loved too!)
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To: red irish

here’s the link: http://online.wsj.com/article/best_of_the_web_today.html. The article was by James Taranto on March 19. That is a quote from Cone in the second paragraph.


15 posted on 03/19/2008 8:10:15 AM PDT by Pinetop
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To: vietvet67

BLT — more than just a sandwich. We are going to hear a lot about BLT this year, even if it takes a swiftboat operation. BLT, Black Liberation Theology, this sinister claptrap, this narrow communist ideology, is finally going to be placed under the spotlight and the microscope. It’s about time. Thanks, Baraq.


16 posted on 03/19/2008 8:19:20 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great...(until it happens to YOU).)
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To: vietvet67

Keeping blacks who fall into the orbit of a Reverend Wright at a near-boil is a card used by leftist agitators to serve their ends: they want bigger and more pervasive government — and they want badly to run it.

Bingo!


17 posted on 03/19/2008 8:20:15 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: vietvet67

Militancy is important. It’s the sword dangled over the head of society. Either fork over more tax dollars, government services and patronage or else. And unlike the Reverend Moss and his kindred, I’ll specify the “else.” Civil unrest. Disruptions in cities. Riot in the streets.

Sounds more like the crescent than the Cross.....


18 posted on 03/19/2008 8:38:43 AM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Nope. Not gonna do it.)
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To: Pinetop
Here again is Cone’s description of black liberation theology

Do you have a link to the exact quote? If the exact quote is anything near what you've posted, it's absolutely incendiary. Thanks!

19 posted on 03/19/2008 8:42:03 AM PDT by Terabitten (Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets - E-Frat '94. Unity and Pride!)
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To: Terabitten

Here is the link:
http://online.wsj.com/article/best_of_the_web_today.html
It was a piece by James Taranto at WSJ Online on March 19


20 posted on 03/19/2008 8:45:16 AM PDT by Pinetop
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To: vietvet67
"...black liberation theology "encourages a preacher to speak forcefully against the institutions of oppression..."

African Americans need to consider the alternative if their ancestors were not brought here as slaves. Had this fortunate sacrifice not accrued to them, they would be suffering in squaller and true oppression in some African hellhole instead living free as American citizens today.
21 posted on 03/19/2008 8:59:25 AM PDT by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: Terabitten

Here is a link to Spengler’s article:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Front_Page/JC18Aa01.html


22 posted on 03/19/2008 9:02:59 AM PDT by Albertafriend
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To: Terabitten

James Cohen wrote in his 1969 book, Black Theology and Black Power, at p. 15, “Blacks do hate whites, but black hatred is not racism.”

I think that explains a lot of Obama’s twattle on the topic.


23 posted on 03/19/2008 9:03:56 AM PDT by Pinetop
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To: shove_it

Are people unaware that Africans traded in slaves and that there is still slavery in Africa? What’s more, many white Americans arrived on these shores as indentured servants.


24 posted on 03/19/2008 9:06:07 AM PDT by Pinetop
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To: Pinetop

Those facts have been removed from the history books and are no longer taught in school, apparently.


25 posted on 03/19/2008 9:19:06 AM PDT by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: vietvet67
When and if the Democratic nominee for the Presidency crashes and burns because of the bigotry and racist attitudes of the Black Liberation Theology espoused by Obama’s religion, will the Democrats turn against the Rev. Wright and Rev. Moss III or will they continue to blame the Vast Right Wing Racist?
26 posted on 03/19/2008 9:44:45 AM PDT by WesternPacific (I am tired of voting for the lesser of two evils!)
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To: vietvet67

Keeping ‘em militant — at a boil — is the short term agenda. For long term agenda, think Zimbabwe. Harmony will NEVER be in the cards for these people.


27 posted on 03/19/2008 9:52:16 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: red irish

I sent this quote to Hannity and a lot of other people and Hannity has now read the quote from the Rev. James Cone. Cone also said that blacks hate whites, but black hatred is not racism. There’s a good wikipedia entry on Cone.


28 posted on 03/19/2008 12:43:42 PM PDT by Pinetop
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To: Pinetop
Cone also said that blacks hate whites, but black hatred is not racism.

A white priest told me the same thing in my high school Social Justice class. This is based on an idea propagated by Foucault that the "powerless" are incapable of racism, as power is necessary for racism to be enforced in society.

29 posted on 03/19/2008 12:45:42 PM PDT by Clemenza (I Live in New Jersey for the Same Reason People Slow Down to Look at Car Crashes)
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To: vietvet67

“No grievance left behind”


30 posted on 03/19/2008 12:47:00 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Clemenza

Hey, Foucault would say anything. He was like the weather in Texas, wait five minutes and it will change. I think he once said that he would like his work to be viewed like a big toolbox where people could find anything they could use.


31 posted on 03/19/2008 12:54:04 PM PDT by Pinetop
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To: vietvet67

Listening to an angry Bob Beckel on Hannity’s show. Beckel makes no apologies for Wright’s horrible statements. In fact he seems to believe that they’re justified. Obviously many white libs feel the same way. Beckel could not make the distinction between persons, a number of Republican candidates, who speak at Bob Jones U and that of someone, Obama, who is mentored by somebody who hates America. That cluelessness will probably cost the Dems the election...I hope.


32 posted on 03/19/2008 1:36:36 PM PDT by driftless2
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