Skip to comments.Barack Obama’s Newest Spiritual Advisor-Marxist preacher latest mentor on matters of faith
Posted on 03/17/2009 5:35:36 AM PDT by SJackson
|Barack Obamas Newest Spiritual Advisor|
Now that he no longer draws spiritual succor from Jeremiah Wrightthe America-hating, racist demagogue who served as his pastor and spiritual mentor for twenty yearsBarack Obama has turned elsewhere for guidance in the task of carrying out his political duties while remaining true to his religious values. The most notable of his spiritual advisors today is his friend of many years, Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the Sojourners organization. Says Wallis, Weve [he and Obama] been talking faith and politics for a long time. As a teenager in the 1960s, Wallis joined the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam War movement. His participation in peace protests nearly resulted in his expulsion from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, a Christian seminary where he was then enrolled. While at Trinity, Wallis founded an anti-capitalism magazine called the Post-American, which identified wealth redistribution and government-managed economies as the keys to achieving social justicea term that, as educator/journalist Barry Loberfeld has pointed out, is essentially code for communism.
Who is Jim Wallis? According to The New York Times, Wallis leans left on some issues but overall is a centrist, social justice kind of guy. But a closer look at Walliss background reveals him to be nearly as radical, if better at disguising the fact, as Jeremiah Wright.
In 1971, the 23-year-old Wallis and his Post-American colleagues changed the name of their publication to Sojourners, and in the mid-1970s they moved their base of operation from Chicago to Washington, DC, where Wallis has served as Sojourners editor (and leader of the eponymous organization) ever since.
Advocating Americas transformation into a socialist nation, Sojourners statement of faith exhorted people to refuse to accept [capitalist] structures and assumptions that normalize poverty and segregate the world by class. According to Sojourners, gospel faith transforms our economics, gives us the power to share our bread and resources, welcomes all to the table of Gods provision, and provides a vision for social revolution.
As one of its first acts, Sojourners formed a commune in the Washington, DC neighborhood of Southern Columbia Heights, where members shared their finances and participated in various activist campaigns that centered on attacking U.S. foreign policy, denouncing American imperialism, and extolling Marxist revolutionary movements in the Third World.
Giving voice to Sojourners intense anti-Americanism, Jim Wallis called the U.S. the great power, the great seducer, the great captor and destroyer of human life, the great master of humanity and history in its totalitarian claims and designs.
In parallel with his magazines stridently antiwar position during the Seventies, Wallis championed the cause of communism. Forgiving communisms brutal standard-bearers in Vietnam and Cambodia the most abominable of atrocities, Wallis was, by contrast, unsparing in his execration of American military efforts. He demanded greater levels of social justice in the allegedly oppressive U.S., but was silent on the subject of the murderous rampages of Pol Pots Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. In fact, several Sojourners editorials attempted to exculpate the Khmer Rouge of the charges of genocide, instead shifting blame squarely onto the United States.
Following the 1979 refugee crisis in Vietnam, Wallis lashed out at the desperate masses fleeing North Vietnams Communist forces by boat. These refugees, as Wallis saw it, had been inoculated by capitalist influences during the war and were absconding to support their consumer habit in other lands. Wallis then admonished critics against pointing to the boat people to discredit the righteousness of Vietnams newly victorious Communist regime.
Wallis blamed America alone for the political tensions of the Cold War era. At each step in the Cold War, he wrote in November 1982, the U.S. was presented with a choice between very different but equally plausible interpretations of Soviet intentions, each of which would have led to very different responses. At every turn, U.S. policy-makers have chosen to assume the very worst about their Soviet counterparts.
Actively embracing liberation theology, Wallis and Sojourners in the 1980s rallied to the cause of Communist regimes that had seized power in Latin America with the promise of bringing about the revolutionary restructuring of society. Particularly attractive for the ministrys religious activists was the Communist Sandinista dictatorship that took power in Nicaragua in 1979. Wallis embarked on an editorial crusade in Sojourners to undercut public support for a confrontational U.S. foreign policy toward the spread of Communism there and elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere. Moreover, he invited the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) the public relations arm of the El Salvadoran terrorist group the FMLNto take part in a number of initiatives with Sojourners.
Steadfast advocates of the nuclear freeze movement of the 1980s, Sojourners activists maintained that a U.S. nuclear buildup was an intolerable evil irreconcilably at odds with Christian teaching, and that [t]he Reagan Administration remains the chief obstacle to the first step in stopping the arms race. While assailing Reagans defense buildup, Sojourners downplayed the threat posed by the Soviet Union, chastising U.S. policy-makers for their tendency to assume the very worst about their Soviet counterparts.
In 1995 Wallis founded Call to Renewal, a coalition of religious groups united in the purpose of advocating, in religious terms, for leftist economic agendas such as tax hikes and wealth redistribution to promote social justice.
To this day, Wallis remains fiercely opposed to capitalism and the free-market system. Our systems have failed the poor and they have failed the earth, Wallis has said. They have failed the creation.
Wallis continues to lament all the bad stuff in Americathe poverty, the racism, the human rights violations, and always the wars the arrogance, self-righteousness, materialism, and ignorance [about] the rest of the world, the habitual ignoring of the ones that God says we cant [ignore], the ones Jesus calls the least of these.
More than a mere religious leader, Wallis, a registered Democrat, is also an adroit political operative, publicly portraying himself as a politically neutral religious figure whose overriding allegiance is to God. Always with the disclaimer that neither major political party can claim authoritatively to represent the values of religious faith, Wallis nevertheless contends that Republican policies tend to be immoral and godless. For example, he and his ministry reviled welfare reform as a mean-spirited Republican agenda characterized by hatred toward the poor.
At the same time, Wallis actively works to promote Democratic causes. According to a March 10, 2007 Los Angeles Times report, Wallis has recently sought to re-brand traditional slogans of the religious right, like pro-life, to refer to such leftist agendas as working with AIDS victims in Africa or helping illegal immigrants in America achieve legal status so they can continue to live with their U.S.-born children.
But Walliss most passionate advocacy concerns Barack Obama. Wallis likens the new president to the Old Testament prophet Nehemiah, someone who carefully surveyed the broken walls of the temple, called the people together to start the rebuilding and to commit themselves to the common good. The activist preacher further gushes that the Bush administrations allegedly unenlightened national-security strategy will now be replaced by the wisdom of the prophet Micahthat our security depends upon other peoples security, thereby setting the stage for Americas new relationship to the world.
Immediately after Obamas January 20th inauguration, a rejoicing Wallis told The Washington Times: My prayers for decades have been answered in this minute. Subsequently echoing Michelle Obamas infamous 2008 declaration, Wallis reported that Obamas electoral victory had enabled him to feel proud of my country for the first time in a very long time. The country, meanwhile, may be properly concerned that the president has sought spiritual counsel from a figure as removed from the political mainstream as Jim Wallis.
Now that he no longer draws spiritual succor from Jeremiah Wrightthe America-hating, racist demagogue who served as his pastor and spiritual mentor for twenty yearsBarack Obama has turned elsewhere for guidance in the task of carrying out his political duties while remaining true to his religious values.
The most notable of his spiritual advisors today is his friend of many years, Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of the Sojourners organization. Says Wallis, Weve [he and Obama] been talking faith and politics for a long time.
As a teenager in the 1960s, Wallis joined the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam War movement. His participation in peace protests nearly resulted in his expulsion from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, a Christian seminary where he was then enrolled. While at Trinity, Wallis founded an anti-capitalism magazine called the Post-American, which identified wealth redistribution and government-managed economies as the keys to achieving social justicea term that, as educator/journalist Barry Loberfeld has pointed out, is essentially code for communism.
For all you'll ever need or want to know about
Wright's Marxist "Black Liberation Theology",
see my FR Home page:
"Their founding document [the Weather Underground's] called for the establishment of a "white fighting force" to be allied with the "Black Liberation Movement" and other "anti-colonial" movements to achieve "the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism."..."-Berger, Dan (2006). Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity. AK Press, 95.
Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity (Paperback) by Dan Berger
Social Justice isn't.
Social Studies aren't.
Social Work doesn't.
It's all about the communism, baby!
Jeremiah Wright with different body/skin covering is all, but same demonic principles.
Apparently this is the latest heresy with millenarian overtones and utopianism that the One has turned to.
Obama is the reincarnation of MLK, JFK, FDR, Lincoln, the Messiah, and now — the Old Testment prophet Nehemiah.
Thanks for posting this summary of Wallis’ true leanings. Unfortunately, his misappropriation of Jesus’ teachings is spreading to the next generation even among those brought up in a (true) Bible-teaching environment. “Relevant” magazine is sold in many Christian stores and, while not as leftist as Sojourners, it carries far more about “social justice” than about the true Gospel.
As long as sin remains in this world, the “social gospel” will easily and quickly become communism and totalitarianism because that sin-filled nature always results in “some animals being more equal than others”. Proverbs 12:10: A righteous man has regard for the life of his beast, but the compassion of the wicked in cruel. (NASB translation) The following verses are very applicable as well.
The category who controls the country would espoused that everyone in the socialistic society is equal. These controllers often forget that they most certainly live a much more enriched life and are above not equal to the rest of the society.
Unless one is born, married, or appointed into the latter category you are doomed among the poor with no hope or change and a slave to the upper controlling category forever..........This is the society that Obama is aiming for!
Let’s not forget that B.O.’s arrogant mantra, “We are the ones we have been waiting for”, came straight out of Jim Wallis’ book, “God’s Politics”:
IT TAKES A CERTAIN AMOUNT of chutzpah to write a book called God’s Politics. But you have only to read a few pages of Jim Wallis’s new bestseller by that name to discover that it isn’t actually about the politics of an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful deity at all. Instead, it’s 384 pages of Jim’s politics, and Jim (with a couple of notable exceptions) is a pretty average, down-the-line leftist ...
He closes the book with the self-congratulatory (and possibility heretical) declaration:
“we are the ones we have been waiting for.”
Excerpted from the 2005 Weekly Standard article:
From the April 11, 2005 issue: The church of Jim Wallis.
by Katherine Mangu-Ward
04/11/2005, Volume 010, Issue 28
Posted on Free Republic 04/05/2005 12:20:31 AM EDT by RWR8189
Jim Wallis: Liberalisms Religious Strategist
March 30, 2006 - Pastor Jim Wallis, founder of the leftist Sojourners organization is a darling of secularist liberals who attempted to use him in the 2004 elections to seduce evangelical Christians into voting for presidential candidate John Kerry. .....The question conservative Christians should ask is why is a pastor so popular among secularist liberals who routinely vilify Christians for their involvement in political issues.
The answer is to be found in Jim Wallis consistently radicaland even Marxistworldview. ...
While Wallis was in seminary, he founded an anti-capitalist magazine called Post-American. In it, Wallis called for the redistribution of wealth and government-managed economies. This anti-capitalist worldview is expressed in religious terms as a quest for social justice.
In 1971, Wallis moved his Post-American operation to Washington, DC and renamed it Sojourners. ... in 1979, the journal Mission Tracks published an interview with Wallis. He told the reporter it was his hope that more Christians will come to view the world through Marxist eyes.
Liberals Strategize With Wallis
In January 2005, Democrat Senators met in a closed session with Wallis to figure out how they could use religious language to pull evangelical voters away from the Republican Party to vote Democratic. In addition, 15 Democrat House members made Wallis their guest of honor at a breakfast. His topic was how to turn religious voters in to Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NM) admitted that Wallis was working closely with the leadership to lure religious voters to the Democrat Party.
In 2005, Wallis was appearing on TV and radio talk shows all over the U.S. and was being interviewed by the mainstream print media as well.
The New York Times reported that Democrats in the House has picked Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) to establish a faith working group that would encourage lawmakers to sprinkle references to God and religion into their speeches.
Jim Wallis was their pick to help them devise clever ways to fool Americans into believing secular liberals had found religion. ...
Obama's Church: Gospel of Hate
Kathy Shaidle, FrontPageMag.com
Monday, April 07, 2008
In March of 2007, FOX News host Sean Hannity had engaged Obamas pastor in a heated interview about his Churchs teachings. For many viewers, the ensuing shouting match was their first exposure to "Black Liberation Theology"...
Like the pro-communist Liberation Theology that swept Central America in the 1980s and was repeatedly condemned by Pope John Paul II, Black Liberation Theology combines warmed-over 1960s vintage Marxism with carefully distorted biblical passages. However, in contrast to traditional Marxism, it emphasizes race rather than class. The Christian notion of "salvation" in the afterlife is superseded by "liberation" on earth, courtesy of the establishment of a socialist utopia.
Catholics for Marx ["Liberation Theology"]
By Fr. Robert Sirico
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, June 03, 2004
In the days when the Superpowers were locked in a Cold War, Latin America seethed with revolution, and millions lived behind an iron curtain, a group of theologians concocted a novel idea within the history of Christianity. They proposed to combine the teachings of Jesus with the teachings of Marx as a way of justifying violent revolution to overthrow the economics of capitalism.
The Gospels were re-rendered not as doctrine impacting on the human soul but rather as windows into the historical dialectic of class struggle. These "liberation theologians" saw every biblical criticism of the rich as a mandate to expropriate the expropriating owners of capital, and every expression of compassion for the poor as a call for an uprising by the proletarian class of peasants and workers.
Most conservatives are highly suspicious of the religious left because we view them as practicing a “false humility.”
One source: Life Amidst the Postmodern Ruins http://onecosmos.blogspot.com/2007/11/life-amidst-postmodern-ruins.html
More regarding the “false humility” of the religious left:
Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009):
“Socialism is the religion people get when they lose their religion” .
Pope Benedict agrees:
“[Some] are involved in a disastrous confusion between the poor of Scripture and the proletariat of Marx.”
Source: Instruction on Certain Aspects of “Theology of Liberation” Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith August 6, 1984 bttt
Millions More Movement rally
Washington D.C., October 15, 2005
Louis Farrakhan speech
Louis Farrakhan, at the Millions More Movement rally in DC, Oct 15, 2005: "...what Mao Tse Tung did was, he went to the cultural community, and they [Farrakhan spreads his arms beneficently] accepted his idea."... "Mao Tse Tung ... had a billion people whose lives he had to transform."..."the idea of Mao Tse Tung became the idea of a billion people, and China became a world power on the base of the culture and the arts community. If we had a ministry of art and culture in every city we'd create this movement [in the U.S.]."
From Louis Farrakhan's "Nation Of Islam" website, FinalCall.com...
Re: Millions More Movement rally, Oct 15, 2005:
Unity generates power to change reality
By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
"The time has never been more ripe for a strategic relationship between the Black, Brown, Native American and the poor of this nation and the world."
"We need a Ministry of Defense. Our young men are born soldiers, but they are in the wrong war. They are fighting a war in the streets of America against each other, or they are fighting an unjust war overseas in Afghanistan and Iraq. We need to bring our boys home and put them into the Ministry of Defense, so we can defend our communities, rather than destroy our communities.
We need a Ministry of Art and Culture. We applaud the hip hop community, the leaders of young people all over the world, but I want the young generation of artists to know there is a bigger purpose for art and culture than popping our fingers and shaking our backsides. Mao Tse Tung, throughout his long march to conquer China, had a billion people whose lives he had to transform. Many of them were victims of opium, drugs and prostitution, like we are. But Mao Tse Tung went to the cultural community and they accepted his idea. Then, through song, dance, poetry, drama, documentaries, movies and books, the idea of Mao Tse Tung became the idea of a billion people. China became a world power on the base of culture and the artistic community. If we had a Ministry of Art and Culture in every city, [we'd] create this movement [in the U.S.], we could say to our young people, What is the idea of the Time and are you reflecting that idea in your songs, dance and music?
We need a Ministry of Trade and Commerce. Do you think that a Millions More Movement should not be involved in the development of Africa, the Caribbean and Central America? ... we need a Ministry of Trade and Commerce that can link the struggle here with Africa and the Caribbean, Central and South America.
(note: this is Farrakhan's own "Nation Of Islam" website. However, the original page has 'mysteriously' been removed and it exists only in this linked cache form, thus the looong url -etl):
Louis Farrakhan, Santiago de Cuba, February, 1998: "There is not a member of the black masses in the United States who is not proud of the example set by Cuba and its revolution, with Comandante Fidel at its head"
"Minister Farrakhan and his delegation met privately with President Fidel Castro of Cuba."
That's Michelle Obama with Mrs. Farrakhan. Mrs. Farrakhan is at center bottom wearing white -etl
Original piece from Jet Magazine itself available (apparently) with a free trial subscription to HighBeam Research:
From: Jet [Magazine] | Date: July 26, 2004 | Author: | 700+ words
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition holds 33rd annual conference in Chicago.(National Report)
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Farrakhan hails Obama as 'hope of entire world'
Louis Farrakhan, at the annual Saviours' Day celebration in Chicago, Feb. 25, 2008: "This young man is the hope of the entire world that America will change and be made better"..."If you look at Barack Obama's audiences and look at the effect of his words, those people are being transformed."
Video of Farrakhan's Obama endorsement at the above 'annual Saviours' Day celebration in Chicago, Feb. 25, 2008'. Hear him (Farrakhan) call Obama "The Messiah" And speak of "universal change":
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Obama's pastor and
spirtual advisor "crazy uncle" of more than 20 years, honors "Honorable" Minister Louis Farrakhan with the "Jeremiah A. Wright Lifetime Achievement Trumpeteer Award" at the 2007 Trumpet Gala held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
[it appears the original video was removed, but this one is identical to it]
Excerpt from The American Thinker
Article: Obama, Black Liberation Theology, and Karl Marx
May 28, 2008
Just one nugget from the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, "Instruction on Certain Aspects of the Theology of Liberation': "...it would be illusory and dangerous to ignore the intimate bond which radically unites them (liberation theologies), and to accept elements of the marxist analysis without recognizing its connections with the (Marxist) ideology, or to enter into the practice of the class-struggle and of its marxist interpretation while failing to see the kind of totalitarian society to which this process slowly leads."
--Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect, now Pope Benedict XVI; written in 1984
Understanding that black liberation theology is Marxism dressed up to look like Christianity helps explain why there is no conflict between Cone's "Christianity" [i.e. 'reverend' Wright's thing] and Farrakhan's "Nation of Islam." They are two prophets in the same philosophical (Marxist) pod, merely using different religions as backdrops for their black-power aims.
Excellent post on Wallis; of course such a reconciliation is impossible, since Marx said that religion [the Christian religion] was the soporific of the masses, and must be stamped out.
As I have posted previously, today's Left have been infiltrating traditional American institutions and organizations - such as AARP and AMA - for many years; in my opinion, the tactic is Stalinist...
We are in a war! ... and not just on religious extremist-terrorists.
How can one reason with a psychotic whack-job like this?
He's constructed a second reality, pronounced it "very good," has gone to "live there"; and will not rest content until all the rest of us are dragooned into living "there," too evidently at the point of a gun barrel if necessary.
If a man can be judged by the friends he keeps, then Obama must be a psychotic whack-job himself.
He should be judged by the friends he keeps, it goes directly to his judgement and worldview.
I could not possibly agree with you more, SJackson!
Are Americans so infatuated with Mr. Bizzaro that they have lost their common sense altogether?
NO SURPRISE THERE!