Skip to comments.Rethinking Kwanzaa: Jerry Falwell says America has been duped into accepting illegitimate holiday
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.
"Are you implying ALL of the internet, even this forum? Or is this forum in a special protected class secure from any Illuminati?"
Even my posts are probably being controlled by the Illuminati!
Why does Eastern Christianity's dates for Easter not agree with Western Christianity's dates. They may be the same or over a month different! In Eastern Christianity, Easter falls between April 4 and May 8 between 1900 and 2100 based on the Gregorian date.
At least Kwanzaa has a set date.
(Western Roman) Easter is always celebrated on a Sunday.
So start every New Year on a Sunday on the first day of spring or the vernal equinox. Thirteen months of 4 weeks each plus one oddball day (two in leap years) would make this possible. Then you could put Christmas on a Sunday in midwinter -- and it would ALWAYS be on the same date.
Works for me. If Falwell hadn't cranked out this POS then I wouldn't have been able to tell you when Kwanzaa started if my life depended on it.
One with the freedom to worship how one wants, celebrate whatever culture one wants, and observe any holiday they want. Silly me.
The creation of this "holiday" merely illustrates the truth of the statement "three weeks of media treatment and the truth is recognized by all."
I have no idea where you live, but out here in America's heartland, Kansas City, 26th largest television market in the country, I haven't seen one ad in the stores, haven't seen it on the nightly news, haven't heard it on the radio, haven't seen it on TV. I guess we're plumb backwards.
The Easter Bunny and St. Rudolph are deeply saddened on behalf of "real" holidays.
That sounds fantastic! Sign me up.
I have no problem with your picking on people's beliefs, but what are your's so we can pick on them too?
Rev. Moon claimed he is the second coming of Christ? Where did you see that? Are you referring to the "coronation" at the Dirksen Building?
The origins of this holiday aren't important, the phoniness of this holiday isn't important, what is important is how it has been embraced by the establishment and what that says about them and the system. These people aren't children, they understand the nature of this thing, they indulge it because the benefits outweigh any costs to them. Misunderstanding has nothing to do with it.
Not so fast my friend. The life and death of Christ is of little dispute. Just because the dates may be incorrect does not deligitimize their occurance. On the other hand (and back on the subject), Kwanzaa is totally made up from whole cloth to celebrate a culture and philosophy that never knew each other. Debate that.
I don't think most of America even knows about, let alone celebrates, this "holiday."
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