Monday, March 24, 2008
Some White Americans Agree with Rev. White
Say what you will about the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. But no one has had the audacity (yet) to call him a liar....In fact, I believe that the Reverend Wright speaks truth to power....and whenever one does that effectively they can expect a BACKLASH from the establishment of almost biblical proportions.
Reverend Jeremiah Wright is a patriotic American when he speaks his truth. Our very own President Theodore Roosevelt said, ""To announce that ... we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
Last night, I was disappointed in CNN's coverage of Rev. Wright, the United Church of Christ, and Black Liberation theology. CNN said they were going beyond the sound bite. However, I knew that it was going to be a hack job when I saw them bring Ken Blackwell in as a critic of Black Liberation Theology. I suspect that the average viewer would think Ken Blackwell was an expert on religious matters. Instead, Ken Blackwell is a black, right wing extremist in the Republican party, who is better known as the "Katherine Harris of Ohio." Too make matters worse, there are many allegations that Blackwell repressed the vote in Ohio's black community. IF CNN was seriously reporting on Black Liberation Theology they should have used a theologian not an unidentified Right Wing Republican party hack.
Thankfully, not everyone in America is marching in lockstep with the propaganda from the corporate media. We are sick of the divisiveness and the petty personal attacks that take the place of any discussion of major critical issues that need to be addressed. We are tired of being distracted from these important issues. We want change and we want it now. The few that have made huge profits from the status quo are powerful and will do whatever it takes to prevent change from occurring.
The Rev. Wright and the United Church of Christ are doing "good works" in this world. In fact, the Rev. Wright is a strong advocate of peace and non-violence. He is also VERY effective at getting people off their butts and talking about controversial issues like race. At least Barack Obama's church is not a secret organization grooming the select few who are anointed by God to rule over us. It's not an anti-democratic, anti-union religion. But the same cannot be said for Hillary Clinton...yet the media is definitely NOT reporting on her religion--the Fellowship. The Fellowship is a religion that does need media scrutiny since so many Republicans and right wing conservatives in our government are members. The Fellowship gets involved secretly in our government, especially in the area of Foreign Relations...... Look for the book that is coming out in May....
None of us want to be judged by a 30 second sound bite that is taken out of context. No one looks good in this sort of attack...I guess that is why it is used so often.
Maybe "some" of the Christians in America need to get a grip and remember that Christianity does not condone the judgemental attitude that is the modus operandi of the extreme right wing. If you believe in Jesus then follow him. Remember that Jesus said, “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.”