Thursday, March 27, 2008

Black Liberation Theology?!?!?!?!

Thanks to John Hawkins of the Right Wing News for the link to the American Princess' post on the theology of B. Obama's church.
For the past week it has been nearly impossible to turn on the news and not hear a story about Barack Obama and his relationship with his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama has been struggling to distance himself from Rev. Wright, but is unable to cut off from his life “the man who married him and baptized his children”. However, distancing himself from the Reverend Wright will not solve his problems. The problem is not the remarks of Jeremiah Wright, but what he, Barack Obama actually believes. His religious beliefs, as portrayed in his autobiography, Dreams from My Father, come from the teachings of Trinity United Church of Christ, known as Black Liberation Theology.


In African-American Protestant Churches, liberation theology (known there as Black Liberation Theology, or Black Theology) combines the Jesuit understanding of liberation with the ideals of the Black Power movement. It is best described in the book Black Theology and Black Power, by James Cone and Dwight Hopkins, which portrays Caucasian Americans as the oppressors and African-Americans as the oppressed. Cone’s thesis is that the liberation of black people from the oppression of whites, vis-à-vis the Black Power Movement is “the Gospel message of the 20th Century”. One needs only to go to Trinity United Church of Christ’s website to see the connection. The website, which endorses Cone’s book and beliefs, contains a “10-point vision”. The last three points are “committed to Liberation”, “committed to Restoration”, and “working for Economic Parity”. This brings up several questions: Does “Liberation” mean white people shouldn’t hold government positions over black people? Does Restoration mean “reparations? Does “Economic Parity” mean government controlled distribution of wealth?

The idea that Whites owe Blacks for slavery or that we are still "oppressing" them is not only racist, but is ludicrous!

Dr. Martin Luther King didn't advocate repartations, he didn't speak about "Black Power", he spoke about equality, for all people, no matter of race. But these days you are finding more of the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons demanding segregation, entitlements and trying to feed on White Guilt.

For equality, people need to be treat "equally", not worse and not better. And "Black Liberation Theology" is not equality or Christian.

Mr Minority