Monday, September 15, 2008

Obama and Black Liberation Theology: The Inside Story

We've all seen the shocking clips of Reverend Wright screaming, "God damn America," "US of KKK," and declaring with seeming delight in his heart -- a mere 5 days after the 9/11 attacks -- that "America's chickens have come home to roost." While Obama unconvincingly attempted to dismiss Wright's rantings as mere out-of-context "snippets," the reality is that such sentiments are entirely consistent with the theology of Obama's church -- that is, black liberation theology.

As Reverend Wright has explained, black liberation theology is based on the teachings of Dr. James Cone. So who is Dr. Cone and what does he espouse? In his most influential work, Black Theology and Black Power, Dr. Cone explained black liberation theology as follows:

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.

Wow. Just Wow.

While it is impossible to determine the extent to which Obama himself subscribes to such views, it's certainly a fair question to ask. After all, if Obama is totally opposed to such radical sentiments, then why did he remain in the church for over 20 years? And why did Obama and his wife donate $22,500 to the church as recently as 2006?

It would be great if the media were interested in investigating these issues, but I am told they are now busy trying to dig up some dirt on the Palin family dog. You heard it here first, folks.

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