Thursday, January 17, 2019

Dr. Aaron Lavender -- The Monster That Is Racism

The Incompatibility of Christianity and Racism

Our speaker for this special Martin Luther King Jr. Day chapel is Dr. Aaron Lavender, Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri and Vice President of Carver Baptist Bible College, Institute & Theological Seminary.  The text for his message is Galatians 3:26-29.

Chapel has long been considered the heartbeat of Cedarville University's campus. Every weekday at 10 a.m., students, faculty, and staff come together for a time of dynamic worship and powerful preaching.

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Regina Belle - After The Love Has Lost It's Shine

Chris Ladd -- "Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel”

The article removed from Forbes, “Why White Evangelicalism Is So Cruel”

**This was originally posted to Forbes on Sunday, Mar 11. Forbes took it down today. This is the explanation I received from the editor. Here is the original article in full:

(Political Orphan) -- Robert Jeffress, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas and an avid supporter of Donald Trump, earned headlines this week for his defense of the president’s adultery with a porn star. Regarding the affair and subsequent financial payments, Jeffress explained, “Even if it’s true, it doesn’t matter.”

Such a casual attitude toward adultery and prostitution might seem odd from a guy who blamed 9/11 on America’s sinfulness. However, seen through the lens of white evangelicals’ real priorities, Jeffress’ disinterest in Trump’s sordid lifestyle makes sense. Religion is inseparable from culture, and culture is inseparable from history. Modern, white evangelicalism emerged from the interplay between race and religion in the slave states. What today we call “evangelical Christianity,” is the product of centuries of conditioning, in which religious practices were adapted to nurture a slave economy. The calloused insensitivity of modern white evangelicals was shaped by the economic and cultural priorities that forged their theology over centuries.

Many Christian movements take the title “evangelical,” including many African-American denominations. However, evangelicalism today has been coopted as a preferred description for Christians who were looking to shed an older, largely discredited title: Fundamentalist. A quick glance at a map showing concentrations of adherents and weekly church attendance reveals the evangelical movement’s center of gravity in the Old South. And among those evangelical churches, one denomination remains by far the leader in membership, theological pull, and political influence.

There is still today a Southern Baptist Church. More than a century and a half after the Civil War, and decades after the Methodists and Presbyterians reunited with their Yankee neighbors, America’s most powerful evangelical denomination remains defined, right down to the name over the door, by an 1845 split over slavery.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Slouching Towards White Nationalism

Black Anti-Brexit Conservative MP Sam Gyimah : May's deal 'not a deal at all'

Anti-Brexit Conservative MP Sam Gyimah explains why he is voting against Theresa May's Brexit deal.Source: CNN

Conservative Sam Gyimah MP -- No Confidence Debate | Opposition

Steve King: A Black Conservative View

Alveda King -- I regret saying my Christian uncle, Dr. King, was Republican.

( -- " I have few regrets in my life. At the top of the list is the demise of two children in my womb, and one miscarriage. Next to that, I regret having said to a group of peers that my Uncle M. L. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) was a Republican. I said that without having all the facts.

My grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. was a registered Republican. Uncle M. L. was an independent, who in his own words tended to vote Democrat. I assumed that since granddaddy was a Republican, Uncle M. L. was too. After all, before the election of President John F. Kennedy, the majority of African-American voters were Republicans."

Alveda Celeste King is an American activist, author, and former state representative for the 28th District in the Georgia House of Representatives. She is a niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and daughter of civil rights activist the Rev. A.D. King and his wife, Naomi Barber King. She is a Fox News Channel contributor.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Halsey - Without Me

BREAKING: House Democrats move to censure Steve King over 'white supremacy' remarks

“He has become too comfortable with proudly insulting, disrespecting, and denigrating people of color, [and as] with any animal that is rabid, Steve King should be set aside and isolated.”

Rep. Bobby Rush

(The Politico) --  Rep. Bobby Rush announced he would be filing a censure motion on Monday to hold the Iowa Republican accountable for “his pattern of racist and xenophobic statements” going back to 2006. Shortly afterward, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) unveiled his own censure resolution, which specifically targets comments King made to The New York Times last week.

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Former Utah Rep. Mia Love, who narrowly lost her bid for a third term, is now a commentator for CNN

It didn’t take Mia Love long to find work.

(The Salt Lake Tribune) -- The former Utah congresswoman — who skipped most of the lame-duck session after she lost her re-election bid to Ben McAdams, has signed on with CNN as a political commentator. Brian Stelter, who anchors “Reliable Sources” on the cable channel, tweeted early Monday morning that Love and former Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez had gone “straight from Capitol Hill to CNN” — that they both were CNN commentators as of Monday.

And CNN confirmed that news.

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Sorry, Steve king, but if looks like racism, walks like racism, quacks like racism ..

Sorry, Rep. Steve king, but if looks like racism,  does the boogie-woogie like racism.
Well, dammit, it's probably racism.

On January 11, 2019, Congressman Steve King took to the floor of the House of Representatives to discuss recent comments appearing in The New York Times.

Don't conservatives hurl words, too? If liberals exaggerate racism don’t conservatives tend to downplay racism? I mean, do they not throw out words like “race-baiter” and “pandering” in order to shut down accusations of racism?

Both sides do it, but differently.

Sen. Tim Scott: Why are Republicans accused of racism? Because we’re silent on things like this.

"[Steve] King’s comments are not conservative views but separate views that should be ridiculed at every turn possible."

(The Washington Post) -- "These are just a sliver of the havoc that white nationalists and white supremacists have strewn across our nation for hundreds of years. Four little girls killed in a bombing in Birmingham, Ala., thousands lynched and countless hearts and minds turned cruel and hateful.

When people with opinions similar to King’s open their mouths, they damage not only the Republican Party and the conservative brand but also our nation as a whole. They want to be treated with fairness for some perceived slights but refuse to return the favor to those on the other side."

We Wuz Kangs

We (or at least some of us) Wuz Kangs

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change
An August summer night
Soldiers passing by
Listening to the wind of change

A commenter on  "Song Meanings" said this about the song.

"This song means a lot to me too, I'm from West Berlin. I was 19 when the Brandenburg Gate was opened in November 1989 and we all ran through the cordon of soldiers and stepped on East German soil for the first time in our lives. Our whole lives before that had been lived under the spectre of nuclear war. The start of the 1990s with the reunification of our country, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Wall, the freeing of the Warsaw Pact countries, was so full of hope and possibilities. I remember thinking that this was the year my life REALLY began." 

I still cry when I hear this song.

Side note

- Moska is a river in Russia.
- Gorky Park is a park in Russia.

Chris Ladd -- Walls Are Symbols of Failure

Fixed fortifications are a monument to the stupidity of man. Anything built by man, can be destroyed by him. 

-- George S. Patton

(Political Orphan) -- A nation’s story can be traced in its art. For many, France is defined by the Eiffel Tower, its steely resilience tamed by precision engineering into a latticework so graceful it defies gravity. Similarly that French immigrant, the Statue of Liberty, symbolizes the promise and power of America. Positioned at America’s gateway with chains at her feet and a light held aloft, she embodies a nation brimming with righteous confidence.

What work of art or engineering defined East Germany? The Berlin Wall.

No one remembers the old Communist bloc for Sputnik or universal health care. What we remember is innocent civilians gunned down as they tried to flee to a better life. Overshadowing every message or intention of the Communist world, the Berlin Wall was honesty in art. At the point where the “People’s Republic” met free people, that system produced gray concrete misery, a monument to oppression that sears the eye. Art is truth.
Losers build walls. For much of Rome’s history the city had no functioning walls. It was defended by its ever-expanding projection of power; military, economic and diplomatic. Its residents scrambled to build walls to forestall defeat as its other modes of power collapsed. Do walls work? Sort of. Walls can buy a little time, a breathing space in which a people can reorganize. However, walls usually fail because they constrain their builders as much as their targets. Once a culture starts pouring its resources into walls, it has little energy for growth. A wall is a symbol of failure.
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Black Communities During SHTF

How would your city, town, community or neighborhood react to a grid-down emergency?

A conversation with Lamin Sanneh

Lamin Sanneh is the D. Willis James Professor of Missions & World Christianity, Professor of History, Professor of International and Area Studies at Yale Divinity School.

Professor Sanneh is the author of over a hundred articles on religious and historical subjects, and of several books. He was appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Commission of the Historical Sciences, and by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Commission on Religious Relations with Muslims. He has received an award as the John W. Kluge Chair in the Cultures and Societies of the South by the Library of Congress. For his academic work, he was made Commandeur de l’Ordre National du Lion, Senegal’s highest national honor, and is a recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Remembering Lamin Sanneh, the World’s Leading Expert on Christianity and Islam in Africa

Scholars explain how a convert “summoned from the margins” of The Gambia became a legend at Yale Divinity School for his curiosity, joy, and deep insights.

Lamin Sanneh, the Gambian scholar who shaped contemporary discourse around World Christianity and missions in Africa, died Sunday at age 76.

Over his 30-year career at Yale Divinity School as well as stints at the University of London and two Pontifical Commissions, he brought World Christianity to the forefront, drawing a global network of scholars and friends around his scholarship in the fields of African history, abolitionism, and Christian-Muslim relations.

Conservatives for Apartheid

What's become clear in all my studies of our history of World War II, of the Civil War, of Tocqueville, of Rousseau, of Zionism, of black nationalism, is that understanding Enlightenment ideals requires understanding those places where ideals and humanity meet. If you call yourself a lover of democracy, but have not studied the black diaspora, your deeds mock your claims. Understanding requires more than sloganeering, and parroting—it requires confronting our failures.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

(The Atlantic) -- For many years, a large swath of this country failed Nelson Mandela, failed its own alleged morality, and failed the majority of people living in South Africa.

For many years, a large swath of this country failed Nelson Mandela, failed its own alleged morality, and failed the majority of people living in South Africa. We have some experience with this. Still, it's easy to forget William F. Buckley—intellectual founder of the modern right—effectively worked as a press agent for apartheid:
Buckley was actively courted by Chiang Kai-Shek's Taiwan, Franco's Spain, South Africa, Rhodesia and Portugal's African colonies, and went on expenses-paid trips trips to some of these countries.
When he returned from Mozambique in 1962, Buckley wrote a column describing the backwardness of the African population over which Portugal ruled, "The more serene element in Africa tends to believe that rampant African nationalism is self-discrediting, and that therefore the time is bound to come when America, and the West ... will depart from our dogmatic anti-Colonialism and realize what is the nature of the beast."
In the fall of 1962, during a visit to South Africa, arranged by the Information Ministry, Buckley wrote that South African apartheid "has evolved into a serious program designed to cope with a melodramatic dilemma on whose solution hangs, quite literally, the question of life or death for the white man in South Africa."
Buckley's racket as an American paid propagandist for white supremacy would be repeated over the years in conservative circles. As Sam Kleiner demonstrates in Foreign Policy, apartheid would ultimately draw some of America's most celebrated conservatives into its orbit. The roster includes Grover Norquist, Jack Abramoff, Jesse Helms, and Senator Jeff Flake. Jerry Falwell denounced Desmond Tutu as a "phony" and led a "reinvestment" campaign during the 1980s. At the late hour of 1993, Pat Robertson opined, "I know we don't like apartheid, but the blacks in South Africa, in Soweto, don't have it all that bad."

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Stephen L. Carter -- What the Boy Scouts Get Right

The group’s policy to protect children, adopted some 30 years ago, has become a model for other organizations.

(Bloomberg Opinion) --"My recent column on the troubles besetting the Boy Scouts of America occasioned a considerable and thoughtful correspondence. A quick recap: Last week brought news that the Scouts are considering bankruptcy as they deal with lawsuits concerning alleged child abuse in the organization’s past. In my column, I argued that although the group should pay for wrongs that have happened on its watch, we shouldn’t let it die."

Ayo Sogunro -- The Case Against the Nigerian Military

(The Guardian) -- The Nigerian military is sick and requires urgent intervention. Clearly, public intervention in military affairs is a sensitive issue, and our politicians generally avoid commenting on military issues except when it affects their electoral interests.

However, the rest of us must not remain mute when it is clear that an intervention is needed. In the last three years, we have witnessed the military’s increased impunity in the conduct of its operations, disregard for the rule of law and civilian control, and contempt for public accountability.

The Nigerian military has become uncontrollable in a way that we have not seen since the transition to civilian rule.

A theory of civil-military relations, formulated by Samuel Huntington, is the idea of “objective control” of the military by the civilian authority. According to Huntington, objective control requires the military authority to: (i) demonstrate a high level of professionalism and recognition of the limits of its professional competence; and (ii) effectively subordinate itself to the civilian authority that makes decisions on military policy.

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Turning Point's new replacement for Candace Owens

Turning Point's new replacement for Candace Owens has made a complete fool of herself on Fox News and got booted off the show live on-air.

White Evangelicalism vs Global Ethnic Evangelicalism

John Piper's Response to Lecrae Shows White Evangelicals Have More Work to Do 

I will not oblige to your colonized way of faith
My Messiah died for the world, not just USA
They say, "Jesus was Conservative"
Tell 'em, "That's a lie"
No, He not a Liberal either if you think I'll choose a side
They say, "'Crae, you so divisive, shouldn't be a Black church"
I say, "Do the math, segregation started that first!"
Hey, you want unity? Then read a eulogy
Kill the power that exists up under you and over me.


(Faithfully Magazine) -- While Lecrae’s criticism of White Evangelicalism is systemic, 
Piper’s response is primarily individualistic, consisting of a list of exceptions to the rule, as it were. This unfortunately misses the crux of Lecrae’s—and for that matter, Christians of color’s—critique: we’re not speaking about individual actions of White Evangelicals but about the long-standing and continually unchallenged assumptions, narratives and normativity that symbolize the systemic problem of White Evangelicalism in our American churches across the board. 

Friday, December 28, 2018

My Strange College Rivalry with an Alt-Righter

(VICE) - “My own conservatism is not tied to any ethnic or cultural background. Being biethnic—Italian and Middle Eastern—I never felt I quite fit into any group. I learned Chinese in college and enjoyed experiencing my step-mother’s Hispanic culture. 

I believed in individualism, and was taught at a young age not to judge people for what they look like or where they came from but the content of their character. My political ideology lies within what’s called “classical liberalism,” but it took years of studying while shuffling around various conservative groups to even know how to describe myself. “


Saturday, December 15, 2018

E. W. Jackson: “The floor of Congress is now going to look like an Islamic republic

"As long as mainstream conservatives continue to be titillated by anti-black rhetoric coming from the lips of black people, there can never be a harmonious relationship between black conservatism and mainstream conservatism in America. As I have posited in previous essays, there are solution-oriented and fame-oriented black conservatives. Fame-oriented black conservatives are the cartoonish characters promoted in mainstream conservatism."

- Chidike Okeem, black conservative writer/intellectual  

(The Washington Post) -- Conservative pastor E.W. Jackson began his radio program Wednesday with an outraged rant about a rule change that congressional Democrats are proposing that would reverse a headwear ban on the floor of the House of Representatives. The change would take effect next year, when Democrats resume control of the House and welcome the most racially diverse and most female freshman class in U.S. history, which includes the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. One of them, Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, wears a headscarf. “The floor of Congress is now going to look like an Islamic republic,” Jackson said on the show.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tree of Logic: Democrats Received 90% of the Black Vote for the Midterm Elections 2018

Tree of Logic warned the Conservatives to stop playing Identity Politics to win over the black vote because it will not work. Looks like she was right.................AGAIN!

The Black Conservative Response 

Ethnic/religious competition has never really been the goal of "lily-white" conservatism within mainstream Republicanism. I believe their real goal is to keep Black voter turnout down while tactically soothing the fears of white independent women voters, many of whom are uncomfortable with racist attacks on immigrants. So, this type of operation is twofold: a). It goes after a certain type of black voter (mostly men) .... your Kanye, bi-polar, attracted to conspiracies, Hotep type of black voter. These individuals help demoralize other blacks online. b). It’s been proven that oftentimes when white candidates talk about minorities it’s to appeal to white moderates — not actual communities of color.

Many of the white individuals being targeted by the “Take a Picture with a Negro” campaign are white (suburban) women, many of whom I suspect have few solid relationships with communities of color.  How long would it take to trick them? How many pictures with smiling brown children,  black folk, and whala, you're back in the game (again).

This is why some allege that even suburban-moderate-independents play apart in aiding-and-abetting white-nationalism.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Rep. Mia Love On Pres. Trump’s Comments About Her, Being A Republican | The View

The Utah congresswoman talks about her concession speech after the midterm elections and being a black female Republican.

Sen. Tim Scott tells fellow Republicans: Do better on judicial nominees

“While you are right that his nomination should be seen through a wider lens, the solution isn’t simply to decry ‘racial attacks.’ Instead, we should stop bringing candidates with questionable track records on race before the full Senate for a vote.”

-- Sen. Tim Scott, the only African American Republican in the Senate

(The Washington Post) -- "Sen. Tim Scott, the only African American Republican in the Senate, has a blunt message for his party’s leaders: When it comes to picking judicial nominees and examining their records on race, you can do better.
The senator from South Carolina made his point in a letter to the editor published online Thursday and in print Friday by the Wall Street Journal. Scott’s note came a week after he announced his opposition to Thomas A. Farr, dooming the U.S. District Court nominee’s chances of being confirmed.
Most Republican senators have fallen in line behind President Trump on judicial nominations and other matters. The two most vocal Republican critics of Trump in the Senate, Sens. Bob Corker (Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (Ariz.), are retiring in a few weeks.
But Scott has signaled he is willing to do what most elected Republicans have not during Trump’s presidency — challenge the GOP to change its positions on race, politics and their intersection."