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Oh No's!, The Racists Are At It Again!

Birds Of A Feather Burn Crosses Together

Okay, so some crazy White folks in Winfield, Alabama met yesterday, today, and will tomorrow to preach their god’s word to “the chose race” and of course, this town gets upset and holds their own non-disruptive service “open to all” right? Cuz that’s the good liberal, sentimental thing to do.

I am so sick of this same story playing out over and over. Okay, for a couple of decades now, I have noticed that whenever a group of openly racist anti-Black psychos waltz into town, of course all of the town’s moderate whites and even its minority communities, will panic and complain. “We disapprove, we disapprove!”

Of course, the media picks up on the dissent, and per usual, it’s businesses who get to have their voices heard. Think about what these racists will do to our economy. In these times, WE’RE SUNK!

First of all, these liberal responses out of tolerance are A LOAD OF CROCK! Second of all, when we think about business practices, I think about experiences that black males in particular have encountered, more specifically like today. I have never stolen from a business in my life. Yet, when I walked into a certain business today, while there were other customers, I was the one being monitored. You mean, I go to buy some duct tape and trash bags, and I get fitted into a racialized gaze? I am a criminal just because I walk into an establishment. The cashier, bless her heart, tried to explain to me that the store was under new management. Um, no it wasn’t; it’s just practicing the SAME OLD SAME OLD RACISM!

So, small towns and big cities, when the racists come to your town, ask yourself this, what conditions are in our community that allowed these blatant racists to visit our cities and celebrate their abominable lifestyles? Could it be the racially segregated school districts that you have set up through your county? Could it be the racial exclusion that black face when it comes to political representation? Why else would these Klansmen and White Supremacists show up in your neighborhood? I mean, these racists must have somehow thought that the townspeople would have no problem with cross-burnings in the first place, right?

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Democracy is the Problem: Jurgen Moltmann & A Theology for A Multi-Party System

Welcome to the revolution, Comrades Joel and Craig.

Did you ever stop to think, that despite how many times you shout for inclusivism in our “democratic” society, that it would be of no use? Direct democracy is seen as naively a good thing. Let’s be honest, even in the ancient Greek societies in which we get these ideals, democracy was limited for the few. In fact, the etymology of democracy is crat, or rule, and demos, not as people, but as a crowd, gathered together for any purpose (Walt Bauer, etc. A Greek Lexicon, 2nd edition). We learn from an early age that the founders were afraid of the “mobocracy”; on paper they were, but it was their racist and classist policies which provided the background for the lynching mobocracies in the late 19th and early 20th century post-Civil War.

Democracies in ancient Greece were not for the “people” but for more specifically, the privileged citizens in the polis. Citizenship excluded women, slaves and barbarians (those who were deemed stateless) (see David Theo Goldberg’s Racist Culture, page 21-22). The barbarian was deemed morally inferior, and thus, incapable of political activity. Pure Democracy, as it has been practiced not theorized, is reign of the in-crowd. Democracy originally came in the context of the city-state; after the “American Revolution,” democracy was the preferred ideal for the nation-state. I think we are still struggling to understand the difference, but I would argue that the transformation is immense, and has implications for how we view peoplehood, race, and class. The Supreme Court case that recognized corporations as citizens, guess what? From then on, our country has been gradually controlled indirectly by business class;
Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad Company
. That’s why the Civil Rights movement was so effective in going after people’s wallets first through boycotts.

What needs to happen? Well, first, there Congress needs to do its duty in defining corporations and their purpose, since it is well within its authority to do so. Theologically, Christians are well equipped to promote a multi-party system, thereby diluting (read:limiting) the power of special interests. First, there is the notion of covenant. Jurgen Moltmann argues that a politics based on covenant remains “threatened by centralistic socialism and by the extreme inequalities produced by capitalism. The covenant guarantees both personal liberties and social justice” (The Spirit of Life, 252). While we can see that Moltmann’s theology does have potential; in the United States, Moltmann’s theology seems quite abstract and exclusively for German social democracy. He can make such political pronouncements because he already lives in such a society with a multi-party system. In fact, Moltmann’s theology excluded Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions; for “centralist churches therefore have nothing to offer the new process towards political community. Their hierarchal structures paralyse the liberty of individuals and produce a passive welfare mentality” (Spirit of Life, 247).

While Moltmann claims that he desires to see a society working within covenant, his vision is exclusive; would Southern Baptists, Presbyterian Churches of America, and Catholics, conservative Muslims and Jews be allowed in Moltmann’s kingdom? I doubt it, for what Jurgen Moltmann does is make these groups to be the Barbarian, for democracy has become an idol in liberal Protestant theologies.

In my other works, I have commented on the threat of hegemony in Moltmann’s political theology, and without an emphasis on trinitarian difference, where a society is re-made in the image of Creator, Wisdom, and Breathe dancing in equality and reciprocal mutuality. For scholars of Moltmann, I hope that they would also consider the radicalism of Catholic and pro-Catholic religious thinkers such as New Negro philosopher Hubert Harrison, Eldridge Cleaver, Gustavo Guittierez, and Elizabeth A. Johnson, and then tell me if they promote a “passive welfare” mentality. I think that just as the Triune God took a risk and died in the form of the Son, so too must Christians take a risk and advocate a multi-party democracy, even if that means giving a voice to our “enemies.”

Willie Jennings: We Need A New Theology of Israel

Today, Stuart posted on the latest developments of the World Council of Churches, and how it now has implicated the nation of modern Israel as the key impediment to the Christianization of the Middle East. In fact according to this document, one would think that only Israel is at fault for not there not being Christians in the “Middle East” (middle of where, east of what? seriously).

Besides the obvious religious differences of Muslims, Christians and Jews being overlooked, the document overlooks the racist history of European Christianity in the region. It is quite convenient, and quite telling. In fact, I would say that the World Council of Churches functions off of supersessionist principles from white liberal theology. It is not supersessionist for criticizing Israel. I am no META-Zionist ala John Hagee. What I mean by this is that the process by which nations are created and peoples are formed based off of ethnicity and whereby land becomes DE-sacralized for the sake of commericalization (the Holy Land made un-holy), is seen by the WCC as an innocent aspiration, that this is part of what it means to be human.

I am arguing along the lines of Willie Jennings, in his work, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. The reason why I criticize critics of Israel who fail to equally chastize Palestine is for this very reason, and up until now, I had not found a way to articulate how I felt, and persons would mistake me for the dispensationalist type. But now, I think I see it more clearly. The construction of a nation-state whereby human bodies are sacrifices on the altars of ethnicity and economic progress is inherently violent. Palestine, in the words of U2, is stuck in the moment and it can’t get out of it–that moment is the Colonial Moment, the very reversal of Christ’s resurrection, that of the victory of death. Like the Portuguese explorers who measured black bodies to be things to consumed, the Palestinians remain trapped in a grid where their fates are determined by Europe more and more, even as they stuggle for the white virtue of autonomy (Jennings, 21).

The document submitted by the World Council of Churches “innocently” says it is working in the name of “peace and reconciliation” but these terms are superfluous at best. What it really means is that the organization is striving toward white hegemony, imperial nation building, and submitting itself to the very temptation that ha satan failed to deceive our Lord Jesus with in the wilderness (this view comes from Jennings’ reading of Bonhoeffer’s interpretation of Jesus [representing all nations] being tempted in the desert in Bonhoeffer’s CREATION AND FALL).

WCC confuses liberation with promoting nation-building, a project that requires for Christians to step outside the story of Israel’s God, YHWH. In this sense, the WCC is supersessionist, and therefore displaying the epitome of Gentile arrogance.