Saturday, March 15, 2008
This doesn't make me feel so included by this call of "unity" by Obama
"We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community."
Should this matter? It gives me the heebies, as I am sure my church does to many others. But this Reverend is the one who invited politics into his church, so yes, I say let's discuss it and let's be honest. To me I would never vote for Obama solely based on his political stands and this is just fuel to my fire. I think the religiosity of this controversy is second to the misleading manner in which Obama is now addressing the problem. His denouncing a Church that he has attended for 20 years and has donated tens of thousands of dollars to, has had his children baptised in, married his wife in, is now suddenly something in which he is denouncing. This speaks loudly to the authenticity of this individual. It also speaks to the questions of Obama not wearing a flag pin, not putting his hand over his heart and Michelle only being proud of America at the present and saying that America is mean. Of course they both have top notch educations from Ivy league schools and are indeed privileged. The problem to me is not the religious affiliation, but now the dismissing of it when it would appear that the message that is being delivered by Obama and bought by many appears to be fraudulent. Like I have said in previous posts, this hand reaching is merely a ploy to cut the hand off.......that's the way I see it.