Topic category: Government/Politics
Great! Glenn "Better Late than Never" Beck Finally Sees Liberation Theology For What It Is
The good news is that Fox News host Glenn Beck's July 13, 2010 focused on how "progressives" shamelessly misuse theology for their radical political purposes.
The bad news is that it took him so long.
The truth was there years ago, but it was a place where the liberal media establishment would not go and others either did not dare or did not know.
In "Obama Does NOT "Transcend Race" (March 21, 2008) (www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowArticle.php?id=gaynorm&date=080321), I wrote about in a review of then presidential hopeful Obama's speech on race than had become necessary because too many people had learned too much about Obama's spiritual mentor, the person whom Obama said brought him to Christ, Rev. Jeremiah A. "God damn America" Wright.
To his credit, Fox News host and radio star Sean Hannity had sensed pay dirt in the Obama/Wright relationship and hosted Rev. Wright on his tv show.
But it took a year before Hannity had the video evidence against Rev. Wright in hand and by then it turned out to be too late, as Obama publicly separated himself from Rev. Wright's "controversial ideas" while pleading ignorance.
"The presumptuous young political opportunist read from a teleprompter, lectured and criticized others, but he never did explain why HE had not confronted his anti-American, anti-white spiritual mentor and he never did criticize himself or apologize.
"Did any of that come to you as a surprise?
"Author Erik Rush: 'Obama has built broad appeal by presenting himself as sort of a generic, open-minded moderate Democrat (as Bill Clinton also did, by the way)? Are [America's swing voters] going to go for a candidate whose heart is actually closer to that of a refined Black Panther?'
"The gulled ones, yes.
"But it does not look like even the biased mainstream media will be able to elect rookie United States Senator and presidential hopeful Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., since America is learning the ugly truth about him, his church and the person who reportedly brought him to Christ and served as his spiritual mentor for about twenty years, Rev. Jeremiah A. 'God damn America' Wright, Jr.
"Barack finally condemned in general terms the outrageous statements made in sermons by his spiritual mentor and pastor (without 'disowning' him) as a matter of political necessity.
"Too little, and much too late.
"Why didn't Obama do it much sooner?
"First, Rev. Wright led Trinity United Church of Christ and Barack needed Rev. Wright's support for his personal political aspirations, first as an Illinois state senator and then as a United States Senate candidate.
"Second, those outrageous statements were not inconsistent with the Mission Statement of Trinity United Church of Christ.
"Mission Statement: '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.'
"In 'The Continuing Legacy of Samuel DeWitt Proctor,' Rev. Wright's tribute to his spiritual mentor, delivered at a conference in 2004 and published in 2005 in Blow the Trumpet in Zion!, Rev. Wright charged that 'American oppression...keeps Africans in economic bondage.'
"Charges (as Rev. Wright made in sermons) that America devised the AIDS virus to eliminate blacks and deserved to be attacked on September 11, 2001 buttressed Rev. Wright's pro-African, anti-America message, a vile message that his congregation received without reported protest from anyone, much less an ambitious young politician dependent upon Rev. Wright.
"Mr. Rush: 'Obama’s affiliation with this church, if I must call it that, should be as alarming to the American voter as a Republican candidate for president belonging to the Aryan Brethren Church of Christ. Any argument against this assertion is politically-correct delusion, reverse discrimination and a hypocrisy – a very dangerous one.'
"To support that strong statement, Mr. Rush deftly directed readers to the church website and the twelve precepts in the 'Black Value System' brochure that rookie United States Senator and presidential hopeful Obama admitted (in his first book, Dreams from My Father receiving the first time he met Rev. Wright).
"The mainstream media obviously is averse to reporting that Barack's wife Michelle wrote in her college senior thesis that she put 'the Black Community first and foremost.'
"Michelle's priority seems to be unchanged.
"As loyal members of Trinity United Church of Christ, both Michelle and Barack are supportive of that church's Mission Statement.
"Excerpt from that Mission Statement:
'Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the Black Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. We believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These Black Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:
1. Commitment to God 2. Commitment to the Black Community 3. Commitment to the Black Family 4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education 5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence 6. Adherence to the Black Work Ethic 7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect 8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness" 9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community 10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions 11. Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System 12. Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System.'
"Barack has been billed as the candidate who transcends race, but embracing this Black Value System is NOT transcending race."
Now Beck is looking at Black Liberation Theology. He could have and should have long ago. But...better late than never.
Perhaps Hannity will have Erik Rush back on to comment on why the Obama Justice Department gave a pass to those New Black Panthers who intimidated white voters at the polls in Philadelphia on Election Day 2008 and Beck will look to ex-radical ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief instead of radical ACORN 8 leader and Obamaton Marcel Reid to learn what the relationship between Obama and ACORN really was!
Michael J. Gaynor
Biography - Michael J. Gaynor
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.
Gaynor's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.