February 04, 2005

LA Times op-ed piece rips black conservative ministers

"Selling Their Birthright to the GOP" screams the headline from the Los Angeles Times.

The venerable newspaper then allows two Southern California ministers rip into black conservative Christian ministers who would dare to support the Bush Administration in a hit piece that goes beyond the pale. And why? Because they don't toe the proverbial line that liberals insist that blacks toe.

Seventy pastors apparently turned out for Tuesday's meeting, which was supposedly organized by conservative black ministers who had backed George W. Bush in November and who are seeking to promote what they say is a new agenda for the black community.

Are they doing it with programs that bring jobs, education and opportunity? Nooooooooooooo. They are doing it with a campaign against gay marriage. They are unveiling a "black contract with America on moral values." That's right, Newt Gingrich is back and he's black!

That the ideological descendants of the architects of Jim Crow would be setting up shop in inner cities to structure a solution to the problems of being black in America is beyond ludicrous.

The saddest part is that these ministers, who have inherited a legacy of respect, leadership and authority, would squander their profound birthright for a bowl of faith-based porridge. The underbelly of this Republican initiative is the promise of funding for church programs. That's a true sellout.

The black church has always stood with the oppressed and never the oppressor. It has not been in the forefront of the "pro-life" movement because it recognized that prohibiting abortions leads to the maiming and death of thousands of poor, often black, women. It has not been in the forefront of the movement against gay marriage because it doesn't adhere to the biblical literalism of many fundamentalist churches and looks more to the compassion of Jesus than to conservative legalism.

The authors of the LA Times hit piece insist that anyone who would follow the evangelical teachings of the Bible are short-sighted and stupid, as opposed to being scholarly followers of the Word of God. And the Times, in giving this an audience continues to follow it's long-standing agenda of providing voices to those who would put down more conservative viewpoints, no matter what kind of racial hatred might be stirred up -- even if it is racial hatred within the black community.

The authors, in feeding into that sort of hatred, apparently agree that there should only be one school of thought in black America - one that begs for handouts, as opposed to providing a moral compass.

But let me ask: Isn't there truly room for multiple schools of thought in black America? Isn't there room for those who find that gay marriage is offensive to their sensibilities in addition to those who might otherwise support gay marriage? Many of us on the conservative side of the aisle think that out of a diversity of opinion can come strength in the community. Apparently, the authors of this hit piece feel otherwise. And that's a sad state of affairs, indeed.

Posted by mhking at February 4, 2005 11:48 AM

The Black Taliban lives on!

Posted by: Curtis at February 4, 2005 01:28 PM

"The Black Taliban lives on!"

What kind of foolishness is that? Do you have nay idea what the Taliban were really like? Do you honestly believe that any one in America would want to degenerate our society to that level. Saying things like this obscures the real horror of what the Taliban has done and it cheapens the lives that were at their hands.

Posted by: Samantha at February 4, 2005 02:24 PM

The authors of the LA Times hit piece insist that anyone who would follow the evangelical teachings of the Bible are short-sighted and stupid, as opposed to being scholarly followers of the Word of God.

The op-ed says Shockley and Calloway are a minister and a pastor at Los Angeles-area churches. I'd be surprised if those credentials don't leave them well within their rights to question how God's word translates into political and moral choice in the black community.

Posted by: George at February 4, 2005 09:47 PM

I love these liberals who have a smattering of religion and try to trot out the one or two things they remember about a Jesus they don't even believe in.
Jesus had compassion but don't forget he said to the woman caught in adultery, "go and sin no more".

Posted by: BobG at February 5, 2005 03:29 PM

Translation of article:

"Whose yo' massa?"

One needs to be very concerned when the word "birthright" is used (especially in politics)

Posted by: Duane at February 5, 2005 04:02 PM

Maybe you could identify where the bible gets into politics, George. The religious officials are the same as any other man when it comes to subjects outside their competency. Their mantle of irrefutable wisdom falls when they speak in venues where they can be challenged, and trying to tie religion to politics is one of those venues.

Posted by: Mike H. at February 5, 2005 04:05 PM
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