So the Reverend Al Sharpton has had a “fruitful meeting” with the FCC in an effort to muzzle conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. Interesting. This is the same Rev. Al who perpetuated the Twana Brawely hoax. The same one who incited Anti-Semitic feeling in the face of a tragic accident which caused an innocent person his life. The same individual who also inflamed a landlord-tenant-tenant debate in which someone shot several people and burned down a store causing the deaths of seven people.
Let’s revisit some of the Revered’s most, dare I say colorful remarks:
“White folks was [sic] in caves while we was building empires…. We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”
“As for the one Mormon running for office, those who really believe in God will defeat him anyways, so don’t worry about that; that’s a temporary situation.”
“We blacks had problems in the ’60s and we solved them by marching. We’ve still got problems — let’s march.”
As is my usual M.O. I will take these sterling examples of the Reverends thought process one by one.
First, I not sure exactly who he’s taking about. Eqyptans, Israelites, Babylonians, folks from the land of Ur, the Phoenecians………as far as I know they were all middle eastern and certainly not African although there is some doubt about Egypt in some corners. If the Reverend actually believes in the Bible as he says he does than he should know who settled where and about the “disporia” after the Babylonian invasion circa 588. Such knowledge should keep him from making ignorant and somewhat stupid comments in the future. Then again actual religious teaching from the Bible such as “turn the other check”, love thy neighbor”, “do good to those who despitefully use you” and my personal favorite “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”, don’t seem to be in the Reverends canon. I guess the “Lord’s Prayer” is too racist to use.
Second, and I must say I love the hypocrisy, here is the quote against Gov. Romney and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The only organization in the history of this country to have an “Extermination Order” put in force against them. This order enacted in 1838 was not rescinded until 1976. Of all peoples “Mormons” know what it was like to be hunted down and live in fear of their lives. They were not even as valued as slaves. Of course all of this centers on a supposed bias against blacks. The one thing that most people don’t understand about the LDS Church is that they believe in prophecy. Really believe that God speaks to their president and while it would have been easier in the 1960’s to go along with the prevailing winds, they waited until God was ready to change things. In His time and for His purposes. Do we know what those were and/or are? No but we have faith that if we do our best to follow His direction, all will be well. Foolishness to some but no more foolish than trusting in the “arm of the flesh” to make decisions for us. As we’ve seen in the last 4 years of a Democratic led Congress.
The Revered is a religious bigot. He despises Mormons, Catholics, Jews and other religions and feels free to express that hate verbally. Jesus would be proud?
The last quote does not speak to racism per se but to a mindset that encourages and exaserbates racial tensions. In the 1960’s blacks were indeed discriminated against and that needed to change and it did. The Revered does not mention the thousands of white man and women who took up the cause of civil rights because it was “the right thing to do”. What have Sharpton, Jackson and other done with this opportunity. Very little. They have not encouraged people to stay in school, stay away from drugs, become integrated members of society. They have preached hate and division and derision since the passage of civil rights legislation.
Are their racists in this country? Abso-freak’en-lutely. Are they all white? Absolutely not. Will they be turned aside or converted by incendiary rhetoric and pertinacious ideologies? It’s never worked before but those who make money from chaos and discord are always first in line to claim it will.
I read this last night in the “Book of Mormon” one of the canon of scriptures Mormons use along with the New and Old Testaments to learn about Jesus Christ and His will for all people.
He commandeth that there shall be no priestcrafts; for, behold, priestcrafts are that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion.
Jesus Christ commands that no man should preach to get gain or for the praise of the world, that they should be seeking the welfare of Zion. Contrary to the popular idea of Zion as a Jewish state the original meaning is “where the pure in heart dwell”. I would really not want to be standing in the Reverends shoes at the Judgement Bar.