Friday, May 9, 2008

Rev. Wright (again) and Sharpton too

It’s too bad Sen. Obama’s now-famous pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is making such a fool of himself. I’m thinking especially of his claim that the U.S. government invented AIDS to wipe out African-Americans. Here is a highly educated man repeating such rubbish. For one thing, the first people to get AIDS were white gays, not blacks. Secondly, the AIDS virus has been traced to Africa (ironically), and HIV is a mutant of a similar simian virus.

Moreover, if you want to blame an organization for wanting to wipe out blacks, look no further than the ubiquitous Planned Parenthood. Its founder, Margaret Sanger, was quite open about her desire to limit the growth of the population of “less desirable” groups in our society, especially blacks. Pro-life people, posing as potential donors, have exposed the fact that reducing minority populations is still a goal. These telephone calls have been recorded and well documented. If you don’t believe me, do some research.

Finally, Rev. Wright is a Christian clergyman. What’s at the heart of the Christian faith? Love and forgiveness. However, Wright is peddling hate and unforgiveness. That is totally inappropriate for a Christian preacher. I understand clearly that African-Americans are angry and bitter, but there is no reason to pander to those emotions. While our society is far from perfect when it comes to a lot of things, including race relations, black leaders should be leading their people into a new world of love and forgiveness (difficult as that can sometimes be), not looking back at the bad old days.

Al Sharpton is another example of a poor leader. Although he also is a Christian preacher, he stirs up trouble rather than encouraging forgiveness and moving on. Leaders should look to ways of improving the system, but not by rabble-rousing. Where is the Christian message in anything Sharpton does? Now he has given a further bad example with tax and other problems.

Moses is a good example of a great and godly leader. He looked forward to the vision God gave him, even if his people often looked back to the “good old days” of slavery in Egypt. Black leaders should be the new Moses, leading their people out of the bondage of slavery which still grips them emotionally. It’s hard to move forward when you’re constantly looking into the rear-view mirror.

There will be no new posts to the blog until May 19. See you then!

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