Posts Tagged ‘Jeremiah Wright’

gods-top-10Huzzah! Another list for HiScrivener to enjoy, although this one is a tad more newsworthy.

Recently, Time magazine (with a little assist from FaithWorld on Reuters) came out with its conspicuous collection of the “Top 10 religion stories of the year.” Hrm, let’s see, shall we?

  1. The Economy Stumps Religion – Saddleback. Rev. Wright. The “Huckster”. Infamous endorsements. Evangelicals jump ship and get romanced by an elephant. And all that gets trumped by a recession?! Ah well, we tried to keep God in the headlines.
  2. Never Count the Mormons Out – Being a PR type, you are always thinking for a way out of a crisis. Considering the ballyhoo the FLDS stirred up in Texas and Mitt Romney swooned nationally, the holy skivvies got together and figured out a way to get back in the good graces of the media – protest gay marriage. Yeah, that’ll fix ’em.
  3. The Pope Wows the States – During John Paul’s trek to beatification and sainthood, swarthy priests and their impious relationships with altar boys monopolized headlines, so the new guy had to find a way to shine a light a sweetness on the Vatican. Maybe B16 has heard of the greatness of “A Tribe Called Quest,” because he went on an “Award Tour” from NYC to DC. Good times on those frequent flyer miles, Il Papa.
  4. The Canterbury non-Tale – Anglicans. Episcopalians. Poh-tay-toe. Poe-ta-toe. What’s the difference besides each being on the the other side of an ocean? Oh yeah. that whole “You can be gay, and still be an effective witness for Jesus” thingy.
  5. America’s Unfaithful Faith – Somethings in life are worth shopping – homes, cars, wardrobes. However, faith is not one of them, and this story shows that folk don’t care because denominations were being swapped out like rolls of toilet paper. Once someone gets done with personal business in the confessional… well, you get the analogy.
  6. Tibet’s Monks Rebel – And who says the Olympics are always predictable? What’s sad is some think the Dalai Lama was behind this massacre. Wonder if Richard Gere had to say anything about his BFF?
  7. The Birth of the New Evangelicalism – It’s been an interesting year for the Church. While some say the religious right has taken a turn for the “left”, others – as in this story – say they have gotten more vociferous than ever. I suppose something should be for those youth groups after all.
  8. The Challenge of Recession – It’s hard to give an offering when you have nothing to offer, but somehow the Church will overcome. Otherwise, we will all be singing Kumbaya in some field with the tarantualas and tumbleweeds. Hey wait, maybe those compounds are on to something?!
  9. When Kosher wasn’t Kosher – When I think of child labor and sweat shops, I think of cheap cotton sweatsuits and fancy girlie clothes, not Kosher meat. When this story came out, synagogues everywhere were reconsidering their menu… and possibly what’s in their closet.
  10. Extraterrestrials May Already be Saved – I knew I was on to something! What is still the most popular post of “The Writing on the Wall,” is now one of the biggest faith-based stories of the year. Good on ya’ Wall Watchers. And to think, the Vatican still employs a dude who consults his Tarot cards more than his Bible. We still have work to do.

Irony is such a wonderful thing, namely when it happens to venerable folk like noted black liberationist and former pastor (for 20 years, lest we forget) of Barack Obama – Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

You see, this is a man that is famous – or infamous – for exclaiming “G_ D_ America!” A man that is two fries short of a Happy Meal damning all white people as devils has found himself in some hot water, again. This time, well… if white people are “the devil”, then homeboy was busted for “Sleeping with the Enemy.”

That’s right, America’s favorite bigot has been reported by the New York Post for sleeping with a white woman.

Stay classy, Rev.

Elizabeth Payne, 37, said she had a steamy sexual affair with the controversial, racially divisive man of the cloth while she was an executive assistant at a church headed by a popular Wright protégé. When word of the unholy alliance got out, Payne’s husband dumped her, and she was canned from the plum job at Friendship-West Baptist Church, she told The Post.

That loud thud you just heard was Barack Obama somewhere falling off his chair in complete hilarity.

I mean, how great is this? A man that has spent half his life preaching about bigotry… er, black supremacy… er, fighting for equal rights is caught in adultery (strike one), fornicating since he is a pastor and all (strike two) and busted for in flagrante dilecto with a white woman (strike three). You are definitely out – to lunch, Rev.

Oh, that OTHER sound you heard was the entire congregation of his former church passing out and hitting the floor.

When will this 2008 presidential election end again? Summer of 2016? Man, the longer these primaries go on, the more we see the dire need to depoliticize the pulpit (as Wall Watchers did here, there and this place).

If there is any pastor out there who hasn’t learned from the fallible jaunts into the political circle of Jesse Burns…er, Jackson and Pat Robertson, allow HiScrivener to save you the trouble. Don’t! As a matter of fact, if you have a choice to perish painfully in a plane crash and decide to erroneously dub someone the next president of the United States, buckle up. IJS.

First, Obama meets the ‘Wright’ stuff. Then, McCain didn’t like the taste of ‘Parsley’ on his dinner to help it go down. Not too far afterwards, McCain gets some unexpected Texas hospitality. Now, not to be outdone, Obama has this utter fool to deal with…

Meet Father... yeah, that’s what I said too… FATHER (as in Priest) Michael Pfleger. Evidently, he didn’t think his 15 minutes had even started, so he makes some flippant comments about Hillary Clinton at… oh, what’s that place… Trinity United Church of Christ.

So, in reference to the headline and much like the great game of PONG, it was tit for tat… blip (pause) blip (pause) and blip. Rev. Mike throws it down at TUCC and Obama issues this:

“As I have traveled this country, I’ve been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that unites us. That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which does not reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause.”

Yes, that’s lovely… completely contrived and staged for the sound bite. You would think he would have a dose more vigor with that message. Rev. Mike notices his 15 minutes are up, skips back in the spotlight for his ‘blip’:

“I regret the words I chose on Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama’s life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them.”

A couple of notes from a spin doctor’s POV:

  • Notice he doesn’t apologize for offending TUCC. I suppose after that rousing applause, he didn’t sense the need from the Lord.
  • “I’m very unpolitical” [guffaw]. If they knew that was said with tongue firmly planted in cheek, there’s no way he regrets those words “he chose.” The media was hoodwinked, bamboozled, run-amuck, led astray… (for those adoring Malcolm Little).
  • Of course they are inconsistent with Barack Obama’s life. He is sociologically and ideologically caught between repositioning and reparations. So, come on with that jive.
  • Hey Rev., heard that saying, “Do it once, shame on me. Twice, shame on you.” He did it about seven times to Hillary. So, if you believe that was sincere, I got first dibs on some real estate.
  • And last but not least, his flub on YouTube has received more than 360,000 hits. I think his 15 minutes just got a reprieve.

PR is not gamblingIn case you have been living under a rock, in a cave or possibly you’re just a classic hoarder and can’t find your TV, you’ve noticed the United Church of Christ (TUCC) has been under a little bit of scrutiny. This, in no LARGE part to its founder (and recent media pimp) Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

However, now that TUCC is under new management, they are going on a massive media blitz in hopes to buy what money can’t buy: P.R.

There is an adage in the communications industry that HiScrivener and Slate Communications lives by:

Advertising is what you PAY for while public relations is what you PRAY for

Nothing spells advertising like a full-page spread in New York Times and USA Today. The public relations they are praying for is when this nation stops believing the myth that this is a “Bash Whitey” church and a cult, and begin thinking of this hallowed place as a church and a different place to worship.

Here’s hoping for some nice ROI.

Full Disclosure: I know him, love him, respect him… so there will be some bias.

But, he’s RIGHT ON, as noted in!

Old Time ReligionThink about this: Suicide bombers = Islam as KKK = Patriotism. An analogy that will make your head spin, right? It proves an adage, “One rotten apple spoils the whole bunch.” ONE!

You can take one idiot doing something foolish, place those actions in front of someone with an ounce of prejudice [NOTE: hatred and disdain, not bigotry] and instantly, an entire group has been painted with a wicked brush.

The media is great at that. In an effort of being objective, they subject opinions all day long. Much has been done with the “Black Church” and Jeremiah Wright. Although a misnomer, the “black church” has been tainted and harmed by Wright’s mouth because no other [non-black] person has anything to bounce that from.

Take a quote from Bishop Jakes’ commentary:

“Many of us have worked with other organizations, different cultures and denominations believing that there is more to unite us than there is to divide us” … “My hope is that the church remains a vibrant part of our process, sounding the alarm that warns: America, please wake up out of our sleep!”

Although church and state are polarizing topics, they have something dreadfully in common – sheep. In other words, ignorant people that would rather be supported by a wishbone than a backbone! People, make up your own flippin’ mind! Learn to isolate circumstances and stop objectifying and generalizing because of the misguided, lunatic actions of a few. God’s people much deserve better than that.

If you got issues with Wright and Obama, visit here, here or here and learn about the real, glorious “black church” experience. Likewise, if you got issues with rednecks and bigotry, visit here, here or here and learn from your mistakes and see what love looks like. I visited or been a part of all of the aforementioned, and I turned out just fine! People, can’t we all just get along? Oy!