Posts Tagged ‘obama

30
Sep
08

From Cone to Obama. The path of Black Liberation Theology

 

Dr. James Cone is the founder of Black Liberation Theology.  Reverend Jeremiah Write has stated that no one can discuss the so called “black value system,” or by inference his teaching, unless they first understand Cone’s writing.  Barack Obama sat voluntarily under the teachings of Wright, and therefore by proxy, Cone, for twenty years.  Therefore, to understand what Senator Obama believes, we must first understand the beliefs of James Cone.

30
Sep
08

Welcome to 1000 Sundays

Welcome to 1000 Sundays, a site devoted to the examination of what the Democratic Candidate for President of the United States of America believes.  At 1000 Sundays, we believe that all men are free to believe as they will.  However, we also believe that a citizen has the right to examine those beliefs so that they might be honestly and accurately informed about the motivations of the person seeking their vote.  Barack Obama has made many public statements about his faith that can be freely seen by voters, but like any politician, it is possible that there is more to Senator Obama’s beliefs than can be easily determined by his carefully guarded public declarations.  On this page, we will attempt to peer more deeply into the question of Mr. Obama’s beliefs, and we will begin that exploration by looking into the church and teacher that the senator personally states “introduced” him to his Christian faith.  Mr. Obama sought this man’s teaching for twenty years.  That’s 1000 Sundays.  This is 1000Sundays.com.

29
Sep
08

Nation of Islam Leader, Farrakhan, calls Obama the Messiah

In this clip, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan discusses Obama, calling him both a herald of the Messiah, and later implying that he is in fact the Messiah. 

The connection between Barack Obama’s pastor and Louis Farrakhan is well documented.    Wright has celebrated Farrakhan as “one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century…,” and in 1984, the two travelled to Libya together to meet with infamous America-hating dictator Moammar Qaddafi.  Both Wright and Farrakhan subscribe to the theological belief that the Bible is representative of the plight of Black America, who like Israel in the Bible, is an oppressed and enslaved people who are soon to be delivered by God into the promised land.  They both teach that all of the enemies of  Israel in the Bible are representative of White America, who are at the same time, both Egypt the oppressor, the giants in the land God has promised them, and the Romans oppressing them and trying to kill their savior.  Therefore, they do not look to the Messiah to redeem human kind from sin, as Cone makes clear in his remarks at Harvard, they see him as freeing Black Americans from their white oppressors.  In simpler terms, they both teach a form of Black Liberation Theology, what Dr. Cone himself identifies as the joining together of Islamic ideas with Christian ones for the formation of a uniquely black religion of liberation.  The truth is that Nation of Islam is no more traditional Islam than Wright’s Christianity is traditional Christianity.  Same words, drastically different meanings.

As always, all readers are encouraged to research these connections and statements for themselves.

28
Sep
08

Muslim Dictator, Qaddafi, Calls Barack Obama a Muslim

a

In this clip, Libyan dictator Moammar Qaddafi declares to his people that Barack Obama is a Muslim, stating:

“Now America is approaching their Presidential election, one is a black candidate who is originally from Kenya, African, and Muslim and studied in the Islamic school in Indonesia.” “His name is OBAMA!” “All the people in the Arab world, Islamic world and Africans have applauded him and are expecting good results”. 

To be sure, Barack Obama is not a Muslim.  He is a Christian who for 20 years, 1000 Sundays, has been under the teaching of Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  Yet the question that this clip raises is, “Why does a Muslim dictator believe Obama is a Muslim?”

The reasons are clear.  Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim name.  Senator Obama is the son of a Muslim father.  His mother married two Muslim men.  He has Muslim brothers.  He was raised, for a time, in a Muslim country where he studied Islam in school and prayed in Muslim Mosques.  He has stated that the Muslim call to morning prayer is the “most beautiful sound in the world.” In his book, he claims to have had a transformative encounter with the teachings of Muslim leader Malcolm X.  The current leader of the Nation of Islam has called him the Messiah, and Obama has long associated with outspoken anti-Semites.  Put simply, Obama, while not Muslim, has a closer relation to that religion than any person ever to seek the office of the presidency.  

And yet, Barack Obama is certainly not a Muslim.  He is a Christian, at least as long as Christianity can be redefined, as it has been by the founder of his personal theology, Dr. James Cone, as a mixture of traditional Christianity and Islam.  No wonder Qaddafi is confused.  So is Mr. Obama.

26
Sep
08

A Montage of Obama Statements on Abortion

Certainly not all Christians are opposed to abortion, and a traditional interpretation of the New Covenant would suggest that the work of Christ on the Cross is sufficient even for such a sin as this.  However, the vast majority of American Christians, as well as the Catholic Church agree that abortion is both a sin, as well as a great moral scourge.  Therefore, it seems relevant to include the senator’s views on the practice when attempting to construct a well-informed, balanced view of his beliefs.

To that end, every year that he has been a member of the United States Senate, Senator Obama has received a 100% rating from NARAL, an organization devoted to protecting and extending abortion rights nationwide.  That means he is “perfectly” pro-choice, opposing limitations even on partial-birth abortions.