Christianity and American Hate

Four Years Ago, This Ending Was Easy To See, By Some

Frank Graham, Billy’s boy, say God intervened in the election, and that now, his guy, (Frank’s guy), is going to be leader.

Frank say nothing about racism, misogyny, Islamaphobia, or any of the other cruel things Trump belched during the election (how about making fun of the disabled reporter), though perhaps, some of that is why Frank, an old school Old Testament guy, likes Trump.

Has he asked Trump to make amends for his acts, statements, to apologize to those he has hurt with his words and deeds?

I doubt it. Frank so happy that a bigot is President he can’t help himself.

Word to the wise: Frank Graham and his dada Billy Graham are meaningless. Especially Frank. I remember Billy coming to the White House to pray with George W. Bush before he ordered the carpet bombing of Iraq.

I wrote him off totally then. He should have flown to Iraq and stood with the people who lost family members in that sick war. Frank came up in that space.

Now, Frank thinks his blessing of Trump means something. It does: Frank stands for everything Trump stands for.

How can he not?

He said God just endorsed a racist, sexist, misogynist, as President, a guy who said he never has felt a need to be forgiven for anything. Even atheists know that is the central idea of Christianity — forgiveness and mercy.

Straight up though, there are some ministers out there in the past, and in the present who we should focus upon right now, and Frank and Billy, and that crew, aren’t who should you listen to.

Surely, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King means something today:

“Your whole structure must be changed.’ A nation that will keep people in slavery for 244 years will “thingify” them and make them things. And therefore, they will exploit them and poor people generally economically. And a nation that will exploit economically will have to have foreign investments and everything else, and it will have to use its military might to protect them. All of these problems are tied together.”

We know that exploitation continues and it is not just the poor either.

Today, we have voices from the church who continue Dr. King’s ministry such as the Rev. William Barber, who opposes Trump, and his backwards agenda. He especially calls out Frank Graham by name, in word, and deed:

To Franklin Graham, overt racism is anathema. But he thanks God for the same triumph that the white nationalists of the alt-right celebrate because Graham inherited a religion that accommodated itself to slavery in America and has morphed over and again for 150 years to fuel every backlash against progress toward racial justice in American history.

Check Barber’s entire piece here

Here’s Barber again calling out fakes like Graham and others:

We can’t succumb to those who bought Christianity. Nor can we yield the moral high ground because we’re angry with them. Deep religious and moral values have been the backbone of every great progressive movement; prophetic imagination must come before we see political implementation. When the social gospel looked at children dying from child labor and people dying without labor rights and people in slums and poverty and not having a minimum wage and they asked, “What would Jesus do?”

The struggle against the madness that has occurred in the U.S. will need William Barber and many more like him. This is a test of America’ democratic ideals but also it is a test for anyone who believed in Dr. King’s vision and beyond to hit the streets again with faith as the impetus for social action.

In closing, here is what King would say of the poison that continues to guide America:

“Racism is a philosophy based on a contempt for life. It is the arrogant assertion that one race is the center of value and object of devotion, before which other races must kneel in submission. It is the absurd dogma that one race is responsible for all the progress of history and alone can assure the progress of the future. Racism is total estrangement. It separates not only bodies, but minds and spirits. Inevitably it descends to inflicting spiritual and physical homicide upon the out-group.”

Until the masses realize that destruction of this ideal is the path, America will get no better. It will also can never be great.

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