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White so-called 'Christianity' is responsible for unleashing, sustaining, perpetuating the demonic spirit of white racism;

The what the Bible would call 'demonic' spirit of white racism is responsible for the attacks against Blacks (John 8:44; 10:10). It is this anti-christ so-called church that opposes black progress be it Affirmative action, reparations, mulitculturalism, you name it, they are against it, and it is their leaders who bred their gullible, naive', ignorant, arrogant followers to withstand it.

Such wretched males such as Pat Robertson, James Robinson, Jerry Falwell, have bred 'hate' and 'lies', 'deceit' in their twisted white and colored followers. They distorted the facts to advantage white males who right now control 100% of the tax dollars. 100% of the hiring and firing power. 100% of the resources and wealth in America. Etc..

As the facts below will show the white race has always been a Satanic possessed group of beings who came forth stealing, killing and destroying. America was built on the blood, sweat and tears of black humanity and the demonic doctrine of white supremacy bred in them consists of them feeling 'entitled' to arrogantly denounce blacks and all other people. Of course, we realize that a small faction of caucasians are the exception to the rule but let the record proclaim, they are the minority and the only jewels among that batch of demons. These same have always withstood and denounced their own white demonic kind for the demonism they have the gall to call Christianity.

They flit about like wasps, daring to defy Almighty God by blaming their blasphemous, wretched, lying, arrogant, demonic nature on him. The Bible prophecies predicted such a batch would arise and the Archangel of God literally refers to them as 'the people of the prince to come' aka 'anti-Christ to come' who would "destroy the temple" (Daniel 9:26). We know this is the Caucasoids for it was the white Romans under General Titus who in 70 A,D. did arise and destroy the Temple.

The descendants of that Roman era would
arise and refer to themselves as the European powers that be. The Bible describes them as arising out of the fourth beast (Daniel 7:7-8). It describes them as cruel, arrogant, lying, deceiving, thieving murderers who would 'cast truth to the ground' via 'transgressing or overthrowing' God's truth (racial & everything else), laws, and in this way, prepare the way for their white anti-christ to come who will crown and solidfy their 'casting truth to the ground' (Daniel 7:17-25; 8:12; 23-25).

This is the demonic spirit that white's version of so-called Christianity is about. It is the great deception. These are enemies of Christ so full of the same arrogance as their father Satan, that they actually have the gall to proclaim their madness Godliness. These filthy, abominations along with their colored conned servants yipping at their feet, are fit solely for destruction and nothing more. (Isaiah 14:12-15).

[This message was edited by Prophetessofrage on December 04, 2003 at 01:14 PM.]
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August 22, 2001
Carolina Crackers
Posted by kendall (August 22, 2001 06:24 PM)
As reported today by the AP ("Lawmaker Forwarded Racist E-Mail"), a North Carolina state representative, Republican Don Davis, forwarded Christian Identity Movement -- a religious, White supremacist, anti-semitic hate group, committed to, as they put it, "reconstructing a national identity for Christians" -- email to every politician in the NC legistlature.

The email claims that "two things made this country great: White men & Christianity", which is, if one inclines to think of the US as "great", true enough as far as it goes. If one takes the hagiographic view of American history, it has been none other than White Christian men -- a class that's utterly dominated political and economic life from before the beginning -- who're responsible for slavery, genocide, oppression, imperialism abroad, colonized populations at home, etc.

Responsibility follows power and possibility. It's hard to see, looking at the very White, very male roster of those who've held formal power in American over the past 350 years, how you could blame anyone else for the numbing litany of national sins.

While I do not think of the US as "great", it's hard to argue with the claim that White men have made it into what it is; the only restraining forces have come from people of color, women, the poor and the oppressed and the exploited, sometimes joined by White men, even Christians, of good conscience; but always opposed by those White men who own and, thus, run the country.

No fawning liberal, Davis stands behind his expressions of privilege and power; you mustn't expect a suddern reversal toward contrition from someone who, when pressed to explain such views, says --

"I just put it out for information. People can read into it whatever they want to," Davis said. "There's a lot of it that's truth, the way I see it," Davis said. "Who came to this country first - the white man, didn't he? That's who made this country great." "Listen, there's nothing racist about it. And don't give me that mess," Davis said.

And there you have it. According to Davis's view of things, no one was here before White men arrived; White men arrived alone, took the continent alone (but, oddly enough, since no one was here, by force); made it great alone. Insofar as people of color or women or non-Christians were ever more than the footstools of White men, the country has seen visitations of ruin, as, presumably, God punishes those who refuse and resist the oppression of White men.

And to oppose publicly Davis's sick and sickening view of the world, you must be willing to risk the ire of the loyal liberal and mushy middle anti-PC crowd. They won't utter a peep about Davis or his cohorts. The extreme right is free to say whatever evil, crazy, or stupid thing that pops into their mostly empty heads. But as soon as women or people of color stand up for themselves, the kneejerk anti-PC crowd chooses sides quickly, always on the side of the right, against the so-called "special interests" and the "victims".

Before we celebrate prematurely -- and I've heard rumors of a national party to celebrate -- the retirement of Jesse Helms, senior White supremacist of North Carolina, it would be wise to consider what good people in North Carolina and elsewhere need to do to ensure that a new generation doesn't get to take his place. It would be wise to consider what it's going to take to see more African Americans, more women, more Native Americans and others elected to state and federal offices in North Carolina, and elsewhere.

The stakes are too high to leave power in the hands of White Christian men like Davis and Helms any longer.
Christianity and Racism
Rusty Wright


Does Christianity Promote Racism?
Thirty years after the heyday of the Civil Rights movement, racial issues in the US remain sensitive. Racial quotas in the workplace and academia continue to be controversial. Prominent corporations are accused of racist practices. Certain supremacy groups promote the Bible, God and the white race. Race and politics interact in ways that carry both national and international significance.

A few years back, the Southern Baptist Convention made headlines for renouncing racism, condemning slavery and apologizing for the church's intolerant past. That laudable contrition raised a deeper question: Why would Christianity ever be associated with racial oppression in the first place? How did the faith whose founder told people to "love one another" ever become linked with human bondage and social apartheid?

African-American theologian James Cone notes that "In the old slavery days, the Church preached that slavery was a divine decree, and it used the Bible as the basis of its authority."{1}

"Not only did Christianity fail to offer the ... [Black] hope of freedom in the world, but the manner in which Christianity was communicated to him tended to degrade him. The ... [Black] was taught that his enslavement was due to the fact that he had been cursed by God. ... Parts of the Bible were carefully selected to prove that God had intended that the...[Black] should be the servant of the white man...."{2}

As a white baby boomer growing up in the South, I experienced segregated schools, restrooms, drinking fountains and beaches. My parents taught and modeled equality, so the injustice I saw saddened me deeply. I was appalled that the Ku Klux Klan used the Bible and the cross in its rituals.

During college, a friend brought an African-American student to a church I attended in North Carolina. The next Sunday, the pastor announced that because of "last week's racial incident" (the attendance of a Black), church leaders had voted to maintain their longstanding policy of racial segregation. Thereafter, any Blacks attending would be handed a note explaining the policy and asking that they not return. I was outraged and left the church. (Postscript: A few years ago I learned that that white church had folded and that an African-American church came to use the same facility. Maybe God has a sense of humor.)

Does Christianity promote racism? Is it mainly a faith for whites? This article will examine these two burning questions.

Was Jesus Racist?
Does the Christian faith promote racism? Is it mainly for whites? Certain extremists think so. Some slavery-era ministers wrote books justifying slavery. George D. Armstrong wrote in The Christian Doctrine of Slavery, "It may be... that Christian slavery is God's solution of the problem [relation of labor and capital] about which the wisest statesmen of Europe confess themselves at fault."{3}
Consider another book, Slavery Ordained of God. In it, Fred A. Ross wrote, "Slavery is ordained of God, ... to continue for the good of the slave, the good of the master, the good of the whole American family, until another and better destiny may be unfolded."{4}

Those words seem quite different from the biblical injunction to "love your neighbor as yourself," a statement with equally poignant historical roots.

In first-century Palestine, the Jews and Samaritans were locked in a blood feud. Divided by geography, religion and race, the two groups spewed venom. Each had its own turf. Jews considered the Samaritans to be racial "half-breeds." The two groups disputed which followed the Bible better and on whose land proper worship should occur.

The Samaritans were often inhospitable to{5} and hostile toward the Jews. Many Jewish pilgrims deliberately lengthened their journeys to bypass Samaria. Jews publicly cursed Samaritans in their synagogues, would not allow Samaritan testimony in Jewish courts, and generally considered Samaritans excluded from eternal life.{6}

Once a Jewish lawyer asked Jesus of Nazareth, "Who is my neighbor?"{7} Jesus, who as Jew surprised people by mixing freely with Samaritans, told him a now famous story. Robbers attacked a Jewish traveler, beating him and leaving him half-dead. Two Jewish religious leaders ignored the injured man as they passed by. But a Samaritan felt compassion for the Jewish victim -- his cultural enemy -- and bandaged his wounds, transported him to an inn and provided for his care. Jesus' point? This "Good Samaritan" was an example of how we should relate to those with whom we differ.

The founder of the Christian faith was no racist. He told people to get along. What about a chief expositor of the Christian faith? And why is eleven o-clock Sunday morning often the most segregated hour of the week? Let's turn now to these important questions.

Was A Chief Expositor of the Faith A Racist?
Does Christianity promote racism? As we have seen, Jesus of Nazareth was no racist. Living in a culturally and racially diverse society that was in many ways analogous to ours, He promoted harmony by His example and His words. What about Paul, one of the chief expositors of faith in Christ?
Paul often had to counsel members of the communities he advised about diversity issues. Some in the groups with which he consulted were Jews, some were non-Jews or "Gentiles." Some were slaves and some were free. Some were men and some were women. The mix was potentially explosive.

From prison, Paul wrote to a friend whose slave had run away, had met Paul, and had come to faith. Paul appealed to his friend on the basis of their relationship to welcome the slave back not as a slave but as a brother. He offered to repay any loss from his own pocket. The letter survives in the New Testament as the book of "Philemon" and is a touching example of a dedicated believer seeking to internally motivate a slaveholder to change his attitudes and behavior.{8}

Paul felt that the faith he had once persecuted could unify people. He wrote to one group of believers that because of their common spiritual commitment, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one...."{9} Paul, a Jew by birth, wrote to some non-Jewish believers that "Christ himself has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one people. He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us."{10}

Paul exhorted another group of believers to live in harmony. He wrote, "Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony."{11}

Paul promoted harmony, not discord. If the founder of the faith and its chief expositor were not racists, why is eleven o'clock Sunday morning often the most segregated hour of the week?

True Followers?
Why is Christianity often associated with racism? The short answer is that some that claim to be followers of Jesus are not really following Him. They may have the label "Christian," but perhaps they never have established a personal friendship with Christ. They may be like I was for many years: a church member, seemingly devoted, but who had never accepted Christ's pardon based on His death and resurrection for me. Or they may have genuine faith, but haven't allowed \God into the driver's seat of their life. I've been there, too.
I shall always remember Norton and Bo. Norton was a leader of the Georgia Black Student Movement in the 1970s. Bo was a racially prejudiced white Christian. Once during an Atlanta civil rights demonstration, Bo and some of his cronies beat Norton up. The animosity ran deep.

Norton later discovered that Christianity was not a religion of oppressive rules, but a relationship with God. As his faith sprouted and grew, his anger mellowed while his desire for social justice deepened. Meanwhile, Bo rejected his hypocrisy and began to follow his faith with God in control. Three years after the beating, the two unexpectedly met again at a Christian conference. Initial tension melted into friendship as they forgave each other, reconciled and treated each other like brothers.

Of course not all disobedient Christians are racists. Nor is everyone not aligned with Jesus a racist. But faith in Christ can give enemies motivation to reconcile, to replace hatred with love.

Historical examples abound of true faith opposing racism. John Newton, an 18th-century British slave trader, came to faith, renounced his old ways, became a pastor, and wrote the famous hymn, "Amazing Grace." Newton encouraged his Christian friend, William Wilberforce, who faced scorn and ridicule in leading a long but successful battle in Parliament to abolish the slave trade.

Does Christianity promote racism? No, true Christianity seeks to eliminate racism by changing people's hearts.

After I had spoken on this theme in a sociology class at North Carolina State University, a young African-American woman told me, "All my life I've been taught that white Christians were responsible for the oppression of my people. Now I realize those oppressors were not really following Christ."

Is Christianity just for whites? Norton, the Black activist, certainly did not think so. Let's look further at the faith that crosses racial divides.

The Heart of the Matter
Is Christianity just for whites? Jesus and Paul said anyone who believed would be plugged into God forever. Africa has millions who follow Jesus. Koreans send missionaries to the US. And don't we need them!
In Cape Town, South Africa, Saint James Church has been a beacon of diversity and social concern with its white, Black, Asian and biracial members. One Sunday evening, radical Black terrorists sprayed the multiracial congregation with automatic gunfire and grenades. Eleven died and 53 were wounded, some horribly maimed. The world press was astounded by the members' reaction.

Lorenzo Smith, who is biracial, saw his wife, Myrtle, die from shrapnel that pierced her heart as he tried to shield her. Yet he forgave the killers. "I prayed for those that committed the crime," he told me, "so they, too, can come to meet [the Lord]."

The president of the West African nation of Benin came to the US a few years back with a message for African American leaders: His compatriots were sorry for their ancestors' complicity in the slave trade. An often-overlooked component of slavery's historical stain is that Black Africans sold other Black Africans into slavery. When rival tribes made war, the victors took prisoners and made them indentured servants, often selling them to white slave merchants.

Benin's President Kerekou, who in recent years had made his own commitment to Christ, invited political and church leaders to his nation so his tribal leaders could seek reconciliation with African Americans.

Brian Johnson, an African-American organizer, said the realization that Blacks sold other Blacks into slavery has been difficult for many African Americans to handle. "This made it difficult to hold the White man responsible," he explained as we spoke. "This creates some problems in our own psyche. We have to deal with another angle to this.... It's not merely a Black-White thing."

The problem is in human hearts, Johnson believes. "All have sinned," he claims, quoting the New Testament.{12} "All of us need to confess our wrong and appeal to [God] for forgiveness."

Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy lamented that "Everybody thinks of changing humanity, but nobody thinks of changing himself."{13} True Christianity is not just for whites, and it does not promote racism but seeks to eliminate it. Changing corrupt institutions is very important. An ultimate solution to racism involves changing individual hearts.


James Cone, Black Theology and Black Power (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1997), p. 74.
E. Franklin Frazier, Black Bourgeoisie (New York: Collier Books, 1965), p.115. Quoted in ibid. Bracketed words are mine.
Quoted in Frazier, loc. cit.; quoted in Cone loc. cit. Neither emphasis nor bracketed words are mine. Emphasis is likely Frazier's or Armstrong's. Bracketed words could be either Frazier's or Cone's.
Quoted in Frazier, loc. cit.; quoted in Cone loc. cit.
Luke 9:52-53.
Merrill F. Unger, Unger's Bible Dictionary (Chicago: Moody Press, 1957, 1961, 1966), pp. 958-960. See also John 4:1-45.
Luke 10:29 ff.
Philemon 1-25.
Galatians 3:28 NIV.
Ephesians 2:14 NLT.
Colossians 3: 12-14 NLT.
Romans 3:23 NIV.
World Christian/U magazine (February 1989), p. U8.

© 2003 Probe Ministries

About the Author
Rusty Wright, associate speaker and writer with Probe Ministries, is an international lecturer, award-winning author, journalist, and syndicated columnist who has spoken on six continents. He holds Bachelor of Science (psychology) and Master of Theology degrees from Duke and Oxford universities, respectively. He can be reached at

What is Probe?
Probe Ministries is a non-profit ministry whose mission is to assist the church in renewing the minds of believers with a Christian worldview and to equip the church to engage the world for Christ. Probe fulfills this mission through our Mind Games conferences for youth and adults, our 3 1/2 minute daily radio program, our extensive Web site at, and the ProbeCenter at the University of Texas at Austin.

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"Reflections on White Racism"
A Sermon preached by John Buttrey on January 13, 2002

Added 02/11/02

1. White Privilege & White Racism

Some of you will not agree with everything I'm going to say in these reflections on white racism. I hope all of you will feel some discomfort. If you don't feel that, you aren't paying attention! I'm not comfortable with this issue.

I begin with a test I found in my files. Keep track of how many of these statements are true for you. 1. If I move I can be reasonably sure my new neighbors will accept me. 2. I can turn on the television and see members of my race widely represented. 3. When I am told about our national heritage, I am shown that people of my color made it what it is. 4. When I use checks or credit cards my skin color will not be a factor in whether or not they will be accepted. 5. I can ignore the perspectives of people of other races. 6. I am never asked to speak for everyone in my racial group. 7. If a traffic cop pulls me over, I can be sure I haven't been singled out because of my race. 8. I can easily buy picture books, greeting cards, dolls, toys, and children's magazines featuring people of my race.

I answered yes to all eight statements. I assume most of you did also. Many people of other racial groups in our community and country would answer yes to few, if any. I have a "white privilege" I did not earn. It came and comes to me because my biological national heritage is English, Irish, Welsh, and a little bit of German. In our predominantly white Minnesota, I don't have to think about being white. People of color in Minnesota and all over the USA may think about their race every day.

2. Our White Racist Heritage

This "white privilege" is related to a "white racism" in which most of us are at least passive participants. It's important to distinguish between prejudice and racism. Anyone can be prejudiced. We all have prejudices against people who look, act, talk, dress, or live in any way that is different than ours: Some African Americans may be prejudiced toward Whites, Native Americans toward African Americans, Whites toward Asians. The list goes on and on. But racism has been defined in this equation: Prejudice + power = racism. White people have power due to our white privilege and our history of oppressing people of color.

Racism has been called, "America's Original Sin," because of these things in our history, some continuing:

Several centuries of a very dehumanizing and family-destroying slavery, built into the Article I of our nation's constitution where slaves counted as 3/5ths of a person. Most of our nation's key founders were slave owners. Slaves were sexually exploited.

That dehumanization continued after slavery, some to this day: Poll taxes, lynchings, the KKK and White Citizen Councils, segregated schools, restrictive covenants in neighborhoods, exclusive golf clubs and other organizations, incidents of racial profiling by police, store-keepers, banks, employers - even social service agencies. African Americans are more likely to serve more time in prison or to get a death sentence than white people convicted of the same crimes. Many White Americans resist any kind of affirmative action for people of color, completing ignoring the affirmative action built into our white privilege.

And our nation's history includes European-Americans - including some Christian missionaries - intentionally seeking to destroy Native American culture. In boarding schools the students were forbidden to speak their native language or practice any elements of their tribal religion. We stole the land of Indian people, breaking almost every treaty our nation made with them. We say Columbus discovered America; our European American pioneers settled the West. Hello? Our white privilege/racism ignores the history of Native American tribes who lived from Florida to Alaska, from Maine to Hawaii.

We can add the Mexican-American War; taking away land belonging to Mexico; the internment of Japanese American citizens during World War II, and now our Attorney General has authorized the imprisonment of thousands of persons because of their particular Middle Eastern background. We know the terrible acts on September 11 must lead to strong response. But these people are imprisoned without being charged, without being publicly named, without having confidential access to attorneys, etc. This is another example of white racism and a threat to the civil liberties heritage which is part of the best in our American heritage.

3. Isaiah and Martin Luther King, Jr.

That's the bad news. Is there some good news? I think there is, but some people of color do not agree, because our nation's journey away from white privilege and white racism has a long way to go; and sometimes there is backsliding.

There's been some progress in professional and business fields - and especially in the military. The progress in sports and entertainment is the most notable to us, though more in performing than in management and ownership - parts of the power side of the racism equation. I sometimes marvel at college sports teams from Mississippi or Georgia or Alabama with high percentages of African Americans. It wasn't always like that!

My first sports hero was Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in Major League baseball in 1947. During high school some of my best friends were African-Americans with whom I played ball. I didn't think of them as African-Americans. They were Leroy and Larry and Jerome and Clabeon. I don't know anyone else named Clabeon, he was a nice guy. One path toward overcoming prejudice is to develop friendships with people different from us.

Sometimes there are remarkable examples of people who move beyond inherited prejudices. When Mary and I lived in Gaylord in the mid 60s, a farm couple asked if we would go out to a little restaurant with them. The school board member husband asked us: "What would you say if your daughter came home and told you she was going to marry a Negro?" (I'm sure that's the word he used.) My first response was, "Well, I'd say 'I'd like to meet him.'" Then we continued the conversation about their very blond Swedish daughter marrying a very black African American man. This farmer was great in accepting, even bringing him as a guest to Rotary Club. Personal connections are very important in overcoming the prejudice part of the racism equation.

And we can pay attention to the voices of people of color, such as the powerful one of Martin Luther King, Jr. who's birthday we celebrate this month. Listen to some words from his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham City Jail:

"We will have to repent in this generation, not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people. We must come to see that human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability... Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity... Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant future the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all of their scintillating beauty."

The good news of change can come when we tune into our Biblical faith heritage. The Bible and the way it has been interpreted in history are mixed bags. Slavery, for example, was not condemned there. However, powerful words proclaim the unity and equality of all. Isaiah felt called to be God's servant, to restore greatness to the people of Israel (yes), but also to be a light to the nations, so that all the world may be saved." According to Acts, Paul told the people of Athens that "from one person God created all of humankind to inhabit the entire earth" and that "God is One in whom we live and move and have our being. As one of your Greek poets has put it, We, too, are God's children.'"

Yes, all of us are God's children - brothers and sisters of one another. It doesn't make us all the same, of course. Humanity is composed of a rainbow of skin colors, cultures, nationalities, orientations, languages, religions. Nevertheless, we are one. And although I have used the word race to get at this idea and practice of white privilege and white racism, race is neither a Biblical faith nor a biological reality. Blood types, DNA, emotions, thinking and everything that makes us human are part of who we are, regardless of our skin color. And, I'm not really white. I'm kind of pink now and in the summer I may be a little tan. However, we must face our uncomfortable white privilege and our active or passive white racism if we are to live as God wants us to live.
Typical Christian Hatred in Action:

The Racism of Trent Lott

The following is from a Yahoo! group that I belong to. I think the comments and the AP article sum up Trent Lott's Typical Christian racism, hatred, and bigotry quite nicely. It is, however, not surprising that Lott is a racist since the Bible wholeheartedly condones slavery.

This is a comment from an anonymous member of the email group:

Lott whines:
''When you're from Mississippi and you're a conservative and you're a Christian, there are a lot of people that don't like that. I fell into their trap and so I have only myself to blame.''

He forgot "white". Yup, all the cards were against him. (heavy sarcasm) Guess the good ole boy isn't as smart as he should have been...seems like if he KNEW "they" were settin' traps, he wouldn't have gleefully jumped in feet
first. Wink Puhleeze!

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (Dec. 22) - Sen. Trent Lott, in his first public remarks since resigning as Senate Republican leader, said Sunday that he had fallen into a ''trap'' set by his political enemies and had ''only myself to blame.''

Lott became the focus of a raging controversy for his remarks 2 1/2 weeks ago praising Sen. Strom Thurmond's 1948 segregationist run for president.

Asked in an interview Sunday with The Associated Press whether he was disappointed in a lack of support from President Bush in keeping his post, Lott said:

''I don't think there's any use in trying to say I'm disappointed in anybody or anything. An inappropriate remark brought this down on my head.''

Yes, it did. And, a person's true feelings and views tend to come out during those unguarded "off the cuff" moments!

However, he said there were those who had been gunning for his resignation.

''A lot of people in Washington have been trying to nail me for a long time,'' Lott said. ''When you're from Mississippi and you're a conservative and you're a Christian, there are a lot of people that don't like that. I fell into their trap and so I have only myself to blame.''

He wouldn't say who those political enemies were. (This is because his excuse is ludicrous. His problems are of his own causing and have nothing to do with alleged "traps of enemies".)

Talking outside his home here, Lott again said his comments at Thurmond's 100th birthday party were not malicious and he repeated his pledge to turn the experience into positive action as he finishes his term in the Senate.

''I feel very strongly about my faith. God has put this burden on me, I believe he'll show me a way to turn it into a good,'' Lott said. (Lots of folks feel very strongly about their faith and/or religious mythologies. That does not keep them from saying and/or doing some very bad things. Lott may well find a way to atone for his comments and make something good come of his mistake. Lots of people make lemonade when life hands them a lemon or they themselves do so. It is up to Senator Lott, however to do so. His non-existent god is not available to help.)

In an interview with MSNBC later, Lott elaborated on his remarks.

''I don't feel like I'm a victim of anything other than a bad choice of words and a lot of misunderstandings that I ... have to assume responsibility for. I'm a big boy,'' he said. (With this, I would agree. His true views came out and were made public and now he is suffering the consequences. I commend him for assuming responsibility for his words.)

In his interview with the AP, he also said he regretted how the comments and their aftermath have negatively affected his home state, and his family and friends. (I hope he is sincere. I am sure that he is, and I would hope that these events have given him a wake up call to give some serious thought and consideration to his beliefs and views and the validity of them.)

At Thurmond's party Dec. 5, Lott had said that Mississippians were proud to have voted for Thurmond in 1948. ''And if the rest of the country had followed our lead,'' he said, ''we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either.''

At first, Lott tried to deflect criticism, saying his speech was only meant as lighthearted praise of the retiring Thurmond. He later apologized, saying ''a poor choice of words conveyed to some the impression that I embraced the discarded policies of the past. Nothing could be further from the truth.'' (Bullshit. His true feelings and views came out. Now he is suffering for it.)

Lott resigned his leadership post on Friday after Bush publicly called the remarks offensive and wrong, and senators in his own party scheduled a Jan. 6 meeting to decide if Lott should continue as their leader after six years in the role.

The Republican Party's historical record on racial issues is not exactly stellar. However, I commend those Republican Senators who spoke out against Senator Lott's words and the views that they expressed. The man made a mistake - a very bad one for himself and his party. But, he deserves a chance to atone and continue to contribute in the Senate. As the saying goes, "This too shall pass!"

The man expected to replace him is Sen. Bill Frist, a wealthy heart surgeon from Tennessee, who is seen by many Republicans as cautious but ambitious and considering a possible 2008 run for the White House. Senate Republicans
planned to elevate Frist in a conference call Monday, making him majority leader when the GOP retakes Senate control next month.

Lott said Sunday that he would continue to represent Mississippi in the Senate, but not serve in a leadership position.

I fully support this decision. It is, in my opinion, the right thing for him to do.

''I have a job to do,'' he said, ''and I believe that my experience (and) my knowledge of having been in a leadership role will allow me in the future to do some more good things for our state.''

Let's hope so!

Later Sunday, a police bomb squad was called to Lott's home in a false alarm after a passer-by left a box on his mailbox. On the box, in black marker, were the words: ''We always knew you were a hypocrite, Trent. Thanks for setting Mississippi back another 50 years.''

Police found no trace of explosives.

The woman who left the box, Mary Davis, grew up in Pascagoula and now teaches elementary school in Maryland but was in town for the holidays. She said that even in Lott's home town, where he has had a lot of support, there are many who feel the same way she does.

''There are people who agree with me, they just don't come out,'' Davis said. ''They want to be polite. But I felt like I should say something.''

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I strongly disagree with Ms. Davis's actions, but she does indeed have a right to "say something" and express her opinion. She just should have done so in a less scary and threatening manner.

The Bible wholeheartedly endorses slavery. Ignorance, stupidity, and sheer idiocy typify Christian belief. Christianity is a detriment to society. Christians just keep proving their religion to be untrue on an amazingly regular basis by their words and their actions. Glory
I. The development of slavery and racism:

A. Driven by the desire for cheap labor and economic gain
B. The British Colonies in the 1600s

1. In the 1660s, England, under Charles II, decided that the country was no longer overpopulated and that it would be unwise to continue to let the work force leave.
2. The first Navigation Act was passed in the early 1650s leading to lower tobacco prices.

3. In 1662, British government granted monopoly to Royal African Slave Company initiating a policy to bring slaves in, replacing the shortage of indentured servants and lower the coses of producing tobacco, rice, indigo, and other colonial staple crops.

C. Blacks in North America:

1. First Africans to arrive to the British Colonies in 1619 did so as free men and women-- indentured servants at Jamestown, VA.
a. Slavery was rare in the British colonies in the 1620s and 1630s. Virginia and Maryland did not recognize slavery until the 1660s.

(1) But, black indentured servants were not treated like white indentured servants.
b. Tight controls were soon extended over slaves.
(1) Conversion to Christianity did not bring freedom.
(2) Laws were passed stating that the status of a child (slave or free) followed the mother. (Most interracial sexual unions were white male/ black female).

(3) African slaves could not own property, could not testify in court, and could not attend school

c. Racism was also growing in among whites in general throughout the colonies including non-slave holders.
(1) Prior to this, among Europeans the color black deoned evio and white denoted purity-- long before skin color was linked to race.
(2) Blacks were not Christians, Europeans fearful of the differences between them and Africans regarded the latter as savage and uncivilized.

II. With this brief Introduction, we will examine the long history of Black Americans' struggle for equality through this country's attempts to define and segregate the races. We'll begin at the end, so to speak-- The case of Loving vs. Virginia. I've included an exerpt from a newspaper article below:
A. Loving vs Virginia (1967): (This is a good place to start because it illustrates just how recently anit-miscegination laws were on the books. This example also illustrates the amazing endurance of Virginia legislation enacted to prevent the mixing of the races.-- from 1657 to the last law enacted in 1932. It was this latter law that the Supreme court of the United States overturned in 1967-- (over 300 years later).
B. "Racial Integrity"
In an attempt to prevent the mixing of races and preserve "racial integrity" many states passed laws against racial intermarriage. Society encourages homogamy (marriage between people who are alike with regard to race, ethnicity, religion social class background) through informal norms, and in some cases, formal norms (laws). Functionalists argue that this promotes social stability by preserving the distribution of wealth. Conflict theorists argue that people who have wealth and power try to keep it among themselves by controlling marriage carefully. Interactionists would say that people from similar backgrounds have more shared experiences and symbols that make building and maintaining relationships easier.
Maintaining homogamy was easier in the past, before romantic love emerged as a major criterion of mate selection-- an attribute of modern industrial society. The move from large extended families and tribal/clan networks to small nuclear families reduced the direct influence of the parents in the selection of mates (matchmaking) as a means of establishing alliances between families. Romantic love has the potential of cutting across all barriers-- race, ethnic, religious, and social class boundaries. To counter this, many states passed various laws, including the notorious "racial integrity" laws. (No doubt racism and the type of racist sentiments we read about in Gould's book also played a very powerful role in this).

[In class, we discussed the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case (Loving vs. Virginia) that ended prohibitions against racial intermarriage.

III. Racial Purity Laws: Phase One: Legislate against the ACT of interracial marriage.

1662 Any Christian committing fornication with a Negro man or woman:
Penalty: "double the fines of a former act" (In 1657, ACT XIV was passed imposing a fine of 500 pounds of tobacco (or whipping) for fornication.

1691 Racial intermarriage between whites, (bond or free) with a Negro, mulatto or Indian (bond or free)

Penalty: banishment from Virginia forever

1705 Racial intermarriage between white christian and any of following; Negro, mulatto, Indian, Jew, Moor, Mohammedan or other infidel

Penalty: All white (indentured) servants belonging to the white christian are to be set free

1705 Racial intermarriage between free white man or woman with a Negro

Penalty: 6 months in prison without bail; fine of 10 pounds to the parish; ministers performing marriage fined 10,000 pounds of tobacco

1753 Racial intermarriage between a free English or white man or woman and a Negro or mulatto man or woman, bond or free

Penalty: 6 months in prison without bail; fine of ten pounds to the parish

1792 Racial intermarriage between free white men and white women with Negroes or mulattoes bond or free

Penalty: 6 months in prison; fine of $30.00 for the use of the parish; ministers who marry Negroes and whites fined $250.00 per marriage

1818 Leaving the state to avoid certain sections of the marriage law of 1792

Penalty: punishment to be the same as if the offense were committed in the Commonwealth

[There were three additional laws passed in the 1800s-- 1848; 1878; 1879-- that have been omitted here].

1932 Any white person intermarrying with a colored person or any colored person intermarrying with a white person

Penalty: felony conviction; confinement in penitentiary from 1 to 5 years

IV About a hundred years later-- a form of cultural lag-- we see the emergence of legislation that defines race and sets boundaries-- Why the 100 year lag?) Notice how this definition becomes "stricter" as time progresses:
1785 1/4 Every person of whose grandfather or grandmothers anyone is or shall have been a Negro, although all his other progenitors, except that descending from the Negro shall have been white persons, shall be deemed a mulatto, and so every person who shall have one forth or more Negro blood shall in like manner be deemed a mulatto.
1792 1/4 It is provided that every person other than a Negro, although all his other progenitors except that descending from the Negro shall have been white persons shall be deemed a mulatto; so every such person who shall have one-fourth part or more of Negro Blood, shall in like manner be deemed a mulatto.

1833 n/a A court upon satisfactory proof, by a white person of the fact, may grant to any free person of mixed blood a certificate that he is not a Negro, which certificate shall protect such person against the penalties and disabilities to which Negroes are subject.

1860 1/4 Every person who has one-fourth or more of Negro blood shall be deemed a mulatto, and the word Negro in any section shall be construed to mean mulatto as well as Negro.

1866 1/4 Every person having one-fourth or more Negro blood shall be deemed a colored person, and every person not a colored person having one-fourth or more Indian blood shall be deemed an Indian.

1910 1/16 Every person having one-sixteenth or more Negro blood shall be deemed a colored person, and every person not a colored person having one-fourth or more Indian blood shall be deemed an Indian.

1924 ANY The term 'white person' shall apply only to the person who has no trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian, but persons who have one-sixteenth or less of the blood of the American Indian, and no other non-Caucasic blood shall be deemed white persons.

V. Finally, there was a move to create records because physical racial distinctions must have become blurred: Note that again, there is a lag in time before laws mandating record keeping are established
1833 A court upon satisfactory proof, by a white person of the fact, may grant to any free person of mixed blood a certificate that he is not a Negro, which certificate shall protect such person against the penalties and disabilities to which free Negroes are subject.
1853 Every commissioner of the revenue shall make an annual registration of the births and deaths in his district. He shall record the date and place of every birth, the full name of the child, the sex and color, and if colored whether free or slave, the full name of the mother, and if the child be free and born in wedlock the full name, occupation and residence of the father, if the child be a slave, the name of the owner, etc.

1866 It shall be the duty of every minister celebrating a marriage and of the keeper of the records of any religious society which solemnizes marriages, by the consent of the parties in open congregation at once to make a record of every marriage between white persons, or between colored persons, stating in such record whether the persons are white or colored, and return a copy to the clerk of the county or corporation in which the marriage is solemnized.

1867 It having been represented to the assembly that the United States authorities have collected statistics exhibiting the marriages heretofore solemnized between colored persons which ought to be preserved, and the Assembly being solicitous to preserve evidences for legitimizing the offspring of such marriages, the governor is instructed to obtain from the United States authorities registers of marriages between persons and have copies deposited with clerks of courts.

1924 For the preservation of racial integrity, registration certificates shall be made out and filed for those persons born before June 14, 1912, showing the racial mixture for whom the birth certificate is not on file. It is a penitentiary offense to make a registration certificate false as to race or color. No marriage license shall be granted unless the clerk has reasonable assurance that the statements as to color are correct.

VI. Now that the system is in place, all that needs tp be done is to pass Jim Crow Legislation that separates the races: This is the formula for denial of equal opportunity!
A. The status of free blacks in Virginia had steadily eroded since their arrival at Jamestown. Legislation enacted in 1639 ordered that "All persons except Negroes are to be provided with arms and ammunition..." (Guild, 1969, p. 37). By 1860, a wide variety of legislation had passed with controls ranging from restrictions on geographic mobility to prohibitions against the purchase of liquor. Free Negroes were not allowed to attend school, carry guns, serve on juries, vote in public elections, or preach.
B. After the Civil War, Virginia legislators were faced with a new dilemma-- how to continue the subjugation of the black population under the guise of freedom and equality. The era of "separate but equal" was born.

1. Separate schools were repeatedly mandated by additional legislation passed in 1902, 1906, 1908, 1920, and 1928
2. In 1912, the state passed legislation that supported the establishment of "segregation districts."

3. Segregation of public facilities -- passenger rail, steamships plying the Commonwealth's waters (1900); trolley lines (1901); state penitentiaries (1908); places of public entertainment (theaters, motion picture shows, etc) 1926; passenger motor vehicles (busses) (1930).

4. In the political area, voting was controlled through capitation taxes (1876); Poll taxes and literacy tests (1902; 1904; 1928)

5. But by 1930, everything was in place to ensure that life chances of Virginia's blacks did not approach (or threaten) those of whites. Most major social institutions-- family, education, economy, and politics were directly touched by racial purity legislation. (It is significant that religion was not).
Racism is treating people differently because of the race or culture to which they belong. In the last 500 years the 'white' race conquered and occupied much of the world and saw the people that they defeated as heathens and as inferior. One of the things that was considered inferior was their religion and following on after the soldiers came the missionaries. Over the last 50 years there has been a growing awareness by the western Christian church that racism has been part of its history. Jesus Christ came from the Middle East yet in western Christian art is nearly always portrayed as a white man. The church has thus begun to teach about equality and to offer security against discrimination, especially in its teachings about equality and forgiveness.

"The leadership of the church is what I call "politely racist". It does not exercise vulgarity but it is extremely racist. Because of that they are not able to listen to the black presence in their midst."
Revd. Tony Ottey - Church of England Minister

Christians believe that God created all humans in his image, and thus all humans are bound together as equals in the sight of God. For Christians one of the reasons for the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus was the uniting of all peoples.

"For in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. "

Paul's letter to the Galatians 3:26-28


"Every human being created in the image of God is a person for who Christ died. Racism, which is the use of a person's racial origin to determine their value, is an assault on Christ's values and a rejection of his sacrifice."
World Council of Churches 1980

There are no divisions in the argument about racism for the churches. All the churches now agree that to discriminate against people on the grounds of their racial origin is wrong, and contrary to the law of God. Many people have fought against racial discrimination in both the church and society, Martin Luther King (USA black rights), Archbishop Desmond Tutu & Trevor Huddleston (South Africa apartied). From other people there are also lessons to be learnt, from Gandhi comes the idea of non-violent protest and from the Holocaust there are many lessons to be learnt. To be Christian one should not just be non-racist but anti-racist.

"The cause of anti-racism is not just the cause of the black minorities in our own country it is the cause of the millions in Africa, Asia and Latin America still suffering from the legacy of the exploitation that produced our wealth as well as our racism. It is up to us"
Chris Brazier

Hating in the Name of God

By Benjamin Radford
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."


In the past few years there have been many high-profile criminals who share more than just notoriety and a penchant for racism and violence; they share a common religion.

Buford Furrow Jr. shot at a Jewish community center in Los Angeles on August 11, 1999, wounding five people. He later killed Joseph Ileto, a Filipino-American, before he was apprehended. Furrow was apparently distraught over his relationship with Debbie Mathews, the widow of Robert Mathews, who founded the neo-Nazi group The Order, an offshoot of Aryan Nations. He was an adherent of the Christianity Identity religion and had ties to hate groups such as The Order and the Phineas Priesthood. In a statement he said that he hoped what he had done would be taken as a "wake up call to America to kill Jews."

Eric Rudolph is a fugitive wanted for bombing abortion clinics in Alabama and Atlanta. He was hailed by the racist group Posse Comitatus, who exalted him as "a true warrior of YJWH [God]" on their Web site.

Tim McVeigh, convicted in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, had links to Christian Identity movements and placed two calls to an Oklahoma Identity group just days before the bombing.

Benjamin Smith, a former member of the World Church of the Creator, went on a rampage in July 1999, shooting at a Black former basketball coach, six Orthodox Jews, and an Asian-American couple in Chicago. Nine were wounded and two died before Smith killed himself.

Despite its name (and some media portrayals), the World Church of the Creator is in fact not a Christian organization. The reason why it is not is described on its Web site by its founder, Reverend Matt Hale, in an introduction titled "The Value of Hatred":

Until this century, Christianity has indulged in hatred as a matter of policy. Now, Christianity is being slowly divested of hatred, and the result is that Christianity in any meaningful form is being turned away from by a higher percentage of people than any time in history. It is a dying religion, for too much mush and no fire is unattractive to strong men and women alike, who yearn not only for a friend but also for an enemy.

It appears that Hale turned away from Christianity when forming his own church because it was not hate-filled enough for his own taste.

Two brothers, Benjamin and James Williams, were charged with killing a gay couple July 1, 1999, in Happy Valley, a rural northern California community. Benjamin Williams told the Sacramento Bee that he killed the men because their homosexuality violated God's laws, and hoped his actions would incite more killings. "I'm not guilty of murder," he said. "I'm guilty of obeying the laws of the Creator." Investigators also found hate literature and evidence linking the brothers to fire bombings at three Sacramento area synagogues on June 18.

Byron de la Beckwith, the man convicted in the 1963 slaying of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, was a Christian Identity follower and member of the Phineas Priesthood.

Thom Robb, a Detroit-born son of a builder, attended a Colorado seminary under Kenneth Goff, a minister with anti-Semitic views. Robb then became a Baptist minister, opened up a print shop, and began publishing right-wing tracts and promoting White supremacist causes. In 1989 the Baptist minister became a Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

Religion and Christian Identity
The reason that racism and religion are linked isn't hard to discern: All religions delineate a clearly defined in-group, and most religions have historically been ethnically and culturally bound. For example, before colonialism, proselytizing, and missionary work spread religion in the past few centuries, race and religion were intimately interwoven. Each group believes that its tenets are true, correct, and divinely inspired. Adherents of other religions are thought of as unclean, unenlightened worshippers of false gods, with atheists and freethinkers deemed immoral heathens.

By far the most prevalent racist religious movement in America is Christian Identity. According to Christian Identity theology, contained in their statement of doctrine, the "Israel Message," White Christians are God's true chosen people and Jews are the literal descendants of Satan, a product of a second creation. God's first creation produced people of color, "the beasts of the field" or "mud people." They are sub-humans who are to be destroyed in an apocalyptic battle. In this battle, the forces of good-the White Israelites-will be pitted against Satan's armies and the Jewish-controlled federal government. America is seen as the New Jerusalem, where only White Christian men are "true sovereign citizens" of the Republic.

Size estimates of the Christian Identity movement range from 30,000 to 50,000. Christian Identity groups such as The Covenant, Sword and Arm of the Lord (CSA), the White Patriot party, the Posse Comitatus, Aryan Nations, the Phineas Priesthood, and The Order have been responsible for many of the racist right's most violent episodes in recent years. Largely driven by Christian Identity theology, violent incidents have increased since the Oklahoma City bombing. Plots have included plans to bomb federal buildings, a natural gas refinery, several IRS buildings, and abortion clinics.

Mainstream and Minority Religious Racism
Racism doesn't just exist on the fringes of religion. In early 1999 the Reverend Jerry Falwell told an audience in Kingsport, Tennessee, that the Antichrist was probably already alive and living among us, and that furthermore, "Of course, he'll be Jewish." The idea that the Antichrist would be a Jew circulated widely during the Middle Ages, and was repeated in the classic anti-Semitic propaganda book Protocols of the Elders of Zion. That a century-old, discredited anti-Jewish hoax book would perpetuate the Antichrist myth is one thing; that the leader of the Moral Majority, an influential religious group, would say that in 1999 America is quite another.

The problem is also not limited to White racism. The Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, for example, has for years repeatedly railed against gays, Whites, and Jews. As Patrick Inniss, a Seattle columnist [and contributor to the AAH Examiner] wrote, "Even the most cursory study of the Nation of Islam's philosophy reveals it to be one of blatant racism . . . [with] constant references to Whites as 'devils.' . ."

Miami's Yahweh ben Yahweh cult, the most notorious sect of the Black Hebrew Israelites, was implicated in a reign of terror in the 1980s that included fire bombings, extortion, and 14 murders. The leader, Hulon Mitchell Jr., is in prison for conspiracy in connection with the murders. Mitchell ordered the slayings of defectors as well as the murder of random Whites as part of an initiation to an inner circle within the cult.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Black supremacist group named the Stream of Knowledge is being investigated in six states. They are described as an offshoot of the Black Hebrew Israelite religion, and have been amassing weapons and followers for years. The Stream allegedly recruits at military bases and in prisons, preparing for a race war.

Both the Black Hebrew Israelites and Louis Farrakhan are in some ways mirror images of the Christian Identity groups: Both see Jews as the spawn of Satan and accuse them of secretly controlling modern America.

Racist messages embedded in religion are nothing new. But the medium for disseminating such hatred has changed dramatically. No longer limited to short wave radio transmissions and blurry, grammatically challenged flyers, Christian Identity is spreading in the form of White power rock music, slick magazines, and the Internet. According to Susan DeCamp of the Montana Association of Churches, Christian Identity families have also infiltrated small fundamentalist churches, at times trying to incorporate their racist beliefs into their church's doctrines.

Ultimately, of course, violent religious racists are responsible for their own actions. But the racism inherent in most religions plays an undeniable role in fomenting hatred. Instead of religion uniting people in brotherhood, it pits them against each other.

Four days after the Oklahoma City bombing, at a national Christian Identity gathering in Missouri, W.N. Otwell, who runs an armed compound in east Texas, spoke. "You go look in the Old Testament," he said. "God did not mind killing a bunch of women and kids. God talks about slaughter! Don't leave one suckling! Don't leave no babies! Don't leave nothing! Kill them!" Sadly, he's quite correct; that is indeed God's message.


Ben Radford is a writer and Managing Editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine.


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