‘stifling America’s pulpits of truth?’

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Most all of America is familiar with the incendiary quotes made from the pulpit of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright the former pastor of the Trinity United Church.

Rev. Wright implied that the government sent illegal drugs to black neighborhoods to kill or imprison blacks. He also asserted that HIV was invented by the U.S. government as a tool of genocide. These quotes that have been posted for public consideration have been construed by many as anti-American, anti-government and racist in tone but if you will note the context below some of the things that were said did have some validity, while others were used in hyperbole or blatantly untrue.

Comments made from Wright in context…

“The president will use the military against people for religious reasons.”
Hyperbole. The sermon is making a point about wars waged in the name of Islam and Christianity.

“America’s founders failed to give everyone equal legal rights.”
True. Slaves had no rights, and women had limited rights.

“The government knew Pearl Harbor would be attacked before it happened.”
Hyperbole at best. Most historians say the military failed to connect the dots on some information but that commanders did not have warning.

“The Vietnam War was justified on a pretext.”
True. Historians say that Congress’s Gulf of Tonkin resolution was based on trumped-up reports of a North Vietnamese attack.

“The CIA helped the South Africans put Nelson Mandela in jail.”
True. According to a retired South African agent, the CIA exchanged information about Mandela to the South Africans in exchange for the release of a CIA operative.

“The government infected black men with syphilis in the Tuskegee Experiment.”
False. The black men left untreated for syphilis in the Tuskegee Experiment had been infected before going to government doctors.

“The government lied about the bombing of Cambodia.”
True. During the Vietnam War, the government refused for many years to admit it was fighting in Cambodia.

“The government invented the AIDS virus as a means of genocide.”
False. No scientist had the skill to create HIV in 1959, when a blood sample was taken that subsequently was found to have the virus.

SOURCE: Dallas Morning News research

Now please consider the story that was posted by NBC Montana.com-

PASTOR AND POLITICS Author: Kari Kintner (11/05/08)

A sign outside a church in Kalispell, Montana reads.. “USA…One Abomination Under God.” The pastor of the church Clint Thelin, said “As long as we still have free speech, we need to use it, to tell people that the nation is going in the wrong direction.”

Needless to say, the sign has wrought great controversy as did the words of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The signs content not only fueled the indignation of non church goers, even some church goers and pastors alike, have found the use of the word “abomination” both strong and unbiblical. Both sad and spiritually ignorant it is!

The article goes on to say that “the church could find itself in trouble with the I.R.S. It’s a tax exempt organization, and the Montana Department of Revenue says under that exemption, there are rules that say an exempt organization cannot engage in political campaigns or endorse candidates.”

Does it seam strange that Rev Jeremiah Wright can espouse the views from his pulpit and not find this same attack from the government? Is the issue of race the underlieing factor determining the oppression? Is it the stand against homosexuality and murder of innocent babies? Or is it merely the ‘truth of God’s word’ that is the true source of this indignation from the enemies of the cross?

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

This time has arrived! The day may come that if you name the name of Christ, you shall be imprisoned. Do you think?

malachi

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