Speaking at a 2014 roundtable, Raphael Warnock, currently a Democratic senatorial candidate in Georgia facing off against incumbent GOP senator Kelly Loeffler, used to say that the 2003 speech Reverend Jeremiah Wright rendered in which he wailed “God damn America” was “Christian preaching at its best.”
In the video clip, which was posted to YouTube by The Black Church Center for Justice and Equality in 2014, Warnock began by asserting, “During the rough and tumble of presidential politics in 2008, what was for many Americans, black and white, a strange new term emerged in the national conversation: black theology. Owing to the pervasive reach of the electronic media and the political machinations of powerful partisan interests caught up in a colossal game for command over the most powerful nation on earth, thousand of Americans, indeed, people around the globe were exposed to a thirty-second clip of a fiery blacknes evangelist sermon to his own congregation on a Sunday morning. Extracted from its context and looped to the point of ad nauseam was the most provocative phrase, you heard it over and over again:’ God Damn America.’”
“The black church, so central to black life, yet barely understood by mainstream America was thrust to the center of a national dialogue, ” Warnock continued. “Part of the disconnect that happened in the conversation after Fox News and other build Jeremiah Wright’s sermon famous, part of the disconnection was cultural … in this way there was a disconnect between black and white Americans as the latter were televisually transported to a black faith on any given Sunday morning where evangelists are expected, even encouraged, to speak the truth, to tell Pharoah, tell it like it is with clarity, ability and passion.”
Warnock then likened Wright’s sermon to some of the most influential Christian treatises currently written: “So in that sense, Jeremiah Wright, whose sermon, by the way, if you haven’t read the whole thing, is a very thoughtful and insightful part on the relationship between God and government, it’s a piece that I would situate in the continuum with St. Augustine’s’ City of God’ and Martin Luther’s’ Temple Authority, ’ and to what extent it should be obeyed, the reflections of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his context- some of it situated it in the continuum of Malcom. But I think it’s Christian preaching at its best .”
In Wright’s sermon, he declared 😛 TAGEND
When it came to treating her citizens of African decent fairly, America miscarried. She put them in chains. The government threw them in slave quarterss, threw them on auction blocks, threw them in cotton subjects, set them in inferior schools, threw them in substandard housing, set them in scientific experimentations, put them in the lowest pay occupations, set them outside the equal protection of the law, continued them out of their racist bastions of higher education and locked them into position of hopelessness and helplessness.
The government affords them the medicines, builds bigger prisons, pass a three-strike law, and then wants us to sing “God Bless America.” No , no , no. Not “God Bless America”; God Damn America! That’s in the Bible, for killing innocent people. God Damn America for treating her citizen as less than human. God Damn America as long as she deters trying to act like she is God and she is supreme!
Fox News noted 😛 TAGEND
Warnock was, in his own terms, “dispatched” to defend Wright after a videotape of the 2003 speech rose during the 2008 campaign. Some Obama consultants worried at the time that the matter might sink his candidacy.
In 2008, Warnock was interviewed by Fox News’ Greta van Susteren as Warnock was to deliver a speech honoring Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Van Susteren asked him categorically, “Do you espouse the Reverend Wright, and let me focus on the soundbites, for lack of better terms, but certainly he has said things like GD[ God damn] America and the things he has said, the critical things, even of Senator Clinton never having to grow up and only a personal attack on her? Do you embrace that? Is that something you would do, sir, in your religion? ”
Warnock replied: “We celebrate Reverend Wright in the same way that we celebrate the truth-telling tradition of the black faith, which, when evangelists tell the truth, very often it makes people uncomfortable. And I believe the two countries has been done a disservice by this constant playing over and over again the same soundbites outside of context. “
Video below of roundtable 😛 TAGEND
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