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How Howard Thurman can help Christians heal their political divides

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(RNS) — In his timeless book “Jesus and the Disinherited,” black minister and theologian Howard Thurman wrote, “There is one overmastering problem that the socially and politically disinherited always face: Under what terms is survival possible?”

This was not an abstract question for Thurman.

During the Great Depression, he observed already impoverished black people further crushed by the nation’s worst economic crisis. He saw the political gamesmanship that made the New Deal into a “raw deal” for black citizens.

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During World War II, he noticed the black women and men who supported America’s war efforts found their service rewarded with racism and discrimination when the war was done.

His experience during the Depression and the war fueled his writing, especially his 1935 essay, “Good News for the Underprivileged,” which he later turned into a book published in 1949.

The issues black people and other marginalized groups face today are not all that different from when Howard was writing.

Women still do not get equal pay for equal work. Black unemployment has decreased but still remains about twice that of whites. And Americans who are rich and guilty fare better in the criminal justice system than those who are poor and innocent.

Where is the good news in this situation?

Of course, Jesus is good news for the disinherited. But we also might ask, “Can Christians practice politics in a way that is also good news for the disinherited?”

After all, politics have played a role in creating the rampant inequality in our nation. And politics will have to play a role in addressing this issue.

But followers of Jesus have very different views on politics these days and often find themelves at odds with one another.

White evangelicals, for example, remain among President Trump’s most loyal supporters. Among white evangelicals who voted in the 2016 presidential election, 81 percent pulled the lever for Trump.

By contrast, more than 6 in 10 evangelicals of other races and ethnicities preferred Clinton leading up to the election. And a recent study by Lifeway Research of Protestant pastors found that just 4 percent of African-American pastors approve of the president’s job performance so far, while more than half, 54 percent, of white pastors approve.

What could possibly bridge this political divide?

I would suggest starting by putting ourselves in the shoes of those Thurman describes as the “disinherited.”

“The masses of [people] live with their backs constantly against the wall. They are the poor, the disinherited, the dispossessed,” wrote Thurman.

In his view, the people with the fewest material resources, the fewest rights and the most obstacles in society constituted the disinherited class.

More affluent and enfranchised Christians ought to intentionally seek ways to develop deep relationships and authentic interactions with the disinherited.

How does this happen?

For me, it came through teaching in public schools.

The Rev. Howard Thurman. Photo courtesy of the Howard Thurman and Sue Bailey Thurman Collections, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University/Creative Commons

My rural school in the Deep South was more than 95 percent black, and 85 percent qualified for free or reduced lunch, a federal measure of student poverty. I came face to face with the problems caused by underfunded and segregated school systems. The surrounding community had almost double the national rate of families living at or below the poverty line. This meant the parents, siblings and extended family of my students frequently faced unemployment, poor health care and higher rates of incarceration.

Firsthand experience with disinherited people changed my perspective on politics.

No longer was it about red or blue but about right and wrong. It wasn’t about keeping power but deploying that power for justice. In our current political morass, we need to constantly remind ourselves that Christians, and their politics, should bring relief and flourishing to those whom the world counts as the least.

Maintaining a focus on the disinherited might give Christians a common starting point to discuss political issues.

If the topic is criminal justice reform, then the conversation can’t just be about punishing the guilty. We also have to talk about honoring the image of God even among the accused and incarcerated. If the subject is health care, then the focus can’t simply be on the amount of taxes we pay. We have to find ways for the poorest people to obtain the best possible service. If the matter is immigration, then discussions can’t solely focus on protecting our borders. We have to think about ensuring safety for both our nation and those who seek to enter it.

This does not mean that all our policy solutions will match. A view of politics from the standpoint of the least powerful will still lead people to different political stances.

But perhaps if more Christians kept the disinherited and their well-being central in discussions of political power, we could have more fruitful dialogue across partisan divides.

Thurman summed up our obligations to one another in the theme of neighborliness.

“Every man is potentially every other man’s neighbor,” he said. “Neighborliness is nonspatial; it is qualitative.”

As a guiding principle of Christian participation in politics, love of neighbor puts us all in service to one another.

(Jemar Tisby, author of “The Color of Compromise,” is president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, where he writes about race, religion and culture. The views expressed in this opinion piece do not necessarily reflect those of Religion News Service.)

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  • We struggle with the fact that some people are geared to innately appreciate fair play, sharing, trusting, looking out for both sides in any deal, give and take, compromise, equitable outcomes. And some people really do believe that those kinds of thoughts are silly, naïve, “loser” behavior only suitable for chumps. This actually is the root of the political divide. Some believe in the once-named “politically correct” views that we should care about leveling the outcomes between races, genders, nationalities, locations, classes, religions, and miscellaneous odd people. And some believe that the less all pure competition is bridled or throttled, the better—–every man for himself, every company for itself, every nation for itself. There is little question that PC was winning this big debate for a while, and now, by the narrowest of margins, it is not.

  • There wasn’t much “Christian” and there was a whole lot of “political” in this article.

    But if there a divide, the first step in bridging it is getting the facts.

    “Women still do not get equal pay for equal work.”

    Current research indicates that what is being measured is a child-bearing and child-care penalty, with a sharp decline in women’s earnings after the birth of their first child. The cumulative effect is that women end up earning 20 percent less than their male counterparts over the course of their career.

    https://www.vox.com/2018/2/19/17018380/gender-wage-gap-childcare-penalty

    Women who are willing to forego children and rise to the top earn the same as their male counterparts.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/23/business/dealbook/ceo-gender-pay-gap.html

    “Black unemployment has decreased but still remains about twice that of whites.”

    Well, yes. But analysis of the reasons indicate it’s not all race. According to Census data, in 2017 24% of African-Americans had college degrees and 34.5% of whites. Criminal records are multiple times larger in the African-American population, with an adverse effect on employability (although the effect is greater for African-Americans than whites).

    “And Americans who are rich and guilty fare better in the criminal justice system than those who are poor and innocent.”

    Unsurprisingly Americans who are rich and guilty fare better in the criminal justice system than poor whites who are innocent, or poor whites who are guilty.

    “The issues black people and other marginalized groups face today are not all that different from when Howard was writing.”

    In the real world they are vastly different.

    This doesn’t move us closer to “bridg(ing) this political divide”, which one assumes involves either convincing black pastors to support Trump, or white pastors to become Clintonistas, but without the facts, and a compelling reason to consider the “political divide” worth bridging, it may not matter.

  • White evangelicals, for example, remain among President Trump’s most loyal supporters. Among white evangelicals who voted in the 2016 presidential election, 81 percent pulled the lever for Trump. By contrast, more than 6 in 10 evangelicals of other races and ethnicities preferred Clinton leading up to the election…What could possibly bridge this political divide?

    Well, for starters, racist people who overwhelmingly vote Republican can let go of their racism. Good luck with that.

  • Bob – this may be of interest to you…..
    In my part of Canada, Indians outrank blacks as far as criminality is concerned perhaps showing that it is more based on race thank crime.
    And just another thought that is unrelated to your comment as far as politics and religion…..Christ didn’t die for us to be rich.

  • The entire article was non-Christian.

    It was a political tome that happened to use the word “Christian” and mention Howard Thurman.

  • Do you not think that is what is happening all over the states? Unknowledgeable small c, Christians running all over under Curry, Red Letter Christians etc’s blessings and teachings, trying to overtake the states in the name of “Christianity”, when none of the “leaders” seem to be Christian and just want to exploit these gullible people for their political ends?

  • And yet we’re still offering religion as a solution? “The issues black people and other marginalized groups face today are not all that different from when Howard was writing.”

  • Interesting how Mr Tisby implies liberal viewpoints are Christian by default: amount of taxes people pay, healthcare, criminal justice, open borders; etc.
    This article has nothing to do about religion, but politics.
    If we want to be “Christian” and lift up the “disinherited”, how about we:
    1) focus on a MARRIED, two parent family? A mom and dad that provides stability for kids throughout their lives?
    2) focus on actually following the law and societal norms that lead to success?
    3) focus on wanting an education?
    4) actually teach kids subjects that matter – reading, writing, math, history, economics?
    5) focus on civic responsibility?
    6) focus on building, not destroying.
    I could name 20 other items.
    Until people accept individual responsibility for themselves and those they are responsible for; there will always be disinherited people.

  • What I find most glaring in this “article” is that the author cannot let go of old republican/democrat paradigms. Neither of which is even the same party 20+ years ago. It’s playing along to the old mantra’s that republicans are racists, that the dems are the only salvation this country has and does no wrong. It’s all so yesterday. I am still amazed that everything the republicans do is still labeled with the same old epithets regardless. Then this beating the old dead horse that people that voted for Trump in the last election are the problem. That problem being racism, nativism, all the ism’s on can think of, rather than even attempt to understand why people voted for him. However, trying to get someone to understand why, is met with more vulgarity and that is what is eroding the dems base. The dems are trying to light a fire under their base, but they are not going to get far because people are tired of their shenanigans, and the bullying they do. They have pushed me away to the point that I hope they do lose because they will not realize their mistakes. I am sick and tired of government telling everyone how to live. It even isn’t the big issues either, its the annoying self-righteous ones where they think they know what is best for everyone. I still support a lot of the same issues, but I no longer support this type of government. I will not be voting dem in this election, and not until they realize how nasty, impossible they have become.

  • EAT YOUR HEART OUT, JEMAR.

    (1) “[Trump] the president’s approval rating among African-Americans is at 36 percent, nearly double his support at this time last year. … This day last year: 19%”!

    (2) “Today, the NAACP released results from a new poll, conducted for the NAACP by the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decisions, pulling data from voters in 61 of the nation’s most competitive midterm races. The poll analyzed views of African American, White, Latino, Asian American, and Native American voters in these districts … 21% Black [voter group] Approve”!

    Source: (1) William Cummings, “Trump at 36 percent approval among African-Americans, new poll finds”, USA Today, August 17, 2018. (2) NAACP, August 7, 2018, “New Poll”.

  • It has been happening for centuries.

    The founding of the Church of England, for example, involved a commingling of religion and politics such that it was hard to tell which was which.

  • On September 25, 2017, Washington Post reported, “Mostly black neighborhoods voted more Republican in 2016 than in 2012”!

    And so, “6 hours ago”, Elagabalus, not to be confused with that Transgender Roman Emperor, concluded, “Racist people … overwhelmingly vote Republican”! Which is to say, had Elagabalus been the WacKo I mean WaPo reporter, “Mostly … racist … black neighborhoods …overwhelmingly vote Republican in 2016 than in 2012”!

  • Here’s one Howard Thurman Controversy:

    “Thurman was invited to Boston University in 1953, where he became the dean of Marsh Chapel (1953–1965). … During his tenure at Boston University, the ‘Good Friday Experiment’ (also called the Marsh Chapel Experiment) was conducted. This was a controversial experiment on the effects of hallucinogenic drugs on religious experience.”

    Source: Wikipedia’s sources, where else.

  • You seem to have a problem with the notion of cause and effect. You are listing effects, but ignoring the primary causes: Institutionalized racism, economic and political exploitation, mass incarceration, apathy in funding or even caring for the infrastructure of such communities, I can go on and name many more reasons.

    People aren’t going to care one goddamn bit about anything you listed if they are living hand to mouth or on the verge of destitution, have no job prospects, run the risk of arrest or murder for just the slightest provocation, can’t afford adequate housing, or being exploited for the politics of bigotry…

  • ” It’s playing along to the old mantra’s that republicans are racists,”

    They not only are racists, they have adopted white supremacy whole hog as of late. Not even bothering to use “dogwhistle” appeals any more. Even to the point of calling neo-nazis “very fine people” and demonizing peaceful protests. “Existing while black” has become a murderous joke in the news. Our president is flat out using the terms, language and platform of white supremacy in everyday statements. Republicans are flat out targeting black communities. Even to the point of attacking their right to vote.

  • There was that guy in the Bible who kept spouting off about an altruistic socialist society. But most Christians don’t pay attention to him very much.

  • That same guy, as I recall, thought the word would end within the lifetime of his followers and had himself martyred to wake up the world to his “truth.”

  • Nope.
    How about whole communities that;
    Don’t believe in being married.
    Don’t believe in taking care of ones (multiple) kids.
    Don’t believe in education.
    Don’t believe in work.
    Don’t want to build.
    Would rather destroy their own neighborhoods.
    Until these things change – there is no hope.

  • I never heard the president say, “existing while black”. Please cite your sources. Also, please cite your sources stating that black communities are having their ”right to vote” attacked. If you mean showing an ID to vote, then you must be extremely concerned that the black community may have difficulty buying a case of beer at the local supermarket (where they ask for a valid ID as proof of age).
    Grow up. The disenfranchised voter thingy days are over. Most Americans support voter ID. The only ones that don’t are democrats trying to stack the voter roles.

  • “I never heard the president say, “existing while black”. Please cite your sources.”

    Neither did I, since I did not make such a statement. Your need to make things up about my positions shows how poorly you can defend your own.

    As to the disenfranchisement efforts of Republicans, try this on. Voter ID laws were designed to skew elections by keeping urban poor from the polls
    https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/voter-fraud

    Plus the voter purges being done on largely minority communities just before election time
    https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/at-least-90000-voters-purged-from-nevada-voter-rolls-voting-rights-group-claims/
    https://www.propublica.org/article/voter-purges-what-georgians-heading-to-the-polls-need-to-know
    https://www.vox.com/2018/7/20/17595024/voter-purge-report-supreme-court-voting-rights-act

    Being a compulsive liar, you fail to mention that the ID’s required under Republican based laws are generally of types not typical to urban poor communities, DMV issued ones. ID types more commonly used are specifically left off. The laws are intentionally racist.
    https://splinternews.com/the-north-carolina-gop-is-trying-to-enshrine-its-racist-1827193861

    The Supreme Court had already determined where there was discriminatory intent
    https://newrepublic.com/minutes/142705/supreme-court-just-delivered-blow-republicans-racist-voter-id-strategy

    ” Most Americans support voter ID. ”

    Please cite sources for that. All discriminatory laws are passed with majority vote. All you are saying is that many people are OK with disenfranchising minority voters.

  • All you are doing is doubling down on your own ignorant dogwhistle bigotry. Not refuting a word I said, just repeating your prior nonsense arguments. That is just plain lazy.

  • “And a recent study by Lifeway Research of Protestant pastors found that just 4 percent of African-American pastors approve of the president’s job performance so far, while more than half, 54 percent, of white pastors approve.”

    When there is that wide a discrepency in spite of how good the Trump economy has been for Blacks and other minorities, that 96% of Black pastors might want to consider that perhaps THEY are the ones being blinded by ideology.

    “I am persuaded that divers of you, who lead the People, have laboured to build yourselves in these things; wherein you have censured others, and established yourselves ‘upon the Word of God.’ Is it therefore infallibly agreeable to the Word of God, all that you say? I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”

  • I did. I countered your DNC talking points.
    If anyone is a bigot(s), it’s the liberal politicians who have enslaved multiple minority communities to the state and destroyed their future generations for years to come.
    You, and race-baiters like you are the problem. You throw racism around because your socialist programs don’t work; and taxpayers don’t want to keep wasting money on more government bureaucracy.
    Until communities focus on being married before having kids; valuing education; valuing ideals that are known to create success; wanting to work; they are doomed.
    One final point – the major cities in the United States have been run primarily by DEMOCRATS for 50 or more years. More than enough time to save these minority populations. But they have only made it worse.
    News flash buddy – your socialist ideas don’t work.

  • You implied trump said that.
    Democrats cheat during elections – voter ID is a good idea supported by the American people. Sorry that they caught on to your game.
    Once the wall is built, your endless supply of new illegal voters will be cut off.
    Justice will prevail.

  • No they don’t. You are lying. Every time Republicans make claims of voter fraud, the stories get corrected or people come out of the woodwork to refute them.

    The last time you made that claim, you said 8 million illegal aliens voted democrat in the last election. There are not even likely 8 million illegal alien adults in this country. You are not even trying to make an honest argument here. You are just following the party line of the compulsive liar in the WH.

    Your entire argument is based on deliberately false claims. There was a compelling reason North Carolina’s voter ID laws was shot down by SCOTUS. It was obviously and blatantly discriminatory. I know you didn’t possibly read any of the sources I linked to in the subject.

    Republicans don’t like fair elections and they hate minority/urban poor voters. You made that abundantly obvious.

  • No, you gave me Reagan era vintage dogwhistle attacks on the poor.

    When white people are poor, you would blame the factors I mentioned. When minority communities are poor it’s because they are just uncaring savages to you. It’s all about cheap excuses and appeals to bigotry for you.

    You refuted nothing. You just repeated the same nonsense without change.Lazy nonsense.

  • It is extremely reasonable to require proper identification to vote.

    Your citation at

    https://newrepublic.com/minutes/142705/supreme-court-just-delivered-blow-republicans-racist-voter-id-strategy

    does not support the statement that the “Supreme Court had already determined where there was discriminatory intent”, but that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found a specific portion of a North Carolina statute had a discriminatory intent.

    North Carolina is ONE of the fifty states.

  • Nope. It’s all the same buddy.
    Socialism doesn’t work.
    When people rely on the government for their housing, income and healthcare (especially at a young age) – they have had their humanity stripped. They know nothing other than “the system”; a system employed by socialists like you.
    Once they are captive to the system, they never get out.
    But this serves a useful purpose for Democrats; as they become a reliable voting block for more of the same.
    This is why Kanye frightens the dems so much.

  • It was actually 12 million. 🙂
    Plus, you have another 2k headed here now from Honduras; just in time for the November elections. Should help dems capture the house – amirite?

  • Black folks need to clean up their own house. They need to stop acting like Chicago is their norm. Also stop s.h.a.c.k.i.n.g up with the Democrats.

    Yep, I said it, and I’m black.

  • Could you explain from your perspective why is the challenge from breaking with the democrat party and what solutions you would implement?
    Just curious.

  • It was still an obvious lie. But as long as Republicans say it often, it is considered true. Amirite?

  • Your opinion as to what is acceptable means nothing to me. 🙂

    Especially when the subject is appeals to bigotry.

  • Your Washington Examiner citation includes:

    “The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee on Wednesday called out Politico’s Editor-in-Chief John Harris for what she called an offensive remark he made on Twitter that appeared to suggest the GOP had been taken over by white supremacists. “

    and contains nothing supporting the conclusion that “Republicans and White Supremacists are indistinguishable these days.”

  • LOL!

    are you delusional? you think immigrants arent abusing welfare. why should they be able to collect public assistance when theyve paid nothing into the system. from the moment they arrive many immigrants are receiving WIC, welfare, free prenatal care, and free healthcare.

    this needs to stop.

  • It is helpful when discussing immigration policy to be clear on whether you are talking about illegal immigrants or authorized immigrants as to entitlements as well as state of residence in order to have informed discussions. I would expect that authorized immigrants generally come with the goal of economic prosperity and not a free lunch.

  • Republicans aren’t even trying to hid vote suppression and intimidation tactics against minority voters anymore. They just hate free and fair elections
    “Black Senior Citizens in Georgia Ordered Off Bus Taking Them to Vote”
    https://www.theroot.com/black-senior-citizens-in-georgia-ordered-off-bus-taking-1829809480

    Parker, every developed country has some form of socialized government programs. Including this one. Your demonization of the term is infantile bullcrap.

    Public based medicine, strong support for public education, strong consumer protection regulation, strong financial market regulation, all of which contribute to a strong democracy, strong middle class and a truly growing economy for the widest numbers of its citizens. You have no goddamn clue how most of those programs work in the developed world.

    Corporatism and privatization have never benefited this nation or its citizens. Trickle down has never happened in the 40 years of making the claim. it is more being whizzed on. Watching the middle class and the benchmarks of such existence stripped away. Making them less and less attainable to those who work for a living.

    You made complaints about corporations selling personal data, but you support the conditions which allowed it and support it. So even you have a limit to how much of our lives we sell off to the highest bidder.

    “When people rely on the government for their housing, income and healthcare (especially at a young age) – they have had their humanity stripped”

    That is a big pile of stupid.

    When people DON’T HAVE ACCESS to adequate and affordable housing, education, a living wage and healthcare they are treated as less than human. They are only barely surviving, or not surviving at all.

    You can spare me the brain dead Ayn Rand nonsense. Even she took public assistance when available.

    As the rest of the developed world has demonstrated, people are willing to pay higher taxes if they get useful services out it. Tax giveaways to the uppermost wealthy don’t help this nation. Americans who work for a living are now paying more taxes with nothing of value to them to show for it.

    “This is why Kanye frightens the dems so much”

    The only person Kanye frightens is his agent. At this point he is seeing his client having a breakdown.

  • No, you’re just a KKK mole, pretending to be black.

    Stop lynching queers for attention, Your Fake Blackness.

  • Republicans oppose civil rights for women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people. That makes them indistinguishable from white supremacists.

  • People like you and floyd love to cry about racial oppression all day, just so you can turn around and oppress LGBTQ+ people. #hypocrites

  • Maybe the authors of the bible were high on magic mushrooms when they dreamed up the whole “virgin birth” hallucination.

  • Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. (19 How.) 393 (1857), also known as the Dred Scott case or Dred Scott decision, was a landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court on U.S. labor law and constitutional law. It held that “a negro, whose ancestors were imported into [the U.S.], and sold as slaves,”[2][3] whether enslaved or free, could not be an American citizen, and therefore had no standing to sue in federal court,[4][5] and that the federal government had no power to regulate slavery in the federal territories acquired after the creation of the United States. Dred Scott, an enslaved man of “the negro African race”[3] who had been taken by his owners to free states and territories, attempted to sue for his freedom. In a 7–2 decision written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, the court denied Scott’s request. The decision was only the second time that the Supreme Court had ruled an Act of Congress to be unconstitutional.[6]
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dred_Scott_v._Sandford

  • Interesting but incomplete list of facts but it does lead into questions such as the need for criminal justice reform, enhancing the public education system, affordable child care, paid maternity leave etc. and thorough examination of all the evidence on a number of levels.

    Was really curious about the whole Trump Republican thing and there appears to be a divide between Trump republicans and non-Trump supporting republicans on several issues including foreign trade and policy, climate change and even tax cuts and the deficit etc. And if you drill thta down to the percentage of Americans who support Trump vs the size of the white evangelical populations -, this is not justs politics but religiously infused politics.

    But from what I have heard there is often times dissension in congregations that never existed before and that ties directly to Trump Republicanism which appears to polarize in a deeper/different way.

  • Oh yeah yeah, right you are. It says so right there in Isaiah 7:10-14 – “High on magic mushrooms, the Lord … said, ‘Listen now, O house of David! … High on magic mushrooms, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.'”

  • Chicago is the norm? Is that why 5 of the top 9 suburbs for black home ownership rates are Chicago suburbs ? And unique in that otherwise, black home ownership has generally been flat over the last 50 years?

  • But don’t you also wonder about those evangelicals who endorse a man as president who has had multiple wives and affairs, and has problems in telling the truth about pretty much everything.

  • “Interesting but incomplete list of facts but it does lead into questions such as the need for criminal justice reform, enhancing the public education system, affordable child care, paid maternity leave etc. and thorough examination of all the evidence on a number of levels.”

    None of which is religion or religious per se.

    “Was really curious about the whole Trump Republican thing and there appears to be a divide between Trump republicans and non-Trump supporting republicans on several issues including foreign trade and policy, climate change and even tax cuts and the deficit etc.”

    The Republican Party could be characterized as the “We’re Not Democrats”. Trump has nothing to do with it. This is the same party that had Nelson Rockefeller as Governor of New York, Earl Warren as Chief Justice, and Barry Goldwater as presidential candidate simultaneously – from DC to Light.

    “And if you drill that down to the percentage of Americans who support Trump vs the size of the white evangelical populations -, this is not justs politics but religiously infused politics.”

    That it is “religiously infused politics”, “white evangelicals”, and “white supremacism” are all mantras of the losers in the last election, but the facts seem to support the conclusion that it’s simply traditional Americans and traditional American values.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2017/12/the_real_reason_white_americans_voted_for_trump.html

    “But from what I have heard there is often times dissension in congregations that never existed before and that ties directly to Trump Republicanism which appears to polarize in a deeper/different way.”

    Certainly if you rely on Religion News Service, or the now defunct Religion Dispatches, and their ilk you might get that impression.

    In reality there appears to be little or nothing there.

  • Jemar Tisby is “Black people”; so what does that make Charlotte McFarland The LGBT Pseudo-Activist who accuses, “Black people can be racist, too, not to mention sexist, homophobic, and transphobic AF”?

  • Jemar Tisby is one of the “Blacks”; so what does that make Charlotte McFarland The LGBT Pseudo-Activist who accuses, “Blacks need to stop lynching queers. It’s unbecoming”?

  • CHARLOTTE MCFARLAND: “Maybe the authors of the bible were high on magic mushrooms … It might as well say … ‘in Isaiah 7:10-14 – “High on magic mushrooms, the … Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin ‘”.

    HpO: “Behold”, Charlotte McFarland The LGBT Pseudo-Activist who’s pot full of “maybe”s & “might as well”s!

  • You tell me. Do your own homework.

    % increases don’t mean much when your baseline is miniscule. Trump is a white supremacist. He made that abundantly clear. Republicans have embraced openly white supremacist political candidates whole hog in the upcoming elections. Even ones in other countries. 🙂
    https://boingboing.net/2018/10/17/qfawfawfawf.html

  • I am a white bisexual genderqueer. Heaven forbid I should ever get lost in a black neighborhood. If I dare to ask anyone for directions, I’ll get murdered, like Islan Nettles.

  • I am sick and tired of watching black people lynch gay and trans people in their own communities, like Giovanni Melton and Jamel Myles.

  • Black home ownership is wonderful…but even the newest fanciest HGTV house, is flat-out no-good in a black shooting gallery. Like Chicago.

  • The “Uncle Ruckus” line is meaningless, I don’t even bother with it.

    Black conservatism lives, and this is the best time for it. We WILL say the politically incorrect truth about Black America, and make somebody upset.

    We’re **still** happy about how we did our little part to help rob Florida from Liberal Hillary in 2016. We’re still gonna take on the DNC, the BLM, the LGBT, the BDS, and all the other Alt-Leftist acronyms.

    Including SPD (Spuddie!!)

  • My never-fear-the-LGTB-movement faith is “s.t.u.p.i.d.”, you say? Let’s see. Is it …

    sagacious? Yes!
    tenacious? Yes!
    unnerving? Yes!
    punctilious? Yes!
    indefatigable? Yes!
    decisive? Yes!

  • “Islan Nettles” did NOT “get lost in a black neighborhood.” Nor was she “dar[ing herself] to ask anyone for directions”.

    Apparently, then, there’s racism even in the LGBT movement. And you’re no longer so subtle about it, clearly.

    Source: Nico Lang, “James Dixon [Black] Pleads Guilty in Death of Islan Nettles [Black]”, Advocate, April 5, 2016.

  • “Black people” did NOT “lynch gay and trans people in their own communities, like … Jamel Myles.”

    Apparently, then, there’s racism even in the LGBT movement. And you’re no longer so subtle about it, clearly.

    Source: Josh Salisbury, “Bullied to Death: Boy, 9, kills himself after [inter-racial] ‘school bullies tormented him for coming out as gay’: Jamel Myers [part Black] was found dead in his family home in Denver, Colorado after classmates bullied him for four days because he was gay”, The Sun, August 27, 2018.

  • no immigrant should be receiving any kind of welfare.

    if immigrants do get welfare of some kind there needs to be a system in place to charge the country of origin so we can pay that money back into the system from what that person paid in that system.

  • That child was lynched, as was Giovanni Melton — by his own father, no less.

    Black people should have figured out by now that lynching minorities is wrong, yet for some reason they have not.

  • Islan Nettles was killed for being trans. I would get killed for being genderqueer if I walked down the street in her neighborhood.

  • I have no political solutions for you; my apologies. But check this:

    WE blacks know that the DNC platform disrespects the Black Christians’ faith. We see the horrific anti-black linkage between Dems & Planned-Parenthood, Dems and the dominant national Gay Goliath.

    But WE always rely on Liberal Democrat dollars and power, regardless of the current DNC platform or DNC games. So WE, or at least 92% of us, stay in their bed.

    Solutions? I don’t know. There were amazing backdoor “Let’s Not Oppose Obama” deals struck between ALL the major black churches and the Obama 2012 campaign. We sold out to the Dems, despite what Obama openly promised to unleash on this nation. Might sell out again in 2020, even. So I don’t know.

    But 2 Chron. 7:14 still exists. It ain’t going away. I trust it.

  • “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.”
    As a descendant of a former slave, I cannot understand how any African American can support a religion that simply ignores the realities of its barbaric history.

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