By Danette Clark April, 2012
The first article in this series on President Obama’s Reparation Agenda revealed Sharon Watkins and the Anti-Racist/Pro-Reconciliation Church. Watkins is just one of many pro-reparation religious leaders working with President Obama.
Mark Hanson, Vicken Aykazian, Peg Chemberlin, Noel Castellanos, Katharine Jefferts Schori, and Jim Wallis, just to name a few, were all appointed by President Obama to the White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and all preach the gospel of social justice and racial reconciliation — deceiving millions — by appealing to their ‘sense of morality’.
Driving an ideology that is deceptively subtle, but nonetheless, mirrors that of Father Michael Pfleger, James Cone, and Jeremiah Wright, the false prophets of the White House preach that America is a society of white skin privilege that continues to victimize minorities and that must be made to pay a penalty for the sin of racism.
The dangerous result of pitting race against race is being seen today in the rhetoric surrounding the death of Trayvon Martin. But another inherent danger that is going unnoticed is that of so-called religious leaders using God and politics to guilt corporations, churches, universities, and even cities into publicly apologizing for the ‘sin of racism’.
President Obama and his band of wolves pretend it’s the moral and just thing to do — recognize and admit that we have committed the sin of racism so that we can move forward and “begin to heal”. Don’t fall for it. A public or written apology may be considered an admission of guilt that can be used against the apologizer in a court of law.
As we speak, an organization called the Reparations Coordinating Committee is planning to sue the government and major corporations they believe have profited from slavery. It will be interesting to see how many named defendants have already publicly apologized.
I will talk more about this later in the series. For now, let’s look at some of President Obama’s faith-based appointees:
• Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, released a statement in 2007 calling upon church leaders to “name the sin of racism and lead us in our repentance of it.”
Hanson’s statement goes on to express a particular concern with racial profiling wherein he accuses police officers of stopping people of color for “”DWB” (driving while Black or Brown) and “DWM” (driving while Muslim)”.
• Vicken Aykazian, immediate past president of the National Council of Churches, presided over a meeting just one week after Obama’s election wherein Otis Moss, III (successor to Jeremiah Wright as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ) was invited to address the assembly on the issue of racial justice.
• Peg Chemberlin, who referred to those in opposition to the mosque near ground zero as bigots, is president of the National Council of Churches (NCC) and a recipient of the Angel of Reconciliation award from Unity Baptist Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The National Council of Churches has a long history of support for reparations. In fact, it was during a conference of the NCC in 1969 that Marxist-anarchist and leader of the Black Nationalists, James Foreman, first presented his Black Manifesto, which was a call for a transfer of power to blacks and for churches to pay 500 million dollars in reparations. The NCC voted in favor of Foreman’s plan.
Since that time, the NCC has released several statements calling on churches and governments to acknowledge that they benefited from the exploitation of Africans, Asians, and Indigenous Peoples through slavery and colonialism. The NCC also calls upon it’s churches “to address the issue of reparations as a way of redressing the wrongs done…”.
• Noel Castellanos, CEO of Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), says he was called to be a reconciler. CCDA was founded on principles of reconciliation, relocation, and redistribution. Castellanos believes that “a manifestation of justice is economic redistribution”.
• Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the U.S., led a major service last year in North Carolina on Repentance, Healing, and Reconciliation wherein an official apology for the diocese’s complicity in slavery and segregation was given. All 65 parishes within that diocese were represented.
• Jim Wallis, founder and editor of Sojourners magazine, is well known as an advocate for social justice. In 2007, Wallis wrote a piece for Sojourners titled America’s original sin: the legacy of white racism, wherein he wrote that “…America was established as a white society, founded upon the genocide of another race and then the enslavement of yet another.”
Wallis further claimed that anyone who has benefited from domination is to be responsible for it and that the only remedy for such a sin is repentance, and if that repentance were genuine, there would be reparation.
Again, this is just a glimpse into President Obama’s faith-based council – offering “genuine repentance” and salvation in exchange for money and power to minorities.
The time is long overdue for someone in the media to take a serious look at what this council is doing with our tax dollars.