IS OBAMA REALLY A TRUE CHRISTIAN? / Scholars say liberation theology´s black Marxist Jesus ´distorts´ Gospel (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) 02/28/12)
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Rev. Franklin Graham last week revealed that President Obama confided
to him and his father during a recent visit to North Carolina: “I
don’t go to church.”
Publicly, Obama insists he’s a practicing Christian.
“I have no idea what he really believes,” Graham said during an
appearance on MSNBC.
It’s a deepening mystery. Pundits on both the left and right question
the president’s faith. The growing debate marks a turning point in
American politics, where discussing the personal religious beliefs of
an elected official or candidate is taboo.
Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time,” doubts Obama is a practicing
“I just don’t believe it,” he said recently.
Maher suspects the president is an atheist.
GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum says Obama follows a “phony
theology” not based on the Bible and preached by radicals.
“He went to Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years,” the former
Pennsylvania senator pointed out this week in an interview with Fox
News host Sean Hannity.
Obama’s longtime church, Trinity United Church of Christ on the South
Side of Chicago, preaches an Afrocentric, and at times anti-American,
doctrine. Wright gave a sermon the Sunday after 9/11 in which he
thundered, “America’s chickens! Coming home! To roost!”
He also condemned America, using the phrase “God damn America!”
“It was there – at the Trinity United Church of Christ on the South
Side of Chicago – that I met Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., who took me
on another journey and introduced me to a man named Jesus Christ,”
Obama told black preachers gathered in 2007 at the Hampton University
Annual Ministers’ Conference in Hampton, Va.
“It was the best education I ever had,” the then-Democratic
presidential hopeful added.
The question is, ask skeptics, what kind of “journey” did he take?
And which “Jesus Christ” did he meet?
Four years later, Obama still has never publicly shared details. And
the few media who have asked for them have been stonewalled.
As a result, recent polls show at least 4 in 10 Americans have no
idea what Obama’s religious beliefs are. The mystery surrounding his
faith has led to growing interest in a subject normally considered
too private to debate in politics.
What is known, though rarely covered by the Washington press, is that
Obama’s longtime pastor and “spiritual adviser,” as he’s called him,
preached the radical doctrine of black liberation theology while
Obama sat with his family in the pews.
Black liberation theology, according to Wright, has been at
the “center” of Trinity’s “theological perspective” since 1972. And
the teachings and writings of the father of black liberation
theology – Professor James H. Cone – were required reading at
Trinity, which features stained-glass depictions of a black Jesus.
This was true when Obama worshiped there over a period spanning two
decades. Black theology was outlined in the church’s new member
packet and taught in its new member classes.
Cone said Wright was “really the one who took it from my books and
brought it to the church.”
Cone’s doctrine is steeped in socialist ideology. He believes merging
Marxism with the Gospel will liberate African-Americans from the
supposed economic slavery of “white” capitalism.
“Together,” he says, “black religion and Marxist philosophy may show
us the way to build a completely new society.”
One of Cone’s chief disciples, Dwight N. Hopkins, has taught classes
on black liberation theology at Trinity and was one of Obama’s
Hopkins is a former community organizer, as well as a colleague of
Obama from the University of Chicago. He gave his first recorded
political donation to his friend and co-religionist in 2008,
according to FEC records. Between February 2008 and October 2008,
Hopkins contributed $1,538 to Obama’s campaign.
He, too, favors socialism over capitalism.
“Dr. James Cone continues to envision the actuality of equality among
people, challenging white and black churches alike to recognize U.S.
capitalism’s oppressive character throughout the world,” Hopkins has
written of his mentor.
Communist officials in China and Cuba have invited Hopkins to speak
about liberation theology in their countries, according to his
Obama has not found another church since quitting Trinity in 2008,
when video of Wright’s anti-American sermons surfaced during the
“This was a very dangerous scandal for Obama,” said Hoover
Institution research scholar Dinesh D’Souza. “It threatened to expose
him as a radical masquerading as a mainstream centrist.”
While Obama’s relationship with his controversial Chicago church has
been severed, his belief in its doctrine appears to remain intact. He
has never denounced the church nor disavowed any tenet of black
“I am not denouncing the church,” Obama said even after footage of
its radical sermons aired. “I am not interested in people who want me
to denounce the church, because it’s not a church worthy of
The president insists he’s still religious in the absence of a home
church and says his Christianity comforts him amid all the doubts
surrounding his faith.
“My Christian faith has been a sustaining force for me over these
last few years – all the more so when Michelle and I hear our faith
questioned from time to time,” Obama said last year.
While the White House press corps still avoid asking Obama about his
black liberation theology beliefs, religious scholars contend it is a
politically charged theology that distorts the biblical teachings of
Christianity. They say it diverges from both Scripture and ancient
Middle Eastern history.
“The goals of black liberation theology are to turn religion into
sociology, Christianity into a political agenda, Jesus into a black
Marxist rebel and the Gospel into violent revolution,” said religious
scholar Robert Morey, who holds a doctorate in ministry from
Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. “They are more
interested in politics than preaching the Gospel.”
Among other things, black liberation theology espouses:
-Africans were “God’s chosen people,” not the Israelites.
-Ethiopia was the “promised land” instead of Israel.
-Adam and Eve, as well as Noah, were black.
-Abraham and Moses also were black.
-Jesus Christ himself was black. (“Jesus is a black man,” Cone
claims, explaining that white Christians “reinterpreted Jesus so he
looked like them.” Wright has preached in at least one videotaped
sermon: “Jesus was a poor black man who lived in a country and in a
culture that was controlled by rich white people.”).
-Christ wasn’t a deity but a “black revolutionary,” who rebelled
against the oppression of “white Romans” and delivered a liberating
message of social and political change.
-Christ was only for the poor, not for all mankind.
-Christ was a political liberator, not a personal redeemer.
-Christ wasn’t crucified on the cross, but was lynched on a “lynching
tree” (Cone explains this curious factual discrepancy
-Heaven is “pie-in-the-sky, by-and-by slave mentality” – a
white “fantasyland” – that ignores the plight of blacks and other
oppressed people in the here and now. (“Don’t tell me about Heaven,”
Wright fumed in a 2008 interview with PBS. “What about this life? …
We can change policy.”)
-Repentance is something required exclusively of whites, who Cone
demands “need to give back what you took – and white people took a
lot from black people.”
-Original sin is “whiteness,” or being Caucasian.
The epistles of Paul and other apostles are doctrinally insignificant
and rejected, since they accept the institution of slavery that
existed at the time. (“God who allows slavery, who allows murder of a
people, lynching – that’s not the God of the people being lynched and
sodomized and raped, and carried away into a foreign country,” Wright
-The Bible is “not the infallible word of God,” according to Cone,
and is therefore pliable.
Before campaigning for president, Obama expressed doubts about the
inerrancy of Scripture. In a 2006 “Call to Renewal” keynote address
in Washington, he said: “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy
make distinctions between scriptural edicts – sensing that some
passages are central to Christian faith, while others are more
culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”
Obama also is not sure there is an afterlife – a Heaven or a Hell –
which also is in keeping with the beliefs of black liberation
theology. He has confessed that he is not “sure what happens when we
In a 2008 interview defending his church, Obama suggested political
activism and a “spirit of justice” is more important that a spirit of
peace and a focus on salvation in the hereafter.
“I don’t consider Christianity a place to avoid the real problems in
the world,” he said. “Now, my faith tells me that we have to engage
in those real problems in the world. And, you know, sometimes, when
you are engaging in the real problems that are out there, there is
going to be some conflict and some controversy. And I would expect
that I would have a pastor who would not shy away from speaking out
on those issues.”
In a 2007 speech, Obama explained his reasons for joining Trinity.
“Rev. Wright’s sermons spoke directly to the social gospel – the need
to act and not just to sit in the pews,” he said. “And so I found
that very attractive and ended up joining the church.”
A more detailed explanation is found in his 1995 memoir.
“I imagined the stories of ordinary black people merging with the
stories of David and Goliath, Moses and the Pharaoh, the Christians
in the Den, Ezekiel’s field of dry bones,” Obama said of the stories
he heard at Trinity. “Those stories became our story, my story; the
blood that had spilled was our blood.”
Obama told Beliefnet.com in 2008 that Wright’s sermons “about
Scripture” were “right on target.” He praised him as “one of the
greatest preachers in the country.”
Cone’s teachings are as racially incendiary as some of the anti-white
remarks that Wright has spewed from the pulpit.
A professor of systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary in
New York, Cone has written that “black theology will accept only the
love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy”
and all its institutions.
“All white men are responsible of white oppression,” he claims, and
should not be forgiven for past slavery until they beg for
forgiveness and offer full reparations.
Cone says, “Whiteness is the symbol of the Antichrist” and
that “black theology seeks to analyze the Satanic nature of whiteness
and by doing so prepare all nonwhites for revolutionary action.
“To be black is to be committed to destroying everything this country
loves and adores,” he adds.
Cone told Bill Moyers in a 2007 PBS interview, “Loving white people
Such racially exclusive – not to mention, hateful – theology
contradicts the basic tenets of Christianity, evangelical leaders
“He’s deliberately distorting the traditional understanding of the
Bible to fit his own worldview, his own confused theology,” said
James Dobson, head of Focus on the Family.
Westminster scholar Morey agrees that Cone “rewrites history.” He
also notes the seemingly contradictory doctrine of black liberation
theology, which denounces Christianity as predominantly white and
“Then it turns around and claims that Jesus was black,” he said. “If
Jesus was a black man, then how can Christianity be the ‘white man’s
He also points out what he calls the absurdity of black liberation
theology’s claim that Adam and Eve were black. “If this is true,” he
said, “then all men are black because they came from the first black
Morey says black liberation theology is “really concerned with class
struggle and not about black people, per se.”
“The fundamental ideas of black liberation theology did not come from
black thinkers but from such white European thinkers as (Karl) Marx,”
How much has black liberation theology influenced Obama’s thinking?
It’s not clear where Obama’s beliefs and Cone’s diverge. But Cone
suggests Obama privately follows his radical theology, while toning
it down in public.
“I don’t see anything in (Obama’s) books or in the speech (he gave on
race in Philadelphia in 2008) that contradicts black liberation
theology,” Cone said. Obama has just sanded over the “radical edge to
Cone writes a good deal about “hope theology” – which he says “places
the Marxist emphasis on action and change in the Christian context
(and) is compatible with black theology’s concerns.”
Likewise, Obama has suggested he would use his faith as “an active,
palpable agent in the world,” and a source of “hope” in
overcoming “economic injustice.”
“I still believe in the power of the African-American religious
tradition to spur social change,” Obama said in his 2006 speech at
the Washington-based theo-socialist revival, Call to Renewal, which
is co-sponsored by Sojourners, which includes Cone on its editorial
There is more consistency in their rhetoric.
Speaking of black revolution, Cone in his own memoir said, “Hope is
the expectation of that which is not. It is the belief that the
impossible is possible, the ‘not yet’ is coming in history.”
And here’s Obama in his 2004 DNC convention speech: “Hope in the face
of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope!
In the end, a belief in things not seen, a belief that there are
better days ahead.”
There is additional evidence Cone has influenced Obama.
In his 1969 book, “Black Theology and Black Power,” which Trinity
uses as a second bible, Cone said: “When we look at what whiteness
has done to the minds of men in this country, we can see clearly what
the New Testament meant when it spoke of the principalities and
Now here’s Obama, in his 2006 Call to Renewal speech: “The black
church understands in an intimate way the biblical call to feed the
hungry and clothe the naked – and challenge powers and
Cone says his own inspiration comes from the writings of black
Marxist Stokely Carmichael.
Obama in his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father,” says he “went to
hear Kwame Toure” speak at Columbia University for “inspiration.”
Kwame Toure is the African name that Stokely Carmichael adopted later
in life. At one speech attended by Obama, Carmichael damned America
and the West for imposing “white capitalist imperialism” on Africa.
Obama in his senatorial memoir, “Audacity of Hope,” says he believes
in the macroevolution of man from primates, and does not believe, “as
many evangelicals do,” that the Bible is without error.
He says Christians routinely modify their doctrinal beliefs for
personal or political reasons.
“Which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control,” he
explained, “and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless
are opposed to a constitutional amendment banning it.”
He adds that he views the biblical condemnation of homosexuality as
confined to “an obscure line in Romans.” (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com,
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