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I had heard about this on Sean Hannity. Sean actually interviewed this pastor a couple month’s back. It was very interesting that this church absolutely has no problem with what it’s doing. Today, Rush is spending quite a bit of time on how the Democrats are in tangles with a racial civil war between themselves this week. I won’t go into that, but this is something everyone should know about. I love how the article draws a parallel to the LDS church because it just shows the ongoing hypocrisy going on here.

Monday, January 7, 2008 10:16 AM

Imagine if Mitt Romney’s church proclaimed on its website that it is “unashamedly white.”

The media would pounce, and Romney’s presidential candidacy would be over. Yet that is exactly what Barack Obama’s church says on its web site — except in reverse.

“We are a congregation which is unashamedly black and unapologetically Christian,” says the Trinity United Church of Christ’s website in Chicago. “We are an African people and remain true to our native land, the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.”

That’s just the beginning. The church has a “non-negotiable commitment to Africa,” according to its website, and its pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. subscribes to what is called the Black Value System.

While the Black Value System includes such items as commitment to God, education, and self-discipline, it refers to “our racist competitive society” and includes the disavowal of the pursuit of “middle-classness” and a pledge of allegiance to “all black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System.” It defines “middle-classness” as a way for American society to “snare” blacks rather than “killing them off directly” or “placing them in concentration camps,” just as the country structures “an economic environment that induces captive youth to fill the jails and prisons.”

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Here’s the link to the Church’s talking points and defense of Black theology at their website. Here’s just a sample of some of the stuff they have that references this “Black Value System”. I know the point has been made before, but can you even imagine if every word “black” was replaced with “white”? This is unreal.

8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of “Middleclassness.” Classic methodology on control of captives teaches that captors must be able to identify the “talented tenth” of those subjugated, especially those who show promise of providing the kind of leadership that might threaten the captor’s control.

Those so identified are separated from the rest of the people by:

  1. Killing them off directly, and/or fostering a social system that encourages them to kill off one another.
  2. Placing them in concentration camps, and/or structuring an economic environment that induces captive youth to fill the jails and prisons.
  3. Seducing them into a socioeconomic class system which, while training them to earn more dollars, hypnotizes them into believing they are better than others and teaches them to think in terms of “we” and “they” instead of “us.”
  4. So, while it is permissible to chase “middleclassness” with all our might, we must avoid the third separation method – the psychological entrapment of Black “middleclassness.” If we avoid this snare, we will also diminish our “voluntary” contributions to methods A and B. And more importantly, Black people no longer will be deprived of their birthright: the leadership, resourcefulness and example of their own talented persons.

9. Pledge to Make the Fruits of All Developing and Acquired Skills Available to the Black Community.

10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions.

11. Pledge Allegiance to All Black Leadership Who Espouse and Embrace the Black Value System.


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Mark Hemmingway at NRO has made an excellent case as to why we NEED “voter education ads” otherwise known as “negative ads” or “contrast ads”. I can’t even begin to capture the essence of this the way Mark does, so let me highlight the best of this article. But it’s one that needs to be read in it’s entirety when you have a chance.

It’s hard to determine what kind of stunt Mike Huckabee was trying to pull when he unveiled his proposed negative ad against Mitt Romney for the assembled media on Monday. He did so not, of course, before he oh-so-magnanimously explained to the assembled press that he was above negative campaign tactics and had pulled the proposed ad from Iowa TV stations.

Was this dissembling a disingenuous tactic proposed by Huckabee’s occasionally shifty campaign manager Ed Rollins? Or was it the Baptist preacher evincing a sincere desire to not be pushed into running a dirty campaign? The media was certainly credulous about the stunt, though I think Mike Huckabee’s motivations are almost beside the point…

…As far as I can tell, there is nothing wrong with them. And yet, the stigma is so bad that the Romney campaign has insisted on referring to their Huckabee attacks as “contrast ads.” That’s a fairly cowardly description. Make no mistake, the impetus of the ads that Romney has been running recently in Iowa is to tear Huckabee down rather than build Romney up. The better euphemism would be that they are “voter education ads.” However off-putting the aesthetics of such ads are — with their unflattering black and white photos and dissonant piano chords — negative campaign ads are just about the only occasion voters are offered any real facts or substantive information about a candidate…

…However, somewhere along the line, the media and the electorate at large have become comfortable with the idea that people interviewing for the toughest job in the world should not be judged in relative terms. Instead, elections have become rather like pageants — candidates are allowed to make their case individually, but are not permitted by the rules of etiquette to go after one another. It’s as if they think they can sashay down the catwalk, hoping that guest judge Erik Estrada is impressed enough by the interview segment in which they rattled off their five-point plan to partition Iraq and share oil revenues, to overcome the lackluster score from their trumpet rendition of the theme from Star Wars in the talent competition. That last bit may seem like a joke, but Huckabee showed up on Leno the night before the Iowa caucuses playing his bass with The Tonight Show band. Bootsy he is not, but it was still a shrewd move. Remember when Bill Clinton went on Arsenio and played saxophone and George W. Bush started speaking Spanish on the campaign trail? The media astonishment was comparable to coming home and discovering the family dog was in the middle of weatherproofing the deck…

The coarseness of American culture, manifested by even its cable news programs, is a topic of substantial commentary. Yet somehow the media has also accepted as axiomatic, the idea that negative ads somehow are offensive to the electorate at large, and especially the genteel Midwestern dispositions of Iowa voters.

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If Huckabee won because Iowans are easily off-put by Romney’s negativity, we really need to do something about the primary schedule such that we aren’t stuck with Hawkeyes’ delicate sensibilities determining the leader of the free world in every election. Perhaps the national parties could be convinced with the right ad campaign: “Iowa … wrong on corn subsidies… wrong on winter weather… wrong on the Byzantine electoral selection process… WRONG FOR AMERICA!”

But obviously, Iowans — and others — can handle the truth that comes with negative ads. Otherwise they wouldn’t be so darn effective and politicians wouldn’t use them. That’s why, like clockwork, we turn on the TV every November and find ourselves staring at grainy photos of some schmuck in a suit angrily pointing his finger at us while randomly selected pejorative adjectives from local newspapers dissolve slowly on and off the screen.

More than anything, we say we want politicians to be honest. And yet, we make them smile through their teeth and pretend to like the other guy every election. Let them be honest about why they don’t like the other guy and we might get better leaders. But before we can demand honest politicians, perhaps we need to be honest with ourselves — about the fact we like and need negative campaign ads.

And let’s not forget, there is a hideous encouragement that somehow it is even remotely acceptable to declare open season by unethical or unconstitutional push-polling or other below-the-belt shadow campaigning. The sick attacks on Mitt Romney’s religion reveal a bottom-feeding baseness of the other candidates and their advisers, namely Mike Huckabee, Dick Morris, Ed Rollins, and John McCain that reveal the most disgusting enterprise of this country. This sadly has existed since the first religionists landed on the shore of this country. You would think this country has stopped burning people at the stake, but there is no doubt the practice continues virtually.

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Q&A with M. Russell Ballard and Quentin L. Cook

What the Mormon Church wants you to know

M. Russell Ballard, left, and Quentin L. Cook of the Mormon Church. M. Russell Ballard, left, and Quentin L. Cook of the Mormon Church. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
By Michael Paulson December 23, 2007

IT’S BEEN A tough few years for Mormons in the public square.

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There was Jon Krakauer’s book about homicidal Mormon fundamentalists, and an HBO miniseries, “Big Love,” on polygamists, and a series of theatrical events, from “Angels in America” to “Confessions of a Mormon Boy,” that highlighted Mormonism’s alleged ostracism of gays.

And now, of course, there is the campaign of Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who is seeking the Republican nomination for the presidency. Although Romney is the fifth Mormon to seek the presidency, his arrival at a moment when there is enormous focus on the relation between religion and politics has surfaced a wave of negative sentiments and suspicion about his Mormon faith.

The Mormon Church, formally called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has watched the national conversation with considerable concern, and has recently embarked on an intensive effort to influence the way the faith is perceived. Among its efforts, the church has begun sending apostles – top level administrators of the faith – out to meet with the editorial boards of newspapers and magazines around the nation.

“Everyone knows why there is a national debate going on about Mormons right now,” the church says in a statement. “But over the past several months, we have seen an endless parade of ‘experts’ – from academics to pollsters to evangelical Christians and even journalists – commenting on, describing, explaining and expounding our faith. Too often, the Church itself is left out of that conversation altogether. We’d like to join it.”

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It has been a little over 225 years since a beleaguered little group of pilgrims huddled from home to home in Europe to have their faith gatherings. This group, hunted by a queen and some nations’ leaders were shunned by the mainstream religions of the day. They were forced to board small, wooden ships to escape severe religious persecution. Unable to internalize and repair the damage of discrimination and persecution of their own kind, this little group of protestant religionists, once in their new home, now exiled fellow members of their faith. They forced sinners to wear scarlet letters, locked each other in stocks, and burned young girls at the stake. All in the name of religion and “truth’s” sake. These were people who earnestly sought to behold truth, but instead became blinded by their insatiable appetite for power, complete and unmitigated conformity, and domination of the human spirit.

Fast forward to the political and religious landscape of America today. Has anything really changed? Again and again, we are seeing the Rev. Mike Huckabee and his political congregation using the same barbaric methods of bigotry and bottom-feeding ethics to accomplish the task of reigning with supreme power over our nation. All the other candidates, besides Mitt Romney, have played below-the-belt dirty. Huckabee promotes an idea of “trustworthiness” yet every count and every turn of reality shows this flies in the face of any, even generous, reason.

Mitt Romney has no reason to play scum ball. He has a work ethic like no other, a success record like no other. He has been blessed with an abundance of good fortune and seeks to share his assets with a nation that is in dire need of the talents he not only has been given, but has arduously cultivated. He does not need to “prove” himself, he has already done that. He is offering to share that greatness with the ultimate venture, our nation.

Mitt Romney plays a clean game, a respectable game, and an honorable game. It is these characteristics that seem so “foreign” in our American society. It is the strategy of maturity and decency. A man whose character was forged out of another group of persecuted religionists, the Latter-day Saints. This time, however, this later group of Christians were able to overcome some of mankind’s vilest savagery to become some of the world’s most upstanding, moral, faith-promoting and restorative influence our world has ever known. And no matter what, this group will never stoop to the depths of spewing hatred and vitriol. The Mormons will continue their project of restoring humanity to its God-intended virtue, one life, one soul, and one act of service at a time.

Our nation is revealing, by its despicably negligent response in upholding Article VI, – that there shall be no religious test for political office – can hardly profess to be a party that proclaims to uphold the Constitution. This only goes to show not only how derailed our nation is, but how hijacked the Republican party has become. Everything considered to be Holy in the founding of our country will be annihilated by the same disturbed followers that would eagerly participate in the tar and feathering of another in some twisted and sick belief that it serving the common good.

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posted by Aaron Gulbransen at MyManMitt today, some excerpts:

“Mike Huckabee may be a nice man, but his record is troubling.”

I’m here to tell you that Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee is NOT a nice man. I’m also here to tell you that Mike Huckabee is more dangerous to the future of the Republican Party then any other Presidential candidate…

…Huckabee, the Pastor, may have been a nice man. Huckabee, the Governor, may have been a nice man, as well. (We all know his record shows that he is an incompetent man, but he was probably nice.) However, Huckabee the Presidential Candidate is NOT a nice man.

There is nothing nice about what Mike Huckabee is trying to do in order to secure the Republican nomination.

He’s using religion to divide, rather than to unite. His campaign strategy is completely contingent upon the “fact” that he is the only “real Christian” in the race. In fact, he is counting on his image as a “real Christian” to attract other “real Christians” to his side.

Thank you for getting this Huckabee nonsense straight, it’s enough to make a voter vomit.

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So today I sat with my pro-Huckabee friend at Home School swim classes. There was a dreamy sigh she had at the thought that Mike Huckabee was going to make a surprise win in Iowa. I asked her if she had read the article about “The Dilemma of a Values Voter: A Vote for Huckabee is a Vote for Giuliani” – which, of course, she hadn’t.

My first question is, “Why hasn’t Huckabee emerged as a substantial candidate by now?” He seems like a nice guy. Passive. If Mitt Romney weren’t so amazingly on-the-ball, sharp, wholesome, clean, and “genius smart” in the areas that the leader of our nation needs – I might consider someone like Huckabee. But then I look at Giuliani. I’m left with the same sick-in-the-pit-of-my-stomach feeling as I did when I had to choose between George W. Bush and Al Gore. I knew in my head, Bush was the conservative Republican that “represented” all the things I stood for – but the little beady-eyed, wet-behind-the-ears, look of Bush left me with the feeling, “you’ve got to be kidding, that guy is really going to run our country?”

Over the years, I’ve slowly come around and felt more supportive from time to time – but nothing has ever been like the riveting, tearful, pride to my very DNA strands – PATRIOTISM that I felt when I watched Ronald Reagan get elected for the first time and then the second. His stature, his presence (hmmm and maybe a little hair) was so gripping to my soul, I’m not sure I bothered with food for those hours that I watched.

So what is it about Mike that just gets my intuition left searching for something? Well, for one thing, as a Mormon, I find it disturbing that Gov. Huckabee was part of an altar moment where members of the congregation were waving their arms around in prayer for the “David” who was the anointed one to lead our nation which was then followed by altar calls. The LDS Church has a long history of being penalized for mixing “church and state” and there are fairly strict overtures to make sure that politics stays away from the pulpit. Of course, there is the friendly reminder to vote, but it is a neutral reminder.

I was not always Mormon. I spent some a number of years as a Catholic, and then a few years “Church Shopping”. I tried the meetings where people were rocking and waving their hands and what appeared to be “babbling” in an effort to appear to be speaking in “tongues”. This, to me, was literally “gibberish”, it was disturbing for me personally, and not a place I felt comfortable investing my relationship with God and his son, Jesus Christ . I hate to use the word “cultish”, but this stuff was weird. I realize there are people who are “into this”, but it was just too much for me.

At one time, I also had an acquaintance who was Southern Baptist. She was the blond Barbie-doll looking girl in my class who went out of her way to pick on and harass me. At one point, I had had enough and during a outside fair, I dumped the coke I had in my hand on her head. She was deriding me about how much superior she was. Talk about “stuck up”. She actually, and probably a result of her harsh upbringing, ended up with some very serious anorexia issues. When she finally returned to school, from her time of recovering from those issues, was a changed girl. She pulled me aside one day and made amends. She said she was so “sorry” for how she had treated me and that she deserved my dumping my coke onto her.

So I have this unique perspective. I have been a Catholic, an Evangelical, and a Mormon. Guess which one I have stayed steadfastly faithful to for 18 years. I am a proud, card carrying latter-day Saint who can recognize when I’m being sold a sack of goods or not. Been there and done that. But there is something about Huckabee I have been struggling to put my finger on and then I found this on MyManMitt. Now see for yourself. His physical transformation is actually “telling” too.

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