“My father hated Southern Baptist preachers…a notion was repeatedly pounded in my head: there was not one Baptist preacher known to him that he trusted.
“…born in 1898…’common sense’ told young Prezzie that severe alterations of a radical Palestinian savior’s originally documented intent had brazenly taken place…tailor-made to suit the corrupt position clung to by these preachers; a Black populace inadvertently (and vociferously) supported this corruption with…willful ignorance…
“Tracing…antiquity dad concluded that it was the emperor Constantine who was the major pivotal culprit—he loathed Constantine and never failed to rigorously castigate him, detailing his specific Biblical alterations…”
“…the Dead Sea Scrolls…appeared to have come right out of a particular Jewish, pre Christian community…’The Liar’ (or ‘The Betrayer’) is suited to…Paul—or Saul of Tarsus—whose…’gentile’ version of Jesus’ own spiritual intent did clash intensely with…the disciple heir James.
“…even though Paul is…persistently…attacked by those who were ‘zealous for the Law of Moses,’…the Pauline version of Christ’s gospel is the one that has survived to become so popularly accepted…and this especially by…Negro religious communities throughout America.”
“Constantine…would further determine which doctrinal aspect of Christian expression would sit at…influential power. In 325 A.D…What developed…was a determining…as to which of the…doctrines from a multitude of branches…cut the grade.
“…church officials were to strictly enforce…adherence to its selections…by the sword.
“…a January 1, 1901 prayer meeting…in…Topeka Kansas ignited…surprise: a woman…startled everyone as she…began…’speaking in tongues.’ Born…was a new mystic movement now known as the Pentecostals—named after the Biblical Pentecost.
“…their edict…echoes Martin Luther’s Reformist vision: a ‘charge’…activated directly through the common people themselves (…that coincidentally reflected age-old African traditions [showing]…interaction with the realm of ‘spirits’).
“Only 10 years later the very first branch of Fundamentalism materialized…a belief that…scriptural Bible was ‘fundamentally’…literal, factual truths. They…emerged again to cleverly give [white racist] Evangelism an immense boost, exploiting the skyrocketed popularity of radio and…a ‘new’ media invention…soon known widely as TV.”
Trouble In Black Paradise: INTRODUCTION, Pages XV-XVi; and Chapter 3: UNEXPLAINED PHENOMENON AND MILESTONE DISCOVERIES IN THE MODERN WORLD, Pages 53-55; and Chapter 6: THE BIBLICAL TRAIL SAILS OUT FROM ANCIENT PALESTINE INTO THE NEW WORLD, Pages 92-93 and 107-108.
Cave Four alongside the Dead Sea at Israel’s Qumran ruins, where in 1947 the area’s largest cache of “pre Christian” biblical scrolls were discovered. From the book, “Trouble In Black Paradise.”
A Louisiana church hosts a Sunday service, boldly defying the governor’s ban against large gatherings—the state soon becomes one of America’s worse Coronavirus “hot spots” (amid Blacks being the country’s most “disproportionately” hit). Stock photo.
Greetings hunkered down readers!
To attack hard earned “medical wisdom”—gained thru survival trial-and-error—killing the notion that such wisdom is “endowed” by God—guarantees a revisit of totally avoidable
Trouble in Black Paradise.
Personal videos made by frontline hospital workers are not only gripping, or heartbreaking—what they reveal is shocking! No matter who, or where caregivers operate, a specific mindboggling item dominates every single testimony:
No medical school even remotely trained or prepared them for this mega level of death and systemic overload.
Added to hospital facilities bursting at the seams—patients literally spilling into hallways; stacked around reception check-in counters and into makeshift tents—plus the lack of protective gear for themselves—or the afflicted—is this:
The extraordinary “hospice” and psychology level multitask functions that have dropped in their laps.
Dressed like outer space visitors’ caregivers console expiring patients, holding their hands thru each gasp as oxygen levels and blood pressure plummets—guiding total strangers who inevitably step toward “the light”—making final calls to loved ones by cellphone so “some” may get their goodbyes.
Tear-filled caregivers pulling multiple shifts—frazzled to the brink—have a unanimous message to a public wishing to actually help here: STAY AT HOME!!!
It makes the holier-than-thou defiance that certain American “clergy” invoke as we battle this ravaging pandemic totally unthinkable!
Some mosque and synagogue violations have hit the news, but the most explosive defiance by far comes from these Christians dismissing “shelter-in”: Rodney Howard-Browne and Rich Vera of Florida; and instigating in my late mother’s hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is Tony Spell (who now also rakes in a “financial mint” as people actually donate their “stimulus checks” to him). Two perpetrators had been jailed—but all continue to disobey.
These Pied-Piper pastors follow Trump’s own instigated political trivializing of all this—calling it a “hoax”; dismissing “stay-at-home” precautions saying “it’s in God’s hands” —they coax parishioners out to fill church pews: “God” wants worshipers to physically “congregate.”
But I say pastors absolutely prove they want the continued enrichment of their unholy empires.
And, sure enough zealot churchgoers follow right along to do just that—while fully congregating!
One would ask just what could motivate people to defy proven logic—to unnecessarily endanger themselves—and others? And we know social and medical calamities hit Blacks “disproportionately” higher—so why do such huge numbers of Afro-Americans readily haphazardly follow these charismatic preachers?
Sadly, a calamitous reckoning has already struck one Pied-Piper in this fog—needless heartbreak coming home to roost!
Afro-American Bishop Gerald O. Glenn who crowed about his March 22nd service being packed—spitefully defying Virginia Gov. Ralf Northam’s concern—died on April 11 of COVID 19 (becoming another disproportionate statistic).
To my knowledge none of the other “defiant” pastors even recognized his death—or life!
As these clergy still seem dead set on purposefully drawing disastrous consequence, I’m reminded of other historically recent Pied-Piper actions—accusers call downright homicide!
On November 18, 1978 Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones ordered the mass murder-suicide of over 900 people at his religious compound in Guyana, South America. Jones (a Caucasian) had amassed a small following before his 1970 setup in San Francisco, soon adding a Los Angeles satellite.
Centering his operation among society’s most impoverished—pushing the idea of social equality and “uplift”—mass numbers of Blacks flocked to his fold. But reports of Jones committing abuse soon surfaced.
Even still hundreds of worshipers followed him to Guyana, settling his new village called Jonestown. Then, the unimaginable: slaughter erupted due to U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan investigating growing claims of abuse. Its known as the Jonestown Massacre. Ryan did not survive. And the overwhelming percentage of victims were Black—huge numbers being mass buried in an Oakland, Ca. graveyard.
Then Waco comes to mind:
On April 19, 1993 a white community Texas compound headed by David Koresh (formerly Vernon Howell) burned to the ground after being stormed by federal agents. In the 1980’s Koresh had taken over this sect, which originally was an offshoot of Seventh-Day Adventists—it was renamed Branch Davidians. Mainstream Adventists had denounced the Branch—a group of primitive life practitioners, literally awaiting Christ’s physical arrival.
Following his own rise Koresh amassed “spiritual wives” (some allegedly underaged) and abuse allegations were soon made. Rumors of weapons stockpiling got the ATF’s attention and after his attempted arrest failed a long Waco Siege ensued—Koresh definitely threatened to kill. 75 bodies (including children) were found in the aftermath; 4 federal agents had been gunned down.
Now add to this festering list an abomination still unfolding—on “Africa’s” continent:
In Uganda an ominous 2009 bill was crafted specifically targeting homosexuals and HIV positive citizens. Blatantly titled Kill the Gays it authorized the jailing of suspects—conviction drew the death penalty. Basically, it hunts openly gay folk, those accused of gay life, “all” people testing positive (even though Africa’s overwhelming HIV victims are “heterosexual”) and those refusing to “report” possibilities. But the real crime is how it got started—thru white U.S. Evangelicals.
White preachers are pouring into Africa to mine what slave conquerors made “ripe”: African hearts-and-minds—savagely “converted.”
Black allegiance to Africa’s grand spiritual tradition vanishes—lost in the wake of countless ruined empires—now replaced by European slave religion.
American white clergy inflaming colonial homophobia (not found in African tradition) makes Anglo preachers appear to be God’s chosen—they make new fortunes packing stadiums and selling out books—depleting impoverished Africans who already struggle to survive. And these celebrity Pied-Pipers head this pack:
Scott Lively (of bigoted The Family USA); Afro-American Caleb Lee Brundidge (professed “reformed” homosexual); Don Schmierer (Exodus International); Joyce Meyer; Lou Engle; Rick Warren (Obama’s choice for his inaugural benediction); Joel Osteen (Tyler Perry, Mariah Carey and Kanye West’s new hookup); and others. See my earlier blog on this.
Something is horrendously amiss with these charlatan ministries—as they relentlessly surface.
So here’s a scarcely addressed, but jolting reminder:
A basic look at doctrine from 1st Century rabbi Joshua shows his more than clear “intent”:
Foremost having a more than willing zealousness toward his Jewish community’s spiritual “Law” —joined with freeing Jewish communities from Roman slavery. Joshua was a new Jewish sect’s leader—and later given the Greek name “Christ.”
But “Christ’s” essential decree—”hospitality,” “uplifting the meek” (and embracing society’s “most discarded”—is at his Eastern rooted forefront!
Nowhere in Christ’s edict do I see waging genocidal war to takeover a nation’s resources—or setting up rigid ruling classes where masses of poor are squeezed mercilessly to fatten small percentages of bloated rich—or building racist economic empires on the backs of the enslaved—or establishing patriarch leaders to run religious sects where “men” can have-their-way with multiple wives (but not vice-versa for women); I see this nowhere as Christ’s “golden rule.”
Nor do I see any of Joshua’s guidance saying followers must ignore gained wisdom (after addressing complex health issues) to basically sacrifice their precious physical wellbeing—as topping some short list to attain salvation—to fulfill worship of “Him!”
Except that is—right here:
In “Rome’s” governing religious powers—whose centralized Christian authority was installed by none other than its conqueror Constantine—an engine that some 300 years earlier Christ had dangerously confronted.
And in another place:
“America’s” governing power—worshiping and enforcing slave religion—an engine that almost two millenniums later, Black slave resistors and multiethnic abolitionists had dangerously confronted:
“Christ’s” creed had been twisted to use as a powerful new weapon—and the culprit that brutal European empires produced is nonother than this:
A “Radicalized” Christianity.
So, we come to two major premises of this series that I’m continuing—and this entry’s focus:
America’s fundamental social operation—in all aspects—is fashioned on the religious and political “aftermath” of sabotaged Black Reconstruction—period!
And the second is this:
That act of sabotage isn’t just significant—it’s pivotal—almost singlehandedly allowing the white aristocracy’s overall “nationalist” economy plans to become virtually solidified:
The aim of moguls was getting “simultaneous success”; the labor destinies of underclass whites did also need finalized containment—made much smoother if poor whites accepted inhumane Afro “work conditions” as totally normal—characteristics that also would duplicate oh-so-naturally within white work “set-ups”—and for future “corporate climates”:
My previous blogs in this series have shown that (with Northern backing) wealthy Southern whites reclaimed sprawling plantations—herding both newly freed slaves and freedmen back into white economic strangleholds—allowing tenacious slave containment practices to swiftly resume.
Special Field Order No. 15’s signing had white power forces absolutely cringing before they vengefully shattered Reparations—killing what it briefly “did achieve”:
Designated land for the creation of totally self-sufficient Afro run economies.
Hence, new slave-like work set-ups needed a justifiable “moral ring” describing them—and slavery’s chattel blueprint had just the thing to make the illusion of morality here acceptable. Moguls had long grasped an ironically Eastern “warning” whose further use would get both Blacks and whites back into readily suppressing themselves—the East says:
“What” one worships is “what” one becomes.
Uganda’s lesson (vividly related above) props up the obvious here:
So I ask: what “force” can win hearts-and-minds by making murderous “thug regulations”—set by manipulative, greedy rulers cloaked in religion—become readily accepted as “Holy?”
But the plantation owner’s route had a temporary roadblock thrown on it—Black Conventions had convened before Reconstruction’s collapse:
1865 Conventions had enabled unprecedented National Black Assemblages where folk could use hard earned “vision” to assess Afro situations; they’d realize and pool resources—to forge their own destinies in spite of white power structural obstacles—validating and bolstering their own cultural “religious” worth (employing what Dr. Joy DeGruy calls, “…strength that has been passed down to us”; and what I call that legendary Afro-spiritual “DNA”).
White power futurists were livid! Governors swiftly acted (galvanizing legislative glory).
All-consuming government attacks immediately targeted Blacks who had risen to national prominence—those who still hung on to “promote” independent Afro-spiritual worth—thus white social containment’s growing “momentum” would practically overwhelm the creed of these cultural soldiers:
Rev. Garrison Frasier, Sojourner Truth, Rev. Ulysses Houston, Robert Smalls, Harriet Tubman, Henry McNeal Turner, Ida B. Wells, and the prophetic powerhouse Frederick Douglass, to name a few.
Here, just as the concreteness of an understood “freedom” had died (during slavery) when the last captured freeborn African’s died, Black organizer’s next “conceived” phase—the new Black “surge” of independent cultural and economic “worth idea”—soon suffered the same.
That key visionary “incentive”—Black independent economic “worth”—pushed by the likes of Douglass, had slowly died (after Reconstruction). All would suffocate under America’s national systemic blanket—while staring down the barrel of a “gun.”
Thus, the last major national Afro institutional stronghold was left—standing in the dust—but definitely charged (by “moral obligation”) with uplifting its entire populace:
It was the “Black Church.”
And white power planners—who foresaw their own next phase—were ready!
Governors had another ominous item—waiting as usual in the wings—the perfect “cop” to join police officers in their already diligent Black occupation guard; it was well-groomed to step-up duties—making that “self-containment” smoother by sowing up Afro hearts-and-minds:
America’s preacher—armed with “radicalized” Christianity.
Yes, early institutional Black Churches had mostly remained “culturally” autonomous—crucial in providing a sanctuary to filter out white racist cultural intrusion—with schools offering the basics that preserved Black “heritage knowledge”—Church Afro allegiance was pivotal in providing resource for individual and group economic adjustment (unified self-uplift):
Preachers themselves had fiercely guarded Black spiritual-social “worth.”
My own recent book—“Trouble In Black Paradise: Catastrophic Legacy Worshiping the New World Politics of Saving Souls”—shows Black “slave era” religious scholars were no fools.
David Walker in 1829 published his own fiercely radical Walker’s Appeal—educating slaves to their “worth”—which got a quick bounty put on his head. My book shares this:
“…Walker pleaded directly to the slave…the notion that…their predicament was immoral and illegal in the [sight] of God…[being] totally acceptable to immediately (and violently) revolt…[Walker’s] work…spiritually justified…religiously backed rebellion…by any means necessary.
“This was brilliant! Examples…from Biblical scripture…placed American slaves…predicament…[with] downtrodden Children of Israel under Egypt…the example didn’t stop there: Roman slaves of international origin, the Irish under British tyranny, Native Americans…Greeks under the Turks…Helots under Sparta—all…compared to…American slaves.
“Walker…laid bare…[the] religious hypocrisy and…idolatry…[of] slave-owners…[he attacked] the Caucasian male ‘art’ of worshiping themselves…[that whites used] to create dynastic empires (…[showing it was in] total opposition…of a Christian God).”
Yet, “radicalized” scripture overwhelmed—becoming launched across the land—infiltrating Black Churches by trampling over Reconstruction’s shattered Afro idealistic walls.
Reinstalled slave religion—strict regulation to obey America’s “morality” rules and laws—had now become “Gods intent.”
Social liberation and tackling all life’s “tribulations” (requiring strategic thought and major “risk” action) should now be left “in God’s hands”—bringing guaranteed “Salvation”—but in the next life.
It’s a total contradiction to Coptic Gnostic “revelation”—specifically laid out in my book which says:
“…Jesus does repeatedly stress the critical need to de-mystify practical spiritual realities in plenty of chronicled writings—concepts that in essence should be sought by the humanities not elsewhere, or in another lifetime, but here ‘on earth.’”
Thus, powerful white Christian institutions (America’s new “public school” designers) escalated reshaping broad Black traditions—validating Jim Crow laws. With “sharecropping” and “separate-but-equal” initiatives they spun-off post slavery economies benefiting white power (the prison industrial complex here became major priority).
White cultural worship (and its “mass marketing”) to uplift what whites called “inferior people” crashed over Blacks like a tidal wave—creating another lucrative spin-off: Black self-hatred.
Afro-Americans were now a total repackage—building billion-dollar annual “white corporate” incomes—entertainment and European imagery cosmetics leading the pack. Black advancement now meant gaining success within racist institutions—”getting over” being the prestigious indicator of becoming the “first” Black this’ and that’s:
(“Negroes” ironically having lost the knowledge that Blacks produced the world’s first major civilization itself—ancient “Sumer” had birthed groundbreaking devices—including the “alphabet” and the “wheel”).
Such triumphant cultural repackaging (Blacks now valuing frivolousness over “all”) inevitably lured the Black Church toward a supreme “religious” effect:
Immensely opulent Euro cathedrals—dripping with trappings of upper crust prestige—now became seen as reflecting the ultimate glory of God.
Black Church’s guarding the medieval Pauline version of scripture in their own heart—the “pulse” of conqueror Constantine’s Nicene Creed—yielded disastrous consequence.
An example that terribly impacted the fledgling Civil Rights Movement took place at a 1961 Kansas City event. It was a conference held by the National Baptist Convention USA, Inc.—the 2nd largest Black Baptist organization in America. Trouble In Black Paradise clearly recalls here:
“The goal…was to elect the national president of this influential body…to determine not only what role the church should play in the Civil Rights movement, but the tone would…be set…addressing…issues that plagued African-American people.
“An apocalyptic battle ending in tragedy best describes what took place…numerous preachers literally ‘slugged it out’ for control…The melee…caused the Rev. A. G. Wright of Detroit to fall to his death…The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s candidate, the Rev. Gardner Taylor, finally lost to the Rev. Joseph Jackson…the convention’s ruling patriarch since 1953. A by-product of Rev. Jackson’s presiding…for the next 21 years would have this institution watching silently…as others…would have to grab the reins…of the troubled Black masses.”
Big hearted Black youth benevolently jumped in, rushing to rescue ailing Civil Rights Elders—using King’s momentum; they formed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)—it evolved into the Black Power Afro “Pride” resurgence.
Malcolm X, The Black Panthers and others—rejecting the Black Church’s self-righteous status-quo—rode in on this very wave. And a weary Dr. King (flush with wisdom from long hard trails) steadied the momentum he’d created—still having to chastise America’s detached Black preacher majority—until the very end.
My book does critique the Black Church’s clinging to medieval doctrinal darkness—still resisting modern “spiritual” canon enlightenment. Such topics as these it can no longer ignore:
Uncloaked mysteries of “ancient African civilizations” (including Canaan’s own Black civic foundation and settlement influence throughout Judea); “psychic” senses; “past lives”; UFO “evidence” (the Vatican finally came out believing its possibility); the recently discovered “Coptic Gnostic Library” at Nag Hammadi (from the early “Christian” sect that rivaled “Paul’s”); the “Dead Sea Scrolls” (the world’s oldest discovered “Bible”—holding Judaism’s most recent groundbreaking anthropological findings—written from about the 2nd Century B.C. thru Christ’s time—items illuminating the Black Church’s own Judeo-Christian roots); and why Black churches keep strict devotion to noted homosexual “King James’ biblical interpretation” (just one of many versions launched by brutal, conquering, enslavers in his monarch “line”); Black preachers here give no input to its public religious discourse—or recognition.
But as a pioneer Afro gay social builder as well, my book’s “focus” is central:
Discrediting the Church’s damning terrorist policy on LGBTQ reality—still ruining and destroying untold numbers of confused lives—precious Black lives (whose “spiritual brilliance and artistic genius”) established the magnificence that built Black Churches—and whose powerful healing guidance was priceless in-demand (during “ancient” communal times); validated conclusively by my scholarly “religious research.”
Many Blacks stay comfortably settled in the Church’s Afro seated “culture” (like Rev. Michael Jordan seen below, who remains steadfast—while nurturing his double-edged “activism”). But its focus—being too enmeshed in colonial doctrine—still loudly screamed!
In effect Churches essentially “became what they settled on worshiping”—with an added obvious disastrous consequence—huge numbers defect:
Not tolerant of its walling off Afro privileged religious (from their oppressed secular kin); or of strict “patriarch rule” gangsta’ style; or prioritizing lavish “grandeur” (Eurocentric style); or the glaring conflict with Joshua’s tradition; or ladder climbers making “corporat styled” hostile church takeovers—following backstabbing fights for leaderships; or the lack of answers and solutions to “valid,” complex personal reality issues “for this life.”
Ex faithful either stewed in isolation, founded satellite offshoots “themselves,” or simply migrated elsewhere—like my late father:
Dad converted to the traditional Seventh Day Adventist camp, citing all the complaints listed above. I can still hear him 42 years later, ranting about needless, opulent preacher anniversaries—the “expensive” lineup of extravagant nonbiblical pomp-and-circumstance—railing over exorbitant “tithes” (the real sin)! No preacher would dare step in the snare of his scholarly discourses.
I had also converted—at age 19 becoming a Buddhist—which dad grew to accept.
So, something is clear—devoted parishioners bare the same damage as secular folk—none escape the debilitation “disproportionately” affecting all Afro-Americans:
Physical and mental illnesses; racist attack; community blight; loss of cultural allegiance; low desire to “intellectually grow”; shallow materialism; unwillingness to protect oneself (or other “downtrodden”); and maybe worse:
Being extra vulnerable to “schemers” and religious predators.
Hence, numerous Blacks (broken, disillusioned, repackaged, vulnerable, “starry-eyed”—and still haunted by their struggling “spiritual glow”) easily follow charlatan ministers—snubbing “hunker down” common sense for gaudy proselytizing charmers—those humanitarian imposters that join these duplicitous “tooters” who fit the modern Pied-Piper bill:
The late Jerry Falwell, Franklin Graham, Anita Bryant, Ralph Drollinger, Pat Robertson, Scott Lively, Joyce Meyers, Joel Osteen, Lou Engle, Rick Warren, Tony Spell. Rodney Howard-Browne—and yes, the monstrous Jim Jones’ and David Koresh’s—add Bonnie Nettles and Marshal Applewhite (co-founders of the suicide cult Heaven’s Gate) to name but a few.
Yet, validated is another Eastern notion saying, “soldiers for humanity do rise in the most wretched times and in unexpected places,” as these Christian sages have appeared:
U.S. Archbishop Michael Bruce Curry—The first African-American ever to preside over the U.S. Episcopal Church (who gave the sermon at Megan and Harry’s Royal Wedding); Rev. William Barber II—cofounder with Liz Theoharis of the, “Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival” (reviving Dr. King’s mantle); and the surprising Matthew Vines (seen above).
All are staunch guardians—engaging Black legacy—openly affirming Afro and LGBTQ spiritual worth!
A sinister condition lingers from America’s long ruthless legacy—it is Afro chaos compacted—which the lives of slavery’s heirs essentially operate “out of.”
My school called it “Oppression Sickness.” But another masterful term was coined in the title of a book by preeminent Dr. Joy DeGruy:
“Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome—America’s Legacy Of Enduring Injury & Healing.”
Dr. Joy says:
“One of the most insidious and pervasive symptoms of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome is our adoption of the slave master’s value system…
“…including those of beauty and material success, as well as violence and brutality.”
It backs the inescapable: “What” one worships is “what” one becomes.
Absolutely clear is that “radicalized” Christianity kills a person’s desire to “grow”—thwarting the drive to explore, to take in and to test “new” information—it “makes rational” the devaluing of downtrodden life.
Native American thought I’ve studied says the “Great Creator” instilled in us the gift to weigh consistencies learned from experience; its purpose being both to expand perceiving life’s abundant nutrients and to reason evidence that shows detriment—recognizing deceit.
Here, clergy using “religious hubris” to whip up their faithful—fueling holier-than-thou attitudes that approve reckless disregard for fellow citizens—defying critical pandemic warning just for in person group worship—is not simply an abomination.
It is preachers reviving acts of social homicide!