With Barack Obama's win in the Iowa caucus and his decent second place finish in New Hampshire he is poised to finally get the kind of scrutiny that's dogged the other presidential candidates from day one. One of the things that I hope more people will pay attention to is the teachings of Obama's church, Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC).
I myself knew nothing of Obama's church until a few days ago while conversing with my friend Robert who blogs at Tired Of All The Liberal Rhetoric Out There. Robert has a link in one of his posts to TUCC's website where the church's philosophy is laid out. I was struck by how race conscious and liberal that philosophy is.
Straight away we're told that the TUCC congregation "is Unashamedly Black...an African people [who] remain 'true to our native land'". Further, we're informed in the church's 10 Point Vision that TUCC has "a non-negotiable committment to Africa" and to "the Historical Education of African People in Diaspora". TUCC also is committed to "Liberation" and to "working towards Economic Parity." Black liberation theology is the order of the day at TUCC, but not to worry. We're assured in the church's Talking Points that "African-centered thought, unlike Eurocentrism, does not assume superiority and look at everyone else as inferior." Oh. So racism is a problem of White people only. So much for Paul's teaching that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
This is Barack Obama's church, people. Imagine if a White, conservative, Republican candidate for dog catcher, let alone president, belonged to a church that boasted it was unashamedly White, with a non-negotiable committment to Europe and to educating European people. A church that pushed a White Value System calling for, among other things, support for White businesses and the White family. The outcry would be deafening. As it stands, the silence of White and Black liberals on TUCC's questionable teachings is what's deafening.
Barack Obama has often proclaimed his Christianity in order to enhance his appeal to certain constituencies. He has said he's proud of his Christian faith. It's time we took a closer look at the kind of Christianity he practices. If it's the kind that says it's ok for Blacks, but not Whites, to be racialist; that rejects patriotism; that embraces socialism, then we don't need to elect Obama to the most powerful political office not only in America but in the world.
Ask yourself: do you really want a president whose first allegiance--after God, that is--is to Africa, not America? A president who revels in his membership in a racialist church? A president who believes in different standards for Whites and Blacks? A president who supports wealth distribution, i.e. socialism? How would these beliefs play out on the world scene?
How, for instance, would a president who believes that socialism is mandated by the Bible react to a UN proposal to tax rich nations? Can a president whose cultural, racial, and religious allegiance is NOT to this country be trusted to protect America's sovereignty? What about the war against radical Islam? Can it be fought vigorously by a president religiously predisposed to give non-Whites the benefit of the doubt? These are questions we must ask so long as Obama remains a member of Trinity United Church of Christ.
In America we rightfully don't have a religious test for those seeking public office, but that doesn't mean citizens can't question where a candidate's religious beliefs may take this nation. And if those beliefs run counter to the obligations of the office the candidate should NOT be put in that office. Based on its own website some of the key teachings of Barack Obama's church are at odds with the obligations of the office of president. Consequently we must be EXTREMELY wary of making Obama our chief executive. A Black racist is no better than a White racist, especially in the Oval Office.