15.3.08

On Evil and Tyranny

"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and the black South Africans, and now we are indignant. Because the stuff we have done overseas has now been brought back into our own front yard. America's chickens are coming home to roost."
(Jeremiah Wright)

I, personally, don't see any wrong in what is written above. I think what is wrong is to cast such a statement as anti patriotic. 9/11 was an act of barbarism. But to blame it only on outside forces and silence any blame on US foreign policy is suspicious. Blaming the tragedy of 9/11 only on the outside, and silencing any blame directed at the government, demonstrates the will of the US government and US politicians to instrumentalise a tragedy in order to hide the real problems inside while making political gain over honest dissent. Indeed, the US economy is faltering at the speed of light, the war budget has reached monstruous proportions, the economic gap between citizen is growing wider every day, civil liberties are down, and so on...

It is really shameless to use a tragedy like 9/11 to wage wars outside the country casting the enemy as an evil while reigning on people inside the country and increasing tyranny.
The purpose of a good sermon isn't to placate, ease, and make people comfortable. A dangerous religion isn't one that challenges people and makes them squirm. Makes them angry. A dangerous religion is one that is too amicable to what you already think, one that pats you on the head and sends you forth in assurance of your own righteousness. If you want to search for "traitors" in the pulpit, turn your eye toward those who never find anything wrong in the actions of this nation.

Reaction from Wright's church

2 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Did I tell you I didn't vote for Obama? I skipped the primary altogether.

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nadia n said...

What's even grosser is that Falliwel and Pat Robinson have got away with it. It's ok to say America deserved it as long as it's for being nice to the gays.

 
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