God Bless America

In the previous post, I said that I did not have anything to counter the propaganda about the infamous “God Bless America” speech of Reverend Wright. Well, the internet provides all.

Here is a link to the 38 minute sermon. The sermon begins at about minute 3.

I have no misconception that anyone who hears this sermon won’t only hear whatever it is they want to hear in it. I hear things that I can “agree” with and things that I “do not agree” with. I hope you can separate the wheat from the chaff even if what you consider wheat or chaff is not the same thing that I consider wheat or chaff. There is no point in my even telling you which is which from my point of view.

The one thing that I can say is that this sermon does not frighten me in the least.

Since first posting this item, I have had a chance to read an excerpt from Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.

Fondly do we hope – fervently do we pray – that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, “The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

According to the book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen, “When students read this passage aloud, slowly and deliberately, they do not fail to perceive it as a searing indictment of America’s sins against black people.”

Might Lincoln be saying in other words, that if God chooses to damn America that it would be “true and righteous altogether”?

Here is a more detailed analysis of Lincoln’s speech. This link was provided by lurker Richard H.

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