You remember all the flap over “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright’s comments soon after Senator Obama started running for President of the US? Well, I have had to wonder if the reaction to his words were much the same as how ancient Judah treated the real prophet Jeremiah. He too was accused of being unpatriotic, of hating his country and of spreading that hate.
Here’s the crux of the issue: Was what he said truly unpatriotic? Was what he said truly wrong? Was what he said un-American?
Now, I don’t agree with a lot of what he said. In particular, I believe he and his followers have an anti-Israel (the modern nation, that is) bias. To say we have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians is more than a stretch. It is just wrong. We have pushed Israel into making several concessions in the name of “peace”.
Does that make the rest of what he said wrong? No, of course not.
If you have time, check out “’GOD DAMN AMERICA!’ A Fresh Perspective On Rev. Wright”. I’ll warn you that the language is a bit harsh in places and the scenes in the videos might be graphic for some. Watch the videos, read the text, and keep an open mind. I think you’ll have to agree that a lot of our own problems we have brought down on our own heads.
In particular, we must remember that we, the US, funneled money and weapons into the hands of Saddam Hussein. We must remember that we, the US, funneled money and weapons to Osama bin Laden. We have created our own nightmare.
These and other national sins should bring the US to its knees in repentance. However, like ancient Judah, we would rather blame the messengers.