Jun. 26, 2009, at 7:42pm
Here is an insightful and sobering analysis in the American Thinker of Obama’s cultural identity from an American woman of West African descent. (Hat tip Rush Limbaugh.)
She charges him with having absorbed from his father a marxist ideology out of resentment against the ravages of colonialism in Africa.
Like many educated intellectuals in postcolonial Africa, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was enraged at the transformation of his native land by its colonial conqueror. But instead of embracing the traditional values of his own tribal cultural past, he embraced an imported Western ideology, Marxism. I call such frustrated and angry modern Africans who embrace various foreign “isms”, instead of looking homeward for repair of societies that are broken, African Colonials. They are Africans who serve foreign ideas.
Like imperialists of Old World Europe, the ACP sees their constituents not as free thinking individuals who best know how to go about achieving and creating their own means for success. Instead, the ACP sees his constituents as a flock of ignorant sheep that need to be led—oftentimes to their own slaughter.
Like the European imperialist who spawned him, the ACP is a destroyer of all forms of democracy.
Her argument puts me in mind again of what I learned from Desmond Tutu about African “ubuntu” philosophy and its relation to Christian personalism.
Thanks for pointing that out Katie. I had not seen that entire quote.
I figured that that's what he meant, though, because of the wording I did read (and cite in my post). Chaput didn't say the Synod was confused, but that the "public image that came across" was one of confusion.
Oct. 28 at 7:20pm | See in context
Jules, I love your point and agree with it entirely. But it might be good to add here that the Archbishop seemed to be at least partly blaming bad reporting for the confusion he so lamented.
Well, first of all, I wasn’t there. That’s very significant, because to claim you know what really happened when you weren’t there is foolish. To get your information from the press is a mistake because they don’t know well enough how to understand it so they can tell people what happened. I don’t think the press deliberately distorts, they just don’t have any background to be able to evaluate things. In some cases they’re certainly the enemy and they want to distort the Church.
Now, having said all that, I was very disturbed by what happened. I think confusion is of the devil, and I think the public image that came across was of confusion. Now, I don’t think that was the real thing there.
His comments (which can be read in full here) remind me of Pope Benedict's address to the priests of Rome about Vatican II. Fault for the post-couciliar confusion lay with the media, not the Council itself.
Oct. 28 at 5:08pm | See in context
Thank you, Gary!
I think it's yet another case of a false alternative: EITHER you don't care about godless cultural trends OR you pour all your energy into political or activist solutions. There is, of course, a place for politics and activism, but if we don't start by making sure we're headed in the right direction ourselves, there's very little we can do for anyone else, much less the culture at large.
Oct. 27 at 2:04pm | See in context
Devra - thank you for another thought-provoking reminder to celebrate the Savior's birth and not get caught up in the culture wars and never actually honor the occasion itself.
Oct. 27 at 6:18am | See in context
I'm all in favor. I think it's a great gift for the faithful to get to see, in real time, the way the teachings of the Church are worked out in human terms.
It's always been messy. It's always been politically fraught.
The only thing that has distressed me surrounding the Synod is the reaction to it among traditionalists, which has struck me as depressingly faithfuless. (Don't we believe the Holy Spirit is at work? Don't we trust fully that the Church will not fall into error? Don't we really see the Pope as the Vicar of Christ?)
Oct. 22 at 9:24am | See in context
Peter, I'm sorry we don't see eye to eye. You see me throwing out red herrings and trying to prove something. I see myself explaining my reasoning and the meaning of the claim in our essay.
I'm afraid there isn't enough common ground to make the discussion fruitful.
Oct. 18 at 8:44am | See in context
This brings up the next point about doctrines. Doctrines are rules written by human beings. God does not write rules. God can inspire rules and humans can do their best in translating God’s revelation of The Rule into rules but God does not write rules, God is the Rule.
This reminds me of Flannery O’Connor’s quote from, A Prayer Journal:
“No one can be an atheist who does not know all things. Only God is an atheist. The devil is the greatest believer and he has his reasons (p74).”
Oct. 16 at 6:18pm | See in context
Through Grace if a person is fortunate enough, the person may experience flashes of God or insights into God, which can remain anchored in the psyche as reference points for reframing the person’s reality.
The term “false gods” is a misnomer for misunderstandings under the One True God. All persons of all religions share the same God and all religions may be operating under misunderstandings unique to the religion. For Catholics, Jesus Christ was the One True God, and having the teachings of Christ at Catholicism’s disposal is a great advantage to encountering the One True God, but this doesn’t mean persons who practice Catholicism are not operating under misunderstandings of the One True God.
This is due to: 1) the inherent problems of translating the teachings of Jesus Christ into a religion and 2) the nature of each person’s unique spiritual potential. There are no such things as “false gods”. There is only God and misunderstandings.
Oct. 16 at 6:16pm | See in context
The One True God reins over persons under such misunderstandings the same as He does persons who see Him clearly, persons all of who are subject to God’s Divine Providence.
More specifically and to frame it for the Catholic, these misunderstandings are unresolved aspects of the person stemming from the person’s connection with original sin and either made more convoluted by the free choices of the person or relinquished by freely choosing to surrender to God one’s unresolved aspects stemming from original sin, thereby removing the obstruction to God to the extent possible for the person and thus increasing the person’s awareness of God.
These kinds of misunderstandings are the obstructions to seeing and experiencing true spiritual power. As a Catholic, you could say we all have these misunderstandings to a certain degree so that even the “god” that Catholics refer to falls short of the Real Thing and thus even Catholics may worship “false gods” and have misunderstandings.
Oct. 16 at 6:10pm | See in context
Persons don’t have “false gods” they have misunderstandings, those of which persons with other “false gods” or misunderstandings call “false gods”.
The term “false god” is oxymoronic and the notion of a “false god” is an empty one. There is no objective metaphysical reality in existence besides the One True God. God is complex and has many mysterious qualities and attributes that persons have attributed separate, distinct and objective metaphysical realities apart from God to, but any of these that can truly be attributed to God are derivative of the One True God and are merely references to the One True God’s spiritual powers by degree and kind.
Anything else that cannot truly be attributed to God that someone may call a metaphysical reality is a misunderstanding attributed to the limited awareness of the person. Examples of misunderstandings attributed to the limited awareness of persons are demons and/or ghosts; these are not objective metaphysical realities. They are real in the sense that they can be dangerous and destructive to persons who experience them and to others who find themselves in their path, but they are merely misunderstandings and have no bearing against the spiritual powers of God.
Oct. 16 at 6:06pm | See in context
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