O’Donnell opponent aided advocates of James Cone, Jeremiah Wright Marxist doctrines.
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All of which puts Coons in Africa in the mid-to-late 1980s, South Africa specifically, according to the Washington Post. And according to Politico, emerging as a leftist. But becoming a leftist after doing what? Says his pre-O’Donnell-generated fame Wikipedia entry, Coons was volunteering — and the word volunteering is important here — for the South African Council of Churches (SACC).
Which means that Coons decided he had some sort of obvious attraction to the work of SACC. That philosophical attraction for Coons was clearly powerful, as he effectively makes clear in Politico without mentioning South Africa. One doesn’t go all the way to Africa and South Africa specifically from Delaware or Washington just to volunteer for a group that believes something you don’t, regardless of the fact you are attending a school in the regional neighborhood.
SO WHAT WAS SACC up to in this period when Chris Coons crossed the Atlantic to South Africa and Kenya to “volunteer” and do “relief work”? What was SACC doing that Chris Coons seems not to want to discuss on his website? Or that leaves the Washington Post and the New York Times so incurious?
The name Frank Chikane becomes important. Chikane led protests against the apartheid regime in South Africa — and three cheers for that. Apartheid was a racist, despicable regime that was ultimately destroyed with the famous leadership of Nelson Mandela.
But there was something else going on in South Africa with those who believed in James Cone’s Black Liberation Theology that had nothing at all to do with an agenda of freedom for South African blacks. According to the website World Socialist Movement, that something else was “to transform black consciousness into class-consciousness.”
According to Who’s Who’s Southern Africa, Chikane joined something called the Institute for Contextual Theology, quickly becoming its director and later a “Co-ordinator” of the ICT. And what is that? The ICT is a Christian think-tank inside — yes — the South African Council of Churches. The same SACC that Frank Chikane would serve as General Secretary from the late-1980s until the mid-1990s.
The very same SACC for which Chris Coons crossed an ocean to volunteer. And what does the ICT promote?
Yes indeed. Liberation theology. The Marxism-as-Christianity umbrella philosophy beneath which is grouped the racial particulars of Cone’s Black Liberation Theology.
In fact, the ICT was philosophically aligned with what was known in the day in South Africa as the Black Consciousness Movement. According to the World Socialist Movement website, the “writings and activities of James Cone…played a role in the BCM’s formation.” And what did the BCM believe? Say the folks at the World Socialist Movement, the BCM believed in
…state participation in industry and commerce… and an even larger role for the state in planning and control.
The website “African Christianity: A History of the Christian Church in Africa” says of the organization Coons sought out:
Probably the key institutional voice of the Contextualizing theologians was the South African Council of Churches.
The “Contextualizing theologians” were the believers in James Cones’ Black Liberation Theology.
Again according to the African Christianity website, Frank Chikane and other leaders in the liberation theology movement:
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H/T to National Review Online