O’Donnell opponent aided advocates of James Cone, Jeremiah Wright Marxist doctrines.
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….were all united in the conviction that Christianity and the Gospel message had a edge of justice, liberation, and a preferential option for the poor. Many of them operated in a global theological context that included the Latin American theologies of Liberation, and all of them were firmly convinced that the Gospel is political.
Translation: this is the language of the socialism-as-religion push seen behind “social justice” in America and liberation theology in Latin America and elsewhere, in this case Africa. It is the language of Black Liberation Theology.
James Cone’s influence on the leadership of SACC was discussed in “James Cone’s Legacy in Africa: Confession as Political Praxis in the Kairos Document,” a paper written by O.U. Kalu, a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria, when he studied at the McCormick Theological Seminary in — yes — Chicago, Illinois. (A .pdf of the paper is available here.)
McCormick, where Cone’s South African admirer Kalu apparently wrote his paper, has played delighted host to — yes — the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Indeed, not only has McCormick hosted Wright from its podium, it has been advertising a book that includes a Wright sermon in a book Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750-present. And, small world, the Seminary has recently been advertising a September 16th book signing — mere days ago — for Preaching with Sacred Fire. Where? Wait for it.
The Trinity UCC Church in Chicago.
Trinity UCC. Famously the home church to the now retired Reverend Wright and his parishioner of twenty years, President Barack Obama. Wright, by the way, is also lauded in the paper written to celebrate James Cone’s legacy in Africa.
So, let’s stay focused on Chris Coons.
The Kairos Document mentioned in the title of this paper? This was influenced by James Cone? What was it and what did it say — and what in the world does this have to do with Chris Coons, Christine O’Donnell’s new opponent for the United States Senate seat from Delaware?
The Kairos Document was issued by a group of black South African theologians in 1985 — the year Chris Coons graduated from Amherst. It opposed apartheid — again, all to the good. But the Kairos Document, which is said to have been mostly drafted by Frank Chikane in his role at the Institute for Contextual Theology, was much more than that. It was a fierce advocate of James Cone’s Black Liberation Theology.
The Kairos Document specifically separated the problem of apartheid from socialism. Opposing the first, it supported the second. It read:
It would be quite wrong to see the present conflict as simply a racial war….The situation we are dealing with here is one of oppression. The conflict is between an oppressor and the oppressed. The conflict between two irreconcilable causes or interests in which the one is just and the other is unjust.”
So if socialism and liberation theology were “just,” what was “unjust”? Said Kairos: “any kind of domination and exploitation by a capitalist minority.”
Thus, by the time Chris Coons thought it an excellent idea to volunteer for the South African Council of Churches — and headed to Africa to do just that — the group’s pro-Marxist, pro-socialist, anti-capitalist views were well on display.
NOW LET US TURN to the estimable Sean Hannity.
In his book from earlier this summer, Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama’s Radical Agenda,