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An Open Letter to my Black Evangelical Friends

stephenmatlock Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 4:49 PM
I finally gave up because of the racism and birtherism and the utter nonsense about Obama being a socialist or atheist or Muslim or Marxist. As a Christian believer it got too much for me that my friends and my church and my circle of acquaintances on the conservative side spouted this nonsense, mostly when they thought it was safe, thinking I supported their views. I don't. Mr. Obama is the lawfully elected President of the United States, a legal citizen, and a representative of all that's good about America. I got tired of the undercurrent of racism that's endemic to my party. I left it. I got tired of the constant sneers about queers and gays and lesbians, as if they are half-Americans. (cont)
mmgv Wrote: Nov 17, 2012 9:28 PM
Stop with the lies and the ignorance. President Obama's grandfather was American and so was his mother. His dad could have been born on PLUTO, the SUPREME COURT of the US decided that as long as he was born on US soil to at least one natural born American parent he is a natural born American citizen. The SUPREME COURT also decided that if a kid is born on even PLUTO, as long as he has a natural born American parent, the kid is also natural born American, thus the reason Senator McCain is one. So it doesn't matter if the birth certificate is a forgery, which there is not a lick of proof that it is President Obama is natural born citizen because his mother was before the age of 14, and so was his grandfather. Mama's baby, Daddy's maybe.
Joseph64 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 6:45 PM
Obama's own lawyer disagrees with you about Obama being a natural born citizen
stephenmatlock Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 4:52 PM
America is great because she is good, but there is nothing great and nothing good about hating gay people. Nothing. God is not honored because we cheerfully hate gay people. If we believe in a God of redemption, then we have got to believe in the worth and dignity of _all_ people in America.

I left the party because the Republicans just can't imagine a country that includes non-whites.

This letter is a great start to the conversation we need to have about the way white Americans exclude non-white Americans, and how white Christians don't understand their black Christian family.

We need to listen to those we think are opposing us. It might be that they share more than we know, and it might be that _we_ are wrong about what we think.

I am not writing this letter to accuse but rather to advance understanding. And even though I am white, I am not writing as an outsider but as a fellow evangelical, part of the same spiritual family. May I pose some candid questions?

Are you guilty, on any level, of blind allegiance to the Democratic party? And, on Election Day, did any of you compromise your convictions out of racial solidarity?

I have been very open in my criticism of white evangelicals, pointing out how we often put our trust in the Republican party and how we look to the latest...