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Radical Muslims: Love Osama Bin Laden, Hate America

Before I viewed this segment on CNN I had no clue as to what a Radical Muslim was nor a brother of the “Revolution Muslim” and I definitely didn’t know that they were here living here in the United States and were filled with rage and hate for America and Americans. 

As I watched, it shook me to hear Younes Abdullah Mohammed one of the Brothers of the “Revolution Muslim” state that they are

Commanded to terrorize the disbelievers

With disbelievers being anyone who is not a Muslim. Here is a video of Mohammed and Yousef al-Khattab explaining why they hate America informing the CNN correspondent that America will be a target until it changes its nature in the international arena. They go on to express hatred for President Barack Obama and love for Osama Bin Laden. Yousef al-Khattab eagerly expresses how much he loves Bin Laden and shows no remorse for the thousands of innocent Americans killed on 911 under orders from Osama Bin Laden. He states that he saw nothing wrong with the killings.

The Radical Muslims have said that they do not incite violence or preach a message of terrorism, yet they stand outside the 96th Street Mosque in Manhattan where messages of peace and non-violence are being taught and attempt to recruit fellow muslims to “rise up” and do as they are commanded. (Younes Abdullah Mohammed says in the video that they are commanded to terrorize Americans)

A quick google of Revolution Muslim brought me here.

As you can see, just as the Brothers of the ‘Revolution Muslim” are calling on all Muslims to rise up above freedom and democracy this site basically reflects the same thoughts of terrorism and hatred for America.

BGT Sentiments: I remember back when 911 happened so many people were in mourning of their slain loved ones. The United States was grieving. The country had been attacked and now everyone felt vulnerable. Well people like the Radical Muslims were most likely sitting back laughing at the many Americans shedding tears due to 911. They were impressed with the success of the terrorist attacks and were commending Osama Bin Laden for what they saw as a good deed. This makes me wonder why the United States is still so lax on who they allow into the country. The enemy is right under our nose and we call him/her a U.S. citizen. We protect them with constitutional rights, when they hate the very country that protects them. They hate the very idea of living here, so they plot to terrorize and kill us, yet we continue to have an open door policy. This bothers me. It almost makes me want to say they should all go back. If you hate it so much, why come to the USA? Why come to a land that you hate everything about?  We have soldiers, police officers, firemen and countless other public servants that protect and serve these very people who wish them dead. They commend such acts as the Fort Hood killings  and threats against the President of the USA. They are filled with hatred and are fueled to terrorize innocent people when they have the same  freedom and equal rights as the very people they hate…..

Has the church gone too far?

I attend a small Baptist church. You know, one of those small churches that sit on a hill, the ones that make you think of the Color Purple when Shug and the juke joint folks ran down the dirt road to the church where the choir was singing Speak to Me.

didn’t that chile sing that song!

My church is based on what I like to call old time religion. No pop locking because the choir is singing your favorite song, no huge bands playing R&B mixed with Gospel, no songs that straddle the line between secular and gospel and last but not least, no pretense for participation. My pastor will not wear fancy suits and buy a new car every year just to get attention. It is a bible based church and that’s the way I like it.

I say all of that to ask a question, has the church gone too far?

First let me say that this post is in no way meant to offend anyone or personally attack any specific person’s religious preference, place of worship or religious beliefs.

Not too long ago, World Overcomer’s Outreach Ministries Church here in Memphis, TN caught quite a bit of flack for a statue they had built in front of the church. The Statue of Liberation Through Christ cost the church a whopping $260,000.

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The 72 foot statue which is a replica of the Statue of Liberty holds a cross in her right hand and the Ten Commandments in her left hand.  You can find the complete breakdown of the statue’s attributes and symbolism here.

Some were outraged by the placement of the statue and called the statue a form of idol worship and proclaimed that the church should be ashamed. My first thought was wow $260,000 that money could have built some low income homes or provided home placement or other necessities to families in need or even a shelter for the homeless….

The same church also came under heavy scrutiny when the pastor and his wife put on a play which sought to teach husbands and wives about their sexual relationships and how to keep your spouse interested. The stage where the pastor normally preaches was set up as a bedroom and the pastor and wife entertained the members of the congregation.

At this point many people felt that it was no longer a question it was true, the church had gone too far!

Then there are the churches that proclaim that the youth must be reached. These churches seem to be willing to bring anything into the church to get the youth to feel welcome and comfortable during worship. They allow things like this to take place in the church:

True, the youth do need to be reached, but is the only way to reach them is to let them lean wit it rock wit in on the church platform?

Along with sex plays and hip hop dancing there is also the lavish lifestyles of many of the pastors that have the eyebrows of many raised and wondering.  A while back WLMT Memphis news anchor Jeni Diprizio covered the story “Preacher’s Pads”  (which I cannot find the article anywhere, still searching though) where she investigated just how large pastors were living. After the research, the conclusion was that preacher’s were living VERY large. They had huge homes, multiple cars and many of the home’s mortgages were paid by the church. This was no surprise to many because they were members at some of these churches were the preachers drove Escalades while the members struggled to pay utility bills. However for some this was even more proof that church is no longer based on religion and worship but for the most part it is just a paycheck for the preacher and an entertainment outlet for the congregation.

Then there is TBN….

It has been around longer than I can remember and honestly the network does nothing for me. I know that they have a very faithful audience, some who contribute dutifully and others who tune in just to hear the word, but personally some of the stuff broadcast on TBN rubs me the wrong way.

There are a list of reasons TBN doesn’t provoke a Hallelujah from me, a few of the reasons include the prayer cloths, trinkets for donations and astonishing healing services I have an awkward feeling towards the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). Remember this is the same network in which scandalous Jimmy Swaggart  proclaimed to heal souls and live by the word

did he say he would kill a homosexual????

AND the same network that allowed adulterous Jim Bakker to preach the word for so many years.

With the lavish living, sex in the pulpit and the uncountable number of Unholy Rollers, many people have given up on the church. They no longer believe that it is a place to worship or profess their love for God. These are the people who crinkle their noses at you and quickly say no thank you when invited to worship service. These are the people who believe that religion is overrated and most church services are artificial.

Has the church gone too far?

Skinheads Plot to Kill Barack Obama & African Americans

When all else fails, and defeat creeps nearer plot to murder innocent African Americans, after all everything is their fault anyway!

I guess a plot to kill Barack Obama by the skinheads should be no surprise to me or anyone else. But regardless of the fact that it was to be expected, that makes it no less despicable and ignorant.

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Federal prosecutors have charged two men; Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman with a plot to assassinate Barack Obama along with a killing spree that would involve murdering over 100 innocent African Americans. Both Schlesselman and Cowart are self-described white supremacists (aka dumbasses with less sense than God gave a rock) the plot included robbing a federally licensed gun dealer, beheading 14 African Americans and shooting countless others. The plot was to end with an assassination of presidential candidate Barack Obama, all to be done while Daniel Cowart and Paul Schlesselman wore white tuxedos and top hats.

-Between the two I wonder who came up with the brilliant idea of the tuxedos and top hats…that was pure brilliance wasn’t it?  ||gag||

Assassination Plot- Full Story from CNN.com

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It is undoubtedly sad that in the year 2008 white supremacists still exist. It is heartbreaking and unexplainable why centuries after (physical) slavery ended for African Americans the struggle to be seen as equal is still an everyday fight. Decades after Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed that he had a dream, for African Americans the fulfillment of his dream has yet to come to fruition.  Our struggle continues because the foot of the oppressor has not been lifted and the tiny bit of equality we have seen is only a glimpse of what we deserve.

Barack Obama being nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate put hope in the hearts of many people who have prayed for change and hoped for a chance to be treated fairly and represented by someone who cared for all people, not just the ones whose skin mirrored theirs. It brought a feeling of hope and promise to their beings because now the glimmer of hope they had, which had almost tapered out, has now be rejuvenated. With the change he promises they see hope when all seemed hopeless and with that hope, they turned out in record numbers to vote. People who had never voted before in their lives, registered to vote, went out to the poll and cast their votes for the change they believed in, and that change was Barack Obama.

Obama’s nomination alone was enough to rile up the racist imbeciles who live with the belief that white people are superior to black people and with years of study and practice, this belief has become fact to them. The mere thought of a non-white person being nominated and having a more than decent chance at becoming the President of the United States is a horrific event for them. For them, the notion that African Americans may be soon celebrating what in their eyes is a “black victory” is enough to set their racist souls ablaze. It is enough to get them in action and plot an assassination.

For those of us who have no doubt that racism is still very much alive and kicking because we have seen, felt and/or experienced it; we expected something like this to happen.  We feared for Barack Obama as if we knew him personally, we prayed for him and hoped that he and his family would be strong enough to endure what was to come.  Sadly we expect even more racist acts to be plotted before Election Day and unfortunately we expect Barack Obama’s life to be threatened countless times if he is elected President of the Untied States of America. Our deepest hope and prayer is that none of these attempts are successful.

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“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

-Martin Luther King Jr.

A good many observers have remarked that if equality could come at once the Negro would not be ready for it. I submit that the white American is even more unprepared.

-Martin Luther King Jr.