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BLACK RELIGION AND REPARATION QUESTIONS

  ©Wendell Griffen, 2022       How many times have you heard Black religious leaders preach, teach, and advocate about reparation for racial injustice? I have pondered that question a lot, especially since the murder of George Floyd. I have wondered why Black religious leaders are not talking about reparation to their congregations. Why do Black religious leaders engage in conversations with white religious people about racial “reconciliation” that do not include reparation for 250 years of forced labor without pay, another century of legalized apartheid, continuing homicidal and abusive conduct by government agents operating under the guise of “law enforcement,” and other aspects of the systemic racial injustice that pervades US society? How can Black religious leaders avoid talking among themselves about reparation? How can Black denominations hold education conferences without conducting serious study, including Bible study, about reparation? And what does it mea

THE US HAS A POLICE IDOLATRY ISSUE

  ©Wendell Griffen, 2022     In case you missed it, the Guardian newspaper published an article on July 28 that you should read, ponder, and share widely. Here is a link to that article. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jul/28/hunted-one-in-three-people-killed-by-us-police-were-fleeing-data-reveals?utm_term=62e2733a7c69229b547988913bccd13b&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=GTUS_email Your eyes are not deceiving you. The article reports that one out of every three people killed by police in the United States were fleeing the police. They were in moving in the opposite direction – as opposed to approaching or attacking – the people that killed them. They were not threatening the police. They were not charging the police. They were not attacking the police. They were not chasing the police. They were trying to get away from people who were armed and licensed to kill. If that does not get your attention, conside

TRUMP IS EXPOSED FOR WHO HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN

  ©Wendell Griffen, 2022 Now that the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol has made its eighth televised presentation some things are abundantly clear. The attack on the US Capitol that occurred January 6, 2021, and was viewed live by people across the world, was committed by followers of Donald John Trump. The perpetrators were not antifascists. They were not masquerading as Trump supporters. They were diehard Trump followers. Trump’s supporters gathered in Washington, DC on January 6 because he summoned them. They did not gather spontaneously. They did not gather because people other than Trump invited them. Trump summoned his followers to Washington on January 6 knowing that was the day Congress would certify the Electoral College tally from the November 2020 presidential election that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won, and that he and Mike Pence lost. Trump summoned his followers to Washington by falsely alleging that he won the 2020 presidenti

WE CAN'T COUNT ON THEM

  ©Wendell Griffen, 2022     I earned a degree in political science, was an officer in the US Army, earned a law degree, practiced and taught law, chaired a state agency, have been a state appellate and trial judge, and have been actively involved in congregational and inter-faith religious efforts. Those experiences allowed me to meet and evaluate more than a few business, civic, and religious leaders and learn a hard truth. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, women, LGBTQI, immigrant, and working people who experience systemic abuse, bigotry, discrimination, and mistreatment are often disappointed when we look to business, civic, and religious leaders for help in our fight against injustice. Business, civic, and religious leaders supported the system of invading and robbing Indigenous people. Business, civic, and religious leaders supported the system of enslaving African people, stealing their labor, and denying their human dignity and freedom. Business, civic, and religio

THE US SUPREME COURT IN A FOUR LETTER WORD - BORK

  ©Wendell Griffen, 2022       In recent days, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has issued several landmark decisions. ·        In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization , six of the nine justices decided to overrule the Court’s 1973 landmark decision in Roe v. Wade which held that a woman has a fundamental right under the US Constitution to terminate her pregnancy, and its 1992 decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey which upheld the Roe ruling . Justice Samuel Alito, author of the majority opinion, wrote, “ We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.” ·          In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the same six-justice majority struck down a New York law that required anyone wa

KNOWING, SAYING, AND DOING

  ©Wendell Griffen, 2022 June 10, 2022 The first verse of the second chapter of Micah in the Hebrew (Old) Testament reads: Alas for those who devise wickedness and evil deeds on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in their power.   Professor, preacher, and activist Allan Boesak provided a clear description of the abusive power machinations exposed by Micah in the following excerpt from his 2015 book, Kairos, Crisis, and Global Apartheid: The Challenge to Prophetic Resistance : [1]   Micah teaches us that prophetic judgment is not emotional ranting and raving. He is meticulous as he lists the evil that those who oppress the poor “love.” They “devise wickedness and evil deeds in their beds,” that is they think of nothing else all night long, and when morning dawns, “they perform it.”  This should give us pause. First, Micah offers sober insight into the human psyche:  unlike animals reacting on instincts for self-preservation and survival, humans

THE TIME FOR PIOUS WORDS IS OVER

  THE TIME FOR PIOUS WORDS IS OVER ©Wendell Griffen, 2022   At the end of each message sent from my personal email account is a quote from South African liberation theologian Allan Boesak that I have appropriated for the title of this column. Boesak’s words, “The Time for Pious Words is Over," are part of the title of Chapter 3 of his book, Kairos, Crisis, and Global Apartheid: The Challenge to Prophetic Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Anyone who has read the May 15, 2022 report by Guidepost Solutions, LLC, titled “The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s Response to Sexual Abuse Allegations and an Audit of the Procedures and Actions of the Credentials Committee” ( https://static1.squarespace.com/static/6108172d83d55d3c9db4dd67/t/628a9326312a4216a3c0679d/1653248810253/Guidepost+Solutions+Independent+Investigation+Report.pdf ), should agree with Boesak that “the time for pious words is over.” The Guidepost Solutions report confirmed what SBC sexual abuse victims