The balance of the US Senate looks like it will be decided in the state of Georgia in a January runoff, and one of the controversial candidates involved is now being forced to deal with some of the inflammatory rhetoric of his past.
The candidate in question is Rev. Raphael Warnock, who had repeatedly praised controversial religious figure Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
During the 2008 presidential election, Warnock appeared on Fox News to defend Wright after it was discovered that then-presidential candidate Barack Obama had close ties to the reverend.
During his March 2008 appearance on Fox News, he told host Greta Van Susteren that Wright’s legacy as a pastor was “social transformation that’s been the hallmark of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s ministry.”
He added that this legacy of “social transformation” was “why we are happy to honor” Wright.
And that’s not the only controversial view Warnock holds…
Warnock, in writings, has also praised Marxism, including in the below excerpt:
To be sure, the Marxist critique has much to teach the black church. Indeed, it has played an important role in the maturation of black theology as an intellectual discipline, deepened black theology’s apprehension of the interconnectivity of racial and class oppression and provided critical tools for a black church that has yet to awaken to a substantive third world consciousness. Yet, Gary Marx’s analysis is flawed by a paternalistic bias with respect to faith, culture and experience that trivializes black struggle against the obduracy of white capitalistic forces and lumps all forms of black denominational and sectarian identity together in an undifferentiated way that hardly makes it possible for those who are its subjects to see themselves in the discussion. [Emphasis added]
Operating from a classic Marxist view of history and of religion as false consciousness, Gary Marx holds out for a time when “religion loosens its hold over these people, or comes to embody to a greater extent the belief that man as well as God can bring about secular change.”
Georgia’s Senate runoff will be held on January 5th, 2021.
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