Addis Ethiopia Weblog

Ethiopia's World

  • September 2017
    M T W T F S S
    « Aug    
     123
    45678910
    11121314151617
    18192021222324
    252627282930  
  • Archives

  • Categories

  • Recent Posts

Posts Tagged ‘African-Americans’

To Be Black And Orthodox: Part Of My Story

Posted by addisethiopia on July 12, 2017

I have a friend who is considering becoming an Orthodox Christian. She is African-American and is concerned that by joining the Orthodox Church that she would be turning her back on black culture. While she likes everything about the ancient faith, she notices the lack of Negro spirituals and the preaching style of the church we grew up in. Also, except for me, I am the only native black American in the parish. While she is used to being the only black in some circles in her upbringing, that she would be a little more comfortable making the same plunge that I did if she saw more of us in the same pool. How is it possible to maintain a strong black identity in this white church?

As I have written in a previous article, the Orthodox Church is the white church that is not. Much of its spirituality comes from the teachings of the Desert Fathers of the Nile Valley. It is not uncommon for Eastern European monks and nuns to trace their ascetic practices back to St. Anthony of Egypt or St. Moses of Ethiopia. St. Athanasius, who was described by his rivals as a black dwarf, is the acknowledged hero of the First Ecumenical Council which underlined the true doctrine of the pre-existence of Jesus Christ. This saint would go on to be Bishop of Alexandria and all Africa and compile the books of the New Testament in 367 AD and the New Testament was officially canonized in a conference in Carthage 30 years later. Almost no White Anglo-Saxon Protestant church in this country would admit to such things. What saddens me is that very few, if any, African-American Protestant churches teach these things on a regular basis.

Also, the whites from Eastern Europe had nothing to do with the chattel slavery of our ancestors nor established the Jim Crow laws. Greeks and Serbs were slaves to the Ottoman Turks up until the early 1800’s. Russian monks defended the humanity and rights of Native Alaskans and helped push for the liberation of serfs (semi-slaves) in their own nation. Arabs, Lebanese, and Syrians do not consider themselves to be white. As for the Egyptians and Ethiopians, they certainly aren’t white. Thus, for a black American to become an Orthodox Christian is to join a universal body of believers that are not defined by Thomas Jefferson’s assumed white supremacy and Finis Dake’s Biblical misinterpretations of black “inferiority.”

Being an Orthodox Christian, I see myself as transcending America’s ignorant defining wall of race and embracing the ancient sense of being both black and Christian. In my icon corner, I have Cyprian of Carthage, Moses the Ethiopian, John the Dwarf and other heralded saints of Africa. As well, I have a dark skinned Theotokos and Christ that was written in the Slavic tradition and the Kursk-Root Icon of the Theotokos which is one of the holiest images of the Russian Orthodox Church. The pale skinned Christ Pantocrator at the top of my corner is the 6th century icon from Africa’s Sinai Peninsula. But, there is an Ethiopian icon of the Nativity beside it. I reject the American tradition of iconoclasm as it lends itself to white supremacy. I fully embrace the Orthodox tradition of iconography as ours is the faith of all peoples from the very beginning. Of course, my Baptist upbringing is against “graven images” on biblical grounds. But, Orthodoxy Christianity also uses the bible to support the use of these “windows into heaven.” And the very first Orthodox Church I attended, St. Cyprian of Carthage in Richmond, I saw full sized icons of black saints and saw “white” people going up to, bowing before, and kissing them. Who’s interpretation should I trust; that of the ones who defended legal segregation and still maintains it by custom? Or, the multi-racial church leaders who came together in the eighth century who defined the proper place and use of holy images in the life of the Christian who knew no reason for skin color prejudice?

Being Orthodox, I am opposing the American Protestantism which ignores the history and wisdom of the African saints. Why should I not pray the words of St. Macarius the Great when Serbian school children have them in their prayer books? Why should I not seek guidance in the wisdom of St. Pachomius when Russian monks in West Virginia embrace the very lifestyle he taught? Oh don’t get me wrong; I honor my mother and father, rely on the strength of Harriet Tubman and David Walker, enjoy traditional black spiritual music, and have nothing against the Black Lives Matter fight against police brutality. But, any faith that teaches me that the African Saints don’t matter is a faith that does not teach black people the fullness of who they are in the eyes of God. The Orthodox maintain this Christian fullness with that of other holy men and women from Europe and the Near East. Fathers Seraphim Rose and Alexander Schmemann (two pillars of the Orthodox Church in the United States) frequently referred back to desert fathers in the formation of Christian worship and spiritual discipline as well as the monks of Mt. Athos or Valaam Monastery. Even in those hallowed places of contemplation, the African saints are highly revered. I see no reason why I shouldn’t follow suit.

Do I miss the form and style of African-American preaching? Sometimes I do. But, style without substance and sincerity is wasted. You take Dr. CAW Clarke, one of the greatest black preachers from back in the day. That man could “whoop” a sermon from the invocation to the benediction. But, his style was born out of the intense suffering of our people during the Jim Crow era that he lived in. Clark didn’t just “whoop,” but gave a lot of spiritual truth to his listeners. Too many preachers try to imitate his style not because of shared suffering, but out of the idea giving people what they like to hear. The same is true with the delivery style of Gardner C. Taylor (my biggest preaching influence). His slow and deliberate rise to a rousing crescendo of a shout was a reflection of the pain we suffer in this world rising to the hope and victory in the life of Christ. He did this with a theological mind second to none. While racism is still alive and well in this country, most black Christians have little or no idea what it is to have suffered like our parents and grandparents. We have lost the sense of humble suffering and reliance on God that they had as we are often too quick to protest the very slightest insult against us. Thank God the days of Jim Crow are (well, mostly) gone. But, without the sense of humble suffering and reliance on God for deliverance from this world and personal sin, our best Clarke and Gardner styles are mere mockeries.

Sadder still is the fact that so many black preachers today aren’t even trying to emulate these classic ministers. Way too often, modern preaching is dictated by whatever seems popular on “Christian” television. The mannerisms and styles of whatever preacher is amassing a great number of followers and generating the largest income is the patter that is being pedaled as “anointed preaching.” There is a great reliance on “Christianized” secular slogans to excite people to a point that some of the same things heard in a Friday or Saturday night dance club can be heard in a Sunday Morning sermon. “Turn around three times and give a ‘high five’ to your neighbor.” “Ain’t no party like a Holy Ghost party ’cause a Holy Ghost party don’t stop.” If the old mothers of the Baptist church I grew up in could rise from the grave and hear this sort of preaching, a lot of ministers would be getting whippings!

The same is true for black religious music. Our slave ancestors didn’t have the luxury of pianos. They clapped, stomped, and perhaps played a drum. The songs they made came out of a faith born in struggle with both the outer demons that oppressed them and the inner demons of sin. During segregation, that same sense of music made in a faith born out of struggle carried over on pianos and in some cases, other instruments (at least one branch of black Pentecostalism had horns). Contemporary Gospel, like that in white American Christian circles, is nothing more than a Christian label thrown on the secular music forms. What is heard on a Rhythm & Blues radio station is no different than the Gospel station. Some of the “liturgical dance” performed even in the morning worship in some churches is the same as seen in dance clubs. Instead of the church being a thermostat of Godly change in the souls of black Christians, it is too often a thermometer going along with whatever is going on for the sake of being “relevant” and keeping young folk in the church. Sadly enough, one of the reasons why youth and young adults leave and aren’t very active in the church (black or white) is that secular music and dance is a lot more professionally done and done with more talent than the entertainment that is in church.

I recognize the best of my African-American Christian heritage. Among my treasured icons of the saints are photos of people who contributed greatly to my spiritual development. My cousin Oppielee, Deacon Louise Kersey, was known for her godly wisdom and love for others. Alex and Zechariah Jones were uncles I never knew but were known as no-nonsense deacons at St. John’s Baptist Church. Deacon H. L. Mays was my shop teacher and a well-loved example of Christian manhood. My mentor in ministry and grandfather in law, Rev. Carter Wicks, took my narrow behind under his wing when it came to being a preacher and pastor. I am ever mindful of the road they paved for and the legacy they left me as I pray before them and the other icons every morning and evening. I kept the name I was given at birth when I was Chrismated into the Church out of respect for the two men whose legacy I will carry unto death. My Uncle John R. Thompson was a United States Marine when blacks weren’t supposed to be good enough to be Marines. After serving our nation in WWII, Johnny was known as a giving man who extended a hand of friendship to anyone who needed one. My father, John Robert, Sr., quietly broke color barriers as his aptitude test scores for AT&T technical trainees were among the highest in his entry class. Today, he is one of the most respected deacons in King William County for his wisdom and community service. I wasn’t asked to change my upbringing to become an Orthodox Christian. I didn’t.

But, my father also taught me not to follow what everyone else was doing for the sake of being like everyone else. So, I stand on his shoulders and those of Uncle Johnny. I am rooted in the faith of Dr. Clarke and Deacon Oppeliee. But, I have taken my African-American identity to the table where Moses the Black speaks with John Chrysostom. I stand with Ephrem the Syrian and Cyprian of Carthage. I take from the chalice of Ireland’s Patrick and Egypt’s Mary. Just as Malcolm X urged black Americans to look beyond the struggle of national Civil Rights and bring our struggles into the realm of worldwide human rights, I have brought my faith to the older and broader Church. I pray my friend will see this and, in God’s time and way, come home to Orthodoxy. I pray others will do likewise.

Source

______

Posted in Ethiopia, Faith, Life | Tagged: , , , , | 1 Comment »

ጥቁር አሜሪካውያን መሪዎች “አረቦች ከ አሜሪካ ይውጡልን ወደ አገሮቻቸው ይመለሱልን” ማለት ጀምረዋል

Posted by addisethiopia on June 21, 2017

ጀግኖቹ አባቶቻችን፡ “አረብ አረቡን በለው ወገቡን!እያሉ ቁጣቸውን ይገልጹ ነበር

የእነዚህ እርኩሶች ጥጋብ ተወዳዳሪ ባይኖረውም፡ ዋንኛዎቹ ጥፋተኞች ግን እነርሱን እሹሩሩ እያሉ ጡጦ የሚሰጧቸው ወሸከቲያም ምዕራባውያን ጸረክርስቶሶች ናቸው።

ሊሲፈራውያኑ እነዚህን እስማኤላውያን የዱር አህዮች ወደ አሜሪካና አውሮፓ የሚያጎርፏቸው እራሳቸው መሥራት ያቃታቸውን (ስለሚያፍሩ) ሥራ እንዲሰሩላቸው፣ ማለትም፤ የማይፈልጓቸውን ጥቁሮችና ክርስቲያኖች እንዲጨፈጭፍሏቸው ነው።

አl Sharpton’s NAN Calls On Arab Shopkeepers In Charleston To Leave America – He Called On Them To Go Back To The Middle East


James Johnson, the South Carolina president of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network [NAN], held a press conference in front of Andrew’s Discount Market yesterday. This is a convenience store located in North Charleston and run by immigrants.

Johnson referred to the store’s employee as “Arabs” and “foreigners.” He called on them to go back to the Middle East, saying “we want [them] out of our community completely. We want him gone out of the community. They need to go back to their country where their laws are different from our laws.”

Johnson followed up by saying “We sending a message to all the Arab and the foreigner stores in North Charleston and the city of Charleston that we gonna stop you from taking money from our community and putting none back in it.”

He then told the media he would no longer let foreigners “rape our community anymore.” Johnson is an official spokesman for NAN, who speaks on behalf of the group all the time.

Johnson was flanked by family members of Tyrone Deon Mazyck. This is a 38-year-old black male who was arrested at the store for shoplifting on March 29th. Johnson says the men working at the store were too rough in apprehending Mazyck.

The owner of Andrew’s Discount Market says Mazyck pushed the workers and cut them with a knife. Police say they found a pocket knife at the scene.

After Johnson’s press conference, a group of black men and women staged an angry protest in front of Andrew’s Discount Market. The scene was reminiscent of Al Sharpton’s notorious protest of Freddie’s Fashion Mart in Brooklyn, NY. A protest in 1995 where one of the protesters returned to the store, ordered all black customers to leave, then shot eleven people and set the building on fire. Seven victims died. Sharpton accused the Jewish owners of Freddies Fashion Mart of exploiting the black community.

Source

___

Posted in Conspiracies, Ethiopia, Infos | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Islamic Connection: Some Suspects in Dallas Shooting Attended South Dallas Mosque

Posted by addisethiopia on July 8, 2016

Mosque had been the scene of an anti-Muslim protest on April 3, 2016

four police officers were killed by sniper fire in Dallas, Texas. Seven other officers and a civilian were injured. The shooting occurred at a protest against police killings in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. This is all generally known.

It seems improbable that Black Lives Matter members would fire on a Black Lives Matter demonstration. And that is in fact, not what happened.

Among the five suspects now in Dallas Police custody are self described “Islamic Americans” who attended a Nation of Islam mosque in the South Dallas area. It should be noted that the Nation of Islam itself is splintered into several groups. Louis Farrakhan, who took over the organization in 1981, subscribes to Dianetics and appears to have left Islam altogether. It’s ideology is barely recognizable as Islamic.

No American Islamic leader publicly promotes violence, and the Nation of Islam is no exception to that rule. However, members of this particular Mosque might reasonably have believed that they themselves were under attack.

A tense, armed protest in front of a South Dallas mosque required Dallas police intervention one Saturday afternoon in April. It happened in front of the Nation of Islam mosque on April 3, 2016, according to CBS Dallas.

Anti-Moslem demonstrators, dressed in fatigues and masks and most of them armed, were easily outnumbered approximately 10 to 1 by the mosque supporters, some of whom were also armed, reported CBS Dallas. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/anti-muslim-protest-in-dallas-features-fatigues-masks-lots-of-guns/

Dozens of police officers stood in between the two groups and also on rooftops to ensure nothing more than words were exchanged.

In a statement released before the April protest, the Dallas Police Department said, “The department is committed to protecting the Constitutional rights of all citizens and will make every effort to keep this protest peaceful.”

Source

Connecting the dots…

— Dallas 2016: The Person Who Organized The Black Lives Matter Event, In Which Four Cops Were Slaughtered, Was An Islamic Agent

— Medina 2016: Four Officers Killed in Suicide Bombing Near Islamic holy site

— Ramadan 2016: Could We See The Antichrist This Month?

— Washington 2002: Beltway Snipers Exposed as Muslim Terrorists

Muslims Target the Blacks to Get Their Agenda Accomplished By Using The RACE Card

I found the following conversation interesting.

A year ago Theodor Shoebat wrote an article, made a video under the title, „The Whole Situation In McKinney, Texas, Is Part Of An Islamic Conspiracy To Create A Race War In The United States„ where he used terms like „ghetto trash and whores„ to characterize black teens. In response:

Blogger „End times prophet„ wrote:

Wow Ted! I am absolutely shocked how racist you are. First off I have been following your dad for three years and think he is brilliant in his understanding of bible prophecy and will confess that I have been shoebatized and would proudly tell people about the abundance of truth and knowledge I have received from shoebat.com and I do every chance , but as a black man myself you are totally wrong in calling those teens ghetto trash and whores, apparently you are not black and have never experienced the racist cops here in America ,but as a black Christian man I have, example! My wife and I recently purchased a home in April 2015 in a all white neighborhood in GA and the very first chance I had to cut the lawn a racist neighbor cop pulls up fast and stops quickly and harass me ( waiting to see if I run maybe?) while I am in the very act of cutting the lawn, so after I didn’t run. No need too!!! he then suggested that me and wife sit down with him and his wife to discuss Henry county police policy and procedures, like WTH! after brief undesirable talk he left. Oh yeah he left his work card, ( captain so and so ) later my wife who is also Black with a masters degree in public safety email captain so and so to thank him for the visit . Lol right!!! This racist idiot still has the audacity to say the same garbage to her about talking police policy. Give me break! Had I been white, he and his wife would have brought cookies to the front door. I have been employed for over 27 years at a major airline and don’t think anyone owes me a dime,but I bet three Mexican midgets on nickel night that when the whites first moved in here they was not harassed in this way. The bible says that a false balance is an abomination unto the lord, so the truth is yes Islam is a major threat and yes there are Black thugs and Black whores, but this is true for every race including yours. Pastor Wright is not a black supremacist as you suggest, but a black man tired of getting his ass kicked by racist whites. Obama is a Muslim with no good intentions for this country and its true that Muslims target the blacks to get there agenda accomplished using the RACE card especially in the prison system and places like dear borne Michigan or anywhere, I understand all of that. But if you personally haven’t lived in my shoes and seen the racist cops with guns harass a man cutting the grass at his own home. Mild to getting shot in the arm pits but you get the point, black hands in the air. You need to stick to to what you’re good at. HISTORY!!!!

Blogger „Willing to die for Jesus„responded:

ObamaMuslimDressI’m sorry about this racial offense against you. As a White Christian man, I certainly do not regard my Black Christian brethren any different to my White Christian brethren. I admire Ethiopia — the first Christian country in the World — a Black country whose Black Christians and fidelity to Christ is a huge inspiration to my Faith. A lot of the Black Christian Churches are also exceptionally spirit-filled and wonderfully faith-inspiring to me.

A lot of Obama’s Black rioters are Muslim Black panthers and Nation of Islam supporters who see White people as “Devils”. Muslim Obama has been inciting so much racial tensions, and he is an unrepentant abortion rights and gay marriage supporter intent on taking down the US (and both he and Michelle O and the black grievance crowd haven’t said one thing about the racist and eugenic abortion uptake of Black unborn children being murdered, it’s so sad). I also hate the phony “drug war” being egged on by the CIA (like Fast & Furious was too), and the disproportionate imprisonment of Blacks is blatant racism, not that Obama (or Holder, or any of his crew) has done much to change this.

I am absolutely not at all excusing racial bigotry from any end and I pray nobody falls into Obama’s plans to stir up race riots… from Obama or “Pastor” Wright (fake pastor) being anti-White, to the White neighbors you got racially discriminated against. I wish a Black Christian President was in the W.H. (imagine how much better it would’ve been had a Ben Carlson been elected in 2008 rather than this Muslim usurper with suspect birth origins, and a Muslim Indonesian upbringing.) Clearly Obama is implementing Muslim racist notions and has no respect for anybody, Black or White.. just his own Muslim kind and those who worship him and make him an idol, and is creating unnecessary race tensions.

I pray that your neighbors see the light of Jesus Christ who hates all racism and that he and we all repent our wrongdoings daily, forgive our enemies daily, and carry our Cross daily.

God bless you in Christ our Risen Lord and Savior. You are a great role model for others, regardless of color of skin.

__

Posted in Conspiracies, Faith, Infos | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Vaccine Fraud: U.S. Mainstream Media Censors Whistleblower’s Explosive Story

Posted by addisethiopia on August 26, 2014

  • Senior government scientist breaks 13 years of silence on cdc’s vaccine-autism fraud
  • African american boys willfully exposed to high risk of autism from mmr vaccine

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) whistleblower who has come forward with proof that the CDC knowingly covered up scientific evidence linking the MMR vaccine to autism has now been revealed as William W. Thompson, PhD. To share this story, use tags 

Natural News has acquired a letter from William Thompson to former CDC head Dr. Julie Gerberding, dated February 2nd, 2004. The date of this letter is important because a pivotal Institute of Medicine (IoM) meeting on vaccine safety took place just one week later on February 9th. (See the full letter below.)

In this letter, William Thompson says he will be “presenting the summary of our results from the Metropolitan Atlanta Autism Case-Control Study,” and he laments that the data will show MMR vaccines cause an increased risk of autism in youth African-American babies. He explains “I will have to present several problematic results relating to statistical associations between the receipt of MMR vaccine and autism.”

He then goes on to implore Dr. Gerberding to respond to questions that had been raised by “Representative David Weldon” regarding the integrity of CDC scientists working in the immunization program. He also explains that the CDC has been covering up the truth about the safety problems the agency’s own scientists had documented with vaccines, saying:

I’ve repeatedly told individuals in the [National Immunization Program Office of Directors] over the last several years that they’re doing a very poor job representing immunization safety issues and that we’re losing the public relations war.”

In response to this letter, the CDC took deliberate action to retroactively alter the outcome of the autism study by arbitrarily eliminating most subjects from the study, thereby shrinking the sample size to a small data set which would not achieve statistical significance. This is a clear and irrefutable case of scientific fraud. This fraud allowed CDC scientists such as Colleen Boyle to testify before Congress that there was “no credible link” between MMR vaccines and autism.

Click the image above thumbnail to view the full letter for yourself

CNN caught blatantly censoring CDC whistleblower story

The mainstream media is pulling out all the stops to try to memory hole this breaking news story. When a citizen journalist posted the facts of the story to a CNN iReport page, CNN quickly removed it to prevent the public from learning the truth about this extraordinary moment in medical history.

The story has now been reposted at another CNN iReport page which will no doubt be censored and removed by CNN very quickly as well. But here’s the screen shot of what this page showed at the time of this writing:

All other mainstream media news sources, including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, etc., have been ordered to deliberately censor this story, just as Natural News reported last week. There is a desperate attempt under way right now to silence the CDC whistleblower and sweep this entire story under the rug before it explodes beyond the control of the corporate-run media.

Continue reading…

Here are more links to the story : 

Vimeo : director Wakefield video of whistleblower sound bite testimony

http://vimeo.com/

CNN Ireport : CDC Autism Whistleblower Admits Vaccine Study Fraud

www.ireport.cnn.com

Natural News : Actor Rob Schneider has obtained copies of CDC cover-up documents; urges California to investigate scientific fraud

www.naturalnews.com

  • CDC whistleblower confesses to publishing fraudulent data to obfuscate link between vaccines and autism

www.naturalnews.com.

  • Vaccine bombshell: CDC whistleblower reveals cover-up linking MMR vaccines to autism in African-Americans

http://www.naturalnews.com/

Epoch Times : Autism and Vaccines: CDC Whistleblower Exposes Vaccine Dangers, Lies, and Cover-Ups (Video)

www.theepochtimes.com

__

Posted in Curiosity, Infos, Media & Journalism | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

 
%d bloggers like this: