Religious Left Targets Tea Party “Hate”

Perpetuating the mythology of hateful and racist Tea Party zealots, United Church of Christ and United Methodist officials are attacking the demonstrators outside the Capitol who protested the March 21 vote for Obamacare.

“I have been watching the activities of the Tea Party for months curious about their underlying motives,” intoned the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, president of the 1.1 million member United Church of Christ.  He condemned Tea Party demonstrators for having “spit upon” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) and having “shouted names that we have not heard in the public square since the days of the Civil Rights movement,” which are a “disgrace to our nation’s civility.”

While it is theoretically possible that out of thousands of demonstrators, a few could have shouted nasty epithets, so far no evidence has been produced, despite a multitude of videos.  A video of the alleged spitting incident seems to show an effusion of spittle from shouting, not intentional spitting.  Cleaver referred to the ostensible spitter as the man “who allowed saliva to hit my face.”

Despite the dearth of any proof, the Religious Left climbed aboard immediately with the worst assumptions based primarily on their own projected stereotypes of conservatives.  The UCC’s Rev. Black insisted that he was “not surprised because I have long suspected that racism and homophobia are some of the underlying motives.”   He called upon his “brothers and sisters in the United Christ of Christ and our faith partners to resist entering into dialog or debate with such demonstrations of hate that go against our Christian understanding to love our neighbors.”

For many on the Religious Left, there are nostalgic memories of, or wished for fantasies about, having marched for social justice in the 1960’s.  For them, any resistance to their statist agenda must have behind it another Bull Connor or Mayor Daley.  Having largely abandoned Christian orthodoxy, the Religious Left’s cosmology is essentially political, with conservatives representing the demonic, and leftists the angels of light ushering in salvation.  This conflation of religion with politics does not allow much room for recognizing possible good intentions among political adversaries.

While the UCC is typically further left politically, officials of the 7.9 million United Methodist Church organized a virtual full court press against the supposed hatefulness of the anti-Obamacare Tea Partiers.   The United Methodist News Service even issued a special bulletin that repeated unquestioningly that anti-Obamacare demonstrators shouted “racial epithets” at black congressmen and a sexual orientation slur at Congressman Barney Frank.

“It saddens me, the acrimonious debate both in Congress and in the public at large,” bemoaned United Methodist Bishop Gregory Palmer, president of his denomination’s Council of Bishops. “We have failed to carry on serious debate without personal attacks and name-calling.”  Palmer was among other left-leaning religious officials who publicly urged Obamacare’s passage.

The troubled head of the United Methodist Commission on Religion & Race viewed the Tea Party protesters as “sobering examples that show racial- and gender-based hate remain active ingredients in U.S. social life.’”  The United Methodist News Service also quoted activist Gil Caldwell, a retired United Methodist minister, who disclaimed: “It ought to be obvious now to most persons, that even as all Americans have the right and responsibility to critique presidents and members of Congress, some few people have allowed their un-reconstructed racism to come forth as they exercise their right to protest.”  Ominously, he wondered:  “What doth God expect of the church in such a time as this?”

As United Methodism’s chief lobbyist on Capitol Hill, and a leading Obamacare proponent (though disappointed that it doesn’t go far enough towards full socialized medicine), JimWinkler issued a formal, nearly 500 word statement blasting supposed Tea Party hatred.  “This past weekend’s appalling display by protesters in Washington, D.C., demonstrates the overtly racist message of too many of the so-called “Tea Party” members,” Winkler tut-tutted.  He hailed Congressman Cleaver’s “deep faith and love for humanity” for not having pressed charges against the alleged spitter.

Winkler, as a full-time Religious Left social justice lobbyist, had more condemnation for the Tea Partiers than he’s had for regimes around the world that have murdered thousands of their own people.  Meanwhile, Winkler’s agency frequently endorses demonstrations not always punctilious in their civility.  On the same day as the Obamacare vote, pro-immigration and pro-open borders marchers also descended on the Capitol, with the active endorsement of Winkler’s United Methodist Board of Church and Society.

A United Methodist layman, Roy Beck, head of an anti-amnesty group called NumbersUSA, was present to interview pro-immigration demonstrators for his organization’s website.  Once a prominent journalist with The United Methodist Reporter, the church’s largest circulation publication, Beck’s approach is factual and methodical.  But he and his film team were surrounded by orchestrated and harassing march organizers with whistles, some of them dressed as mimes, and many of them pushing balloons at Beck declaring “Don’t Debate Hate”  While Beck tried to conduct interviews, the mimes and friends shoved, blocked the camera and frantically blew their whistles ad nauseum to drown out Beck and his interviewees.  (Some video is here, and here.)

Unlike the spitting and racial epithet allegations aimed at Tea Partiers, Beck’s treatment by the immigration march organizers was carefully recorded.  But do not expect any expressions of concern from the Religious Left, especially those who endorsed the immigration march and its “Don’t Debate Hate” mimes.

  • therealend

    “This past weekend’s appalling display by protesters in Washington, D.C., demonstrates the overtly racist message of … hailed Congressman Cleaver’s “deep faith and love for humanity” for not having pressed charges… "

    Appalling? Deep faith and love??? It makes me wonder how people so out of touch with reality can go so far in this world.

  • Guest

    those without sin cast the first stone – in other words, dear Reverend, look into the mirror…

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/Rifleman Rifleman

      The first stone from the left is long gone, this is return fire.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

        As they say, payback's bitch!

        But the leftards still try and respond –

        http://www.weaselzippers.net/blog/2010/04/gateway

        I wonder how many times they need their heads kicked before they get the hint.

  • Radar in Va

    Being a Liberal means never using your brain. Most Liberal Brains are so fried by drugs they are not capable of a single coherant thought. I still wonder how they feed themselves or can go to the bathroom without help.

  • hunter60

    Religious Left is as much an oxymoron as left-wing think tank. By definition socialists, liberals, progressives, marxists, communists and whatever remains as a descriptor for leftist ideologies cannot be religious in the traditional sense of the word. Religious applies to adherents of religion, not the twisted left whose adherence is conditional based upon ideology.

    Left-wing "Think Tank", there is no thought from the left, just the endless vomitous regurgitation of tired meaningless leftist platitudes that have failed everywhere else in the world. Imbeciles.

  • James Dietz

    As a member of The Church Of Christ I must say that these people do not speak for all church members.

    I do not consider myself a racist, but I despise what the current administration is doing to our country. I was not happy with the former administration as I believe they were not conservative enough. This administration is the WORST I have seen.

  • d123

    The religious left views "social justice" as something Christ would have done, as there are a host of verses encouraging giving to the poor. Indeed, the non-giving person is specifically warned about the danger to his soul. However, giving is meant to be a matter of the heart, out of love if you will, 2 Cor 9:7 comes to mind. Giving the institution of charity over to the government and making it mandatory may accomplish the worldly aspect of giving, but it destroys the intent behind it. Charity is an act of loving obedience, and strengthens the relationship between not only man and God, but between man and man. It fosters a spirit of thankfulness in the recipient and compassion in the giver. Government giving only creates a sense of entitlement, as if one is merely being given what one is due in the recipient, and resentment in the giver, as if he had no choice in the matter. The church would do well to well to remember that Christ's commision was for us as individuals, and we cannot delegate it to the government.

    • Jim C.

      "Social justice" is a major plank in the Catholic Church. I appreciate your distinctions concerning charity, but consider that an elected representative government can in fact be the voice of people who feel we should be our brother's keeper. Yet I also agree that the danger of "entitlement attitude" is ever-present in such a situation, given human nature.

      When people think of progressivism as the root of evil, it is fun to remind them of 5 day work weeks, public libraries, national parks, etc.

  • JIM

    WHEN WILL THE LEFT BEGAN REFERING TO OSOMABAMA AS"ZEE FUROR"
    CHRIST ONCE SAID "SELL YOUR ROBE AND BUY A SWORD." THE USA IS ALMOST ON THE CROSS AS WE SPEAK, ANY OF YOU REAL CHRISTIANS HAVE A ROBE TO SELL?

    • d123

      You are taking that verse out of context. If you truly care about what the bible has to say on the matter, please balance that verse with Ephesians 6:10-17, specifically verses 12 and 17. As I understand it, there are only 2 instances where we are called to disobey government with God’s blessing. If government forbids that which God commands, or if government commands that which God forbids. Our battle is a spiritual one, not military.

  • evergreen78

    What I find so discouraging in my own personal experience is that when I talk to my Democrat friends & relatives (most, if not all, of whom are "moderate" and/or FDR Democrats who just vote "D" out of habit, I think, as opposed to "radical Leftists"), their responses indicate that they think one of 2 things: (A) That I am some kind of anomaly, i.e., the only "decent" person in a crowd of thousands of right-wing kooks, totally hornswoggled by these horrible "tea-b*ggers," or (B) "Gosh. Maybe I don't know her well as I thought. I had no idea she was a violent, hate-mongering, racist, sexist, bigot homophobe!" (duh.) It's like talking to a bowling ball. I'm gradually becoming less stupefied by the outrageous, disingenuous, & just plain cruel things that the MSM & Leftist celebrities say, but I continue to be appalled & dismayed at the number of John & Jane Q. Publics who listen to this propaganda & BELIEVE it. "Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?" and "Don't confuse me with the facts." (sigh.) Many folks are apparently not only oblivious to what is happening, they are blissfully unaware that anything even IS happening. I keep thinking about the English Pravda article which said that most Americans know more about their favorite soap opera than they do about their own government, which affects their lives on a day-to-day basis. Very disturbing. I have family members who are Methodists, & I'll bet they don't even know that the hierarchy of their national church is saying this stuff. If they do know, they aren't trying to do anything about it. Very disturbing.

  • d123

    Unfortunately it is true. Liberals are not alone in this either, as many conservatives were blind to the excess of Republican leadership when they were in control. We were equally deaf to opposition then. If liberals are the conscience of America, then conservativism is our common sense. Somehow, we have come to a situation where both sides of our national brain are not only not communicating, but warring against one another. American's seem to have lost the ability to think for themselves, it being easier to have your opinions formed for you by some figure on T.V..

  • M.S.VOIT

    Unfortunately to many catholic bishops are preaching new bible of Old Testament,New Testament and COMMUNIST MANIFESTO.
    KUL university taught priest all aspects of communism,hoping they will clearly recognize the difference.Some incorporated this teachings into Bible.
    Appeal to bishop Wensky from Florida.
    Ask all churches to sponsor, and support as many legal and illegal families as you want and as we should-that's christian.
    Taxing willing nad unwilling people to introduce social "justice" that's KARL MARX and Jean Bertrand Aristide.
    Liberation theology was NOT approved by Pope.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/johncarens johncarens

    This is why people are leaving the Methodist "Church" by the league-full. At the bible-based evangelical church I attend, I see many refugees from area Methodist Churches. In fact, the church I attend, which is non-denominational, has grown from zero members in 2000, to over 3,000 today, most all of them from squishy mainline denominations that preach a foul social justice theology (or even Black Liberation Theology) that has almost nothing to do with American tradition.

    Further, I am sick of the brush of political violence tarring the political right. For most all of America's modern history (starting with the Civil War) political violence has been a creature and creation of the political left. Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan, Leon Czsolgas, Charles Giteau, John Wilkes Booth, Sara Jane Moore, Squeaky Fromme and Arthur Bremmer are all assassins, or attempted assassins of American Presidents or candidates, and they were all Democrats or far-left lunatics.

    This is reflective of the fact that the left cannot win elections in any meaningful way (Ronald Reagan laughs at Barack Obama's 52.7% of the popular vote), so they resort to the courts, to street agitation, or violence. The Right does not resort to such tactics. Instead, we educate, we engage, and we read. All of this because– we just want to be left alone to raise our families, worship our God, pursue our passions, and not be harassed and tormented by Government. Period. Political Violence doesn't tend to fit into these categories and world-view of the Right– But Government coercion, Government Force, Government bullying all DO fit into the categories of the statist, Stalinist Left. They are the violent, the hate-filled, the bigoted… They are projecting their own inner demos onto us, and it is transparent as cellophane.

    • Jim C.

      "Foul social justice" has a root in Christ's teachings. Christ most assuredly did not "want to be left alone" to pursue whatever your selfish interests are. You must have missed that part in the Gospels? If one can use the apparatus of elected representative government in a free nation to help the least among us, why is that "evil?"

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/johncarens johncarens

        Actually, Christ made quite a few allusions to being "left alone"… For example, imploring "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you" (Matthew 6:5-6)

        But, this is getting out a bit in the weeds. You cannot make a salient argument that Christ came into the world to preach that the coercive iron fist of authoritarian government (Caesar? Herod? Robespierre? Obama?) can ever be used to advance the beneficent.

        Government, by definition (even in elected limited Republics) GOVERN, it cannot NURTURE. And because the only force available to Government IS coercion, Christ, I think, t would most assuredly stand against using the instrumentalities of coercion to advance even the most beneficent of intentions. Such things are battles of the heart, which is where the fundamental fault line lies between modern constructs of Left and Right are drawn.

        No one ever born was more cognizant of our own "selfish interests" than Jesus Christ, but he was quite clear: There is only one path to overcome those interests, and it is arrived at through free will and love–not through force and coercion.

        And, I might hasten to add, the federal levithan long ago dropped even the pretense of helping simply those who are the "least among us". It now has its tenterhooks into all economic strata. Just look at Cash For Clunkers, tax credits of Solar Panels, no-bid contracts to multi-national corporations, and on and on: Our tax and governing policy is an instrument of social construction, not simply a Christian "safety net", and it hasn't been for three or four generations.

    • nick

      you say that democrats can't win elections in a meaningful way but when republicans run they either use smear tactics or they just steal election like bush and get away with it or hire people from their cabinet to break in water gate and look threw papers like tricky dick Nixon so lets talk about winning in a meaningful way that makes sense you idiot and yes I'm liberal democrat and Obama kick mcains ass all over the place fare and square so and another thing i want to mention ever time we have a republican president we are always in debt we are almost always in a war we can't ever get out the rich get richer the poor get poorer and most of these idiots that vote republican are the same people getting screwed by them it dosen't make sense at all

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/GaryRumain Gary Rumain

    This is well worth a read/view –

    http://www.weaselzippers.net/blog/2010/04/must-se

  • http://Hollywoodremoteleash.com A Bit Profound

    There may be some anger from the right, but the vile lying hatetred comes from the left. How does one be a real christian & accept Marxist Humanism.which is the philosophy that makes them hate Capatalists (the right)

    • Jim C.

      Ironic, then, that some of our most successful capitalists are also some of progressivism's biggest supporters. So yes, it is possible to be both.

  • badaboo

    A bit profound , you're abit off target . You are in denial if you think the hatred is coming just from the left .LOL…you say "some anger from the right " , who are you kidding man ?
    Do you think everyones deaf dumb and blind ? How does one be a real question and accept racist and bigoted views ?
    Thios is more a question of " LOOK WHO'S CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK " than anything else .
    Hypocrisy abounds in your politics .

  • Emiliano

    Hi everybody, i have read that thing about socialism and i was wondering if the guy who wrote that knows what is socialism, have any of you been in Sweden? I think they are the top of the socialism, and the life is so good… there is not people afraid in the streets, because the government care of you, does not matter if you get ill, or you want to go to the University or whatever, everything is free, that is socialism, you pay a lot of taxes but then everything is just easy.

  • nick

    i think the tea party stands for everything that is wrong with America truth is they have no solutions to the problems of a common people nor understand how to run a government
    I think the democrats need to get tougher and nastier in order to get things done because the truth is the republicans want the democrats to fail just as they have failed eight years of bush policy is what got us into the mess we are in now pres. Obama isn't perfect and he let me down in some ways but i will vote for him again because i realize that no matter who is in office it will take along time to fix these problems it took eight year to damage America and it will take even longer to fix it so four more years Obama 2012