At the same White Privilege Conference where Heather Hackman castigated the current education system, another screwball was allowed to also spread stupidity to those who would listen. Activist Paul Kivel started off with “almost every dysfunction in society, from racism and sexism to global warming and a weak economy, is united by the ideology of ‘Christian hegemony.'”
He said “between 7,000 and 10,000 predominantly white Christian men run the major institutions and “colonize our mind” with Christianity’s core ideas, which leads to most of the world’s problems.”
He went on to say that there were three distinct issues caused by Christianity; they are:
- Wars in the Middle East, which he says are a result of Christianity’s effort to spread Western ideas and influence into the region.
- Economic destruction is caused by Christianity because it provides that God-like ‘invisible hand’ that supposedly drives market forces within a flawed capitalist system.”
- The third problem is Christianity’s conflict with “global warming,” said Kivel, “because under Christianity mankind has dominion over the Earth, rather than requiring that humans treat the Earth itself as ‘sacred.'”
Kivel went on to chastise Christianity’s “hierarchical” views that place “God over people, men over women, parents over children, (and) white people over people of color,” which, in his view, inevitably leads to systems that justify or glorify oppression.”
Oh, where do I start with this uniformed hate monger?
- Christianity originated in Southwestern Asia, which the ill-informed Kivel identifies as the Middle East, which is a misnomer. From the same region that gave the world Judaism, Islam, and several other smaller religions, came Christianity. So how do the Christian values that originated in Southwestern Asia spread Western ideology back to its origins? The values of Christianity have not been influenced by ‘western’ values; it is Christianity that is the base of western values.
- I don’t know how Kivel got Adam Smith’s Invisible Hand theory upgraded to a God-like hand when Smith said it was an unobservable market force that helps supply and demand in a free market reach equilibrium. However, it is common sense that when the supply of a desired product is low, people will pay more for it; and when there is an abundance of said product, it will drive the price down to avoid a surplus.
- I have looked time and time again to find where the Bible says “go and destroy the planet, your home, for I will provide another.” What I do find is “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Genesis 2:15) and “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.” (Psalm 24:1-2)
- Nowhere in the Bible does it say that one race shall have dominance over another and for Kivel to suggest otherwise does nothing but show either his ignorance or his desire to sway the ignorant. It was Christians who started the anti-slavery movement in America. Many Quakers not only abhorred slavery, but also provided safe harbor to slaves who escaped tyranny in the South. The Bible does put God over man and parents over children which are nothing less than logical. We are the children of God and He is our protector and educator; as we are to be the protectors and educators of our children. The Bible also says that woman was made from the rib of man and she should be obedient to man. I challenge anyone to find a religion established over a millennium ago that does not put woman subservient to man. However, in the New Testament it also praises women. Proverbs 18:22 says “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.”
Finally, I will say that John 15:22 “”But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me” best addresses Kivel’s uneducated and biased sniveling. George Carlin said “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups” which is so befitting the White Privilege Conference organizers and attendees.
So today’s thought for today is:
It is better to question the teacher than to be taught wrong. ~ ME