DETROIT (Talk Radio 1270) Dependence on welfare and celebrating Kwanzaa are “anti-God,” according to an author who visited the Charlie Langton show Friday morning to outline where he believes religion and liberalism have failed black people.
Stacy Swimp, a spokesman for black conservative group Project 21, has a basic premise that says church communities — like the large ones in Detroit — are ruining black culture by embracing liberalism. He also believes any religion that embraces liberalism is hypocritical, Swimp said. Read Swimp’s entire article on the subject HERE.
He specifically takes aim at Kwanzaa, the African American-themed celebration of Christmas. The celebration is based on seven principles, including unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. Swimp believes it’s a liberal ruse.
“Black liberals who are professing to embrace these so-called principles are actually deceiving themselves, because liberalism is a direct affront to each of the principles taught in the Kwanzaa celebration,” Swimp wrote. “I would, quite honestly, be very excited if liberals where to actually put into practice these principles which they so superficially celebrate.”
Swimp added that “no conservative” celebrates Kwanzaa, which he describes as an anti-God, anti-American celebration meant to distract black people from the true meaning of Christmas.
Detroit’s Rev. D. Alexander Bullock also appeared on the show, saying everything Swimp said was nonsense.
“I do celebrate Kwanzaa, celebrate Christmas as well,” Bullock said. “First of all, the brother (Swimp) has said black liberals … don’t believe in God, that’s not true. If there is somebody who has a liberal philosophy, like say, Dr. Martin Luther King … He’s a man of faith, he would be a black liberal.”
Swimp said churches support liberalism when they have large parishes of people on welfare, in and out of prison, have unmarried people with children, and tell women they should be able to choose an abortion. And many of those same churches urge the celebration of Kwanzaa, he believes.
“When 80 percent of the (Planned Parenthood) clinics are located in black urban communities, that tells you something,” Swimp said.
Swimp believes a lot of black people who celebrate Kwanzaa and hypocrites because they don’t follow the principles of traditional Christian religion, although they do go to church.
“Concern for the poor is a good thing,” Bullock said, adding, “To equate concern for the poor with slavery … If conservatives were in control, then Lincoln would not have emancipated African Americans, we would still be in slavery.”
Swimp said, “You don’t enable people you care about (with welfare).”
As the talk got more heated — and broad — caller Leroy in Detroit weighed in, saying, “Black people are now in worse condition than we were when we came out of slavery, employment, disease — we’re behind in everything, and we weren’t like that before. Look at Detroit Public Schools, where kids graduate who can’t even read.”
Several noted that 97 percent of people who voted in the last election in Detroit voted for Barack Obama for president. “Detroit is one of the poorest urban communities in this country … It is the most economically deprived community in the nation and most of the leaders in this city are liberal Democrats … They want to blame conservatives for their own self-destruction,” Swimp said.
Rev. Bullock said, “I can be proud of the (president’s) franchise, black people decided who they were going to vote for and they voted … It’s the liberal voters that created education, Detroit was a booming city, all of that was the result of liberal policies.” He added that later unfair trade policies sent jobs overseas and destroyed the local economy.
But liberals are moving away from religion and toward atheism, chimed in Jackie Paige, a local TV and radio personality, noting that isn’t a good trend for Rev. Bullock and his powerful Detroit churches.
“I see a hunger for a spiritual awareness, it that’s Christianity fine, if that’s Islam fine … But find a spirituality that fits you,” Bullock said.
He added: ”I got a dream that Stacy will get his mind together.”