Thu 17 November 2016
18:30 – 21:30
Swedenborg Hall, 20 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH
Cities pillaged, in the name of Jesus. Wars are waged, in the name of Jesus. Lives are claimed, in the name of Jesus. Africans give their all to Jesus. We are constantly told to ask ourselves what would Jesus do, but ask yourselves what has Jesus done? Not God or any energy of the creator- Jesus. Brown haired, white skinned Jesus. He certainly did not stop the whips from landing during slavery, he did not elevate us out of serfdom and he did not save Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown or Eric Garner. So why do we cling to Jesus, or even western religion altogether? Come on black people we know Christianity is a complex combination of outright lies and bastardisation of Kemetic spirituality- we’re meant to be smarter than this! I know what you are thinking, outrage, how blasphemous, nothing but conjecture! Ok, so let’s review facts. Major tenets of Christianity have been proven to be falsehoods. In fact the whole premise of a virgin birth, which Christianity is hinged upon, was born of incorrect translation (Wheless, 1992).
John Henrik Clarke said “Religion is the organisation of spirituality into something that became the hand maiden of conquerors. Nearly all religions were brought to people and imposed on people by conquerors, and used as the framework to control their minds” (The Twenty-First Century Radical, 2015) So why do African cling to such falsehoods? Religion taught us to accept subservience not to God- but to man. Face it we have been duped. Or have we? Perhaps we are too harsh in our conclusion that religion is innately corrupt, maybe, as Emperor Selassie proffers, “Progress without religion is just like a life surrounded by unknown perils and can be compared to a body without a soul” (Selassie, 1967; and we should be wary of denouncing religion just because it has been used as a tool for evil. After all, the presence of a rotten apple is not evidence of a rotten tree.