In a 2017 video of a sermon he delivered in his Ebenezer Baptist Church, Rev. Raphael Warnock, one of two Democratic Party candidates for Senate in the upcoming Georgia runoffs, preached that he “came to dismantle the value system” of the American “empire.”
“I want you to hear me now, because most of Christian America is focused on two or three issues,” Warnock stated. And one of those issues is abortion, which Warnock the purported religious leader supports.
“Meanwhile, the Bible spends most of its time talking about how to treat the poor, the struggling, and the stranger,” he continued. “And so, don’t misinterpret what Jesus is saying. Jesus is saying you will always have the poor with you, not because God ordained it; not because it is what it is, and that’s the way it has to be. The poor are with you because of the evils and the excesses of the empire. And I came to dismantle the value system of the empire.”
Fact check: the U.S. is in no way an empire, and the poor in America are better off than the poor anywhere in the world precisely because of our capitalist “value system.” No other economic system — certainly not the socialism Warnock would like to implement — other than capitalism elevates people out of poverty.
“I already told you that I came to preach good news to the poor, to open the eyes of the blind, and to set the captives free, and to preach the year of the Lord’s freedom,” he went on. “In other words, I came to dismantle the value system of the empire. But here’s the problem: the religious folk who should be fighting with me against the empire are in cahoots with the empire.”
No, the problem is Warnock‘s value system, a corrupt, big-government, elitist Progressivism that suppresses freedom, dooms prosperous societies, and enriches demagogue hypocrites like Warnock.
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In an October 2019 panel discussion at the Memorial Church of Harvard University, the moderator asked Warnock to speak about the “overlap” between crime and climate change. In his response, Warnock stated that the climate movement had “for too long been suburban and white and middle class.” Asserting also that civil rights leaders should remain ever-mindful of the “intersectionality” of race and climate change, he turned his attention to the case of Freddie Gray, a longtime Baltimore criminal who in April 2015 had died as a result of spinal-cord injuries that he suffered while in custody, unstrapped by any seat belt, inside the cargo area of a moving police van. Attributing Gray’s criminal history to impaired brain function caused by environmental factors that disproportionately affect poor people, Warnock said:
“Freddie Gray in Baltimore. You remember that case? Freddie Gray who died in the custody of the police and became one of those flashpoints for this issue about encounters between the police and ordinary citizens, his story didn’t begin there. Freddie Gray grew up in Baltimore, where I was a pastor for almost five years. He was a victim of environmental hazards in the built environment. Lead poisoning. In substandard housing. In a country where we have known for decades what lead poisoning does and how it leads to behavioral issues in the classroom and learning difficulties. And then, so he becomes part of the prison pipeline. So these civil rights issues, human rights issues, climate change both in the natural world and built environment, are all part of this larger issue that speaks to the soul of America.”
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