Basis for Obama’s Belief In Liberation Theology and Socialism

 This is a continuation of Political Night Train’s effort to put some light on the basis for Senator Obama’s core values and beliefs.  Kenneth Blackwell, in his article below, helps us to see what values and beliefs are below the surface of Obama’s public persona.

Eloquent Speech, Troubling Worldviewby Kenneth BlackwellPosted: 03/18/2008Barack Obama just gave an eloquent speech, but one that does not address the underlying nature of Senator Obama’s beliefs. Rev. Jeremiah Wright, like Mr. Obama, believes in a state-centered 21st century form of big-government socialism.  This 21st century form of socialism is at the heart of the Liberation Theology Rev. Wright preaches from the pulpit. Today, Mr. Obama again made it clear, with all his eloquence, that he still embraces these beliefs that would require dismantling the free-market system that has made our country’s economy the most prosperous in all of human history. In contrast to Liberation Theology, the Christian orthodoxy teaches about the nature of God, the nature of man, the relationship between the two in this life, and about the hereafter. Liberation Theology, on the other hand, is a belief system about political agendas, socialistic economic policy, and redistribution of wealth. Proponents of Liberation Theology, like Rev. Wright, teach that God commands us to form a government that will supervise our economy to create government-subsidized jobs under central-government planning; guarantee healthcare and education by having government control both; and achieve ‘economic equality’ by redistributing wealth through massive taxes on the affluent and massive government entitlements for the poor. And it advocates replacing governments that do not embrace this socialistic agenda.  Those are the beliefs of Liberation Theology. Those are the offensive root beliefs underlying many of Rev. Wright’s sermons. And though Barack Obama does not embrace Mr. Wright’s offensive language, he does embrace this government-solves-everything-through-socialism worldview.His speech was magnificent in its elegance and rhetoric, but today Mr. Obama reminded me yet again of his worldview that embraces, among other things, partial-birth abortion,
military weakness, and economic socialism.   Thank God for religious liberty, free market, and free elections!
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=25579 

Is “Audacity of Hope” Really Marxism?

 “They (religious seekers) want a sense of purpose, a narrative arc to their lives, something that will relieve a chronic loneliness or lift them above the exhausting, relentless toll of daily life.  They need an assurance that somebody out there cares about them, is listening to them – that they are not just destined to travel down a long highway toward nothingness.”  (Audacity of Hope; p. 202) 

Compare what Barack Obama written in his book, above with Karl Marx, below:

 Marxism is summed up in the Encarta Reference Library as “a theory in which class struggle is a central element in the analysis of social change in Western societies.” What are the Marxist views of religion? The worker is miserable and alienated, and this sustains religion.  Religion, according to Marx was the response to the pain of being alive, the response to earthly suffering. In Towards a Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (1844), Marx wrote, “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the feeling of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless circumstances.” Marx indicated in this writing that the worker is a revoluntary and used to suffering at the hands of the capitalist. This suffering, lack of purpose, relentless toil of daily life, with no one who cares about their plight, with no one to listen to their struggle, provides the need for religion. 

Compare this to Obama’s reasons for people to seek religion: no sense of purpose; loneliness (no one to listen to their struggle); relentless toll of daily life; needing assurance that someone cares about them, will listen to them, that they are nothing.