Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PCG Vilifying Nelson Mandela Upon His Death (2013)

On December 5, 2013 Nelson Mandela died. He was a major leader of the popular struggle to liberate South Africa from the racist Apartheid regime that favored whites and kept blacks trodden under foot, often with much violence. Many people all over the world paid their respect to the people of South Africa for their loss.

Meanwhile in Edmond, Oklahoma, the leaders of a certain organization composed of about 5,000 members named the Philadelphia Church of God chose to react to his death with condemnation and vilification. PCG had always sympathized with the racist Apartheid regime as may be seen in Ron Fraser's 1997 booklet, South Africa in Prophecy. Shamefully PCG's leaders chose to give vent to this attitude of theirs upon the occasion of Nelson Mandela's death. Stephen Flurry even hosted an episode of the Trumpet Daily condemning Nelson Mandela shortly after his death.

Stephen Flurry

Considering how PCG's leaders blamed America's sins for letting 9/11 happen and agreed with the murderer Osama bin Laden that America is sinful it seems a bit inconsistent that Stephen Flurry should criticize Mandela for saying words like that. PCG so often demonize Americans who are not like themselves and accuse them of causing America to fall apart and be conquered by Germans because they do not follow PCG's dogmas. That is inconsistent.

PCG has always sympathized with the racist Apartheid regime. This disturbing tendency was shown again by PCG's leaders when Nelson Mandela died.

Historically African Americans were vilified as being violent. We need to be careful and not stir up dehumanizing stereotypes. Furthermore a South African judge ruled that the song constituted hate speech and banned it in 2010. Many people in South Africa have condemned that song and tried to restrict it and deservedly so.

That particular song was made in response to the murder of a black South African politician, Chris Hani, by white extremists in 1993. PCG's leaders seem to ignore the role that the brutality of those who yearned for Apartheid had in causing some to make a violent song such as that in response.

Joel Hilliker

The link was to a YouTube video mentioning the fact that a fake signing interpreter was on stage during the funeral. The link is now broken.
Showing respect for a man who did so much to liberate South African from the horrors of racist Apartheid is just "puffery" in Hilliker's eyes it would seem. What a strange way to react to that great man's death. He did so much to liberate his homeland from a racist system that oppressed his people. But PCG had always sympathized with the Apartheid regime.

Brad MacDonald

PCG's leaders tend to be so eager to condemn President Obama and to interpret these matters in a partisan manner. At present I cannot judge why President Obama did not attend Thatcher's funeral but the fact that it is brought up against him by one of PCG's leaders shows once again PCG's partisan attitude concerning the Democratic Party. PCG is right wing even thought they do not vote.
Here MacDonald links to an article that condemns Nelson Mandela. He fought against the racist Apartheid regime. Shamefully MacDonald chooses to look away from the horrors of racist oppression in South Africa that provoked various forms of opposition against Apartheid including violent and deadly responses. PCG had always sympathized with Apartheid.
Stephen Flurry called Nelson Mandela a Communist in that broadcast. However Mandela was in the African National Congress instead of the South African Communist Party.

Robert Morley

That's disgusting equating "The real Mandela" with the current situation of violence within South Africa today. Once again blacks are venomously stereotyped as being somehow inherently violent. It is just shameful talking about precious, unique human beings like that. We must be careful to distinguish between the guilty and the innocent.We must not reduce people to a harmful stereotype. There are many problems in South Africa today but Apartheid will solve none of them.

Why I do feel like Morley would enjoy that?


And so we see once again the PCG leadership's tendency to denigrate the current, democratically elected government in South Africa and condemning a man who did so much to put an end to the racist Apartheid regime that kept the vast majority of the population downtrodden just because they were born into a race that was not held in favor by the white regime.

It is disgraceful that PCG's leaders chose to react to the death of that great man who gave so much hope and inspiration to downtrodden people all over the world by spewing venomous contempt against people who yearned to end a racist regime that constantly imposed violence upon the majority of the population. Of course there are many problems in South Africa today but Apartheid was a terrible problem that needed to be removed, not a solution. It is so good that Apartheid is gone.

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