I have railed against the pulpit pimps blood-lust for money in too many previous articles to note (just use the “search bar” in the upper right-hand corner of this blog). I have been accused of sounding like a broken record, and (worse) “airing family business” for all the world (saved and unsaved) to see.
No matter how painful the truth may be, it still must be told – and the sad truth is that the majority of “Church Inc.” today is led by money/power-hungry hirelings with the theological depth of a soda cap. Oh yeah, and these wolves would be toothless if it weren’t for the swooning lust of sheeple who rain cash all over the vipers every Sunday and Wednesday like they were oiled-up strippers.
Even worse, some hirelings decide to run for “public office” under the guise of serving their communities when in fact they’ve just found a better way to grease the sheeple AND the system. Of course, you wouldn’t expect a wolf who has perfected the science of the “tithe/offering/love offering/first fruit/anniversary/building fund” graft to stop short of actually selling themselves (and the sheeple who “submit” to them) to the highest bidder, would you?
Such is the case (according to the New York Times) with Calvin Butts (Spotlight seeker & Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church in NYC) and BILLIONAIRE Mayor Michael Bloomberg of NYC. Bloomberg is running for a 3rd term as Mayor of NY, and he’d like the endorsement of prominent black clergy race-herding vote deliverers, so what (pray tell) do you think ol’ Mike used to grease the wheels a bit? Why, MONEY of course!
Except, this time, Butts threw his friend (and Bloomberg contender) under the bus…for what you ask? Why, MONEY of course!:
A few weeks ago, the Rev. Calvin O. Butts III, the influential pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, came to a difficult decision, one he had wrestled with all summer.
He would not endorse William C. Thompson Jr., the city comptroller and a longtime friend and ally, for mayor, as he had promised Mr. Thompson last spring. Instead, he would endorse Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Mr. Thompson was furious at the betrayal. But what he did not know was that Mr. Bloomberg gave a $1 million donation to the church’s development corporation — roughly 10 percent of its annual budget — with the implicit promise of more to come.
“What could I say to a man who was mayor, and was supportive of a lot of programs that are important to me?” Mr. Butts said in an interview before he endorsed Mr. Bloomberg.
Now that’s just cold-blooded, but characteristic of the reptile class that Butts represents. And don’t think this is a case of “rich Whitey” dangling cash in front of the down-trodden Black man enticing him to bite of the forbidden fruit. Remember, these “down-trodden Black men” live far more opulently than you or I (and I’m a middle-class Black man), so they need “help” about as much as I do (which is not at all).
Nope, these race-herding vote deliverers know exactly what they’re doing…and what they want in return:
Some prominent ministers have been appointed by Mr. Bloomberg to influential city boards and committees. Others have enjoyed the administration’s help in buying city property or winning zoning concessions for pet projects. A few of the largest institutions, including Abyssinian and the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens, have taken in millions of dollars in contracts to provide city services during Mr. Bloomberg’s eight years in office.
Looming over it all is Mr. Bloomberg’s dazzling wealth, whether already bestowed — as in the case of Mr. Butts — or hoped for down the line.
“We have to come to his foundation sooner or later,” said the Rev. Timothy Birkett, pastor of the Church Alive Community Church in the Bronx, who is backing the mayor this year. “We hope that he will be receptive.”
See – these wolves have married their quid-pro-quo lusts from within the church wall with the quid-pro-quo reality of their political environments. Fortunately, not every Black minister in NYC is lining up at Bloomberg’s boots for a lick (and some cash):
“Some of these endorsements that we see are indicative of a faith statement by some of our religious leaders,” said the Rev. Clinton M. Miller, a protégé of Mr. Butts and the pastor of Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn. “The statement is, who do I trust more, in terms of how I am going to get my projects done?” Mr. Miller said. “The choice is between a municipality and God.”
But, alas, A.R. Bernard, Floyd Flake (a former Congressman himself), Butts, and others don’t have a problem with Caesar sliding a few sheckles their way. I wonder what they’ll do when Caesar comes around looking for a return on his investment – you know, like an endorsement from the “Black Church” on gay rights issues, abortions, and other AntiChrist objectives…Hmmm…Moving along…
I encourage you to read the article in its entirety – and think about the last time your Pastor endorsed offered a thinly veiled suggestion that you vote for a politician in your town.