March 13, 2010
Communism, Marxism and Religion:
The Communist Party USA has re-founded its Religion Commission as it seeks to bring more churches and “people of faith” into the “progressive” fold.
In the struggles of the day, the CPUSA always seeks the broadest possible unity of the working class and all its allies. This necessarily includes seeking unity of people of varying religious and philosophical outlooks.
Religious faith and religious institutions remain powerful influences in the United States today. They cannot be ignored in building an all-people’s coalition for progress, not only on account of their numerical and ideological strength but also because of the positive contributions and insights that religious traditions can bring to progressive struggle…
Our Party has, of course, long been clear about its support of freedom of conscience and of religion, both in the present and under socialism. And we welcome people of religious faith as members and leaders without discrimination. We believe, however, that it is time for the Party to move beyond simple tolerance to an active embrace of the progressive aspects of religious traditions and their incorporation in our vision both of present struggles and of a socialist and communist future
It must be a task of Communists who are active in faith communities to bring to people an awareness of the progressive values and potential inherent in their traditions and to lead them to turn that awareness into action that will challenge both the members and leaders of their religious communities and the larger society.
The party has a fine record of working with “Christians”.
Our Party has a history of working with religious activists and communities of faith. Many of our members are people who are active in religious communities, or have connections with faith-based groups… The Rev. Arnold Johnson, a Methodist minister, joined the Communist Party while he was in jail during the Harlan County, Kentucky coal miners’ strike, and he went on to be an outstanding leader of the Party. Paul Robeson never lost touch with his roots in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. His work combined an appreciation of scientific socialism with the spiritual dimensions of the Black Church. Robeson’s funeral was held at the AME Church where his brother was the pastor. Among his pallbearers was Gil Green, a longtime leader of the CPUSA. Because of his public role, he was not in a position to publicly acknowledge his Party membership. But Robeson was a leader and Party supporter, and both a Communist and a Christian for all of his adult life, and in the best senses of both.
The party doesn’t mind if you worship Jesus, Buddha, Muhammad, just as long as you care about “social justice”.
We must take a conscious and welcoming approach to recruiting people of faith into our Party. To that end we are working on a pamphlet which will introduce our Party and its program to progressive religious people, and invite them to join. The strong progressive traditions within many faith communities in the US offer a promising basis for mobilizing not just individuals but substantial communities and institutions of faith in support of social and economic justice. Therefore the Commission should also serve as a means of assisting the work of religious comrades within their respective religious bodies and organizations.
The Communist Party USA has asked two righteous party members to minister to their religious flock.
Tim Yeager is is a member of Grace Church in Oak Park, Illinois, where he serves as assistant organist. Tim is the Chair of the Peace & Justice Committee of the Diocese of Chicago and has served in the national leadership of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship.
He is concerned that the Church finds and uses its prophetic voice to advocate for a more just and peaceful socioeconomic order, and feels that there has never been a greater need for all people of good will to join together in the struggle against poverty, violence and fear.
Tim is a long time Communist Party USA member and works as Financial Secretary/Treasurer of the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, United Auto Workers, Local Union 2320, which represents nearly 4,000 lawyers, support staff, social workers and other employees working in legal and human services agencies across the country.
As a committed Christian, Tim is very concerned about the Middle East, so he moved two resolutions at a November 2009 Diocesan meeting in Chicago;
Resolved, that the 172nd Convention of the Diocese of Chicago call upon the President of the United States and Congress to press the State of Israel to end the blockade of the Gaza Strip thereby permitting free and uninhibited access for all humanitarian assistance, a return to normalized trade, and the lifting of the ban on building and educational materials.
Further Resolved, that this 172nd Convention commend President Obama for his efforts to negotiate peace with justice between Israel and Palestine, and urge that he continue these efforts as a high priority
Tim serves as the Communist Party USA Religion Commission Chairperson.
The Rev. Pierre L. Williams received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, and his Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. After being awarded the Master of Divinity degree, he also completed pastoral residency at Johns-Hopkins Hospital located in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently serves as Staff Chaplain at Harbor Hospital, Baltimore. He is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.
Pierre Williams, as have we all, has been tempted. He has succumbed.
Many years ago, in his wayward youth, Pierre L. Williams, 52, of Baltimore, Maryland, pled guilty to defrauding the United States Department of Education by using false social security numbers in order to secure $29,500 in guaranteed student loans. Pierre pled guilty to one count of Student Assistance Fraud and was sentenced to Caesar’s punishment, on February 8, 2000.
Pierre was pursuing a master’s degree in divinity at the Wesley Theological Seminary at the time of the offense and in the fall of 1995, submitting an application for financial aid using his true social security number. Because he had previously defaulted on his college student loans in the 1980’s, his financial aid application was denied. For the following academic year, he submitted a second financial aid application using a false social security number.
The Office of Financial Assistance at Wesley Theological Seminary approved this application and processed the loans, In subsequent applications, Williams used two other social security numbers, both false, to secure additional loans. When officials at Wesley learned of the discrepancies and confronted the defendant, he initially denied having committed the fraud, but he eventually admitted his guilt in statements made to federal investigators and administrators at Wesley.
Pierre has sought atonement for his lapse through good works. He is an active and contributing member of Baltimore United for Peace and Justice and the Phillip Berrigan Memorial Chapter of Veterans for Peace.
Excerpted; Continue reading HERE.
Add the Reverend Jim Wallis of Sojourners:
- Activist preacher and editor of the leftwing Christian magazine Sojourners
- Democratic Party operative
- Apologist for communist atrocities in Cambodia and Vietnam
- Dedicated foe of capitalism
- Contends that Biblical scripture calls for large central government to aid the poor
A self-described activist preacher, Jim Wallis was born into an evangelical family in Detroit, Michigan in June 1948. In the 1960s his religious views drove him to join the civil rights movement and the anti-Vietnam War movement. His participation in peace protests nearly resulted in his expulsion from the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois, a conservative Christian seminary where he was then enrolled. While at Trinity, Wallis founded an anti-capitalism magazine called the Post-American which identified wealth redistribution and government-managed economies as the keys to achieving “social justice.” He also railed against American foreign policy and joined the radical Students for a Democratic Society.
In 1971 Wallis and his Post-American colleagues changed the name of their publication to Sojourners, and in the mid-1970s they moved their base of operation from Chicago to Washington, D.C. Wallis has served as Sojourners’ editor ever since.
In parallel with his magazine’s stridently antiwar position during the Seventies, Wallis championed the cause of communism. Forgiving its brutal standard-bearers in Vietnam and Cambodia the most abominable of atrocities, Wallis was unsparing in his execration of American military efforts. Demanding greater levels of “social justice“ in the U.S., he was silent on the subject of the murderous rampages of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge. Very much to the contrary, several Sojourners editorials attempted to exculpate the Khmer Rouge of the charges of genocide, instead shifting blame squarely onto the United States.
Following the 1979 refugee crisis in Vietnam, Wallis lashed out at the desperate masses fleeing North Vietnam’s communist forces by boat. These refugees, as Wallis saw it, had been “inoculated” by capitalist influences during the war and were absconding “to support their consumer habit in other lands.” Wallis then admonished critics against pointing to the boat people to “discredit” the righteousness of Vietnam’s newly victorious Communist regime.
Under the sway of leftist evangelical movements like liberation theology, Wallis invited the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) — the public relations arm of the El Salvadoran terrorist group the FMLN — to take part in a number of initiatives with Sojourners. Among these initiatives was the so-called “Pledge Of Resistance,” a blueprint for mobilized protests and acts of civil disobedience to be carried out in the event that the United States were to launch an invasion of Nicaragua.
In 1995 Wallis founded Call to Renewal, a coalition of religious groups united in the purpose of advocating, in religious terms, for leftist economic agendas such as tax hikes and wealth redistribution to promote “social justice.”
More than a mere religious leader, Wallis, a registered Democrat, is also an adroit political operative, publicly portraying himself as a politically neutral religious figure whose overriding allegiance is to God. Always with the disclaimer that neither major political party can claim to authoritatively represent the values of religious faith, Wallis passionately contends that Republican policies tend to be immoral and godless.
The Gamaliel Foundation:
The Gamaliel Foundation and its affiliates are one of America’s fifth column agencies that seek to destroy America from within by aiding, abetting and comforting the enemy – the elite Global Socialists – as chronicled in The Treachery of America’s Fifth Columns.
This foundation is a dangerous, leftist, ACORN-like community organization that has settled in 19 states (CA, CT, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, MD, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA, WI, WV), Great Britain, and South Africa. Because their modus operandi is to move incrementally within local church communities via stealth and deception, there has been negligible national coverage of their activities.
The Chicago-based Gamaliel Foundation required Obama to hijack and exploit church membership into a larger left leaning political force, as pointed out by Stanley Kurtz in “What We Know About Obama.” Obama ‘cut his teeth’ as a Gamaliel community organizer in Chicago. He is celebrated and thanked on their website for organizing HOPE for America and the world.
The book Rules For Radicals by Saul Alinsky is recommended reading for Gamaliel Foundation followers. Although Gamaliel works within the Christian church community, organizing mentor Saul Alinsky dedicates his book to Lucifer and praises the POLITICAL PARADISE OF COMMUNISM. Where is our society heading with spiritual leaders embracing the principles of Marxism and Lucifer?
The true agenda of this group was discovered by connecting the dots within my own community. Last fall, I had an unexpected encounter with our Catholic priest who had a problem with the politics of the Right to Life group.
That incident led to the discovery that this priest was the leader of a Michigan-based Gamaliel Foundation affiliate named JONAH (Joint Organizing Network for Action and Hope). The JONAH group includes Baptist, Catholic, Congregational, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Methodist leaders. They claim and appear to be nonpartisan in their small community projects, but show their true partisan colors at election time. Last year, JONAH members were soliciting target areas in our city to get new voter registrations last fall – Obama votes only, of course!
Last fall, JONAH members were actively engaged with the labor union thugs at a local city meeting aimed at protesting prevailing wages that a company new to the area was offering to pay. Protesting prevailing wages is a trademark of ACORN groups. With over 10,000 persons out of work in my local county, what kind of ‘church’ leaders would want to cause any trouble for a company offering jobs to their out of work flock?
The Gamaliel Foundation vision statement confirms their Marxist worldview:
1. Collective transformation of our society is necessary to bring about justice locally, nationally, and globally.
2. The sacred community is valued over individualism.
3. There should be shared, sustained abundance for all.
(The entire Foundation Political Platform available here – )
History has proven that social injustice and suffering are trademarks of societies that have experimented with radical Marxist transformation. There is nothing sacred about the supreme state or community that crushes individual freedom in the name of some “greater good.” The “haves” are forced through taxation to abundantly enrich the globalists and their non-working flock, the “have-nots.” Only an ill educated society would follow the incompetent, ignorant elites engaged in such a doomed mission.
The Gamaliel Foundation website states:
“We have a vision for our country that is based on radical hope, inclusive community, and shared abundance for all. We believe that we are called to participate in the democratic process, in shaping a future that works for all of us. The transformation of the soul of our country, our democracy, is both a political and spiritual project. It requires a body of people willing to live, to act, and to project a new way of being. Our faith is a path to a new way of being: spiritually and politically.”
A future of suffering for hard-working Americans is all that I can envision with a radical Marxist transformation of America.
The Gamaliel Foundation follows the same totalitarian path as the elite D.C. socialist tyrants in charge of our country. Their issues include total amnesty for illegal immigrants, universal access to affordable ‘quality’ healthcare for all, and FAIR share housing for all. I call this an ACORN-like agenda that encourages a radical hijacking of the church for leftist political purposes. Alinsky would be proud!
Many of the Gamaliel affiliates have chosen innocent sounding names. In Michigan, they use biblical names (Jonah, Ezekial, Moses, and Isaac); and you will be marked as ‘unholy’ for criticizing their Marxist agenda that is promoted under the guise of church doctrine. I am sure that the freedom-loving flock would leave and/or skip tithing if they truly knew their church leader were a community organizer a la Obama style or ACORN style!
Community organizing has come of age. Gamaliel Network organizers work tirelessly behind the scenes to train community leaders. Our leaders repeatedly tell us that their lives have been changed forever as they found their voices and learned how to act in the public arena.President Barack Obama is a former Gamaliel Organizer makes the Gamaliel Network and many in the organizing community proud.
One of those leaders was a young man who became a community organizer on the south side of Chicago. That organizer is now the 44th President of the United States of America. That
The Gamaliel Network is and has always been a non-partisan organization. Many of our institutional members come from faith communities. They are primarily Christian, including historic African American Churches, Protestant, and Roman Catholic. But increasingly Muslim and Jewish congregations and connectional churches find our non-partisan faith-based organizing a transformative way to fulfill their mission.
Gamaliel and the Barack Obama Connection
by Gregory A. Galluzzo
President elect Barack Obama has throughout his political career made repeated references to his time as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago. It is important that we all understand the connection between Barack and Gamaliel. In l980 Mary Gonzales and I created the United Neighborhood Organization of Chicago.
In l982 we decided that we needed some expertise from someone who had done faith based community organizing. A person who had worked as such an organizer in Illinois and in Pennsylvania approached me about joining our organizing team. His name was Jerry Kellman. Jerry helped Mary and myself become better organizers. While he was working for us, he connected with a group called the Calumet Community Religious Conference (CCRC) operating on the South Side in the South Suburbs of Chicago, and in Indiana. CCRC had been formed in response to the massive shut down of major industry and the resulting job loss and all of the concomitant social tragedies.
CCRC, which spanned communities in Northwest Indiana, the South Suburbs and parts of the City of Chicago proved to be unwieldy. Jerry and I decided to split it into three parts. Barack would work to found a new independent project in the South side of Chicago, Mike Kruglik would be the director of the South Suburban Action Conference and Jerry Kellman would develop organizing in Northwest Indiana. At that point Jerry asked me to become Barack’s consultant.
And at this time we were just creating the Gamaliel Foundation. I met with Barack on a regular basis as he incorporated the Developing Communities Project, as he moved the organization into action and as he developed the leadership structure for the organization. He would write beautiful and brilliant weekly reports about his work and the people he was engaging.
When Barack decided to go to Harvard Law School, he approached John McKnight, a professor at Northwestern and a Gamaliel Board member for a letter of recommendation. When Barack was leaving he made sure that Gamaliel was the formal consultant to the organization that he had created and to the staff that he had hired.
Barack has acknowledged publicly that he had been the director of a Gamaliel affiliate. He has supported Gamaliel throughout the years by conducting training both at the National Leadership Training events and at the African American Leadership Commission. He has also attended our public meetings.
We are honored and blessed by the connection between Barack and Gamaliel.
Excerpted; read in entirety HERE.
Is THIS why Obama has not found a Church in Washington,D.C. to attend?
No Church, in Washington,D.C. radical enough as the United Trinity Church of Christ in Chicago?
Frederick Engels 1847
The Principles of Communism
Do Communists reject existing religions?
Answer: All religions which have existed hitherto were expressions of historical stages of development of individual peoples or groups of peoples. But communism is that stage of historical development which makes all existing religions superfluous and supersedes them.
**Of note here: Michelle Obama is tied to the Asset Based Community Development that is tied to John McKnight. John McKnight is a professor at Northwestern and a Gamaliel Board member****
ABCD Institute Founders Support the Development of a Library of Community Building Publications
John (Jody) Kretzmann and John McKnight
Over more than thirty years of community organizing and community development work, Kretzmann and McKnight gathered the stories of residents who built stronger neighborhoods by focusing on their strengths instead of their deficiencies. These stories are brought together in Building Communities From the Inside Out, the publication that launched the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. Now a must-have volume for community-builders around the nation (and, increasingly, around the world), the Green Book, as it is fondly known, also launched the development of an extensive library of community building publications. Kretzmann and McKnight have supported individuals on the ABCD faculty and in the communities where they work to develop their own asset-based community development work into publications that can be shared with community builders everywhere.
First Lady and ABCD faculty member Michelle Obama mentions the Asset-Based Community Development Institute and partner organization Public Allies in a speech at a conference hosted June 16, 2009 by Greater DC Cares. Visit Michelle Obama’s faculty page to read her speech.
The ABCD faculty is coordinated by the Asset-Based Community Development Institute. Initial inquiries about faculty members for ABCD talks and training should be made to the Institute at 847/491-8711.
The Faculty Members
Domestic Faculty Members
- Paul Arntson, Evanston, IL
- Michael Bennett, Chicago, IL
- Terry Bergdall, Chicago, IL
- Peter Block, Cincinnatti, OH
- Rev. James Conn, Santa Monica, CA
- Tom Dewar, Baltimore, MD
- Jim Diers, Seattle WA
- Dan Duncan, Tucson, AZ
- John H. Fish, Chicago, IL
- Janis Foster Richardson, Hallettsville, TX
- Bob Francis, Bridgeport, CT
- Andy Gordon, Seattle, WA
- Mike Green, Denver, CO
- Terry Grundy, Cincinnati, OH
- Lisa Hadden, Saginaw, MI
- Anne Hallett, Chicago, IL
- Terry L. Holley, Knoxville, TN
- John P. Kretzmann, Evanston, IL
- Karen Lehman, Chicago, IL
- Rev. Craig J. Lewis, Chicago, IL
- Diane Littlefield, Sacramento, CA
- Rev. Damon Lynch, Cincinnati, OH
- Michael Marcus, Owings Mills, MD
- Bernie Mazyck, Charleston, NC
- John L. McKnight, Evanston, IL
- John Migliaccio, Westport, CT
- Tom Mosgaller, Madison, WI
- Mary Nelson, Chicago, IL
- Michelle Obama, Washington, DC <<<<
- Deborah Puntenney, Evanston, IL
- Frank I. Sanchez, Roswell, NM
- Paul Schmitz, Milwaukee, WI
- Geralyn Sheehan, Northfield, MN
- Luther Snow, Decorah, IA
- Danielle Timmerman, Washington, DC
- Richard Townsell, Chicago, IL
- Byron P. White, Cincinnati, OH
- Dianne Williams, Little Rock, AR
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Is Glenn Beck RIGHT?
Glenn Beck has been attacked by the Progressives, Jim Wallis,et.al recently.
I beg you, look for the words “social justice” or “economic justice” on your church website. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice –they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes — if I am going to Jeremiah Wright’s church. Yes! Leave your church! … If you have a priest that is pushing social justice, go find another parish.