Posted by: Zsuzsanna | January 15, 2009

On judging, hating, and name calling

There are many people who read this blog in spite of the fact that they hate me and/or my husband. As one of them recently put it:

“I have been drawn to your blog many times. Not because it makes me want to have a stronger relationship with God (far from it) but because it’s like watching a train wreck…you can’t turn away.”

While I doubt that this reader has ever seen a real train wreck, my guess is he’s saying that morbid curiosity is getting the best of him.

Of course, it doesn’t stop at them just looking at my blog, though. People like to voice their disagreements, and they are welcome to do so – just not on my blog! 🙂 There are lots of other websites, books, and people out there who believe different from me, and that’s their prerogative. So most dissenting comments are rejected because they are either offensive, restate something that has already been repeated ad nauseam, they are boring, or just because I don’t feel compelled at all to have a debate. I believe what I believe for a reason, and debating is a waste of time.

Obviously, atheists would not agree with me on just about anything because their authority is not the Bible. But I do think there are some real Christians out there reading my blog who find it offensive, and this post is for them. For what it’s worth (I just have some extra time on my hands today), I will explain my stand on the following three topics that I get most “hate mail” about: judging, hating, and name calling.

1) Judging

The phrase “judge not” occurs 7 times in the entire Bible. Two of those are the often quoted “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” in the books of Matthew and Luke. The other five instances all speak favorably of judging, in fact, God is upset because of the fast that people do NOT carry out judgment.

2Ch 19:6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.

Isa 1:23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

Jer 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.

1Co 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.

The word “judge” occurs a total of 191 times in the Bible, so I’m guessing it’s a word God likes to use.

God is not saying that we should never judge. He is saying that we should not judge a matter unless we are willing to have someone else judge us on that same matter. For instance, I can say that murder is wrong, which is a judgmental statement. Any time they like, people are welcome to tell me that I am wrong if I commit murder. They can mete me by the same measure that I set forth, and be justified in doing so.

Matthew 7:2 – For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

God, in fact, commands us to judge all throughout the Bible, such as in this verse:

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

An entire book of the Bible is called judges. God instituted a government based on judges. I would like to ask all those who write to me and say that judging is always wrong if they think we should get rid of all the judges in this country, as well as the judicial branch altogether. Obviously, that would be utter foolishness.

Furthermore, we are not limited to only judging those areas of life that we are blameless in. For example, I have taught our children that telling a lie is wrong, in spite of the fact that I have lied many times. But if they called me on it, I would have to admit that, yes, I am a liar like everyone else, and yes, I am wrong for that.

The parable that Jesus uses in that favorite passage is about someone having a mote in their eye. Jesus doesn’t say not to pull the mote out (= judge them), but rather to remove the beam from our own eye first and then help the other person (=judge them). To go back to my example, I have never put a post up here saying how wretched and disgusting it is to even tell a single lie, because I, like all other human beings, have lied.

But I have never killed my children by way of abortion, IVF, or any other processes that end the life of a child after conception. I have never murdered anyone else, either. I have never dropped my kids off in daycare to pursue a career. I have never been, nor ever will be, a sodomite. So if I speak out against any of these issues, I am willing to be judged by those exact same standards.

My final remark on this point is that a statement such as “You are a judgmental, bigoted [expletive]”, some variation of which I receive daily, is judgmental. Only a judgmental person can accuse me of being judgmental, after judging me to be so. Hence, they are also a hypocrite, because they think it is ok for them to do something that they are telling me is wrong to do.

Judging is NOT wrong, and I challenge anyone to send me a Bible verse proving me wrong – excluding the ones above that I just disproved.

2) Hating

Many people think it is always wrong to hate anything or anyone for any reason. Others like to parrot the phrase “hate the sin but love the sinner”, which yes, to a point, is true. But there comes a point when God hates certain people after they have rejected him time and again, and then we are commanded not to love them.

God said in Hosea 9:15: All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters.

In Malachi 1:3, God said: And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

Psa 139:21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

Psa 139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

2Ch 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.

Rom 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

If hating people is wrong, God must have been wrong in hating all these people listed above, which is not a conclusive list by far.

I hate sodomites because God hates them. Romans 1 makes it clear that they became like that AFTER “God gave them up” and “God gave them over” because they rejected him time and again and would not believe on Him. It is a lie that they were born that way. It is a lie that anyone can become one. Once a person is saved, they are incapable of sinking to the level of a filthy animal because God is not rejecting them. God places the death penalty on sodomy, so apparently He thinks it’s time for them to go to hell.

Lev 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Of course, it is no surprise that God lists bestiality just a couple of verses further down. Sodomites are sick predators who don’t just stop at relations with someone of the same gender. They are also capable of committing bestiality and pedophilia.

Sodomy, bestiality, pedophilia etc. are NOT natural sins. Any human being has a sin nature that makes them want to lie, steal, or commit other sins. A man might look at a provocative picture of a woman and automatically be inclined to lust after her in his heart, but no man naturally would lust after another man that he sees in a similar pose. That is “against nature”, as the Bible puts it. Only a reprobate is capable of sinking to those depths, and only after they have reached a point of no return with God.

Yes, there was a time when any person on this earth could have been saved, and God did not want for them to go to hell, but eventually there comes a point where God draws the line. There are people in hell right now, and will be there for eternity, whom God allowed to die before they believed on Him and got saved. His Spirit will not always strive with man.

And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. [that’s AIDS]

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

[Here God starts the roll call of listing the attributes of sodomites:]

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,

Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. – Romans 1:27-32


3) Name calling

When I say that homos are filthy animals, I think of these verses:

2Pe 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

Jude 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

When I call them queers, this verse comes to mind (as “queer” means “strange”):

Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

When I call them fags, it is to make a point of how much I hate them. Kind of like God was trying to make a point of being crass in these verses:

2Ki 18:27 But Rabshakeh said unto them, Hath my master sent me to thy master, and to thee, to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men which sit on the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?

Isa 36:12 But Rabshakeh said, Hath my master sent me to thy master and to thee to speak these words? hath he not sent me to the men that sit upon the wall, that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?

Mal 2:3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.

Don’t bother leaving me a dissenting comment, it will neither be read nor get published. Start your own blog and write whatever you want on there. Or better yet, crack open the Bible and read it, rather than getting your world views from the television. You might find that God is not Santa Claus.

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Posted by: Zsuzsanna | January 15, 2009

Worse than I thought

I am totally against putting children in daycare, as you may recall from this post. It is detrimental to their health, their mental wellbeing, their behavior, and their safety. Still, I was shocked to read the following article on the local news:

Police: Toddler was smothered to death during nap time

A daycare worker in Chandler accused of smothering a 2½-year-old more than two months ago was still working at the preschool up until Tuesday when she was arrested on second-degree murder charges at her home.

Candelaria Bradford, who children and parents knew as “Candy,” is accused of pressing Selenia Moreno’s head and body into a mat as she cried during naptime at Colorful Kids Preschool on Nov. 5.

Bradford had already finished her shift for the day when other daycare workers found the child not breathing 45 minutes later. Bradford told police she didn’t intentionally or accidentally hurt the child._AD(‘ArticleFlex_1’)

Bradford was arrested Tuesday afternoon at her Tempe home and accused of suffocating the toddler.

The child had a purple bruise on her forehead, a red mark on her hand and her skin was discolored purple, consistent with smothering, according to police reports.

The article goes into further detail than I copied here.

Then, I searched the website of the Arizona Department of Health Services – Division of Licensing Services for any records of reports against childcare facilities in the state of Arizona. A total of 184 PAGES of providers popped up (2752 different childcare centers) that had all failed inspection or had a charge against them!!! Each of these centers had several incidents listed against them, and the farthest back I found on my very brief search was from 2006.

It’s just sickening. I feel so bad for these children.

Posted by: Zsuzsanna | January 14, 2009

Recipe for Lángos

Tereza, this post is just for you. And for me to vicariously enjoy the thought of getting to eat these. Note for my non-Hungarian readers: this is kind of like Indian fry bread.

The recipe was taken from Culinaria Hungary, which is worth every cent and vital if you ever feel homesick for Hungary. Amazon carries a paperback version that costs less, but I love the hardcover edition and use it often. Every food I have ever eaten in Hungary in my life can be found in this book. It even has a recipe for making túró!

Zsírban sült lángos

150 g soft-cooking potatoes
30 g fresh yeast (or use 1 1/2 tsp. dried yeast)
400 ml milk
3 tbsp powdered sugar
400 g flour
salt
50 ml oil
oil for frying

Cook potatoes with skin. Dissolve yeast in 100 ml lukewarm, sweetened milk and let rest in a warm spot for 10 minutes. Peel potatoes and mash while warm. Sift flour into a large bowl, pour in milk and yeast. Add potatoes, oil, remaining milk and some salt and knead into a smooth dough. Sprinkle with flour, cover with a kitchen towel, and let rest for approx. 1 hour in a warm spot (until doubled in size). Fill a pan with approx. 6 cm of oil and heat. Tear off a piece of dough, make a patty approx. 2 cm thick, and lay it in the hot oil. Fry until golden, turn carefully, and fry other side. Sprinkle with salt and enjoy hot.


Just be careful not to let the oil get too hot.


I apologize, that was in totally poor taste. I feel terrible for whoever suffered this fire, honestly. I just couldn’t resist.

Lángos taste great plain, but can also be eaten with any of these toppings: garlic, sour cream, ham, shredded Swiss cheese, feta, dill, káposzta, or pretty much anything else that strikes your fancy.


Please click here if you need to work up an appetite.

Posted by: Zsuzsanna | January 8, 2009

Getting up early

Lately, I have been encouraged by post like these and this to get into a habit of consistently getting up early. This is certainly a concept that is found throughout the book of proverbs as well as the entire Bible, but the most famous verse is probably the one in the description of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, verse 15:

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

I think getting up early really is a question of self-discipline. It is very tempting to want to stay up late at night to get some quiet time without the kids running around, even if it is just to clean or get caught up on stuff around the house. I am not at all against staying up after the kids are in bed, but let’s face it – most moms will be way too tired at this point to really get much housework done.

Personally, we do not have a TV, but families who do may be tempted to just sit in front of it and “veg”. Even if they enjoy more wholesome fun such as a craft of board game, they will inevitably be too tired the next day to want to get up early.

Getting up at the same time as your children (or after them) is detrimental for various reasons, some of which are:

– You will be very busy the second you roll out of bed with feeding and dressing the kids. This leaves no time for you to pray and read the Bible by yourself first, get groomed and dressed, have something to eat, and just generally get some alone time to give you the strength needed to make it through a long day of hard work.

– Getting started on dinner preparations will also go out the window, which will have you working that much harder later in the day. It’s much easier and faster to throw a meal in the crock pot or get bread dough going when you are working without any little ones around. The time it saves could be used to make a special treat with the kids later in the day.

– Your kids will probably wake each other up, which means that you will have to care for all of them at once rather than one by one as they wake up one after the other. By getting up before them, you could have some one-on-one time with the child who rises first as a reward. In our house, our kids are always very creative at carving out time that they have either me or my husband all to themselves.

– In general, you will get a much later start on your day, and you will be struggling all day long to get even the basics done.

– You are setting a poor example for your son(s), who will one day have to rise early and work hard all day to provide for their own families, and your daughter(s) who will have to work hard at raising a family just like we do every day.

I think that not getting a chance to quietly read and meditate on the Word of God, your spiritual food, is by far the worst of all these disadvantages. It will put your attitude on the wrong path all day long, and you will not be the wife and mother that you should be. A dirty house is one thing, but a grouchy mom that is stretched to her limits and ready to snap at any moment is far worse. I have been guilty of this myself many times, but it’s just not a good way to go through life.

Looking at the above verse, it says that the virtuous woman rises “while it is yet night”, which in the Bible is technically anytime before 6 AM. Others may interpret it to mean anytime before the sun comes up. I don’t think there is a “set” time that God had in mind when he wrote that verse, and I think it is different for every lady.

In my case, our kids usually go to bed around 8 PM, later on church nights. After they are down, I like to “pick up” the house. Then I run the dishes, laundry, and sweep/mop the floors. These are activities that I would not want to do early in the morning because they are loud, and our kids are light sleepers in the morning and would wake up, which would defeat the whole point of me getting up early. At night, however, nothing wakes them up. Also, I like to wake up to a house that looks neat and tidy, even if it is not totally clean, rather than a complete mess that I know I have to get done before the kids wake up.

There are other activities that I do not like doing at night, because I am usually too tired. Some of these are cleaning the bathrooms or folding and putting away laundry. So in my case, I want some alone time at night as well as in the morning. On average, when I am not pregnant, I function well on 6-7 hours of sleep. I have also noticed that if I go to bed early, I will need less sleep and often wake up of my own after 6 hours or less.

My plan the last couple of weeks has been to be in bed by 11 PM and get up between 5 and 5:30. Many times, I wake up on my own before the alarm goes off. I sit in the school room and listen to the Bible on CD while folding laundry. Since this is very monotonous work that doesn’t take much thought, it does not distract me from what I am listening to. When I am done with the laundry, I start cleaning, so I switch to my Bible memory index cards because I would be too distracted to keep listening, or just pray while I clean.

As summer draws closer and the days get longer, I want to start getting up a half hour earlier because by 6 AM, it is bright day here, and the kids get up around that time.

The results have really paid off. I have been able to keep up with our daily laundry load (3-4 loads per day, more on Mondays), and I have a much easier time getting a lot of Bible reading done then when I would get up early hit-and-miss. When we went on a trip to California earlier this week, I got up early the first day (after driving half the night and only sleeping 4 hours) so I could go to the store and buy our food for the day rather than getting unhealthy and expensive food at Legoland. The next day was the first day that I have gotten up late recently – I was woken up by my husband at 9 AM after sleeping 12 hours! Him and the boys were in one hotel room, and me and the girls were in another room next door. It was really nice, and because we were not home, there was no housework that got neglected by my sleeping in.

This has been a good goal to work towards, and I would encourage every lady to give it a try.

I will say, though, that I would not be getting up this early if I were pregnant. When I am pregnant, I need 10-12 hours of sleep in any 24 hour period, especially during the first few months. If I get less, or get up early, I get violently ill, which I hate. There are different seasons in every mom’s life, and right now I am bursting with energy because I just had a baby. I am sure that once I get pregnant again in a year or so things will slow down for 9 months, and that’s good, too.

Posted by: Zsuzsanna | January 4, 2009

Interesting study on SIDS

Fans may reduce the risk of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, a new study shows.

Babies who slept in a room with a fan were 72% less likely to die from SIDS, according to a study released from Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study included interviews with the mothers of 185 infants who died from SIDS and the mothers of 312 other babies.

Click here to view the full news article, or simply do a google search on “SIDS fan study”.

I have to say that my theory on why fans have this effect is slightly different from the conclusion that the study authors came to (who don’t know exactly why fans seem to help, it’s possible that fans improve air circulation, preventing infants from rebreathing exhaled carbon dioxide, which can pool up in the gap between a baby’s face and the mattress). While I think that point is definitely valid, I doubt many (if any) of the kids in this study were placed on their tummy to sleep, which would be the only way for carbon dioxide to pool up in front of baby’s face.

My theory is that air blowing lightly in the baby’s face triggers their natural reflex to inhale. If you have a young baby, you can try this: blow gently in their face and they will take a quick, deep breath. This works great for example when your child hurts themselves and “screams silently” without breathing in. Our oldest would start turning blue and almost pass out until I learned this trick. Now I just give a quick blow in their face, which makes them stop screaming to take a breath.

This is another reason why I LOVE LOVE LOVE having my youngest baby always tucked in by my side to sleep at night. They do not need a fan because while I am sleeping, I am constantly breathing on them lightly, which is like a “breathing pacemaker” to them. I believe that this is a major reason why “co-sleeping” babies have so much lower rates of SIDS. Breathing is an involuntary reflex, but in some babies it is a still a little immature at birth and they simply “forget” to breathe. The natural reflex to breathe does not kick in, and they die. Of course, there are many contributing factors (such as cigarette smoke, not being breastfed, etc.), but I believe that these come into play only because they disadvantage the child and further undermine his/her health.

I am a firm believer that all young babies should sleep with their parents, and that parents need to take precautions to ensure their bed is baby-friendly (i.e. no gaps, guard rails for older babies, etc.). If you or your spouse are intoxicated, have taken prescription medicine, or are extremely obese, having baby in bed with you is NOT safe, as you may inadvertently roll over them in your sleep.

You can find lots of information on safe co-sleeping habits online or at the library.

Edited to add: Please check out this post on important information regarding the safety of (crib) mattresses.

Posted by: Zsuzsanna | January 3, 2009

Out of the mouth of babes…

My kids had the following conversation at the store yesterday, very loudly, and within ear shot of several other customers:

John (4 years old): Barack Obama, and the devil, and the government are worser than anything else in the world.

Isaac (5 years old): Mom, John actually told me that he thinks Barack Obama is worse than the faggots.

Ah, precious moments!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

By the way, don’t bother writing me angry comments about teaching my children to hate homosexuals. The public school system sure doesn’t seem to think kids their age are too young for this kind of subject matter when they have them reading books like this one, this, or countless others. The tiny children’s library in our city has an entire section on homosexuality with 12 books on the subject (needless to say, all positive), free and open for all children to check out and read. If more moms like me stood up to these freaks and perverts, especially in public, maybe they’d go back in the closet.

In every account that the Bible gives of them, sodomites are violating others. My kids won’t grow up with a soft-spot for people who want nothing more than to hurt others and to win them over to their disgusting lifestyle, one that will condemn them eternally to hell. If you think I am strange for being disgusted by the worst sin mentioned in the Bible, and one that even unbelievers have hated throughout centuries up until recent years, then so be it.

Sorry to confuse the issue by bringing the Bible into it. But it does say “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.”. Christians are supposed to love their enemies, but not God’s enemies.

On a closing note, I thought it was very interesting that amazon.com lists the “New King James” version of the Bible second in a list of juvenile pro-homo books. Check it out for yourself here.

Posted by: Zsuzsanna | January 2, 2009

Recipe for Taco Soup

Taco Soup

This has been a staple dinner in our house ever since I first tried it. Tastes great, inexpensive, and the ingredients are always on hand.

Allison, if you are reading this, THANK YOU for sharing this recipe with me. I still have the original, hand-written copy you made for me! It is covered in countless food splatters and grease stains because I have used it so many times. In fact, I know the recipe by heart, but I like to pull it out and read it because it reminds me of you.

Ingredients:

* 2 pounds ground beef
* 2 envelopes taco seasoning (= 1/2 cup) or less, depending on your taste
* 1-1/2 cups water
* 2 cans mild chili beans
* 2 cans whole kernel corn, drained, or frozen corn
* 1 can tomato sauce
* 2 cans diced tomato with green chilies (or plain diced tomatoes for a milder flavor)
* 1-2 beef bullion cubes (optional)

Directions:

In a Dutch oven or large kettle, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and mix well. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Tastes great with corn chips, sour cream, and avocado on top. Enjoy!

Posted by: Zsuzsanna | December 30, 2008

A note to everyone on my blog roll

My blog, which really was just intended for friends and family, gets a lot of traffic because our church’s website links to it. A lot of this traffic is from people who have radically different beliefs than we do, and invariably they write to leave nasty comments.

While that does not phase me at all, and may in fact amuse me, I realize that blog authors listed on my blog roll may feel some of this “fallout”.

So if at any time you would prefer for me to remove a link to your blog off my website, please just let me know. I won’t be offended at all, or have my feelings hurt.
Posted by: Zsuzsanna | December 28, 2008

Our Christmas

We had a very nice Christmas. Usually, we open presents in the morning on Christmas Day, but this year, we opened them on Christmas Eve after the evening church service. I liked that better because the kids could sleep on all their excitement about their gifts, which made Christmas Day more relaxing for us parents. Plus, I had a chance to tidy up the house and throw away all the gift wrap/boxes/etc. after they went to sleep. I think that will become our new tradition. It also freed me up on Christmas Day to cook a big breakfast and to start the dinner leisurely while the kids were busy playing (but not bouncing off the walls with excitement and anticipation).

On Christmas Eve, before going to church, we also took a few more family photos because everyone was dressed up for Christmas. Believe me, it is not easy to get 7 people to look even half-way nice on camera! My husband was goofing around with the boys, all the kids were totally antsy because they knew we were opening presents after church, and Miriam had just woken up and was mad about me fixing her hair for the pictures.

Anyway, this is what I came up with after an hour of trying:

The whole family

The kids


The boys



The girls


Miriam



Rebecca

We had a ham dinner with all the typical sides for Christmas, and it was delicious. My husband and I got to play five rounds of the board game I gave him as a gift, and I beat him every single time. He had more luck the next day, when we also played this game and this one, which we already had. Can you tell we like this game?!? We usually only ever get to play on holidays when he is off, and it was fun.
Posted by: Zsuzsanna | December 24, 2008

Joyous Kwanzaa? – No thanks!!!

If you have never heard of Kwanzaa before, you may not be alone. The first time I heard of it was about 5 or 6 years ago, and I had no clue anyone actually celebrated it. But lately, I have run into several people who do observe Kwanzaa, and it peaked my curiosity enough to look into this “holiday”. The following information is based on various Wikipedia entries (direct quotes in red).

An African-American scholar and social activist, Ron Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as the first African-American holiday. Karenga said his goal was to “…give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza“, meaning “first fruits”. The choice of Swahili, an East African language, reflects its status as a symbol of Pan-Africanism, especially in the 1960s.

Apparently, people who celebrate Kwanzaa do so as an alternative to “imitat[ing] the practice of the dominant society”, which is celebrating Christmas and New Year. The implication, of course, is that white people are the dominant society. I would like to ask – in which way are we dominant? Even if such was the case back in the 1960s and no longer is, why is the holiday still being observed? It has always boggled my mind that in the United States, it is apparently o.k. to be a racist if you are what is considered a “minority”, but if you are not, you have to forever feel bad about the fact that you are white and therefore by definition evil.

But let’s take a look at the brilliant mind that is behind this “holiday”, Ron Karenga:

– A high school dropout.

– In 1965, Karenga founded the Organization Us, a Cultural Black Nationalist group.

– Created Kwanzaa in 1966.

– In 1971, Karenga was convicted (along with 2 others) of felony assault and false imprisonment for assaulting and torturing over a two day period two women from the US organization, Deborah Jones and Gail Davis. The details of his conviction are far too disgusting and graphic to post here, but you can read about them on Wikipedia. He served 4 years in state prison, where he adopted his views on Marxism. After reading the charges that he was convicted of, I cannot understand how or why he only served 4 years in prison.

– Admitted to UCLA in 1975 as part of a federal program. He went on to be awarded several doctorates.

– Chairman of the black studies department at California State University, Long Beach, from 1989 to 2002.

This guy sounds like a real winner. Given his background, it is no wonder he went on to teach at a state university. But back to the holiday he founded:

Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of “African traditions” and “common humanist principles.”

“Common humanist principles”? Personally, I would like for my principles to be as different as possible from the principles of this evil man, but let’s take a look at them here:
  • Umoja (unity)—To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (self-determination)—To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (collective work and responsibility)—To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (cooperative economics)—To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (purpose)—To make our collective vocation the building and development of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (creativity)—To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (faith)—To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
Need I say more? Clearly, this man was a Marxist through and through. I will not even go through the above principles point by point to prove why they are stupid and wrong, or I might get too worked up to be able to go to sleep tonight.

What is the point of this post, you wonder? I would like to clarify, once and for all, that Black activists are the real racists. They are the ones who label African-Americans as an abused minority, which they are not. In turn, too many Black kids grow up with a chip on their shoulder, thinking Uncle Sam owes them a living, and viewing white people as the root of all their problems. It is no wonder so many of them grow up to live off government support, which in essence makes them enslaved to the government. Instead, somebody should have taught them that white or black, red or yellow, you have to work hard to make a living, and that griping about what wrong was done to your great-great-grandpa by people who are long dead will not make your life any easier. That instead of fighting the idealistic battle of a Marxist criminal, they would be better off investing time in their families and freeing themselves from dependence on the US government.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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