RFT Ep 236 – Pentecostal History Maker Edition
Posted by Don McLenaghen on December 10, 2013
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First, as someone who was politically aware, who grew up when apartheid went from obscurity in the world to the number one human rights issue to the ultimate collapse of apartheid. The passing of Nelson Mandela is a globally sad event.
Nelson Mandela himself was a terrorist. And I don’t make the claim lightly although terrorism is synonymous with evil. Mandela was not apologetic and never renounced the use of violence…in his own words, violence that they were driven to by the obscenely violent reaction of the white South African Government to peaceful protest. That it was “a purely defensive action against the violence of apartheid.” However upon his release in 1990, he took a more consolatory note stating “there may no longer be the need for the armed struggle”.
A sentiment he backed up later…and an important part of the healing of South Africa…he said:
A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity. When I walked out of prison that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both.
And another quote:
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite.
A person often over looked in the life of South Africa and the end of apartheid is F. W. de Klerk. Don’t get me wrong, an analogy to Nazi Germany, after the death of Hitler, being taken over by Goering, looking for a peace treaty …anyway, De Klerk was the person willing to chance that what he was taught from birth…that the blacks were animals…was not true…that if South Africa was to survive, HE must trust that ALL South Africans are people. It was De Klirk who released all political prisoners…he rescinded the ban on black political parties…it was he, who released Mandela.
Of course, this praise must be tempered…and shows the greatness of Mandela.
A very different path was chosen by Ian Smith and Robert Mugabe of Rhodesia slash Zimbabwe. Smith wanted to defend the white supremacy to the end…Mugabe, a communist slash socialist like Mandela, wanted to wipe the stain of colonialism from Africa.
In Rhodesia’s case, you had a leader unwilling to take a chance on the side of whites, and a person incapable of rising above revenge on the side of the blacks. What resulted was a prolonged civil war that cost the lives of thousands, ruined the country and created a state almost as anti-white as it was previously anti-black.
Rhodesia provides the greatest contrast but it is not unique…this provides the context as to why Mandela…perhaps uniquely in this millennia, deserved the praise of every person willing to call themselves human.
To exemplify this thought, I was listening to a podcast where Jon Oliver, of the Daily Show fame, mention that when he went to South Africa…he asked more than 50 people, why didn’t the black majority kill every white person after the end of apartheid…the response was, almost exactly the same for everyone…’quote’ “I couldn’t hate because Mandela told us not to. He did not hate any one, and if he did not hate after everything he has been through, then how could I”
And that was the greatness of the man…a greatness I fear none of us shall know again.
THAT SAID…the RANT of this subject is the fact that this is the ONLY thing news agencies are talking about.
Don’t get me wrong, I think programming throughout the world should do a show slash segment on the greatness of this epitome of the best of us…but only one…
The CBC has had as its TOP STORY, everything Mandela…who is showing up to the remembrance ceremony, retrospectives on Mandela, who has signed their guest book for Mandela…the logistical nightmare of hosting this ceremony…seriously, remember, comment and then return to telling the news.
The man has earned the praise, but the world did not stop on his death. This speaks to a bigger issue with ‘quote’ the news…it’s about informing the public and helping them be better citizens. It is NOT about entertaining them, pandering to the ‘quote ‘ news cycle and getting the most you can with the least expenditure of personnel and money.
To take this sentiment to the extreme…I threw up, when I heard Rick Santorum, religious nut and failed Presidential Candidate, first compare apartheid to Obama care and then…showing this man as the piece of shyte he is, comparing his ‘quote’ struggle against Affordable health care to that of Mandela’s against apartheid…please cover your children’s ears, but Fuck You! Santorum…you are disgusting and…and…I can’t continue on the public air waves…
We have the creators of the documentary History Maker 2013, Sam Fenn and Gordon Katic in studio to talk about the show. As they put it the doco is tagged:
As a Christian teenager, Sam Fenn attended Historymaker, a Pentecostal youth rally where people spoke in tongues, were healed by the Holy Spirit and received divine prophecy. 10 years later, Sam is an atheist but he still cannot rationalize away his experiences at the conference. Sam goes back to Historymaker to confront his past: will he put his doubts to rest or find God all over again?
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