Barry Black talks back. . .to the religious right

(system) #1

By Alexander Carpenter

YEAH! That's what we're talking about. Mad props to Chaplain Barry Black for takin' a stand for informed religious values. Already a friend of mine, an Episcopalian Reverend priestess, mentioned his action. What people do makes a difference. [updated thanks to xy.]

From the AP:WASHINGTON — Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black has canceled his scheduled appearance at a Christian evangelical conference after he was pictured with columnist Ann Coulter and other prominent conservatives in a brochure promoting the event.

Black told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he wouldn't be addressing next month's Reclaiming America for Christ Conference because his appearance wouldn't uphold the Senate chaplain's "historic tradition of being nonpolitical, nonpartisan, nonsectarian," a spokeswoman for the chaplain said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Meg Saunders said Black, a Seventh-day Adventist and a former Navy chaplain, had received "a very generic invitation" in fall 2005 to speak at the March conference and had agreed because there was room on his schedule.

After learning more about the other speakers and the event's featured topics, Black became "concerned" and canceled his appearance, Saunders said. "He felt the information had been incomplete," she said.

Other featured speakers at the conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., include Father Frank A. Pavone, a Catholic priest and abortion opponent; conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly; and Family Research Council President Tony Perkins. Listed topics include "making America safe for the unborn," "the battle to defend marriage," "homosexuality and the church" and "Darwin's deadly legacy."Catch the whole story here.

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(Denny) #2

Maybe one day the religious right will have a conference on ‘The end of exploitation of people not in the wealthy classes’ and ‘Human rights and respect for all regardless of genitals and melanin level’…

(Gary Whiteman) #3

How does Chaplain Black suppose he can make a difference by not attending and representing values he believes in? Does not our God desire “muscular Christians” to represent His will on this sin-cursed planet?

(Interested Friend) #4

“historic tradition of being nonpolitical, nonpartisan, nonsectarian,”

If that is truly the case how is it that Black speaks to SDA congregations?

Where is the touted “talks back”?

In The Grip of Truth

(George Tichy) #5

I didn’t get it. Can you please elaborate on the concept of “muscular Christians?”

I always thought Chaplain Black was supposed to be a chaplain. Or was he actually hired to be an evangelist in the Congress?

(Gary Whiteman) #6

Are not all Christians witnesses (Matt 28:18-20)? While not all are evangelists (1Cor 12:12-31) we do all have available to us, all the time, God’s Holy Spirit (Acts 4:1-13; Matt 10:16-20), and can witness for God’s truth (1Cor 13) which is NOT a denominational teaching. A muscular Christian is filled with God’s Holy Spirit, doing God’s work, whether a chaplain, public/private school teacher, soldier, health worker, construction worker, homemaker, etc., et al. “Brighten The Corner Where You Are”.

(George Tichy) #7

Exactly. Unfortunately Adventism has been built on certain assumptions of exclusivism, separatism, superiority-ism, and other “isms” that developed an ill mentality of “grandeur” that is just insane.

Denominational-ism became one of the big gods of Adventism. This is why many people would expect Chaplain Black to preach “Adventism” to the Congress members, but since he is just doing his job from a Gospel point of view, they may complain that he has not been a good Adventist advocate. Fortunately he is a very strong person and will be able to just ignore those nonsensical remarks.

Being an Adventism before being a Christian is surely having it backwards!!!