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Sunday, April 26, 2009

My First Podcast! Religion and Poverty

This is the first of a feature i plan to use once a week--audio clips to supplement some of my written commentaries. The clip below was chosen partially because i was reflecting on how often many of us use religion to justify and rationalize things that just don't need to be justified. Whether it's racists who rely on the so-called "curse of Ham" (which doesn't even exist) or sexists who rely on some shaky interpretations and examples like Paul advising that women should be quiet in the church, folks who wanna do wrong can usually find a good verse to hide behind.

The same applies to the matter of poverty. While doing my radio show in Selma i had some heated exchanges with White callers trying to justify the vast disparities in wealth between Blacks and Whites. The clip below isn't from one of those heated exchanges, but the caller (who happened to be a regular who i like) cites one of the verses that folks on Wall Street probably love the most--Jesus saying that "the poor will be with you always". Listen to the clip and let me know what you think.

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On that "note", i'm outta here!

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