"The Christian god can easily be pictured as virtually the same god as the many ancient gods of past civilizations. The Christian god is a three headed monster; cruel, vengeful and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites."
This loathing doctrine impresses upon the oppressed the idea that they are worthless sinners in need of redemption, and that believing in the impossible is their only hope, so any pragmatic struggle to change their plight is futile and that, in fact, they should rejoice in their predicament because it has been “divinely ordained” by a celestial entity who will reward them for all their suffering, not here and now, but after they die. In other words, they should see, however warped and sinister it may appear, their pain, misery and suffering as actually a “blessing in disguise” that is part of a “plan” designed by this deity with them in mind. It’s then no surprise why all the good stuff religion promises will take place in some future and not in the present—at the only point of actual contact we have with reality. So in the meantime what they must do—tells them the religion of their oppressor—is to fix their affections on the invisible, regard this life as a probationary period, to wallow and grovel in their supposed unworthiness, and beg for the rest of their lives span for some promised “salvation.” The present is only for penance and to be grounded in doctrinal mandate. Arguably the greatest psychological damage, in my judgment, done to the negro people has been perpetrated by religion, and possibly the most difficult to reverse. Indeed they are in need of “deliverance”—but deliverance from the power and effects of religion. Complete liberation from ignorance and illusion if they are to regain their self-worth, their dignity and their sanity.
Very religious yet dysfunctional
Why are we, as a whole, so dysfunctional? Why do we, as a whole, fall behind everyone else in every respect? Why our communities are plagued with every social ill more so than any other community? An alarming 57% of our black children are born to black single mothers. Why the incarceration rate for black men is higher than any other group? Except for funeral homes, a few barber-shops and a couple of soul-food restaurants, what else do we owned in our communities? Where are our black-owned grocery stores? Where are our clothing stores, our furniture stores, our car dealership, gas stations? Where are the black banks with balls and backbone that stand on their own feet worth of mentioning? We produce almost nothing! We manufacture nothing yet we are the biggest consumers! Every one of those business are owned by outsiders who are neither members of the black community nor part of the community and care nothing about blacks in general; and who come in, not to invest, but only to get our money while displaying an attitude of contempt and superiority and yet, in the face of all of this, we still support those bastards. This is fucking heart wrenching and embarrassing to any black with intelligence, pride and dignity.
Indeed we are very religious people—there’s no denial about that. Many negroes love to parrot, as if it were some special virtue, the tiresome platitude: “We’re a very spiritual people.” That cannot be disputed, but to that I will add that we are too spiritual to the point of absurdity, to the point of being irrational, to our own detrimental. Our spirituality hasn’t done jack shit for us in terms of the advancement of the race. That’s spirituality without substance. In fact, our spirituality is precisely what unscrupulous preachers prey upon. This spirituality is seeing by these leeches-preachers as a commodity to be exploited for their own personal gain. The sermons’ appeal, then, cannot be to reason and critical thinking but only to emotion to render the unsuspected vulnerable to be fleeced, to be exploited, to be robbed. Most of those religious huts are the preachers’ pimping posts where they swindle the gullible by means of deception. Appealing to their emotion, necessities, fear, and guilt trip, the sheepishly congregated bamboozled negroes are then fleeced monetarily and their spirituality made a joke of by these religious pimps with honed cunning skills.
Now, here’s something embarrassingly interesting. The religionized means of exploitation which has been going on for a very long time within the walls of these religious huts found on almost every corner in our communities, not only remain unchallenged, but have been rationalized, excused and justified by the very same people who fall prey of these well-kept institutions of failure headed, too many of them, by religious pimps, shrewd swindlers, tricksters, parasitic charlatans who know exactly what appeals to the deprived masses and thus the reason why they remain largely unchecked. Oddly as it may sound, the personal wealth of these skillful religious tricksters obtained by means of deception is, in some twisted way, a matter of pride for the victims. So any one who dares to expose or criticise those tricksters would be attacked by the victims themselves. Thousands more will continue being fleeced by these religious con men who go by the title of "Reverend," but any form of criticism will remain silenced. And this speaks volume of the single-mindedness, insurmountable cognitive dissonance, and sheer ignorance our communities wallow in. For anyone who wishes to study in-depth the “Stockholm Syndrome” black people can best provide a point of reference and arguably the best living example of it.
This is the stark reality of the condition of our people. It does reveal the tragic extent to which a dominant group can shape and control even the thinking process of the oppressed people. Blacks [may] have been physically emancipated but not mentally. The psychological shackle is conspicuous and deeply ingrained in their psyche. And the black church has been very instrumental in maintaining and reassuring that the blacks remain right where they are.