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Thursday, June 18, 2015

African Methodism in America

CBS Atlanta:

The Emmanuel AME church is a historic African-American church that traces its roots to 1816, when several churches split from Charleston’s Methodist Episcopal church.

One of its founders, Denmark Vesey, tried to organize a slave revolt in 1822. He was caught, and white landowners had his church burned in revenge. Parishioners worshipped underground until after the Civil War.

We're not being told here why the AME church split off. The media want us to think the schism was about slavery and racism, but they don't say it - so that implies they can't say it, because that would not be true.

The Methodist tendency in the Anglican communion was always against slavery. John Wesley its founder preached against it decades before the 1816 schism. And the AME founder Richard Allen was himself ordained by the Methodists. So neither slavery nor racism could be the reason for the Parting Of Ways.

Allen's biography is interesting. He was ever for helping the "fugitive slaves" - illegally so, under the laws of the time. Later he helped with the Underground Railroad which brought slaves out of the slave-states, even more directly illegal.

So Allen used the Methodists, to get ordained. He was a minister second, a warrior for his own race first. The AME congregation was ever a political pressure-group behind religion as cover. It has never been a church. And that explains why the Reverend Clementa had no problem using his flock in his run for office.

At least when politically-minded black Americans joined Islam it was more honest. Islam has never pretended to be anything but a political movement guided by God.

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