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During a recent lecture, Native American activist Mark Charles managed to denounce his usual suspects—the Doctrine of Discovery, the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and U.S. exceptionalism—while adding to his list of systemic racism, Israel-U.S. relations, the idea of “Promised Land,” and of course, the American Church.
Charles accused the U.S. and Israel of having a “dysfunctional, co-dependent relationship that has almost nothing to do with equality, freedom, or justice,” blasted the narrative of Promised Land as “authority to commit genocide,” and considered calling the Church to “lament its sin of slavery, genocide, mass incarceration, and everything else.” And all within 40 minutes!
Charles - Comments - March - Audience - Divinity
Charles made his provocative comments on March 20 before an audience of young divinity students during a lecture series, called Mosaic Gathering, and hosted by Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in Deerfield, Illinois. The divinity school is part of Trinity International University and historically rooted in the Swedish Evangelical Free Church.
The Mosaic Gathering is a weekly on-campus event housed under the divinity school’s “diversity initiative”. Invited guest speakers explore issues of race and reconciliation “under the biblical vision of reconciliation with prayer, biblical reflections, and social analysis,” according to the TEDS web site.
Enter - Charles - Mosaic - Lecture - Blood
Enter Charles and his Mosaic lecture titled, “Whose Blood Covers Systemic, Corporate Sin?”
IRD President Mark Tooley addressed Charles’ claim that the U.S. Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution are “systemically racist” at the 2016 Justice Conference, where he also told his young Evangelical audience that “Everything you own is stolen” (You can read Tooley’s response here).
IRD - Joshua - Arnold - Charles - Criticisms
Most recently, IRD intern Joshua Arnold responded to Charles’ incendiary criticisms of Abraham Lincoln and Christian Europe here.
For this blog post, I’d like to focus on the comments Charles made regarding Israel and the narrative of Promised Land.
Charles - Begins - Speech - Israeli - Prime
Charles begins by citing a speech Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu delivered before the...
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