Be Owners Not Donors, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

 

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Religious institutions in the United States are generally economically corrupt and have been controlled by the commercial banking debt system for over 100 years.

Have you seen Creflow Dollar dancing on top of cash money on stage in his church? Daddy Grace would have his followers pin dollar bills on a money tree. Father Divine would provide a buffet dinner for his followers’ dollars. Reverend Ike would give to his followers what he called a blessing clothe in return for money. The Jehovah’s Witnesses or Watchtower Society founder Charles Taze Russell played on his members’ fears of an apocalyptic end of the world. It was to occur in 1874. It did not occur. Time and again that church would crunch numbers and predict the end of the world. But all that happened is what always happens and that is people were filled with fear and they paid church leaders to not be afraid. In the meantime,  the leaders became wealthy simply making their followers afraid of one scam after the other. None of those kinds of exchanges were economically and morally fair to their members.

Each of them, and those like them, used many gimmicks for one purpose: to get money from people who believed that they could buy happiness from God.

Have you seen the outrageous circus-like atmosphere inside megachurches as their ministers, choirs, and organists emotionally whip their church members up into a frenzy as though they were in a voodoo ritual?

Do you think that my voodoo analogy is farfetched? Maybe you should read the book: Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brainwashing-How Evangelists, Psychiatrists, Politicians, and Medicine Men can Change Your Belief.[1] Note the word ‘physiology’. That is the key word in unlocking the method of ‘unconscious’ control exercised over people by master manipulators.

There is logic driving the kind of emotionalism whipped up in mega churches. The group emotional state has the purpose to make individuals act out unconsciously and in predetermined ways.

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In Mega churches and revival meetings or whenever you have a mass of people gathered, the organizers of such mass meetings know that herd emotional sentiment is greater than any one individual’s capacity to resist it thus making a person less able to make rational choices. They simply follow the herd unconsciously because feelings of insecurities are aroused in them unconsciously.  For example, in a group of 1000 people, if 500 of them reach into their pockets to take out and give money then their act will influence another 250 or more persons to do the same unconsciously especially if they have been whipped up emotionally. People will feel increasingly insecure when not conforming to a crowd especially under timed pressure. The only way for an individual to make the insecure feelings go away is for him or her to follow the herd or leave it.

One tactic used by some churches is to post a tithing list showing those who gave the least at the bottom. The theory is that the insecure feelings aroused in a person when others see their name at the bottom of the list will influence them to give more money and to compete with others who gave more than they did.

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Another example is an experiment I conducted in a college class I teach. I arranged all of the desks so that they would be facing the rear wall of the classroom. I had about15 students come early to class and told them what I was doing. They sat facing the wall.  I waited outside the classroom. As students came into class they each took a seat facing the wall. A point, they followed the herd unconsciously without thinking whether or not I’d be lecturing in my usual place in front of the class behind the lectern.

Do you understand that most churches, both white and black, are in the business of selling the same kind of indulgences which were sold by the Catholic Church to peasants in medieval Europe? Let me explain to you what an ‘indulgence’ is. “In the sixteenth-century indulgences had already taken on the characteristic of a pure money making act … a way of creating revenue.”[2]  An ‘indulgence’ was a ‘promise’ which a church gave to a believer. It said that if a believer gave to the church money then that money would buy him or her into heaven, it would prevent him her from going to hell or that they would get a blessing from God in life.

But the question now is how did this get incorporated into religious practices in the United States where religious freedom is protected under the U.S. Constitution?

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that:Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;” The original intent of the ‘free exercise thereof…” clause in the federal constitution is to protect citizens from what had been happening to people in Europe. In Europe, the religious persecution of people by governments and dominant religious groups in the form of discriminatory laws, physical torture, and murder was the norm.

That is why the framers of the constitution included the “…or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” clause in the Constitution. They did not want religious persecution by either government or dominant religious groups in the United States.

However, the relation between states and federal governments with religious institutions began to change in the 20th century.

The Internal Revenue Service was instituted and codified in 1913 as the 16th amendment to the United States Constitution right after the Federal Reserve Bank Act was signed into law in the same year.

It was written by the same senators and congressmen who wrote the Federal Reserve Bank Bill and who presented it to Woodrow Wilson in 1913 for his signature.

The bankers involved were J.P. Morgan, Rockefeller, Paul Warburg, Senator Aldrich of Rhode Island, the Rothschild family and many others. The Internal Revenue Service was added to the U.S. Constitution as the 16th amendment so that American citizens could be taxed to pay for government expenditures and debt owed to the Federal Reserve Bank.

Religious organizations’ tax status was intentionally written in vague terms within the Internal Revenue Service tax code for a reason.[3]

By writing the tax code for tax-exempt status for religious organizations vaguely, commercial Banks were able to incorporate religious institutions into their banking debt system just as they had incorporated Federal government spending into their debt system.

The banks welcomed the non-profit status to religious organizations. But what was their reason for jubilation? The reason is that they wanted to commercialize religious organizations in the United States because that would create for them yet another constant revenue stream and increased profit margins by means of the fractional reserve deposit rule.

Churches having a non-profit status and which claimed that they helped the poor made them eligible to not be financially transparent as was the Federal Government and State governments; they did not have to be transparent to their members nor to state and federal governments on how much money they collected nor how they spent that money. It meant that they could buy property without having to pay property tax.

This is about the time when we see the big urban religious frauds emerge and their century-long acts of legalized fraud against ignorant black poor people.

No longer is there reinforcement of the original intent of the constitution. It was and is generally not understood by religious people and religious leaders.

And even if some did understand it; making money came to take a priority over spiritual principles.  They became increasingly interested in membership growth because it was the size of church or organization membership as ‘livestock’ which served as their collateral in their efforts to get bank loans.

What that did to religion in the United States was to prevent it from moving to spiritual interests and instead moved it to a predominant interest in commercial activity primarily in the form of making money.

Churches began early in the 20th century to compete with the same and other denominations primarily in growing urban areas. They built bigger and bigger churches as if in an arms race to attract new members who were looking for a higher social status in a larger church.  Churches competed with one another for members as would for-profit businesses compete for customers. Churches had become de facto commercial enterprises.

White and Black Churches have funneled trillions of dollars into commercial banks over many decades. For example, black people donate about 17 billion dollars per year to their churches and white people donate approximately 100 billion dollars per year to their churches.  But that money does not work for the church members. That money was and is then loaned out to the private business sector to expand their profits at the expense of religious congregations. At the end of the day, black church members see no private sector investments into their communities’ infrastructure.

If you are wondering why it was and is so easy for banks to manipulate religious leadership into a commercial relationship with them and with their followers, the answer is a simple one. It was and is because preachers and bank owners understand basic human biology and the psychology of fear as well as the propensity of most humans to be ignorant.

But bankers are smarter than preachers; they are smarter because the bankers have had a great advantage. They have had centuries of experience dealing with the greed of royal families and aristocrats in Europe.

What can we conclude given these facts? We can conclude that most preachers are middlemen and women for not only state and federal governments but also for financial institutions.

We can conclude that most black churches deposit their donations in commercial banks.

We can conclude that those banks make profits on the church deposits far greater than the amount of interest paid on church deposits.

We can conclude that religious members do not receive any monetary returns from their churches even though their churches operate as de facto commercial enterprises.

We can conclude that most church leadership live off of the donations of their church members.

We can conclude that many churches invest money in corporations which violate human rights nationally and internationally.

We can conclude that most black churches are corrupted by the commercial orientation of their denominations and boards of directors.

We can conclude that most black churches merely parrot verses from the Old Testament and New Testament which support their economic interests and which support their authority over their church members.

We can conclude that most black churches are spiritually bankrupt.

We can conclude that the above conditions are the reasons why black church leadership is torn between a socialistic worldview, free-masonry membership, and capitalistic assumptions as their basis for social explanations on how to approach social problems in the black community.

We can conclude that this kind of economic exploitation will continue well into the 21st century because of the deep-seated spiritual ignorance passed on from generation to generation in black communities.

That will continue because black people enjoy the entertainment of circus theatrics and reject spiritual substance and they believe that they can pay their way into heaven or out of hell.  Are there any solutions to this global problem?  I think there are some practical solutions. We must become owners and not remain donors.

One solution is that black Americans should categorically and unequivocally reject giving donations to non-profit organizations and instead demand that they receive dividends from their cash investments from their religious organizations. That would, in turn, require them to demand financial transparency from those religious organizations.

That will require church leaders to present to their congregations well thought out business prospectuses to justify asking them for money.

Black people should demand that their religious leaders include them in profit-making ventures as shareholders or owners and not just faceless donors. The reason is simple. It is unfair for banks to make money on religious donations and for members of religious organizations to get no money in return.

The problem associated with solutions is that people must first have the will to apply those solutions if there is to be any hope of change.

[1] Battle For The Mind, by William Sargant, pub. Malor Books, 1997

[2] The Importance of Indulgences during Medieval Christianity, by Ashley Crawford

[3] The History of the 501(c)(4), by Jacob Gershman, The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2013

Welcome To EarthColoney.Net: Hood Rats, Part 2, by Dr. Steven Nur Ahmed

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Lakisha lives with her son on the same street and in the same apartment year after year. She watched her neighbors come and go. As a consequence she had not made many permanent friendships.  Nor had she significant associations beyond those of her immediate family members. What she had in common with her neighbors where the characteristics which define poor people.

Sometimes Lakisha would go out to a local night club. There she would mingle and dance with men most of whom she did not know personally. She longed for a meaningful relationship with a man but over the years she had come to believe that she would not have a man in her life in a family relationship.

She started to drink wine coolers and smoke marijuana at home; she would even drink and smoke in front of her son who was now three years old. She stayed up late at night watching television and could not sleep without it being on. And lately, she has been suffering from insomnia.

Her lack of sleep drove her to get help at a neighborhood medical clinic. Lakisha had signed up for and had been accepted on the Federal ‘Affordable Health Care Plan’ program. For that reason the physician agreed to see her and so took her insurance coverage.

The physician examined Lakisha. She diagnosed her as suffering from insomnia. As a treatment for her insomnia the doctor prescribed sleeping pills for Lakisha.  

Lakisha purchased the sleeping pills and took them faithfully thinking that they would help her to sleep. But instead she became even more depressed and still could not sleep. With no one to talk to, Lakisha sought help from another source.

Another person in her neighborhood referred her to a local church. Lakisha had not done deep thought on the idea of God but in her own way she had always believed in the existence of God and so the idea was not foreign to her. So one Sunday she along with her son and went to a Sunday service.

It was a storefront church. It wasn’t a fancy church; actually, it was simply one big room. She sat down in the front row as the preacher began to speak.  The preacher had a deep voice and a band and small choir behind him. He could really do the hoop preaching she liked to hear. His preaching, along with the band and the choir made Lakisha feel good; it made her feel euphoric.

 Lakisha felt in her heart that she had made a good decision. She felt that this was the place where she wanted to be, so when there was a call to the alter she joined the church and became its newest member. Everyone hugged her and smiled at her. That felt good to her. Lakisha didn’t feel alone anymore.

After returning home, people from the church called her on her phone. She felt good about that and in fact after a few weeks she did begin to sleep.

Lakisha had never studied Christianity because she did not grow up in association with a church or denomination. Her mother was not and is not religious. Neither had Lakisha ever studied black history. In fact, she had never thought about her ancestral roots in the United States. She did not know that most of the people brought over from what is called Africa had not been Christian.  She did not know that at least 30% of those Africans had been Muslim and the remaining 70% had practiced some indigenous religious forms of worship. But that all changed over time.

Over the course of decades and centuries, the memories that the slaves had of their homeland, languages, and old beliefs and practices from the first generation of slaves were forgotten by new generations of descendants of slaves. A spiritual vacuum came to exist among the slaves in a condition of abject dehumanization.

Like all human beings they searched for meaningful explanations for their lives within the context of slavery. According to W.E.B. Dubois, the slaves initially were denied exposure to Christianity. They used music and folklore leftover from their African roots to fill their spiritual void.  But eventually slave masters preached to them their dogma of Christianity.

Eventually, the slave master created the first slave hierarchy. That hierarchy would define statuses, roles, and power differences among the slaves leading up to the house Blacks who were chosen by the slave master to represent his commands to the slaves and their descendants in perpetuity. The preacher was one of the chosen ones. It was a version of the European feudal system dividing whole populations from top to bottom based upon class, and race caste.

The preacher was chosen to serve the master and the master’s descendants.  As time passed the class of preachers would become one of the intellectual branches of Black servants in a broad ranging propaganda media super-structure which would reach right down into individual homes in the Negro community. Religious ideology in the Black community and the church infrastructures were all created by the slave master and his descendants to propagandize white supremacy to the slaves and their descendants.

Some preachers were and are educated in White Christian seminaries or in ivey league colleges. A preacher might also simply claim a ‘calling’ to preach. But they each swear an oath called the ‘Nicene Creed’. The Nicene Creed was not taught by the founder of what is called Christianity. It was enacted by Constantine, Emperor of Rome, 273-337 A.D. Therefore, it is not an oath to God but rather to the Caesar of Rome or Powers of This World.

This is where you must pay attention.  I’m going to tell you what drives this whole Ponzi Scheme. The bait of course is that you will get something called an interest payment or get money back for letting a bank hold your money for you.

If some preachers felt that they were ’Called’ by God, they could simply file for and obtain non-profit corporate status under State Law and then get a 501(c)(4) tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.

The tax exempt status was enacted by Congress under the Revenue Act of 1913.  That law was enacted to be an incentive to preachers and or religious organizations to hustle nickels and dimes from the poor and huddled masses for deposit in the banks. But there is more to the Revenue Act of 1913.

It was enacted in 1913, the same year that the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was enacted by Congress instituting the Internal Revenue Service; it was the same year,1913, that Congress enacted the Federal Reserve Bank. It was orchestrated by the same bankers and politicians who pushed through congress the Federal Reserve Act and the Internal Revenue Service Act.

If one reads the text of the Revenue Act there one will find no explanation giving the reason for the 501(c)(3)(4) tax exempt subsection. Thus, in order to understand why Congress legalized a tax exempt status for non-profit religious corporations we must follow the money trail.

Listen carefully, because if you are a student of black urban religious history then you will see clearly that this is the historical moment when the concentration of nickels and dimes in the black urban communities nationwide begin to increase and to simultaneously attract the low life prosperity preachers like Daddy Grace and Father Divine who we know today.

The historical pattern is self-evident; wealth attracts thieves. As wealth increases in a group or nation corruption increases. Black people were the poorest urban dwellers in the United States but they did have pennies, nickels and dimes which over time added up to huge sums when concentrated. That attracted the preachers.

The preachers figured out how to hustle you for themselves and the White banks under the Revenue Act and the freedom of religious practice clause of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Do a time line and see for yourself. The preachers earn on commission. 

The payoff system works in such a way that preachers are all paid either directly from a central church if they preach for a white Christian denomination which itself is based upon tithing or a preacher would pay himself from the tithes which he collects from a small independent church. What is absolutely necessary is that they continually sale the propaganda to individuals with promises of heaven or wealth. 

The independent churches equal millions of members. Each member believes they are giving to God. The reality is that they are giving as a result of fear, anxiety associated with status competition (peer pressure), or in the heat of passion or emotionally. 

Historically, tithing is the giving 10% of one’s farm produce and chattel to the priesthood. It is rooted in Jewish tradition in the Books of Malachi, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Tithing is not a Divine law; but generations of people have been lead to believe that it is. It was a primitive form of taxation which allowed for the growth of a oligarchy in Jewish culture. The Christians adapted the practice of tithing, but the system which Lakisha participates in today was established by the Roman Emperor Constantine. It is the Roman system which is the driver of much of the wickedness and corruption within Black churches today.

Now, Lakisha is one of approximately 25 million members in Black Churches throughout the United States. Sitting in the church pews with her son, Lakisha took two of the one dollar bills she had gotten from her Aid to Families with Dependent Children out of her purse and put them into the tithing dish. What Lakisha believes is that she is giving to God according to what is required by God.

All together Blacks in the United States tithed approximately 17.3 billion dollars in 2009.

What Lakisha didn’t know is that she is ‘rendering unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.’  Lakisha doesn’t know that the money she and her fellow members give to the church will be taken to a White bank and deposited.  The preachers will not deposit church money into a bank owned by descendants of slaves. It is for that reason that descendants of slaves today are impoverished, unskilled workers, under educated, and incarcerated more than any other ethnic group in the United States.

If each of those church members deposited .05 cents per day thirty times per month or 30X.05=1.50 per day per month per person it would equal 37,500,000.00 per month each month of the year. Finally, 12 X 37,500,000.00 would equal $450,000,000.00 in a year. That would be enough money to educate and train every young descendant of slaves without any government support. 

What Lakisha doesn’t know is that 90% of her church deposits along with 15 billion dollars in 2009 or 90% of the total deposits made by churches like her church were used by  banks to profit by selling high interests loans to corporations, small businesses, and buying shares on Wall Street. They do that legally under the Fractional Reserve deposit rule.

None of those corporations, small businesses, and investments will go to descendants of slaves. Each of them will invest in capital to increase their profits for their families. None of them will hire Black people in Lakisha’s neighborhood. So, Lakisha will not have employment opportunities as a collateral effect of all the money given to the banks by her church and others.  

That is the service that the preachers knowingly or due to ignorance provide for their masters.  That is the service that they render unto Caesar. And to add insult to injury, when some of the churches grow old and the number of members dwindles to nothing the preachers will take second mortgages out on church property, take the cash, and then let the loan go into foreclosure. The bank which holds title to the property will then take the church property and sell it for a profit.

Lakisha doesn’t know any of this. She is simply feeling empty and in pain inside like so many millions of people like her on the American plantation.

In the end, he or she who takes the cheese is the hood rat. They escape unseen while their media paint stereotypical images of Lakisha as being trifling and lazy.