I met the lady whose pen name is "Blue Nile" in a Facebook page dedicated to hating on Christianity. She was so warm, alive, kindhearted, and most of all intelligent, I took to her right away. We shared stories of our Church Hurt and connected deeply in friendship. Atheism had accomplished what Christianity never had, she let down her guard around this white lady, and we became fast friends. Christianity serves racism. Christianity serves division. Christianity serves institutional prison slavery. Christianity keeps hatred in the hearts of the races that serve it. Humanism brings unity. Humanism seeks to understand and protect all humans. Humanism is pro humans. Humanism removes barriers and seeks to end divides, but I digress.
I became completely enamored of Venessa's mind. Her purity of thought, raw emotion, and excellent positions combine in enthralling poetry. She has never blogged before, but I knew that she will make an amazing contributer. If you want to know about her poetry, Visit her facebook page. Here is her story in the church and some of the abuse she suffered:
"When I was happy it was God. when I was sad it was the devil. I had nothing unless it was giving by the great divine. I was but a pawn in a game of a narcissistic God. I was told about God by my family. I was indoctrinated without a choice. I was violated by adults calling on the name of Jesus and then told to forgive because 'vengeance is mine says the lord.' God and black culture is a relationship that mimics slave and master. We were given no hope as slaves but that things would be better in heaven. We were taught to be obedient and that slavery was ordained by God. Black people got angry and fought the oppressor but this theory of God they did not recognize as being the same shackle, the same whip. We fought against the atrocity of slavery but kept the mentality. Walk into most black homes and on the wall is a symbol of oppression a white man who ordained slavery and even wrote a book that included a manual on how to treat your slave. Follow any black man into religion and watch as they forgive the prejudice and brutality the has befallen the black race since the mass enslavement and follow up oppression and you will see passiveness. We pray for our persecutors, we pray for those who murder us, as we are weakened and fall to our knees instead of standing tall and fighting. The chains fell away and the bible remained as our shackle. The preacher is a celebrity that forms a hypnotic trance upon its sheep weekly. With the aid of music and promises and seductive words we leave church waiting for our next fix. Yet with Blacks religion was used as a tool to keep us docile. The black preacher was told what he was allowed to preach. The slave was given Sundays off to attend church and couldn't read so he put his hope into this Mystical Savior. The brainwashing did not happen overnight it took generation. Slaves were beaten if they practiced their own spirituality and culture was ripped away along with language and a sense of self. Imagine over 300 years of this systematic mental and physical genocide. So the black man is freed into a religious prejudice and a racist nation and only finding hope in religion--a generational curse. Taught not to question the preacher, yet alone God. How much has changed? Go into any African American church and you will see the remnants of defeated slaves. How can any black man justify following the religion of their oppressor yet alone believing in a God that said slavery is cool just follow the rules in my book. 'Brainwashing!!!!!' I knew all of this and still for 30 years I played the pawn. The abuse that goes on in church and the harm it does to one's soul is devastating..... It's a crime. I'm here to begin to tell you some of the stories of the crimes committed to me."