Religious rabble-rouser zealots spark confrontations on city streets   Leave a comment


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Three men who preach a message on Winnipeg streets of a coming apocalypse — that will see white people slaughtered — helped kindle a scuffle in Central Park recently.

The argument, which involved some pushing and shoving, happened late in the afternoon on Sept. 26 and was broken up by police. There were no arrests or charges.

During the incident, some people in the park took issue with what the three men were saying about race and the Bible. The three are part of a movement of mostly black males known as Hebrew Israelites who believe they are the true Jews — and that white Jews of European descent are imposters.

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These three men appear in YouTube videos posted under the name GMSWinnipegprophets. From left: Renold Marcelline, Yashar and Raymond Marcelline.

At the Central Park incident, 11-year-old Teaghan Colpitts said she had a flag staff broken over her arm when she was caught in the middle of the brawl.

“My mom’s friends came over and they got out of the car and they came over with these ‘native pride’ flags and they knocked over all the posters and all their stuff,” Colpitts said.

“Then one guy, he grabbed one of the native pride flags and they hit me on my arm and they left a bruise there. And they hit my arm so hard with the flag that it snapped over my arm.

“Some of the people rushed over to me and they, like, started asking if I was OK. I was saying I was fine but honestly I felt like [I] really wasn’t at the time.”

Raymond Marcelline is one of the trio of street preachers who was involved in the scuffle. He says his trio was rushed by a group wearing masks and carrying an Idle No More flag. He says he didn’t hit Colpitts.

One of the posters displayed by the trio of men is of a white European-looking Jesus with devil’s horns and the number 666 across his forehead. The point of the poster, according to Marcelline, is to make people aware that the idea that Jesus is white is a lie.

“We put the horns on because the word devil means ‘the deceiver,'” Marcelline says. “If someone’s going to go around and tell someone that the Lord is a white man…. We just go out and tell people that no, this is a deceptive image. It’s made to gain control over minds, over the mind of the people of the world.”

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Confronted

Wilma Houston was one of the people in the park who confronted Marcelline and the other two street preachers.

“When I walked up and saw the posters I was completely shocked,” said Houston. “The one poster said that God is Negro, which is fine — everybody believes that God looks their own certain way. But when I saw the picture of Jesus Christ that had devil horns and the numbers 666 across his forehead, I told him, as a Roman Catholic, that offends me.

“He told me straight [up] that he could tell I was Roman Catholic and that I was damned just for being born and raised a Roman Catholic. He then proceeded to tell me that because I was walking with a cane that God was already showing his wrath on me, that God had already cursed me because he hated me for being Roman Catholic and for being native,” said Houston.

Marcelline defended his group’s confrontational approach.

“We’re just out there to wake up the elect…. In the Bible there are 144,000 that are going to be saved through the great tribulation. And we’re hoping to be of those numbers and we’re hoping to wake up those numbers,” said Marcelline.

When contacted by CBC News for confirmation of another incident allegedly involving the sermonizing trio, police responded with this statement:

“On Sept. 19, 2015 at about 4 p.m., officers responded to the area of Portage and Carlton regarding the report of an assault. An intoxicated female was located with minor upper body injuries. The investigation determined that the female instigated an altercation with a male also in the area. No charges were laid; all parties involved were assisted as required. It appears that we have attended the same area on more than one occasion regarding male(s) preaching/demonstrating resulting in minor altercations requiring police to attend.”

These freakish clowns are members of the Black Hebrew Israelites (also called Black Hebrews, African Hebrew Israelites, and Hebrew Israelites). Black Hebrew Israelites are groups of African Americans who believe they are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Black Hebrews adhere in varying degrees to the religious beliefs and practices of mainstream Judaism. They are not recognized as Jews by the greater Jewish community unless they undergo a certified conversion. Many choose to identify as Hebrew Israelites or Black Hebrews rather than as Jews to indicate their claimed historic connections.

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While Black Christian traditionally have identified spiritually with the Children of Israel, they never claimed to be descendants of the Israelites. In the late 19th century among some African Americans, an identification with the ancient Hebrews developed into an identification as ancient Hebrews. One of the first groups of Black Hebrews, the Church of God and Saints of Christ was founded in 1896 in Kansas, but it retained elements of a messianic connection to Jesus. During the following decades, many more Black Hebrew congregations were established, some without any connection to Christianity.

The Church of God and Saints of Christ describes itself as “the oldest African-American congregation in the United States that adheres to the tenets of Judaism”. Founded by American William Saunders Crowdy in Kansas in 1896, it teaches that all Jews had been black originally, and that African Americans are descendants of the lost tribes of Israel. Members believe that Jesus was neither God nor the son of God, but rather an adherent to Judaism and a prophet. They also consider William Saunders Crowdy, their founder in Kansas, to be a prophet.

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In late 2008, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) described as black supremacist what it called “the extremist fringe of the Hebrew Israelite movement”. It wrote that the members of such groups “believe that Jews are devilish impostors and … openly condemn whites as evil personified, deserving only death or slavery”. The SPLC also said that “most Hebrew Israelites are neither explicitly racist nor anti-Semitic and do not advocate violence”.

The Black Hebrew groups characterized as black supremacist by the SPLC include the Nation of Yahweh and the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ. Also, the Anti-Defamation League has written that the “12 Tribes of Israel” website, maintained by a Black Hebrew group, promotes black supremacy.

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This is just another glaring example how organized religion divides people and promotes self-centred agendas.  To the believers it equates to a type of nationalism, one-upmanship and blithering arrogance.  Only they have all the answers. To the Christians the Muslims are heathen, to the Muslims everybody but them are atheists and destined to burn in hell for all eternity. To the Jews both of the aforementioned groups are idiots and should not be taken seriously. And it just perpetuates itself again and again.

 

Posted October 13, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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