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Jeremiah Wright’s Post-9/11 Sermon is Set to Music by Jeff Simmonds

Posted by NT Wrong on September 2, 2008

Next election, you get to choose between right-of-centre, extreme right-of-centre, and ultra right-of-centre. So, don’t bother.

Instead, have a listen to some of the few words of sense spoken by any American Christian since 9/11 — the words of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. And, naturally, begin a revolution.

And now, words from Jeremiah Wright’s post-9/11 sermon have been set to music by Jeff Simmonds, New Zedland’s third-most-popular folk-rock protest singer. This is inspiring stuff. Have a listen:


Wright: ‘Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rocks.’ The people of faith have moved from the hatred of armed enemies … to the hatred of unarmed innocents, the babies, the babies. ‘Blessed are they who dash your baby’s brains against a rock.’ And that my beloved is a dangerous place to be.

So, you say God loves you
That’s why you live in prosperity
God blesses you and wants you wealthy
Somehow I don’t think that’s true
Neither should you

You’re only rich because someone else is poor
Someone has to pay for your luxury
It’s not God’s blessing, it’s inequity
That makes your cup overflow
And the Third World die

Wright: We have moved from the hatred of armed enemies to the hatred of unarmed innocents. We want revenge. We want paybacks and we don’t care who gets hurt in the process…
what Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Mohammad was in fact true, ‘America’s chickens are coming home to roost.’
We took this country by terror away from the Sioux, the Apache, Arikara, the Comanche, the Arapaho, the Navajo. Terrorism.
We took Africans away from their country to build our way of ease and kept them enslaved and living in fear. Terrorism.
We bombed Grenada and killed innocent civilians, babies, non-military personnel.
We bombed the black civilian community of Panama with stealth bombers and killed unarmed teenages and toddlers, pregnant mothers and hard-working fathers.
We bombed Qaddafi’s home, and killed his child. ‘Blessed are they who bash your children’s head against the rock.’

We bombed Iraq. We killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan to pay back for their attack on our embassy, killed hundreds of hard-working people, mothers and fathers who left home to go that day not knowing that they’d never get back home.
We bombed Hiroshima. We bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye.

Kids playing in the playground. Mothers picking up children after school. Civilians, not soldiers, people just trying to make it day by day.
We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff that we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. ‘America’s chickens are coming home to roost.’

Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. And terrorism begets terrorism.

You built your house with slavery
You maintain your household with inequality
One day you’ll fall and I won’t cry for you
Those you’ve robbed will plunder you
They’ll plunder you

8 Responses to “Jeremiah Wright’s Post-9/11 Sermon is Set to Music by Jeff Simmonds”

  1. steph said

    All my rellies are either hobbits or English. I think I remember him from about 15 years ago hanging around the department though – and he isn’t a hobbit.

  2. steph said

    oh my goodness I’m repeating myself. Hobbits do that you know. Especially little brown feathered Kiwis who say the same thing over and over and over again.

  3. Jim said

    you shoulda told me you were back. i’d have returned ya to the roll.

  4. Jim said

    oh and i know you are in durham- but in the durham of north carolina they spell it ‘center’ not ‘centre’. are you channeling the other wrong bishop these days?


  5. steph said

    Jim: That’s because he’s in the durham where they do spell it centre for a few days 🙂

  6. ntwrong said

    Jim – you sooooooo don’t get this parody thing 😉

  7. Roland said

    OMFG, I thought this site was serious …

  8. ntwrong said

    But this site IS serious. Very serious.

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