Purpose-Driven Bigotry

3 comments January 16th, 2009at 11:22pm Posted by Eli

Apparently “Purpose-Driven” is a synonym for homophobia and anti-semitism:

In late March 2008, as announced by Rick Warren’s publicist A. Larry Ross, Uganda became the second official “Purpose Driven” nation on Earth, following Rwanda. Sometime during the year Uganda also gained the dubious distinction as a nation that distributes state-sanctioned anti-Jewish propaganda to school children. Up to one million copies of Manga Messiah, which features a basic mis-representation of Biblical scripture giving readers the impression that the Jewish Pharisees were in league with Beelzebub, will be distributed in Uganda with the apparent blessings of the Ugandan Ministry of Education and Uganda’s First Lady Janet Museveni, who has participated in Rick and Kay Warren’s HIV/AIDS conferences.


As I wrote late last May 2008 at the Huffington Post, “For several years now, I have been tracking and studying the covert aspects of Christian Zionism… [the publication of Manga Messiah] suggests the historically covert anti-Semitism within American Christian Zionist culture is mutating, changing and entering a new phase: the anti-Semitism is becoming overt.”


[T]he wholesale quantity of copies of Manga Messiah flowing to the central African authoritarian nation is not an organic expression of upwelling anti-Jewish attitudes among common Ugandans; anti-Semitic attitudes are being incited by the Ugandan government and the Ugandan Anglican Church.

The Manga Messiah comic books are being distributed through the official apparatus of the Ugandan state, which is slated to provide Uganda’s school children with one million copies of the Manga comic, apparently as an adjunct of Uganda’s literacy program.

The ( Anglican ) Church of Uganda appears to be entering the anti-Semitic literature distribution business on an even larger scale, with NEXT, Inc., which distributes Manga Messiah, reporting that  the Church of Uganda has requested ten million copies of the comic: enough to provide, along with the Ugandan state distribution to school children, to almost fifty percent of Uganda’s entire population.


When I brought the comic to the attention of Political Research Associates’ senior analyst Chip Berlet, Berlet categorized Manga Messiah as “[a] colorful comic training manual for motivating young leaders of the next pogrom against Jews. Not just offensive — ghastly and horrific in content with a clear enemy scapegoat identified for venting apocalyptic religious bigotry.”….

Chip Berlet  is not alone in his assessment that Manga Messiah betrays an ugly anti-Jewish slant. As a story by journalist Tom Baker, published  June 28, 2008 in central California’s Modesto Bee, quoted Japanese popular culture scholar Prof. Deborah Shamoon of Notre Dame University, “I think the representation of Jews is appalling.”


Manga Messiah both presents an ugly caricature of Jewish ethnicity and and depicts Jesus as non-semitic. But the comic also twists Biblical scripture in a highly deceptive manner which associates the Jewish Pharisees with the devil, represented in Manga Messiah by Beelzebub.

The association of Jews with the devil, and the depiction of Jews as human-devil hybrids with demonic features such as horns, is one of the oldest and most enduring forms of anti-Jewish attacks. It may be the earliest of anti-Jewish memes and traces back to at least to the second century A.D., predating even one of the most outspoken early Christian purveyors of anti-Jewish invective, St. John Chrysostom.


The distribution of Manga Messiah in Uganda is an especially notable  attempt to flood a country with anti-Semitic literature but by some reports Manga Messiah has also been distributed in mass quantity in Guatemala and the Philippines.

A recent story by journalist Max Blumenthal noted, Uganda is characterized by a ferociously anti-gay climate, fed by Ugandan politicians and religious leaders, and incited by an activist tied to Rick Warren, pastor Martin Ssempa.

As Rabbi Eric Yoffie, leader of the largest branch of American Judaism, reminded an American Jewish audience of over 5,000 in November 2005,

“We cannot forget that when Hitler came to power in 1933, one of the first things that he did was ban gay organizations,” Yoffie said. “Yes, we can disagree about gay marriage. But there is no excuse for hateful rhetoric that fuels the hellfires of anti-gay bigotry.”

There’s samples and a lot more detail about the Manga Messiah comic at the link.  It really is horrible stuff.  Rick Warren is in bed with nasty, nasty people.

Entry Filed under: Racism,Religion,Republicans,Teh Gay,Wankers


  • 1. Ruth  |  January 17th, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Thanks for making me even more comfortable with my decision to skip the inauguration rather than show that much attention to a POS, which would leave a bad taste in my mouth. Didn’t hurt me that it’s turned bitterly cold, showing what ms. nature thinks.

  • 2. Peter  |  May 14th, 2009 at 2:39 am

    if you honestly think that Manga Messiah is anti-semitic, you’re delusional. Christ Himself was a Jew, as were the majority of His followers! perhaps the specific Jews made reference to were the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Zealots, in which case it is RIGHT to portray them as demonic, for they were trying to kill the Son of God!

    this whole delusion that Christianity on the whole is somehow anti-semitic is a red herring. you people are just pissy because you can’t find any evidence to the contrary of what Scripture dictates. why don’t you make yourselves useful and go feed the poor?

  • 3. Romance  |  December 21st, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Cabo sobre el tema, Feliz Eid a todos los.

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