When is a “Reverend” not a “Reverend”?
What is a “reverend”? A reverend, simply stated, is a traditional Christian prefix for the clergy.
And yet, CBS reports:
The Detroit reverend who shouted that residents would “burn the city down” if the state approves an emergency financial oversight board defended himself and lobbed even more racial bombs during a radio appearance this week.
Who is the aforementioned “reverend”?
Rev. Malik Shabazz [who] called the Charlie Langton Talk Radio 1270 morning show where he spent an entire hour discussing the disastrous state of Detroit.
OK, that’s the Rev.’s name, but who is Malik Shabazz? The Anti-Defamation League tells us
Malik Zulu Shabazz, the anti-Semitic and racist leader of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), has sought to recast himself as a serious civil rights leader in recent years by cloaking his bigotry and intolerance in religious and civil rights principles and inserting himself in high profile, racially charged issues around the country.
OK, but that still doesn’t answer the whole “reverend” thing. But this comes closer:
As National Chairman of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP), which he has led since the death of its former leader, Khallid Abdul Muhammad, in 2001, Shabazz has maintained his predecessor’s legacy of bigotry as well as the NBPP’s status as the largest anti-Semitic and racist black militant group in the U.S.
…“There is no division in the Black nation. The Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party for Self Defense are one,” Shabazz said.
That might better explain why the “Reverend” has said some things which don’t align in any way with Christianity:
During a protest in front of the B’nai B’rith building in Washington, D.C. (April 20, 2002), Shabazz led chants of:
“death to Israel,” “the white man is the devil,” and “Jihad.” Shabazz also said, “Kill every goddamn Zionist in Israel! Goddamn little babies, goddamn old ladies! Blow up Zionist supermarkets!”
While all this is useful in understanding Shabaaz as a part of the race-grievance industry, I’m still at a loss as to which denomination ordained him, thus rendering him, according to CBS, a “Reverend.”
Could this be a CBS effort to lump all “religious” leaders into one bin, regardless of their actual beliefs (and thereby demonstrating all their nuttiness)? Or is it an issue of attempting to denigrate Christianity by association with a racist? Or is it mere laziness/carelessness?