Read “With Liberty & Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America” by Susan K. Williams Smith

@JaniceOCG @AtwoodSociety Cut straight to the truth in #WithLiberty&JusticeForSome by @cassady2euca & @JudsonPress. Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith is live, Thurs., Jan. 20 at 8 pm ET, w/ “If America Fails?” on TWN, for our chat on @HandmaidsOnHulu, cults, cultures, religion & modern practices.

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“Can those whom a nation has considered ‘we the problem’ ever become ‘we the people’ who are celebrated in the Preamble to the Constitution?” — Judson Press

The most recent book by Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith is With Liberty & Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America (2020).  Here Williams Smith goes to the heart of the contradictions between espoused values and beliefs, and actual behavior and practice within the U.S.  Dr. Smith puts her finger on the pulse of the disease ailing Americans today, and threatening to plunge the country into open warfare.

My mother, Loga Isis Butler Odom, taught me “actions speak louder than words.”  It’s old-school wisdom meant to protect us from those who lie, manipulate, deceive, and otherwise work to foment chaos and confusion for their own reasons and advantages.  It works!  (Thank you, mother).  When we give more weight to the things people do, than the things they say, we are seldom confused, and more importantly, empowered to take steps to protect ourselves from whatever nefarious agenda the deceiver may have in mind.  Dr. Smith applies this wisdom to the context of America, and gives us a tool with which to see through the smokescreens of copius disinformation leaving many uncertain about where things stand in the country today.  Thank you, Dr. Smith.

Let’s ask Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith:

  • What contradictions do you see in the words and actions of the men who lead Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale?
  • What are some of the ways Americans have been deceived by the beliefs and values found in the Bible and the U.S. Constitution?
  • Why have lies traditionally been so effective in fomenting chaos and confusion – or why does truth have such a difficult time motivating our actions?

Dr. Smith joins our discussion tonight and you still have time to add your questions to the mix!  — LMO

Founded By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith
Founded By Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith

WATCH Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith, Founder and Executive Director, Crazy Faith Ministries – LIVE – Thursday, January 20, 2022, 8 pm ET, on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel, when she joins “If America Fails?:  The Coming Tyranny,” in discussion on Cults, Cultures and Religions in The Handmaid’s Tale, and modern American culture.

“In this provocative new book from prophetic preacher and pastor Susan Williams Smith, the author tackles the truths that the church in the United States has long held to be self-evident—that ours is one nation under God, that our U.S. Constitution is (almost) as infallible as the Holy Bible, and that democracy and its principles of justice for all are sacrosanct and protected by both God and government. Yet, history and headlines alike expose the fallacy of those assumptions, particularly when viewed in the light of a national culture of white supremacy and systemic racial injustice. In fact, Smith argues, the two texts we count as sacred have not been merely impotent in eliminating racism; they have been used to support and sustain white supremacy. This important work examines how our foundational documents have failed people of color and asks the question, Can those whom a nation has considered ‘we the problem’ ever become ‘we the people’ who are celebrated in the Preamble to the Constitution? What will it take to reclaim the transforming and affirming power of God and government to secure liberty and justice for all?

“Susan K. Williams Smith, MDiv, DMin, has formed a private not-for-profit organization aimed at empowering urban youth all over the United States through improved literacy. ‘Susan K. Smith Ministries’ is operating as ‘Crazy Faith Ministries,’ aiming to ‘worship through service.’ She also has her own blog, ‘Candid Observations,’ which concentrates on the intersection of race, politics and religion. Dr. Smith is the author of Forgive Who? The Struggle to Obey God’s Awful Command (Pub: United Church Press, 1999), and Carla and Annie (African American Images, 1989), a children’s book. This former news reporter and talk show host makes her home in Gahanna, Ohio. — Publisher

With Liberty and Justice for Some is the best argument of historical theology for critical race theory.” — Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr., Pastor Emeritus, Allen Temple Baptist Church

“Susan Smith’s meditations are like piercing rays of light in the present dark times, the consequences our politics, greed, and wayward choices have inflicted upon humanity. COVID-19 has mercilessly exposed the long-existing fractures and fault lines in our societies. With these meditations on American faith, the American Constitution, and American politics, Susan Smith does the same. But she is equally relentless in her message of hope, her inspiration toward courage, her call for steadfast faith in times of great convulsions. A wonderful book one puts down only to pick up again.” —Allan Boesak, Professor of Black Liberation Theology and Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Member, Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers

“Neither the Bible nor the Constitution protected Black Americans from the power and prerogatives of white supremacy. That is the eye-opening conclusion reached in this important new book by Susan K. Williams Smith. This book explores, examines, and then explains how two different versions of Christianity have held sway in this country from its inception. How can white Christians who read the same Bible as Black Christians allow for and justify the physical enslavement and economic exploitation of their fellow believers? Williams Smith answers that question by leading the reader on a journey—from the encounter of Christianity with the Roman Empire, to a slave castle in Ghana, to the centuries of slavery and racial segregation in the United States, and finally to the racial tensions that continue to divide this country today. This is a journey worth taking with a gifted and insightful guide.” —Marvin A. McMickle, PhD, Retired President and Professor of African American Religious Studies, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; Pastor Emeritus, Antioch Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH

With Liberty and Justice for Some is a brilliantly written, well-researched, must-read book for such times as these. Turning a historical, theological, and exegetical lens on three texts: the Bible, the Constitution, and the text that is American racism, Susan K. Williams Smith invites the light of truth to shine on our sitz im laben in order to heal the soul of our nation, illuminating a just path to create an antiracist heaven on earth. Reading, we are compelled to be the Christians we say we are and to fulfill the prayer we pray when we gather for worship. Without blame and with a big-hearted invitation, this book is an altar call to come, see, and taste the new thing God wants to do in and through us. For preachers, for professors and students, for people in the pews—you’ll soon have a dog-eared copy to which you will return again and again.”—Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, PhD, Senior Minister, Middle Collegiate Church, New York; Author, The Power of Stories: A Guide for Leading Multi-Racial and Multi-Cultural Congregations

Works by Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Williams Smith is an ordained minister, pastor, musician, writer, activist and mother of two, living in Columbus, OH, where she now serves as Founder and Executive Director of Crazy Faith Ministries.  This is a non-traditional church with faith ministries providing outreach and services for homeless people; services for children of incarcerated parents; and voter education and registration, among other things.  Pastor Williams Smith also leads Freedom Choir that sings songs of freedom at marches and events offering messages of social justice through music.  She previously served for 22 years as pastor of Advent United Church of Christ, also in Columbus, and maintains an interest in the relationship between politics, religion, and race.  A prolific writer and author of several books, Williams Smith began her career as a newspaper reporter in Baltimore.  Her books include Crazy Faith:  Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives (2009), and most recently, With Liberty & Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America (2020), Dr. Williams Smith also blogs at Candid Observations and has written for the Washington Post and Huffington Post.  With a Doctorate in Ministry, she maintains leadership roles in many national and community organizations and religious networks.  — If America Fails:  The Coming Tyranny, a TruthWorks Network Production

READ | With Liberty & Justice for Some: The Bible, the Constitution, and Racism in America | by Susan K. Williams Smith | Judson Press | 10/19/2020

Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Former Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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