Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Open Letter to Reverend Alfred Charles Sharpton
Dear Reverend Al Sharpton,
While I respect you for your sacrifice and what I believe to be a genuine concern for the progression of black people, I am somewhat stumped by your decision and/or allowance to have a 'sanctified' fraud appear weekly on your show, Keeping it Real Radio Show.
My disappointment in you is similar to the feelings I initially had when I learned that Earvin Magic Johnson was/is a spokesperson for two financial exploitation businesses: Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. and Rent-A-Center. But, in this case Reverend Sharpton, I am of the unwanted belief that you are participating in a religious scam that adds to the emotional defeatism of black people worldwide.
I was driving from work one afternoon. I typically listen to nothing but talk radio – and I am an avid listener of your show. While listening on this particular afternoon I heard a charismatic man, by the title of Bishop, tell a caller who had only given his name, "I am getting the feeling that you are experiencing some tough times. Think about moving to North Carolina. Your opportunity is there." And he concluded, as I learned with every call, "This is the Word of the Lord."
Reverend, you have a dedicated black audience that respects you. Adores you. Appreciates you. Just by you allowing this self-described Bishop to conduct this crap on your show is deplorable - and extremely insulting to black people.
When one can call your show, say hello - and then an "anointed" Bishop 'runs down' (guess) the present details of one's life and then give 'Godly' prophetic advice is completely misguided and it removes that very important aspect: Personal Relationship with God. Replacing it with a call-in radio relationship with a boot leg Bishop.
I sure you have been to Bishop Jordan's website.
"Get your prophecy here: http://www.bishopjordan.com/prophecy.htm.
As a Master Prophet, I can truly decree a thing and see it established---just like the prophets of the Scriptures." –Bishop Jordan
How can you, a minister of your intelligence, condone the above? This man claims to be a Master of Prophecy....
As much misdirection, deceit, and hoodwinking black people have faced, it saddens me that Al Sharpton, a man of your stature would dwell in the disgusting swamp of religious trickery.
I called into your show on this day. Was placed on hold. Was later told after waiting on hold for 22 minutes that if I decide to hold on I would be holding for an additional 40 minutes. The call screener said, "We have more than 10 lines in the mix now. It is like this every time Bishop is on the show."
My disappointment deepen. I hung-up. Decided not to 'hold-on' any longer...unlike those desperate men/women waiting and holding on for a Word from a crook.
Reverend Sharpton, with this scheme, you are no different than the African men who sold innocent Africans into slavery...for me to write that was painful...I have always respected you and your no bull approach. I am not sure where I stand any longer. That is even more painful because you are one of the last black men to 'stand'.
I guess standing comes with a price these days...