Nelson Mandela: More Inconvenient Truths
I have said it often before: if you want to live a real quiet and peaceful life, just don’t think anything, say anything, do anything, care about anything, or work for anything. Of course you would basically be dead then. But dare to speak out about that which you care for and all hell can break loose.
Dare to write on any controversial issue of the day, especially one drenched in political correctness, and you will see real quick why it might be wiser to just live in a cave somewhere. The haters come out in droves, and it can be a rattling experience to say the least.
Sadly I have this annoying habit of writing about controversial topics and hot-potato issues. Indeed, that is my daily job, believe it or not. That is what CultureWatch exists for. As a result I receive my fair share of abuse, hatred, condemnation and loathing.
And plenty of that actually comes from other Christians. Consider the piece I penned yesterday as an example. I had no desire whatsoever to write anything on the life and death of Nelson Mandela. But when I saw everywhere the avalanche of hero-worship, myth-making, historical revisionism, and just plain idolatrous mush being poured out, I just had to offer a bit of perspective.
So I sought to present a few facts, some historical truths, and a bit of balance to what was being said elsewhere. And for that I am of course once again paying the price. But the utter glorification of someone who was at best a very mixed character just seemed to me to be too much: https://billmuehlenberg.com/2013/12/06/nelson-mandela/
The same slavish worship, adoration and icon-building we saw with Obama and others is now in full swing with Mandela. Even so-called Christians who seem to know nothing about him are praising him as if he were Jesus Christ, and are quite happy to see the history books being rewritten to fully idolise this man.
And even more incredibly, they are even excusing and justifying all the violence, murder and terror because he was working for a ‘good cause’. I am speaking about those claiming to be Christians here! They think all the terrorism and murder was somehow fully justified and even Christ-like because what it was being used for was a just cause, and was even the Christian thing to do.
I am still reeling over some of the things I have read by so-called believers. It has me quite gobsmacked to be honest. We are without doubt living amongst the most emotive-driven, intellectually starved, historically and biblically illiterate generation in church history.
Forget what the Bible clearly teaches. Forget the historical record. Forget all the inconvenient facts and truths and just rely on knee-jerk reactions and pure emotionalism. Just emote your way through all this, and don’t let silly things like the facts of history and biblical truth get in the way.
So now I have to endure all the Mandelaphiles who are now ripping into me, pouring out hatred, abuse and contempt because I have dared to just share a few facts and truths about their hero. I have been called most names one can imagine by now, but “racist bigot” is one of the more common – and printable! – ones I can mention.
And sadly so much of this is coming from those who claim to be followers of Christ. Of course all this is done in the name of Christian love and tolerance. You know, What Would Jesus Do? and all that. Go figure. But I am not alone in simply wishing to ask a few questions and point out a few inconvenient truths.
Others are also saying much the same. Let me cite Christian writer Joseph Farah for example: “The whole world, pretty much, is mourning for Nelson Mandela today. But most are not mourning for the real Mandela. They are, in fact, mourning for the myth of Mandela. He was not Martin Luther King Jr. He was not Mahatma Gandhi. And he was certainly not George Washington, as Barack Obama claimed.
“He was a committed member of the South African Communist Party. He was a leader of the revolutionary African National Congress, which he helped to radicalize into an organization sworn to armed, violent attacks. Maybe you say: ‘But Farah, he was fighting against the evil of Apartheid!’
“Yes, that is true. Apartheid was inarguably an evil and unjustifiable system. But so is the system Mandela’s revolution brought about – one in which anti-white racism is so strong today that a prominent genocide watchdog group has labeled the current situation a ‘precursor’ to the deliberate, systematic elimination of the race.
“In other words, the world has been sold a bill of goods about Mandela. He wasn’t the saintly character portrayed by Morgan Freeman. He wasn’t someone fighting for racial equality. He was the leader of a violent, Communist revolution that has nearly succeeded in all of its grisly horror.”
He says we should not take his word for it: “Instead, listen to Sonia Hruska. She was an early supporter of Mandela and worked in his administration. ‘After about six years,’ Hruska said, ‘I realized something serious is wrong; the communist elements are taking over, it’s not what we were promised.’
“What did she see that the rest of the world missed? ‘As a business owner, I can get 25 years in jail time if I do employ a white person, for instance,’ she said. ‘It is totally ridiculous; you cannot have imagined that affirmative action could have gone so far.’ Today, in South Africa’s white population of 4 million, 1 million live in utter poverty. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
“Hruska describes routine, violent, racist atrocities of almost unimaginable proportions: Kidnap murders, home invasions, gang rapes. ‘It’s heinous torture,’ Hruska explained. ‘Even children as young as 2 months old get burned with hot water, get wrapped in newspaper and burned.’
“In the case of one family, Hruska described a black mob breaking into a home, waiting for the white family to get home, then raping the mother in front of the father and son to see. Then, after killing the mother, they killed the father and son by plunging them into boiling water. She said: ‘There is no easy way of saying exactly how these people are tortured. The standard would be a hot iron, electric iron, boiling water … and these are carried out for hours’.”
Yet many want to argue that Mandela changed his policies and later eschewed violence. Well, yes and no. While he worked for reconciliation, he continued to hobnob with and praise most of the world’s bloodiest dictators and terrorist leaders. As another commentator writes:
“After apartheid ended and Mandela was freed he wasted no time in lavishing praise on communists and thug dictators. In 1991 he and his wife Winnie went to Cuba, which they called their second home, to celebrate the communist revolution with Fidel Castro.
“While there he said, ‘Long live the Cuban Revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro… Cuban internationalists have done so much for African independence, freedom, and justice. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of a vicious imperialist campaign designed to destroy the advances of the Cuban revolution. We too want to control our destiny… There can be no surrender. It is a case of freedom or death. The Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.’
Mandela also said of Cuba, ‘There’s one thing where that country stands out head and shoulders above the rest. That is its love for human rights and liberty.’ Of Libya’s dictator, Moammar Qaddafi, Mandela said he admired his commitment to fight for peace and human rights in the world.
“And in a speech given in Harlem, he referred to four Puerto Rican terrorists who shot and wounded five Congressmen and said, ‘We support the cause of anyone who is fighting for self-determination, and our attitude is the same, no matter who it is. I would be honored to sit on the platform with the four comrades you refer to’.”
And as I wrote in my earlier article, are things that much better in South Africa today? Many don’t think so: “Under ANC rule, South Africa has severely deteriorated. According to the Centre for Research on Globalization, most black South Africans are worse off now than they were under apartheid. Hundreds of thousands of jobs have vanished, costs for electricity, water, food and rent have skyrocketed, unemployment hovers around 40% and South Africa has become the violent crime and rape capital of the world.”
Or as Daniel Greenfield writes: “In the new apartheid, the black government represses a white minority and abuses its power over the black majority in ways that Western liberals would never tolerate if it were being practiced by men with Dutch last names. Every government crime is covered up by more incitement against the white minority with each generation of activists struggling to outdo the previous generation in its anti-white racism.
“There has been no moment of transcendence that endured. No cure for the things tearing the nation apart. There is no new spirit in South Africa. There is a new apartheid defined not by law, but by hate. Freedom and democracy are equally vaporous under the rule of a political movement obsessed with the vicious pragmatism of power now being exercised by Mandela’s African National Congress successors….
“For Western liberals, Mandela’s death provides them with permission to stop caring about South Africa. Having reduced South Africa to Mandela, his death permanently removes its existence from their minds. They may show up to the theater if Denzel Washington or Jamie Foxx decide to play Nelson Mandela. Otherwise they will comfortably banish the entire country to the dusty attic of forgotten history. Meanwhile one child is raped every three minutes and three children are murdered every day.”
Speaking of rape, consider the damning figures from this article: “According to womenforwomen.org, per hour one woman is raped in South Africa. Six cases of rape are reported to the police per hour. Meaning 144 rapes are reported per day. That’s not counting the number of rapes that go unreported.
“According to the Medical Research Council’s (MRC), up to 3600 women could be raped in the country every day. While women’s groups in South Africa estimate that a woman is raped every 26 seconds, the South African police estimate that a woman is raped every 36 seconds.”
Yet I keep hearing Christians telling me that South Africa is so much better now thanks to Mandela, and that at least apartheid is gone. Better is hardly the operative word here, and racial discrimination still exists, and is in fact even worse now. But now it is the whites who are the new and forgotten victims.
As Gregory Hood puts it, “Mandela deserves full responsibility for all of this. From the beginning, his dream was of a unitary South African state dominated by black voters supporting a leftist political party, with a thin crust of whites to fund it and keep it going. South Africa’s decline into criminality and chaos is simply these ideas playing out to their logical conclusion.”
There will be much more said about the man and his fruit in the days and weeks ahead. Given that I originally had no intentions of writing anything about him, this is now my second piece, and there may well be more on the way. But when I see truth demolished and historical fact denied or whitewashed, then I feel compelled to speak out.
And for that, I will simply get bombarded with more hate and abuse. So what else is new?
PS. For a terrific, fact filled review of the new film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom see here: http://www.frontline.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1676&catid=16&Itemid=201
47 Replies to “Nelson Mandela: More Inconvenient Truths”
Thank you for the truth, Bill. Wish there were more out there like you to show it like it really is, not how some others wish it were!!
Keep up the good work, Bill. It’s refreshing to read someone who has respect for historical truth and doesn’t spout propaganda. Thank-you!
Thank you, Bill.
Below I have pasted a link which I found most interesting – shocked into further online exploring after reading your article of yesterday!
Some of our senses would be dulled without your articles!
Great article Bill. If there is one thing the useful idiots will strive to do, it’s whitewash a bloody history and canonize the brutal perpetrators as if they were some sort of messiah for their “utopian” cause. Their rallying cry must always be “never let facts get in the way of the destruction that follows in the wake of leftist ideology.”
Several facts not to neglect. Much of Southern Africa was unpopulated by the now dominant ethnic African groups when the Dutch (and later English) arrived. The Zulu and other dominant African ethnic groups were quite happy to see people like the bushmen wiped out.
South Africa and Zimbabwe were far safer and more prosperous places before Mandela, Mugabe and their despotic cronies took power. (This does not justify apartheid by the way, or the oppressive police state but usually when you make a claim to improving life for everyone you need to have evidence for it).
Woman and children and in almost constant threat in South Africa now which was not the case before so-called peace loving Mandela took power.
Mandela was a communist, was supported and funded by the Soviet Union who trained many of the African post colonial “revolutionaries” in terror tactics and revolutionary warfare (including creating and brutalising child soldiers which is still destroying thousands of lives yearly). Mandela’s revolutionaries are still at work brainwashing academics and other useful idiots. When I studied history at UWA only a few years ago one of Mandela’s white comrades came to speak and was both unapologetic of the violence and still full of zeal to push the communist agenda forward. Make no mistake there are many (Obama and his wicked cabal among them) who would gladly see the destruction of “white” influence everywhere. When you read the people they read (like Franz Fanon) it helps you understand the blind hatred and deep racism of many of these people.
Until they are willing to denounce and turn from violence as a means of achieving their objectives (they are very ready to denounce anyone else’s no matter how large or small) I will never trust them or consider them anything other than enemies of true liberty.
Wow. I didn’t realize how bad things were in South Africa. Thanks for your article and your work. It is refreshing to hear the truth.
I love your commitment to truth! Keep speaking out! Balance is far from what we read in the media, let alone truth.
One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.
100% behind you Bill. We have the Test Cricket happening on TV at the moment and yesterday all we heard all day was praise of this horrid man. One of the commentators even suggested that he should be given a sainthood today, he said.
100% behind you Bill. We have the Test Cricket happening on TV at the moment and yesterday all we heard all day was praise of this horrid man. One of the commentators even suggested that he should be given a sainthood today, he said.
Thanks Bill – good to know that we can get a bit more balance and truth telling somewhere.
Your work becomes more critical every day.
Thank you, I had no idea about this man.
It’s amazing how the left hold non-whites to a much lower standard than whites. It’s so patronizing and racist but they don’t get it. If a white guy committed the kind of violent acts of terrorism that Neo-Marxist Nelson Mandela committed you’d never hear the end of it. May I mention that it was international sanctions and the white population of South Africa that ended Apartheid?? If anything, Mandela’s ANC prolonged Apartheid in South Africa as a result of their violent behavior. It only strengthened the Afrikaners resolve.
Joel van der Horst
In any case, there are better people to honor… the African National Congress last two Presidents, Thabo Mbeke, who argued that AIDS wasn’t caused by the HIV virus and therefore refused to supply anti-retrovirals to his people, and of course Madiba have created the culture of violence in South Africa, and the current douchebag of a president polygamist and accused criminal Jacob Zuma is just continuing it…, let me just say, the former Apartheid state Rhodesia, now administered by tyrant-in-Chief Robert Mugabe doesn’t have this same culture of violence, even though an evil dictator is raping the country.
Joel van der Horst
Mandela failed to practice RECONCILIATION, RESTORATION, and RESTITUTION in his private life as seen in the following record of his “marriages”(he went through 2 “divorces”) –
Graça Machel (married 1998),
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (married 1958–1996),
Evelyn Mase (married 1944–1958)
“Thou shalt no commit adultery”
I want to praise you for being truthful and going against the uninformed tide of sentimental rubbish.
Thanks Jo. Yes the deification and rewriting of history was just getting to be too much. Someone has to speak up, regardless of the personal cost. Others are speaking up as well however.
Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch
I did not know the full story until you wrote it. It just shows how effective propaganda is!
Thanks for printing the truth Bill. Growing with a father in the NCC we were well educated as to the violence of the ANC and the Mandelas. It was amazing to me that so few of my contemporaries at Uni and later in life were aware of his Communist leanings and violent past. That’s mainstream media for you I guess. Poor man has met his maker now…may the Lord be merciful.
Thanks for your commitment to making truth known clearly and vividly for all to know.
Yes, I am little numbed by this euphoria and Mandelaphiles. Nobody like their heroes dethroned and defrocked but in this case especially people need to weigh things up.
Was Mandela a Christian? I am not seeing any clear words from him on that.
Was he for reconciliation? Guess that’s what made him but then starts the problem also.
The definite that came about is that Apartheid was permanently dismantled and South African came out as a rainbow nation. In all this, one has to be discerning and weighing the Truth carefully.
Appreciate your bold stand and expose.
The Lord Bless You my brother.
Many thanks guys.
Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch
Bill, thanks for revealing the truth yet again. I too would probably have remained in ignorance about Mandela, although I do get suspicious when the world glorifies someone to this extent.
These two articles have obviously brought the hate-mongers out of the woodwork, and I know you will have suffered for telling the truth. I am praying constantly that God will continue to provide the strength you need to carry on your valuable work, and that others will be inspired by it to do the same.
As with the many comments here Bill, I too was aware of Nelson Mandela’s dark past and his ‘legacy’ that has South Africa the violent and lawless place it is now. Up to a few years ago it was in the MSM about white farmers in SA being dragged from their farms by lawless black mobs, they and their families murdered. Suddenly it was mentioned no more. Probably the stench of truth was getting too unpalatable for the leftist media. So congratulates Bill for speaking up. Not all of us are blinded by the hype the media throws at us.
Have been away from the computer for a few days.
Being in my eighties, I have lived through the Mandela era and can vouch for your comments.
Remember that, in the early days any black person thought to have interaction with, or sympathy for, whites was an arch enemy.
A couple of extra incidents are etched in my mind.
Reliable reports of a black woman struggling to find a barrow to get her husband home, after he had been shot in the legs.
No help was available to her.
Watching a video of the burning homes of black people deemed to have any ‘white sypathies’.
In addition to the hobbile ‘necklacing’.
While the truth must be acknowleded,Christian principles also require that we pray for this man in the hope he can make his peace with God.
Bill, you will notice from what I wrote, that I NEVER claimed that Mandela brought any reforms to Africa. From Listening to friends who left their lives and families behind in SA, I know how dire the political and social situation is in that country.
I only hope that he DID repent of his sins ans associations, not to mentions the beliefs he held which are diametrically opposed to all Christian teachings. All of Africa is on the hazard now, with its toxic mix of tribalism + communism fanning the flames of annhilation. We can only pray that God will save the people struggling there, almost without hope of relief.
It gets very scary when people prefer to keep their fallible human hero on their pedestal and in doing so deny infallible truth and biblical justice.
But what you say explains why Obama praised him so much and why things didn’t change for the better once he became president, but in fact have become worse.
As I read yesterday, most people praising Nelson Mandela would not actually pass a history test on Nelson Mandela.
The parroting of “greatest this, greatest that” is all just faux-sympathy and lip-service to avoid being labelled a racist. For we all know, to not grieve for this great man obviously makes you a bigot.
I will say that Mandela’s critics have behaved themselves much better than the cowardly, uncouth mobs who turned Margaret Thatcher’s wake into a cringeworthy social event.
Thanks Bill for sharing the truth about the evils of Nelson Mandela. I did not realize these facts about Mandela’s evil record because our Lamestream media and PC elites deceive us with what they want us to believe.
BTW, the true “bigoted racists” are the PC Leftists who accuse others, like yourself, of racism.
Keep up the good work Bill.
Harold van de Wiel
The worst thing about this is that he had the chance to come out in the open at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and begun the healing process by admitting that he was responsible for ordering the attack and that he was sorry for what he did. But he didn’t do that at all. All the things he did in the past could have been forgiven had he shown to be a big man to admit his wrong doings in the past. The fact that he didn’t showed he really didn’t want to unite SA and as a result we are seeing SA nearly on the verge of Genocide. Genocide Watch as SA on level 5 and that it only a few steps away from outright genocide.
Thanks guys. Everyone needs to watch and share this very important 7 minute video:
Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch
You are a backbiter, lost and bound for an eternity in hell.
Thanks Jacquie. God bless you and have a very Merry Christmas as well.
Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch
Mr Muehlenberg, did you happen to see this blasphemous article by one Peter Oborne in England, comparing Mandela in complete seriousness to … Jesus Christ? (And no, Oborne is not some crystal meth-head from Appalachia, but an alleged conservative prominent in London.)
If memory serves me (and on memory I must rely here, since Google has disobligingly removed the relevant archives) it was this same British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, in which 16 years ago the adulterous ersatz-Catholic Paul Johnson likened the newly dead Princess Diana to “the Blessed Virgin, who, told of her destiny, announced with proud modesty, ‘I am the hand-maiden [sic] of the Lord’.”
Thus far, to my knowledge, even Messrs Oborne and Johnson have not yet demanded that Teddy Kennedy be canonised or that Gerald Ridsdale, in the interests of “diversity”, be proclaimed a Doctor of the Church while he is still alive; but given the deification of Mandela, I have probably spoken too soon.
Let us leave the Mandela United Football Club (to coin a phrase) with the words written by T. S. Eliot:
Go weak sad men …
Weaving a fiction which unravels as you weave;
Pacing forever in a hell of make-believe
Which never is belief. This is your fate on earth;
And we must think no further of you.
R. J. Stove, Melbourne
Another great article Bill. With all the accolades he has received over the years it is easy to think that he was a changed man when he came out of prison. However, the fruit that was apparent did not line up with the many claims about him. Thanks for opening our eyes to the fruit that was hidden and reminding us of root stock it grew from.
Mat 10:24-26 Keep standing for truth.
Thank you Bill. The truth is always refreshing. I am absolutely appalled by the way the media is making him out to be a god. For the first time in my life I have come to understand how the “whole world” will follow after the beast. Never could quite get my head around that, but now I do.
With every passing day, we have either a farmer murdered, baby raped (last week was a 6 WEEK old baby), an old pensioner brutally attacked and our media is silent. All because of the AbortionNecklacingCommunists.
Hester Wes, South Africa
Thank you, Bill. Well said, regardless of how difficult the truth and facts are…it needs to be stated PUBLICALLY given the media coverage concerning Mandella’s death. He was a full on communist and terrorized his own country, but will now be praised as some saintly icon.
May the Holy Family bless you,
2 Chronicles 18:12-13 Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, “Behold, the words of the prophets are uniformly favorable to the king. So please let your word be like one of them and speak favorably.” 13 But Micaiah said, “As the Lord lives, what my God says, that I will speak.”
GOD bless you Bill as you speak the Truth.
The media cacophony that has accompanied the death and funeral preparations of Nelson Mandela bring to mind the words of Peter in his first epistle,
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Ch. 5:8.
I have observed that whenever the media or Governments, or even the church, make much of a person or cause, then it usually is a lie, put forward as truth which we are to believe without question. It is, of course, always for our “benefit”.
Peter tells us that we (the church) have a constant adversary who is identified as the devil, which is his name. We are told he is active, “walking about like a roaring lion”, and are given his purpose, “seeking whom he may devour.”
We know a lion is in the vicinity by the noise he makes, which is intended to cow the hearers, and engender subservience in the intended victim. Being devoured means death to the victim. Sometimes we focus on the “roaring” or issue “over there”, and get blinded sided by another leonine accomplice or event “over here.” This why Peter prefaces his revelation with, ” Be sober (soundly minded) and vigilant (watchful)”. I think a lot of discernment is also implied, which requires prayerful Bible study and meditation upon it. I believe that Peter is not only calling us to discern the nature of the “main event”, but to beware of related and subsidiary events or claims that may be happening around it at the same time.
The devil will thrust forward his “heroes” to a world that won’t yield to Jesus as THE Hero. He doesn’t just substitute “the lie” for the Truth (2 Thess. 2:11, John 14:6), but other persons in place of Christ (2 Thess. 2:9, Mark !3: 22).
However Peter does not leave his instruction there, but continues to say, “Resist him (it is possible in the Spirit of Christ), steadfast in the faith (the “how”), knowing that the same sufferings (it costs to resist) are experienced by your brotherhood in the world (everybody is copping it, so be empathetic, not defeatist)”
Isn’t it good to have the Saviour Who still comes into the world by His Spirit to “destroy the works of the devil”, and to “save His people from their sins? ( 1 John 3:8, Matt. 1:21)”
Thanks for stepping up to the bat for Jesus’ sake.
No real surprises here, after all, we are likely looking at a generation that will welcome antichrist with open arms.
Thanks for being one of the few voices of truth Bill. I’ve been utterly disgusted at the “blackwashing” of his history through the media. I cannot name one thing Mandela has done that is worthy of praise. If he is to be credited with ending apartheid, it needs to be said that he replaced it with something far worse. His only “achievement” is that he opposed a colonial government, which made him the darling of the left.
Osama Bin Laden must be spitting chips seeing the hero status Mandela ended with. Bin Laden got a well-deserved ignoble ending, but didn’t come close to committing the atrocities Mandela was responsible for. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, South Africa would be a far better place today, for both black and white, if Mandela was hanged in the 60s instead of imprisoned.
Wow, thanks Bill for the video. I knew he was no saint; but after seeing that video, pardon my french for saying it; he was a bad azz. I hope he made peace with God, at least, if not with all his neighbors. People should be praying for his soul.
At TWO of my children’s speech days this week people were quoting Nelson Mandela and it was so irritating!
A very well-balanced, and well-written article by a Christian:
“Nelson Mandela and the Ironies of History”
“When you think of Nelson Mandela and reflect on his life, and now on his death, there are many worldview issues that are immediately implicated. One of them has to do with the fact that Nelson Mandela was, by any honest analysis, a terrorist. That immediately raises a deep moral issue. How can someone be so honored who had at any point resorted to terrorism in order to achieve a political objective?
Well, while we’re thinking about that question, let’s reflect upon some less convenient facts of history…” Please read: http://www.worldviewchurch.org/wvc-digest/featured-articles/20895-nelson-mandela-and-the-ironies-of-history
Thank you so much for your very astute commentaries Bill. I well remember the evil perpetuated by Nelson Mandela and his cronies in the 60’s and 70’s. I am quite frankly appalled by the adulation given to this man by our MSM – don’t any of these Journalists read up on history? As a young married woman I had several friends who had managed to leave South Africa with their families, and some of the stories they told (rather matter of factly) would quite literally, make your hair curl.
One of my daughters was attempting to let me know what a great man this Mandela was, but was horrified when I could let her know the true state of affairs – you see, (she is 50 years old) these things were not mentioned in current affairs or history at School.
Once again, thanks for publishing truth.
morningmail.org has a supplementary to this article which shows that while he was alive he was not such a hero. The New York Times, a very small l liberal had a hair-raising article concerning the murders that took place against white farmers while Mandela was in power.
They were in a bind having sanctified him but could not bring themselves to mention his responsibility or even his name.
It is an article that reveals as much about the NY Times as it does about Mandels.
As a christian I agree that the last ten days in SA was agonizing, especially having to endure local media coverage (radio and tv, 24 hours a day, all other programming suspended) of this unfactual, unbiblical, Mandela worship which at times ranges from the idiotic to outright Party propaganda for next years election. Even anti-apartheid activists interviewed were not allowed to offer any opinion or recollection of events that werent scripted by one-dimensional history inventor: the SABC. Anything but the Mandela myth was just unceremoniously cut-off. I am just a bit concerned that everywhere a voice of dissent is heard, it eventually boils down to racism, claiming the whole new democratic dispensation in South Africa is the worst thing that could have happened. And that SA citizens face extreme conditions of living which is actually not true. Facts are that in all spheres of society white people are still more advantage than their african counterparts, attending semi-private state-funded schools, affording housing in affluent areas with high security, is more readily absorbed in main stream economy after graduation and also expedient in promotions to senior management, own almost all of industry and through anti-competitive cartels keep new black entrants out of formal economy. In rural towns they own all businesses from supermarkets, doctors to attorney firms and keep it closed in between them, resisting change and even colluding to keep the status quo. Even financing houses and banks supports the current economic situation. Against this backdrop the goverment is legislation policies that also fail to address the life experiences of modern day africans in south africa. Most south africans of european discent claim to be christians but most of them fail to live up to christian ethos and must be forced by legislation to even employ, promote or treat fairly a fellow citizen who have forgiven the past discrimanatory practices. Dictatorships normally have almost crime-free societies, new democracies with liberal constitutions on the other hand is a haven for local and international crime syndicates. It would take a few constitutional amendments to curtail the rights of these criminal elements as established democracies has proved.
P van Staden
First of all I would just like to wish you and your family a happy, holy Christmas and a bright and prosperous new year.
Thank you also for your wonderful articles all the year which I love reading whenever I can.
I know I am a bit late replying to the Mandela issue but I have only just read the article and a similar one you wrote for the News Weekly about Nelson Mandela and the ANC which I certainly intend to pass on for others to read.
The MSM coverage of his death revealed a shocking standard of journalism in this country and left no thinking person in any doubt about where their political affiliations lie.
However, thank God we have someone like you we can turn to and rely on for balance and information and the internet as a tool for putting your valuable work over. I am so sorry that you have suffered at the hands of so called Çhristians who should know better. The trouble is many are deliberately and woefully ignorant about political issues. They were ignorant and indifferent even when the ghastly necklacings were going on in South Africa. I had a video given to me by the Civic Council which they put out to educate people on what the ANC really stood for. I had little support from Catholic Christians at my Church. I could count on one hand the number who turned up at my house to see it. The internet wasn’t available then. As you have said they might as well be dead already because they don’t think about anything or do anything. The least we can do in life is to be well-informed and inform others whenever they get the opportunity which is becoming increasingly harder the older I get.
I read your article about the worship of Nelson Mandela in News Weekly a few days after I wrote a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, and I was pleased that our ideas correlated closely. The newspaper had published an interview with Labor member for Brand, Gary Gray, who as parliamentary secretary in 1994 proudly stated that he sent 30 staff and funds to work for the ANC. This must be the first(?) time that a party in government in Oz has interfered in a democratic election in another country.
The anti South African and anti Rhodesian activists have had decades to ponder their handiwork. Your essay and my letter included the massive human rights abuses in South Africa over the last 20 years which can be accessed instantly (without NBN!) based on UNO data. A great contradiction is that in health housing education and jobs the descendants of the Aborigines are far worse off than non Whites in South Africa or Rhodesia 30 years ago, There are many examples where people want to believe myths, and half truths, it is a feel good experience.
The Greens are masters of deception and seduction in their aim to cripple Australian culture, beliefs, industry, foreign policy etc.
Almost every letter I write in local community newspapers gets published!! Why? The reason is not that I am an outstanding letter writer but very very few other conservatives appear to write letters. Why? I also phone into the ABC Night Life program, often as the only person opposing the 90%+ Left majority.
Christians have many foot soldiers, many Churches in almost every suburb, most with a hall where a public meeting can be organized on important topics eg Marriage ‘equality’ for instance. The Greens can be invited to speak. If they decline it can be publically stated in the local newspaper. If they accept, the overwhelming argument supporting Christian marriage will prevail. A small group can write letters to the local Libraries, to Schools etc about the lack of balance available to the Public
Saint Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians remains one of the most inspiring challenges.
Bill, your Website is a tour de force and quite amazing,
Best Wishes, Robin
Many thanks Robin and keep up your good work.