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The Sounds of Fundamentalism: IFB Preacher John Koletas Defends Use of the N-Word

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Today’s Sound of Fundamentalism is a video clip of Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) preacher John Koletas, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Troy, New York, defending his use of the N-word. His explanation and defense is a real doozy. As I was researching Koletas, I found this statement about music on his church’s website:

Churches should sing the old hymns, gospel songs, and spiritual songs that are old fashioned without the worldly beat of rock ‘n roll, disco, rap, metal, soft rock, hard rock, religious contemporary music, and any music that promotes the Egyptian-style beat and rhythm of modern contemporary secular and religious music.

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      I think a n… is a black men who robs white men like he did from me but the African American man is a black man like Barak Obama who is civilized and has a job. Why dont you get it right and stop defaming John Koletas you f ah?

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    Margaret Honore

    This level of willful ignorance is ugly and inexcusable in a so-called Christian. I don’t care what is in his dictionary, the meaning of a word arises from its use in it’s cultural context. No American can pretend not to know the hateful, degrading and dehumanizing intent behind the use of the wretched “n“ word when a white man like this speaks about a black person. To pretend ANYTHING else is luciferian gaslighting.

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    these 2 comments are nothing but the finest hypocrisy, it’s ok for blacks to call them selves the n-word or rappers to use it all the time in their songs, but God forbid a white person actually talks about the n-word, oh no he a racist he’s luciferian, give me a break, how many times have whites been called racist for the exact same thing that other races do, get over your self-righteous thinking and quit judging people, only God has that power.

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      Imaginary beings have no power at all, Supreme. Humans, by comparison, do have power — sufficient to imbue a fictional figment with traits such as immortality and omniscience.

      And we will judge anyone we jolly well please, thankyouverymuch.

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      Brian Vanderlip

      Supreme denial allows people to growl and bemoan the sorry state they have chosen. As is stated above, cultural context is the reason light-colored people exercise caution in using words that have been culturally demeaning. Supreme ignorance in denial makes people say things like the person above, a vacuum of any human caring, just ‘godly’ judgement.
      The evangelical preacher’s clip is a fine example of the depths we fall into in churches, the deep, sick denial of human caring and in its place, hate-mongering. I am so happy to have shut those church doors behind me.

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      Bruce Gerencser

      By all means, keep defending bigots and racists. Your comment is yet another reminder of one of the reasons many of us deconverted. The IFB church movement, of which Koletas is a part, is steeped in hate, bigotry, and racism. Not an opinion, just the facts.

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      C Evans

      Salvation is reserved for God’s judgment we are not to say whether a person is saved or not however, we are to judge behavior that’s what puts pple out of the church when whites or others call blacks the “N”word it shows their disdain which comes from the heart when black say it to each other their is no did a in it means nothing that’s the difference trust this will give you a little more insight on God’s word & the black community – Psalm 133:1,2

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    Yulya Sevelova

    Having grown up in various “hoods,”I always heard Blacks calling each other that word(nigga)and it was disconcerting to hear. At some point it became their exclusive byword or sometimes nicknames among friends. Or a challenging insult. But it became their property. If you, Supreme, call a Black person that word, they will check you in a NYC minute ! And you’ll deserve what you get. For some reason I never will understand, too many professing Christians justify chattel slavery, or attempt to. Sick thinking ! The hoods are sick places. Supreme and this Koletas are straight up race-baters who hide behind the Christian label.

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