Volume 1, Number 4 August 10, 2004
Is "Egypt sin"?
by Dr. Ridgely Abdul Muímin Muhammad
On Sunday, August 8, 2004 we sponsored a Townhall Meeting in Americus, Ga on the subject of "Slavery, Prison or the Draft: Which one will you be forced to choose?" To promote the event we passed out flyers on the street and at churches. One church we went to was already in service when we got there, so we quietly peeped into the sanctuary where we were amazed to see a white woman in the pulpit.
We cracked the door to listen because we heard the word "slavery" and for a moment we thought that she was talking about slavery in America. Well, this would be interesting to see that white people were finally talking about the enslavement of Black people in America which they want everyone including Black people to forget. However, we were wrong in our assumption because she went immediately to her point, "Egypt is sin." She said that when you hear of Joseph going down into Egypt, that means that he went "down into sin, because Egypt is sin." I immediately turned to my friend and asked, "Where is that in the Bible?" He shrugged his shoulder.
After we held our event, I was anxious to get to my computer and do a Google search on the term "Egypt is sin". I found only a few direct references to that term. One reference pointed to Albert the Great in a commentary on Psalms 136. So I went to my King James Version of the Bible and read. There was no "Egypt is sin" line in the entire Psalm. However, there was mention of Egypt in verses 10 and 11:
"10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:"
I was not able to get a hold of any writings from "Albert the Great" to see how he supposedly got "Egypt is sin" from these verses.
I found another reference on the website http://www.jesusrevolution.ch/godman.htm. This website called "Jesus Revolution" has subtitle "Equipping the Saints for the Final Harvest" and reminds me of the "End Times" theology underpinnings of the "neo-cons" and their race to usher in "Armageddon". This portion of the "Jesus Revolution" website gives a commentary on 3 John 1:2 which reads,
"Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth."
Then the commentator on this website writes: "Once you believe something with your mind then you commit to it. Egypt is sin."
However, there is no Bible reference given for the phrase, "Egypt is sin". Itís just one of those "white" things that Blacks are supposed to accept as doctrine because they said it, I suppose. Is this white woman a part of the "Jesus Revolution" or other Christian fundamentalist groups that are considered part of the "base" for President George W. Bushís form of neo-conservative religious right foreign policy "crusading" initiatives in the Middle East? If so, then how does the phrase "Egypt is sin" coincide with another phrase of the neo-cons, "Egypt the prize", which we have expounded on in a former article of the KRIST Newsletter called "Egypt is the prize"?
If "Egypt is sin" then why do the neo-cons want it as a prize? And what is some so-called white woman doing running around to Black churches talking about "Egypt is sin"? What has "Egypt" done to Black people, that we should consider her "sin"? Who has political stake in how Black people view "Egypt"?
The answer of course is "Israel". It was Egypt that has gone to war with Israel on at least two occasions to end Israelís illegal occupation of Palestine. I believe that Anwar Sadat, the former president of Egypt, was assassinated because he told the Jews that they did not help build the pyramids, neither were they ever in bondage to the native Egyptians. He also told both the Jews and Arabs that they were cousins fighting over territory that historically belonged to Africa and Africans.
The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said in "Message to the Black Man" that it is America that has fulfilled the story of 400 years of affliction of her Black slaves under the type of "Israel". He writes, "In fact, and as God taught me, the Bible is not referring to those people as His People, it is referring to the so-called Negro and his enemy (the white race)."
Not only has America fulfilled the role of "Egypt" and Blacks the role of the enslaved "Children of Israel", but this portion of Southwest Georgia, 30 miles from the church in which this white woman uttered "Egypt is sin" was called the "Egypt of the Confederacy" in the late 1850ís and early 1860ís. W. E. B. DuBois in "Souls of Black Folk" states:
"This was indeed the Egypt of the Confederacy,--the rich granary whence potatoes and corn and cotton poured out to the famished and ragged Confederate troops as they battled for a cause lost long before 1861. Sheltered and secure, it became the place of refuge for families, wealth, and slaves."
It seems that unremorseful Albany did not repent from her "sin" of slavery but by 1909 she proudly proclaimed on a banner which covered the pyramid like stacking of cotton bales as one entered the city from the west, "Welcome to the Egypt of America".
So we ask our white evangelist, "Which Egypt are you talking about, the mythical and allegorical slave holding "Egypt" of the Bible or the real "Egypt" of bondage and 400 years of continued affliction for Blacks, called "America"? And tell me Miss and Mr. Evangelist, what type of morality are you "crusading" to bring to the Middle East? Why would a good Christian loving country like America feel the need to corrupt the morals of people she labels as infidels?
Let me get specific. I saw the pictures from the Abu Gharib prison. Why would good Christians force men to do homosexual acts, film them and threaten to send these pictures to their relatives if they did not talk? This sounds like a work that only a "Devil" or maybe "Satan" could do. Then why would "gays" force the government of America to accept homosexual marriage, ignoring the story of "Sodom and Gomorah" in the Bible? Then why would they choose May 17, 2004, the 50th anniversary of Brown v. the Board of education to perform the first "homosexual marriage" in Boston? Now how are Blacks to celebrate this day? Is this the beginning of "Civil Rights" for Blacks or the crowning of Satanís desire to corrupt the moral fiber of society?
We must not sleep on "Egypt": the mythical Egypt of the Bible and the historical Egypt of the pyramids while secret orders like the Freemasons and "Skull and Bones" try to claim her as the source of their "New Age" speculations into the "Wisdom of the Ancients." This white raceís type of deceptive maneuvering to keep the original heirs to the "Wisdom" afraid to study or even look at what the imposter and usurper pays billions of dollars to study, is indeed truly Satanic.
"Egypt is the Prize" and not "sin".