Hip Hop/ Rap Bible Study with Brother Lucious
What Does the Bible Say About Free Speech?
In recent days the question of rappers and free speech arose yet again. Specifically, the question was posed in Albany, Georgia regarding rapper Gucci Mane's appearance at the Albany Civic Center. City Commissioner Bob Langstaff, after finding some of Gucci Mane's lyrics online decided that Radrick "Gucci Mane" Davis was not appropriate for the Albany venue.
The cock-eyed spin on the Internet story published by Chris Richberg gives the impression that the promoter and Odyssey Record owner are two different people, when, in fact, they are not. Gilbert Udoto the promoter is also Gilbert Udoto Odyssey Records owner. And, Odyssey Record appears to be more of a record store than a record company. Listed in Business categories such as Records, tapes, and compact discs - in Albany, GA, Ret records/Cd's/Tapes, prerecorded Tape, Compact Disc, and Record Stores, with one location, annual sales estimated at less than $500,000.00 and Dunn and Bradstreet lists it worth at $130,000.00. But, there's more.
This is also the Gilbert Udoto of alternately, Big Daddy's, Big Daddy's Liquors and Lounge, and/or Big Daddy's Lounge & Club. Who says that city officials who shall remain nameless came to him (whom he should have thrown under the bus) probably in his record store with hopes of bring a big show to Albany. I have put in several calls to my Godmother Pearl Brown's old classmate at Carter Parramore High School in Quincy, Fla., Dr. Willie (under the bus he goes) Adams, Jr. to no avail. So, how much this city father does or does not know is still unknown.
So we still don't know whose bright idea it was to bring one of the preeminent gangsta rappers to Albany. But, Udoto said that $40,000.00 had already been paid by Udoto to ensure Gucci Manes appearance. But is it a hollow victory for Udoto, as the Albany Civic Center is not allowing any alcohol to be sold at the show. It would have been my educated opinion that Udoto would have been selling the alcohol and the quality of the alcohol these boys like is always top shelf which translates in merchants terms to top dollar. Hopefully, he can get them to come to his lounge and buy a few bottles.
Anyway that was a long aside, to get you to the meat and potatoes of the blog. With specific emphasis on Hip Hoppers, Rappers and the Bible what's up with freedom of speech? Dan Kellum wrote in an article posted by Rasputin that we are the only county in the world that enjoys freedom of speech. And, I add the most unfettered. Now, then are we saying we can walk up to any stranger on the streets and start screaming pejoratives into his puzzled, tightening face. Not in America, the Supreme Court found that "fighting words" are not protected and fall into the exception to the First Amendment Freedom of Speech rule. By God, under that construct alone we may outlaw a whole lot of music from a whole lot of genre's. Because the Supreme failed to define fighting words so it becomes something that must be ruled on a case by case basis.
Here's a case, a briefer aside. Bill Wilson publishes and article to the Internet entitled "White House Vilifies Americans Who Exercise Right to Free Speech." Mr. Wilson claims the White House and Democratic Congresspersons have "authorized" the DNC to attack every American who disagrees with the man who occupies the Oval Office. As if said man does not have a name or hold the office of highest respect in American government whose name is and remain Barack Obama and he is the President of the United States of America. Get use to it.
Mr. Wilson goes on to say, in short that because the White House Media Director asked all who are receiving mass email with untruths regarding the Health Insurance Reform Bill to forward them on to his office the Media Director is vilifying its citizens. Libel and slander are still actionable offenses in this country. And, you Mr. Wilson were heard to be saying something libelous or slanderous about President Obama or spreading insightful rhetoric it must be discovered. No more throwing rocks and then hiding your hands.
Why are you so afraid of the persons sending the emails you admit exit being discovered?
Your free speech Mr. Wilson was pugnacious in my view as mine is intended to be toward you. I take umbrage when anyone tries to defend what they themselves knows is fundamentally, morally, and legally wrong. Free Speech, right?
John 8:32 "You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free." Freedom of speech, Betty Miller wrote in the Bible Answers post, "What Does the Bible Say About… Freedom of Speech." First defining the definitions of freedom and truth. Freedom defined in Webster's as absence of necessity coercion, or constraint in choice of action. Freedom involves choice. I agree. Man is a free moral agent with a free will and laws to obey. He may choose not to obey those laws but then there are consequences. God is all over the American foundation.
The God of the Holy Bible the book still used to as used to inaugurate our first justices and president, congressman and senators. This not just symbolically but religiously, in the sense that one finds justice and righteousness here as these oaths are stated that are stated on a book with a so help me God, acknowledging that without him you cannot accomplish the task. Psalm 2: 10-11 "Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling"
The Bible teaches that we have an obligation to influence this government and this world for the good. How does sitting idly by execute this mandate? Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”