Barack Obama attended Jeremiah Wright’s church for more than twenty years, was baptized by him, married by him and had his children baptized by him. For a long time, a person who damns America was an important part of the Obamas’ lives, and was not repudiated until it became politically necessary.
Let’s see what the rest of the world wide web is saying about this situation. Yes, it is a situation. You don’t associate yourself with racist people that condemn our nation. Obama stating that Jeremiah Wright is his “former” pastor doesn’t help matters either. It’s not like he has said that the reason why Jeremiah Wright is no longer his pastor is because he is not in line with his views. Of course not. Jeremiah Wright’s church and people that attend that church have probably helped to line his political campaign. Ya think?
Long before the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright became instant hits on YouTube and talk-show fodder for the cable news channels, Barack Obama knew he had a preacher problem. On the eve of launching his campaign for the White House in February 2007, Obama abruptly withdrew an invitation to Wright to deliver the invocation at his announcement speech in Springfield, Ill. Wright had been Obama’s pastor for nearly 20 years. He had brought Obama into the church, helped him find his faith in God, officiated at Obama’s wedding and baptized both his children. But Wright had also said a lot of incendiary things from his pulpit about America over the years, things that would be awkward to explain away for a politician hoping to unite the country and become the first African-American President of the United States.
For a year, Obama didn’t have to explain his relationship with Wright; he didn’t even have to deliver a speech outlining his views on race relations. After all, one of the animating forces behind Obama’s campaign was the notion that he, and we, had somehow transcended the old racial divisions in America, that he wasn’t “the black candidate” for President but a presidential candidate whose race was only part of his much broader appeal. Then on March 13, video clips emerged of Wright in earlier sermons, shouting “God damn America!” and calling 9/11 a case of “America’s chickens.. coming home to roost.” It became a story that threatened to capsize Obama’s front-running campaign with the speed of a Wall Street bankruptcy. Obama issued a statement denouncing Wright’s comments but soon realized he had to do more. - Hat Tip!
I don’t know about you but I don’t believe my pastor would ever speak that way in church. I don’t believe my pastor would speak that way outside of church either. If I had been sitting in that sermon I would have immediately grabbed my purse, my husband, and my kids and left never to return. How about you?
Reverend Wright clearly preaches from a particular cast of mind, one with which Obama was surely familiar. If Obama isn’t willing to voice his concerns and objections with Wright and stand up for his country as it is being slandered by his pastor, what can we expect from Obama when he is asked to stand up against some of the world’s worst dictators? - Hat Tip!
You’ll definitely want to check that one out! There are some excellent points made in that particular post on that blog that I give out the hat tip for. I would not want to associate myself if the church as a whole didn’t come together and denounce what was stated and have him replaced. It sort of makes it seem as though the church he went to is not a bible based church at all. That leaves people wondering about his faith and just how much of a role his faith will play if he should win the democratic appointment.
“Brite does not endorse all of the statements or views of any of the church leaders recognized by the Divinity School,” its Web site said. “Brite is recognizing Dr. Wright for his forty-year ministry linking divine justice and social justice.”
Though the divinity school is at TCU, Brite is a separate corporation with its own leadership. The award is presented by Brite.
In 2006, Dr. Wright was taped, saying “we believe in white supremacy and black inferiority, and believe it more than we believe in God.”
Mr. Obama has condemned the statements, calling them “inflammatory and appalling.” - Hat Tip!
Why didn’t Obama condemn the statements when they were happening? Am I supposed to believe that the entire congregation allowed this pastor to continue preaching even after he had made those statements? What excuses could have been mustered to totally ignore any of it?
“I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Reverend Wright that are at issue.”
“I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.”
Obama claims that this is all news to him and that he never heard any inflammatory statements from Wright in his 20 year association with the church and his 17 years as an attending member of the church.
“While Rev. Wright’s statements have pained and angered me, I believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said, but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be President of the United States.”
Bulls**t! How can Obama deny that he was oblivious to the views and beliefs of his own declared “spiritual adviser,” pastor, family friend, and campaign adviser? These are also the same views shared by his own wife, Michelle, as exposed by her recent statement “For the first time in my life, I am really proud of my country,” and her recent statement that “Americans are mean people.” Obama spent the 2007 Christmas holidays at home in Chicago. Didn’t the Obamas attend Christmas services when Wright delivered one of his most controversial sermons? Any contention by Obama that he did not know about, and does not share the views of this man are simply not credible. - Hat Tip!
I don’t know about you guys but there is absolutely NO WAY I would ever vote for this man and believe me.. I had often considered him before. I also felt like his wife was pretty smart listening to her speeches from C-Span. However, too much has gone on and come to light for me to just ignore the little things that make up a person that is running for office. Hillary Clinton is definitely going to win the Democratic Primary and I can honestly say that it isn’t such a bad thing after all.