Friday, March 14, 2008

Obama's Pastor: "God Damn America"

Following are some statements from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, recent pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, where Sen. Barack Obama has been a member for nearly 20 years:

"God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme."

"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing God Bless America. No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people."

"Jesus was a poor black man who lived in a country and who lived in a culture that was controlled by rich white people. The Romans were rich. The Romans were Italians, which means they were Europeans, which means they were white, and they controlled everything in Jesus' country."

"Hillary was not a black boy raised in a single-parent home. Barack was. Barack knows what it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people."

"Hillary ain't never been called a nigger. Hillary has never had a people defined as a non-person."

"Hillary ain't never had her own people say she wasn't white enough. Jesus had his own people siding with the enemy. That's why I love Jesus, y'all. He never let their hatred dampen his hope."

What does Sen. Obama have to say about all this?

"I don't think my church is actually particularly controversial," he said this month. Rev. Wright, who married Sen. and Mrs. Obama, baptized their daughters, and is credited by Obama for the title of his book, "The Audacity of Hope", is "like an old uncle who says things I don't always agree with."

Have Rev. Wright's statements affected Sen. Obama's thinking at all? If so, how? If not, why does he attend this church?

4 comments:

Renee Ann said...

When you are a member of a church, you are putting yourself under the spiritual authority of the pastor. I don't think that means you have to agree with your pastor point by point, but it must mean that you have some "kinship" with your own pastor. Your pastor is involved in the most important parts of your life... marriage, baptism, and guidance.

This look at Obama's pastor is troubling. Thanks for the post and the good links.

JPersch said...

Why was Romney's religion so influential in American's decisions to note vote for him yet a group of these same people say that this is know big deal? I think it is outrageous to even think about voting for Obama after this comes out. I have one question to ask all of the Barrak supporters, if it were to come out that McCain was a great friend to David Duke, would you crucify him for that? Yes you would. The same should happen to Obama.

Leah Friedman said...

20 years is along time to have had no affect on Obama. I once attended a shul where the Rabbi was controversial, I didn't stay 2 weeks, let alone 20 years listening to someone I did not agree with.

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