Written by Aaron Goldstein
Editors Note:Important! We do not use offensive language on this site, and therefore had to alter Reverend Wrights offensive language, and use God d*m instead
Barack Obama's campaign is in full damage control mode.
by Aaron Goldstein
March 13, 2008
On March 13th, an ABC News report revealed incendiary excerpts from several sermons recorded on DVD by Obama's spiritual advisor, The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr. Until his retirement last month, Wright was the pastor at the Trinity United Church in Chicago.
Reverend Wright suggested amongst other things that the United States government “lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color.” He also claimed the United States bore some responsibility for 9/11 attacks. Wright said, “We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because of stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own backyard. America is chickens coming home to roost.”
In one sermon delivered in April 2003, a month after the War in Iraq began, Reverend Wright said, “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes three-strike laws and wants them to sing God Bless America. No! No! No! God d*n America for killing innocent people. God d*n America for threatening citizens as less than humans. God d*n America as long as she tries to act like she is God and supreme.”
When Obama was initially asked about this quote by a reporter from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Obama appeared unconcerned. “Here is what happens when you just cherry-pick statements from a guy who had a 40-year career as a pastor. There are times when people say things that are just wrong. But I think it’s important to judge me on what I’ve said in the past and what I believe,” said Obama.
However, that did not quiet the storm. On March 14th, Obama issued a statement concerning the controversy. “I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies….In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue,” said Obama.
Yet I cannot bring myself to believe that Barack Obama is telling the truth where it concerns The Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr.
It is because of the following paragraph in Obama’s statement:
The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.
The preceding simply does not pass the smell test.
Obama has been a member of Reverend Wright’s congregation for nearly two decades. Reverend Wright married Barack and Michelle Obama. Reverend Wright baptized their daughters.
Does Obama really expect us to believe that in nearly two decades he never attended a service where Reverend Wright uttered an unkind word about America? Did Reverend Wright only go off the deep end on the Sundays when Obama wasn’t around?
Does Obama really expect us to believe that in nearly two decades, the man whose sermon inspired his book The Audacity of Hope, never told him face to face he believed the United States was responsible for spreading HIV against people of color? Or what he really thinks about Israel?
Does Obama really expect us to believe he would not demand a white Republican politician disassociate with a church whose pastor denounced African Americans? Not on your life. Even if that pastor’s retirement was imminent.
If he does, Obama must really think the American people are stupid. One would hope that Democratic Primary voters might begin to clean their rose colored glasses. This, however, might not be in the offing. If Obama should prevail against Hillary, I suspect it will not be the last time we hear the name Jeremiah Wright.
People are judged by the company they keep. It is hard for me to believe that Obama would title one of his books based on one of Wright’s sermons and yet be unaware of what he preaches. That Obama should protest he only became aware of Wright’s views at the outset of his presidential campaign and yet retains him as a national leader of his campaign’s African American Religious Leadership Committee descends to the depths of disingenuousness. Now that’s what I call audacity.
Aaron Goldstein has spent the past 5 years writing about what's on his mind. Politics baseball and ketchup flavored potato chips are often on his mind. Born in Canada he now lives in Boston.