April 29, 2008
The bottom line: After 20 years of friendship, if Obama didn’t know Wright held these beliefs he’s a moron and if he did know he’s a fraud.
April 28, 2008
Everyone is blogging up the latest Reverend Wright comments and Jennifer Rubin at Commentary points to this exchange:
MODERATOR: What is your relationship with Louis Farrakhan? Do you agree with and respect his views, including his most racially divisive views?
WRIGHT: As I said on the Bill Moyers’ show, one of our news channels keeps playing a news clip from 20 years ago when Louis said 20 years ago that Zionism, not Judaism, was a gutter religion.
Except, of course, that “Zionism” is not a gutter religion, it’s not a good religion, it’s not a religion at all. Everyone knows what Farrakhan said, the fact that Wright is in denial about it is purely defensive.
Wright goes on to say that Farrakhan didn’t say anything different than the U.N. or Jimmy Carter, or Desmond Tutu. He concludes with:
Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains. He did not put me in slavery. And he didn’t make me this color.
Does Wright know he was never slave or does that need to be clarified to him? His last sentence, though, that Farrakhan didn’t make him “this color” is particularly weird. It sounds like he’s calling being black a bad thing. Wouldn’t it be G-d who made Wright that color?
March 17, 2008
As is often the case, it’s instructive to shift the races around. Let’s say that a white candidate attended a church that preached that America was damned by the scourge of black people. Would it matter why he was attracted to such a church?
I agree. The sooner white people can get comfortable calling racist black people, well, racist, the better for us all (and the faster we marginalize frauds like Charles Barron and Al Sharpton). This man’s views have no place in the ear of a man who might be president.
A small sampling of Pastor Wright’s comments as noted by Wikipedia:
*Zionism is white racism
*9/11 attacks happened because white people don’t care about black people.
*9/11 attacks were deserved by America
*In 2007, he said “When [Obama’s] enemies find out that in 1984 I went to Tripoli to visit Colonel Gadaffi with Farrakhan, a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell.”
About the last one, would that that were so, of course. I love my Jewish people but the ones in America are not so quick at identifying their enemies. If McCain’s pastor accompanied a known anti-Semite to visit an enemy of not just Jews, but also of America, he’d lose my support on the spot, it wouldn’t even be a question. It’s extremely sad that Jewish Democrats will not do the same. Gadaffi, by the way, once famously said that Europe and America must convert to Islam or they’ll be made to convert. Why isn’t that a problem for Pastor Wright?
And let’s be clear, Obama didn’t happen upon this church and this man, he chose it as an adult:
He [Obama] had sampled various faiths but adopted none until he met Mr. Wright, a dynamic pastor who preached Afrocentric theology, dabbled in radical politics and delivered music-and-profanity-spiked sermons.
Obama has been trying to portray Wright as a racist uncle. The difference, of course, is that you don’t choose your uncle. Your uncle does not provide your spiritual guidance.
Theirs isn’t a passing connection either, Obama is tied to Wright and Wright is tied to him:
In the 16 years since Mr. Obama returned to Chicago from Harvard, Mr. Wright has presided over his wedding ceremony, baptized his two daughters and dedicated his house, while Mr. Obama has often spoken at Trinity’s panels and debates. Though the Obamas drop in on other congregations, they treat Trinity as their spiritual home, attending services frequently. The church’s Afrocentric focus makes Mr. Obama a figure of particular authenticity there, because he has the African connections so many members have searched for.
Finally, there is no “I didn’t know” excuse here. According to Wright, Obama was aware he’d have to distance himself from his raving, racist pastor. From an April 2007 article:
“If Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me,” Mr. Wright said with a shrug. “I said it to Barack personally, and he said yeah, that might have to happen.”
Wright’s church is, of course, going the “criticism of Wright is racist” route. It’s going to take some bravery to keep the condemnation going, and not let some white guilt let this man off the hook. He is Barack Obama’s chosen minister. Is the man who made that kind of choice fit to lead America? It is obvious he is not.