Friday, March 14, 2008

Why the Obama - Rev. Wright Connection Matters

I am Catholic and I go to church. I do not belong to my nearest Catholic parish. I belong to one about five miles away because I like the priest. I feel the local one gives sermons that are too intellectual, particularly for my children. I have chosen my parish consciously and in the past I have stopped going to others because I just didn't connect with the priest.

Senator Obama went to Rev. Wright's church for 20 years. Rev. Wright married him, baptized his children and has been a spiritual mentor for him. Rev. Wright is also a raging, racist loon.
In a sermon delivered at Howard University, Barack Obama's longtime minister, friend and adviser blamed America for starting the AIDS virus, training professional killers, importing drugs and creating a racist society that would never elect a black candidate president.
Senator Obama is finally being questioned on this topic and his answers are what they would have to be - evasive and shallow.

No one would go to a church for 20 years led by a pastor who is as completely deranged as Rev. Wright unless they agreed with him. There's no reason to sit in the pews week after week listening to some madman scream about damning America if you didn't want to hear it. Churches are plentiful - in an economic sense, the Christian religion is a nearly perfect free market.

What you're seeing is the mask slipping off of Barack Obama. Whether it's his opposition to the Born Alive Infants Protection Act which was supported by such staunch liberals as Barbara Boxer or his opposition to the bipartisan compromises engineered by John McCain, Barack Obama has consistently been a far left extremist. His claims of being a healer of our divisions are based on nothing at all.

The recent publicity given to his pastor of 20 years is crucial because it shows us just who Barack Obama is and there's nothing he can say to contradict it. That's why this whole controversy matters.

Update: In a comment thread somewhere it was noted that the wife typically picks the family's church. That seems to be a decent generalization and the coincidences here are too great to be ignored. Rev. Wright's sermons would certainly lead a believer to say that Barack's presidential campaign was the first time they've been proud of America as Michele Obama said recently. If that's the case, then there must be significant tension building up between the true believer Michele and the straddling politician Barack.

Update 2: There's another aspect to this that isn't getting any attention as far as I can see. What kind of people go to this church? Wouldn't you expect racist, hateful people to be attending these services? Unless Barack has been getting in and out of the church as fast as possible for the last twenty years, unless he's just been going to this church to "check off the box" every Sunday, if you will, he's been voluntarily socializing with this kind of person for two decades. It's not the pastor that's the biggest problem, it's the entire environment of the church.

That leads to the issue of Sunday School for his kids. Were his children going to Sunday School here? If so, he can no longer distance himself from Rev. Wright's lunacy. How can you distance yourself from the church that you rely on to give your children moral teaching? It just doesn't make any sense at all to claim that Barack disagreed with some of the sermons, but kept going anyway. Rev. Wright is clearly a toxic nut. You wouldn't put your children anywhere near him unless you didn't mind what he was saying.


Kelly the little black dog said...

You're right, this is definitely disconcerting. You do choose your church. Its bad enough when one of McCain's endorsers does the same thing - the whole Anti-Catholic rant - but at least its not the church he's chosen.

You're a bit early on your charge that its being ignored by the MSM. Its leading this evenings news cycle and I think it has some serious teeth. There's no good response to why he stayed at that church.

Kelly the little black dog said...

Obama has made a statement about his relationship with the Rev. Wright. In essence, Obama claims the man he knows isn't the man we're hearing about now.

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.

Is this believable? I'm not sure. I'll need to find out more.

Foxfier said...

On what other folks go there:
Opera Winfrey and some well-to-do rap star.

My first response: So, they have several rich, black folks who go to this church to hear how all the bad things that happen to blacks are because of Whitey? Hm...Irony Meters for charity....

(Not a link, heard it on Mr. Levin's show-- I think. SiriusRight, anyways, and those guys can't afford to screw up facts like that.)

Anonymous said...

This really brings into question Obama's judgement and character. He's been a member of this racist pastor's congregation for many years and he's just now realizing he's been spiritually instructed by a racist. I think Obama's recent comments denouncing Wright are the statements of a politician making political moves. And no wonder Michelle Obama's never been proud of her country before - she too is following the black equivelant of a KKK religious leader.

Anonymous said...

For a congregation that hates America, they certainly seem to do a great deal of service in the community.

Reconcile that.

Foxfier said...

Do they do it for "the black community"?
That is, after all, one of their stated rules-- along with black morals and black this and black that.

Rose said...

The report I heard today said Oprah DID go there for a while but left because she thought the preacher was too extreme/radical.

I have to agree, and applaud her for that, unlike Obama.

It really is a serious issue for me, because so many people I know BELIEVE every word that preacher says, and they don't even go to that church... with our own people believing that crap, we don't have a chance of survival.

Anonymous said...

Obama left that church too he goes to Salem baptist church now

he no longer associates himself with Rev Wright

K T Cat said...

Anon, well, good for him that he doesn't associate with Rev. Wright any more! After 1865, Jefferson Davis didn't keep slaves any more. Any bets on the genuine nature of either of these conversions?

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Anonymous said...

Obama went to Wright's chuch because it was the center of the black political base in Chicago. This was the best place to make connections that would help him go from political organizer to president. Also, Wright's church protected Obama's gay activities, encouraged him to marry (part of the Down Low philosophy) and set him up with Michelle, another church member to keep the charade of heterosexuality alive. It worked, didn't it?