Question for Barack Obama: What part of the gospel promotes racism?

Posted by: ST on March 13, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Barack Obama’s controversial black nationalist reverend is back in the news today, thanks to some detective work from ABC News (language warning):

Sen. Barack Obama’s pastor says blacks should not sing “God Bless America” but “God damn America.”

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side, has a long history of what even Obama’s campaign aides concede is “inflammatory rhetoric,” including the assertion that the United States brought on the 9/11 attacks with its own “terrorism.”

In a campaign appearance earlier this month, Sen. Obama said, “I don’t think my church is actually particularly controversial.” He said Rev. Wright “is like an old uncle who says things I don’t always agree with,” telling a Jewish group that everyone has someone like that in their family.

[…]

An ABC News review of dozens of Rev. Wright’s sermons, offered for sale by the church, found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans.

“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,” he said in a 2003 sermon. “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.”

In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda’s attacks because of its own terrorism.

“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.

“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” he told his congregation.

Isn’t it interesting that Senator Obama doesn’t view essentially calling the US a white supremacist nation nor equating the US and its military with the 9/11 terrorists as “particularly controversial”?

As I’ve mentioned in prior posts this week, I’m sick of all the demanded apologies and denunciations coming from each of the campaigns, so that is not what I am asking for here. What is troubling though is the national media’s mostly glossing over BO’s longtime friendship with Wright, only throwing out the occasional bone on the mentorship, in what I guess are their lame attempts at appearing “fair.” ABC (and Fox), on the other hand, should be commended for doing the deep digging the Newspaper of Record hasn’t – and won’t – do. The Louis F.-praising Wright is not merely a “supporter/endorser” of BO’s campaign, he has been described by BO as his “spiritual mentor,” someone with whom BO has sought not just spiritual counsel but political counsel as well, and someone who was the inspiration behind his second book as well as his famed 2004 DNC keynote. Wright also married Obama and his wife and baptized BO’s two daughters.

I won’t even bother explaining what would happen if this were a Republican candidate who had the same type of relationship with a white nationalist reverend that Obama has with Wright, because we all know what he would be subjected to. The lame excuses BO has repeatedly given for Wright wouldn’t work with any GOP candidate, nor should they. But the double standards on display here both by supporters (scroll) and the mediots alike (but I repeat myself) are worth noting and emphasizing.

What’s also troubling is how Obama, who largely hasn’t run a race-themed campaign (although he doesn’t mind reaping the benefits when his surrogates trump up the race card against his opponent), continues to make excuses for Wright’s racist, anti-Jew, America hating remarks, even saying that one part of Wright’s style of preaching he likes is Wright’s commitment to the “social gospel”:

Obama has praised at least one aspect of Rev. Wright’s approach, referring to his “social gospel” and his focus on Africa, “and I agree with him on that.”

I’m sorry, but can Barack Obama state where exactly in the Bible are there passages that promote racism and hatred of your fellow man? Probably the same place where where he read that mere human beings have the ability to create a “kingdom right here on earth.” Or maybe it’s in the Sermon on the Mount, which, according to Rev. Obama, justifies civil unions.

Welcome to the genuine Cult of Barack Obama, ya’ll. Complete with its own Bible filled with BO/Rev. Wright-crafted scriptures and Commandments, the first one on the list being:

Thou Shalt Not Hold Me To The Same Standards To
Which You Hold Others, And If Thou Doest,
Thou Shalt Be Considered A Racist.
Bonus: Fox News reports that Rev. Wright’s pro-Obama sermons may land the purveyor of “social gospel” in hot water with the tax man:

CHICAGO – Barack Obama’s controversial pastor and the church he’s served for 36 years may be in hot water over statements he has made from the pulpit in support of the Illinois senator’s run for the White House.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. preaches that he follows the righteous path, but when it comes to the federal tax law, his Trinity United Church of Christ may have crossed the line.

Although Wright delivered what was billed as his final sermon last month on his path to retirement, prior to his departure he delivered commentary from the pulpit now being scrutinized in which he praised Obama.

“There is a man here who can take this country in a new direction” Wright said during his Jan. 13 sermon, according to recordings obtained by FOX News.

Here’s video of one such sermon:

So that’s what “social gospel” really looks like, eh? Karl at PW has a link to another Wright sermon.

Here’s more from the Fox News piece:

“It’s pretty clear an indirect endorsement of Barack Obama – that’s not something you’re supposed to do according to the tax code” said Andrew Walsh, a professor at Trinity College who specializes in religion in politics.

The tax code bans churches from participating in or intervening in a political campaign. Violations can result in the loss of a church’s tax exempt status.

[…]

The Internal Revenue Service wouldn’t comment on whether it is looking into potential tax violations at Trinity United. The church declined to make Wright available for an interview.

Show of hands how many of you believe Wright’s church would actually be investigated by the IRS? They won’t if they don’t want to be branded as a bunch of white supremacists.

Some final thoughts and questions from Tom Maguire:

Barack, healing the racial divides. It’s a pretty thought, and I suspect that many others share that hope.

So, watch this video of Barack’s minister, Jeremiah Wright, delivering a sermon recently, and ask yourself a couple of questions:

1. When does Barack work his reconciliation magic on his minister?

2. Does Barack actually bring his two young daughters to that church to listen to that stuff?

Obama has a huge opportunity for some racial reconciliation pretty close to home, and seems to have accomplished nothing (or, heaven help us, is this a newer, calmer Wright?)

Nor, apparently, did he accomplish much for his district when he represented it in the Illinois State Senate, outside of his last year, thanks in no small part to his kingmaker, Senate President Emil Jones, Jr.

Bbbbut we’re supposed to believe he’ll “heal” racial and religious divisions, among other godly-type things if he’s elected as president. Why? Well, because he (and his wife) said so, dammit – at tent revival after tent revival.

Who the hell are we to question him – outside of being racists, of course?

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  • 25 Responses to “Question for Barack Obama: What part of the gospel promotes racism?”

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    1. Paul says:

      And heaven knows that all white people are rich and powerful…just like Obama never lived a priviledge life even though he had a mansion generous salaries for him and his wife. God knows that I could never send my children to Princeton or Harvard, but what the heck, I’m white, so even though I can’t buy a house and have a low salary, I’m still powerful cuz I’m white. I’m so tired of the white guilt trip. Enough is enough.

    2. Heather says:

      With the close scrutiy of Senator Obama and his church, I’m wondering when you will get around to doing an expose on “Pastor” (and that title is to be used loosely with this character) John Hagee. He is supporting John McCain, and Senator McCain has not tried to distance himself from this hate monger and whacko. He argues that we should join Israel in a biblically, prophesized military strike against Iran that will lead to the second coming of Christ, while at the same time his antisemitism runs deep. To quote him, “It was the disobedience and rebellion of the Jews, God’s chosen people, to their covenantal responsibility to serve only the one true God, Jehovah, that gave rise to the opposition and persecution that they experienced beginning in Canaan and continuing to this very day. “How utterly repulsive, insulting, and heartbreaking to God for his chosen people to credit idols with bringing blessings he had showered upon the chosen people. Their own rebellion had birthed the seed of anti-Semitism that would arise and bring destruction to them for centuries to come.” He hates the gays and his rantings are on par with the moron who protested our soldiers funerals for the same reasons.
      He hates Catholics and has suggested that the pope is the anti-Christ, and that Hitler’s anti-semitism was the result of him being educated at a Catholic school.
      He’s also used the terms The Great Whore and a false cult system to describe Catholicism.
      So when will Senator McCain denounce and reject this hateful person’s support? Will he or is becoming president more important then the soul of this country and our leader?

    3. DaMav says:

      All I can say is that I find Wright’s message of hatred to my country to be appalling. The fact that Obama has chosen to attend this church and listen to this kind of hate speech for 20 years, and voluntarily expose his children to it is simply disgusting and belies his message of hope and reconciliation.

      The answer from the Obama supporters here and elsewhere seems to be to try to change the subject to McCain. McCain did not call Hagee his “moral compass” or choose to listen to his rants for 20 years nor honor him in books. Maybe there is a point there but it is of the mote vs the beam in the eye variety.

    4. NC Cop says:

      So when will Senator McCain denounce and reject this hateful person’s support? Will he or is becoming president more important then the soul of this country and our leader?

      That’s it Heather!!! Change the subject!!! You go girl!

    5. SteveIL says:

      Heather, you can throw that Hagee garbage out right now. Being Catholic is not being part of another race. His hatred of Catholicism isn’t even close to the racism of Obama’s pastor, who is a true racist (on the level of Louis Farrakhan). And you can forget Hagee being an anti-Semite; you quote him, but can you guess where Hagee pulled those beliefs from? Think…the guy is a pastor. No guess? How about the Old Testament of the Bible, which spends much of its time chastising the Jews for rebelling against God and not following the laws of God. Whom, you may ask, wrote the Old Testament? Jews, in the Hebrew language. So if you believe Hagee is anti-Semitic, then the Old Testament, written by Jews, is also anti-Semitic. That’s utterly ridiculous. It’s also another blatant attempt by “liberals” to redefine racism. It’s completely false.

    6. Teri Pittman says:

      Heather doesn’t seem to understand the difference between having a supporter that is problematic and having your own pastor be problematic. Unless McCain goes to this guy’s church, there’s nothing that shows he supports this guy’s viewpoint. But Obama does go to that church and presumably tithes there as well.

      And that brings up my thought for the day: Jewish voters. These are one of those “can’t vote for anything but a Dem” groups. Are they going to be supportive of someone is willing to let Israel doomed so he can make points with the Palestinians? If I were one of those voters, I’d want to seriously research Obama’s position.

    7. Jay In Md. says:

      I belive that, in part, Obama attends this “church” because that’s his base. Obama was a “community organizer”, that is to say a communist block captain. He was the guy who printed the signs, organized the supposedly “spontaneous” marches, etc. Remember the photos of Obama supporters and the Che flag? It’s all part of Obama’s support base. The “evil corporations”, the all powerful “MAN”, etc.

      Obama rode these people’s support to the IL statehouse representing Chicago’s south side. It’s all part of the socialist agenda to which Obama is a devotee. So Obama continues to atttend this church. He probably believes most of what the clown spews from the pulpit, but even if Obama didn’t he would still go there because that’s his image/rep.

      Remember all the photos of Clinton and his ten pound bible every time he got caugt in another chapter of zipper gate? A sinner asking forgiveness and enough people bought it. So BO attends a church fightin’ against “the man” to keep his rep intake.

      And yeah, considering his wife’s racist, anti american remarks, this supposed minister’s rants, leaves one to think “birds of a feather flock together”.

    8. Tom TB says:

      The Rev. Wright clearly hates America, so therefore, if the Obama’s have signed on to his belief system, they too hate America.

    9. Richard Arnone says:

      Obama’s crazy uncle excuse is really lame. We can’t choose family members but if I had a pastor who was preaching hate I would find a new church very quickly. Why didn’t Obama do that unless he buys into the victimhood and racism of the not so reverend Wright.
      When I vote, I want to vote for someone who will be president of all the people of this country regardless of race and gender. I would not hire a black man who had a chip on his shoulder (too disruptive) nor would I vote for one.

    10. Lorica says:

      Actually if you look at the leadership for most of the main stream denominations, they are all compromising with the sin they are suppose to be against. Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, even in the Baptist Church, leadership has been caught saying and doing things that per Scripture they should not be doing. So if Hagee is speaking out against the Catholic Church it is because they have compromised with the sin they are suppose to hate. – Lorica

    11. Chowda says:

      Heather just zip it. Stop deflecting to someone else.

      This guy has two friends wanted by Interpol (one for millions in Iraq contract fraud, O’s friend, anti-war indeed), he let his people freeze when he had a toasty condo looking for a 1.6 mil house. Do me a favor, find all the middle easterners (including the former Baathist w Hussein above), that are connected to O. His wife has even more dirt on her. The Oil for Food connections (look it up). The people he associates will kill you, McCain will make you fall asleep at the most.

      You need to wake up, seriously.

    12. alchemist says:

      I didn’t hear anything of Louis Farrakhan levels in here. This man is certainly going to hurt Obama down the road, but I was less offended by the talk of ‘rich white men’, because he seems to saying that Obama can better identify with the black populace than hillary can. That makes an intrinsic amount of sense, doesn’t it?

      I wouldn’t say I agree with what he says, and definitely not how he says it, but nothing here really shocks me.

      In general, I’m more offended by hearing Buchanan talk about race, or Pat Robertson on morality, or Haggard on sexuality.

    13. alchemist says:

      Oops, just found a different video where he says “GD america”. Ok, that’s offensive.

    14. sanity says:

      Jay in MD states:

      I belive that, in part, Obama attends this “church” because that’s his base. Obama was a “community organizer”, that is to say a communist block captain. He was the guy who printed the signs, organized the supposedly “spontaneous” marches, etc. Remember the photos of Obama supporters and the Che flag? It’s all part of Obama’s support base. The “evil corporations”, the all powerful “MAN”, etc.

      Obama rode these people’s support to the IL statehouse representing Chicago’s south side. It’s all part of the socialist agenda to which Obama is a devotee. So Obama continues to atttend this church. He probably believes most of what the clown spews from the pulpit, but even if Obama didn’t he would still go there because that’s his image/rep.

      Actually Obama has attended that church for over 20 years from what I heard. This same pastor married him and his wife, Obama consults with this pastor, and even prayed with this pastor privately before his run for President.

      I think he is more endeared to this church and pastor than what others make him out to be. You don’t go to a church every week for 20 years to disavow yourself of what you been taught all that time.

      Tom TB states:

      The Rev. Wright clearly hates America, so therefore, if the Obama’s have signed on to his belief system, they too hate America.

      It is interesting that you say this Tom. I was listening to Laura Ingraham talk about this morning and I so wanted to call in and say CONNECT THE DOTS.

      Do you remember Obama not wanting to wear a flag lapel pin?

      Do you remember he would not put his hand over his heart like every one else (including Hillary) was doing during the Pledge of Allegiance?

      Could this be the reason why? A Pastor and Church he has gone to over 20 years who preached anti-americanism and hate of America?

      Michelle Obama (wife) stating she only is now proud of America now that her husband is runnig for President?

      I wonder why? Could it be what they are preached to for 20 years?

      Richard Arnone states:

      Obama’s crazy uncle excuse is really lame. We can’t choose family members but if I had a pastor who was preaching hate I would find a new church very quickly. Why didn’t Obama do that unless he buys into the victimhood and racism of the not so reverend Wright.

      Pastors are not some ‘crazy uncle’ in the black community. They are leaders in the black community and they hold great sway and respect over their congregrations and those in thier community.

      One thing about a ‘Blank slate’ like Obama, since he didn’t have much to go on with a record of achievements or bills, it leaves alot to be explored to find more about Obama.

      Right now Obama is still a bit of a mystery as to what he is about / what values he holds , ect. People will begin to explore his religous background to see what he is about also – and this does nothing to help him.

    15. gary fouse says:

      For months, we have been saying that Barack Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, was going to hurt Obama’s campaign. Now that ABC’s Brian Ross has released videotapes of Wright’s sermons, Wright is front and center in the Democratic Primary election campaign. Is this stage one of the so-called Kitchen Sink that might derail Obama’s path to the nomination?

      I hope that every American gets the opportunity to see and hear Jeremiah Wright for themselves- the “God Damn America” rants, the justifications for 9-11, the references to Hillary Clinton as “white” this and “white that”, as well as references to “Uncle Toms”. According to Wright, American is an evil country, and he doesn’t seem to have much use for white folks either. This man is a vile racist who hates his country. This is a man who claims that we invented the AIDS virus to infect non-whites. Christian minister? This sounds more like some radical Muslim cleric preaching Jihad in some London mosque.

      Remember also that this is the same man who traveled with Louis Farrakhan to Libya in 1984 to meet with Moamar Khadafi. This is the same man who recently gave an award to Farrakhan. This is the church that emphasizes the so-called “black value system” and other “black principles” that can only tell other ethnic groups that they are not welcome.

      Now that the tapes are out there for all to see and hear, Obama has reacted (as he had to) and released a statement today that he repudiates the offensive statements made by Wright. He claims not to have been present in church when these vile things were said.

      It is not enough, and it is not convincing.

      First of all, Barack Obama has been affilated with this church and this pastor (Wright recently retired) for almost 20 years. He has identified Wright as his mentor and inspiration. The title of his first book, The Audacity of Hope, came from one of Wright’s sermons. Wright married Barack and Michelle Obama and baptized their children.

      Obama’s statements about Wright are not only insufficient, but lame. He says that the worst sermons were made when he was not present. C’mon! In his nearly 20 years attending the Trinity Church, he has not heard these rants, as he is claiming? That strains credulity. He implies that only in the past year has he learned of Wright’s controversial pronouncements. He has stated that he only stayed in the church because Wright was retiring. No, Mr Obama, he was your mentor and inspiration-in your own words. You also put him on an advisory committee for your campaign. You and your wife have been listening to Wright’s sermons for nearly two decades. Your explanations do not wash.

      When one views the sermons, one not only hears the vicious words, but one sees and hears the wild applause and affirmations of the congregation. What were Barack and Michelle Obama doing during these sermons? Were they sitting there like potted plants?

      Recently, Obama explained his relationship to Wright by referring to all the families who have a crazy uncle that they don’t agree with. We can’t choose our uncles, but we can choose our churches, Mr and Mrs Obama.

      That leads me to Mrs Obama. In light of her recent speeches and questionable references to her country, I also want to hear the woman who would be our First Lady speak out about Dr Wright and answer the same questions as her husband.

      But it is not enough to state that they don’t agree with those statements. Will they remain in this church-and why have they been a part of it for almost 20 years?

      In the interest of full disclosure, I had been hoping that Obama would get the nomination out of my intense revulsion toward Hillary Clinton. I even voted for him in the California Primary since, as an independent, I was precluded from voting for a Republican. Of course, I never entertained the thought that I might vote for him in November. I have written that Hillary would have to steal the nomination from Obama since he has the delegate lead and will hold it when the convention begins in Denver.

      Yet, at this point, the Democrats may have to bite the bullet and choose between handing the nomination to Hillary-which she could not win from the voters-or allowing Obama, with this odious association, to become their standard-bearer.

      So on goes the increasingly ugly Democratic Primary. Just this week, Hillary offered an apology to black voters for remarks made by Geraldine Ferraro about Obama. Who, if anyone, will Obama apologize to for Wright’s dispicable rants?

      Now that Obama has denied previous knowledge of Wright’s words, if that proves not to be true, then he is finished. More importantly, is there a hidden side to Barack and Michelle Obama, two people who represent themselves as bridging the racial divide? I don’t know, but I don’t think this man has any business being a US senator, let alone President of the United States.

      gary fouse
      fousesquawk