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Ayers And Wright ‘Headline’ Peace Rally

From the Chicago Tribune:

William Ayers, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. headline Mideast peace rally

Oak Park forum features 2 figures associated with President Barack Obama

By Tara Malone

May 18, 2009

The day before President Barack Obama was to meet with Israel’s prime minister, community activists, clergy and residents marched through Oak Park on Sunday to call for a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

And they were led in their efforts by a politically provocative pair from Chicago: Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. and William Ayers.

The two men shared the stage for one of the first times at First United Church of Oak Park during a forum before the annual walk.

They urged a rethinking of the Mideast conflict, a shift in perspective that’s not unlike the view espoused by Obama

Organizers with the Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine said the two men, along with a Jewish activist and an Arab attorney, were invited for their work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not their political notoriety. They did, though, draw a crowd of more than 400 that filled the church.

"We can’t be squelching viewpoints because they are unpopular or because someone has a reputation through Fox News," said Caren Levy Van Slyke, a spokeswoman with the group.

Wright drew parallels between Trinity’s part in the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and the current campaign to bring about peace in the Mideast

"I have faith that within your lifetime two citizens from the states of Israel and Palestine … will be here in Oak Park saying to you, ‘We heard of people in Chicago … who did all they could to bring about a just peace,’ " Wright said.

The remarks earned Wright a standing ovation and a handshake from Ayers, an education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who spoke of the need to create a curriculum of questioning that reveals a "reality that is always messier, always more complicated."

Ayers and Wright both paused to reflect with humor.

Ayers recalled feeling "support and solidarity" with Wright when he became a lightning rod during the presidential contest. Though he blasted the guilt by association, Ayers also poked fun at the "terrorist" label assigned to him and that of a "fiery preacher" given to Wright.

Wright likened some of the controversies and figures of the anti-apartheid struggle as being "almost as toxic as Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright are in the age of Obama."

Gosh, what a couple of cut-ups.

Of course Mr. Ayers is not a terrorist. (He just made bombs and blew up people and buildings to try to get his way politically.)

Similarly, no one could call Mr. Wright “fiery.” That is just preposterous.

Oh, and just in case anyone has any doubts about where this Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine stands, here are some photos from a rally back in January 2009:

Heck, it’s no wonder they invited these two raging anti-Semitic lunatics.

They even show Jimmy Carter films (a pdf file).

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 18th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Ayers And Wright ‘Headline’ Peace Rally”

  1. Reality Bytes says:

    It used to be you’d know a clown by his shoes & red button nose. The least these 2 could do is at least dress appropriately.

  2. proreason says:

    This rally needs national recognition.

    Fox should promote it the same level as it promoted the Tea Partys.

  3. 1sttofight says:

    The sign says” End the occupation”

    Does that mean the occupation of Israeli lands by the pali squatters?

  4. heykev says:

    “crowd of more than 400 that filled the church”

    At least the wacko churches are not regularly drawing crowds. It’s just a shame that anyone would attend a seminar that these two men are leading.

    “Ayers, an education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago”

    Is it just me or do all Vietnam-era terrorists get teaching jobs at Universities? As someone whose read about a lot of different nontraditional ways to get some much needed employment. There are some things however, that I would not do even if it meant a plum University teaching position afterwords.

    • Right of the People says:

      Its the only place besides a prison that would have them.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Uncle Ho (Ho Chi Mihn) has a job waiting for them in hell……..right next to Arafat, Amin, Hitler, Stalin, Jodl …………..the list is long and distinguished!!

  5. JohnMG says:

    …..”Gosh, what a couple of cut-ups…….”

    I’d agree with part of that statement with one minor edit……****-ups!

    And this Jewish activist, and this Arab lawyer–they wouldn’t by any chance have names, would they?

  6. beautyofreason says:

    “Ayers also poked fun at the “terrorist” label assigned to him and that of a “fiery preacher” given to Wright.”

    I suppose bombing federal buildings to incite political change isn’t considered terrorism? Or saying “God damn America” and that on 9/11, the “chickens came home to roost” isn’t fiery?

    I’m so ashamed that these scumbags ever held positions of power and authority in our country. One in indoctrinating youth, another in indoctrinating black churchgoers to hate our soil and our country. We at least know that one of these men (the anti-American pro-terrorist speech giver) was a close spiritual mentor of the Obama family.

    I can’t wait for the moron to leave office. Only three years and something months (hopefully)….I think I’ll make a java script counter to tick off the days.

  7. pdsand says:

    I thought these two cooks and fringe elements were just cooks and fringe elements way back when people had a choice for who would be President. Now it seems they have such a platform that they are headliners.

  8. catie says:

    These are the people our Clown in Chief counts amongst his friends. No wonder we’re in so much trouble.

  9. pdsand says:

    More importantly, this doesn’t exactly sound like a ‘mideast peace rally’ so much as it sounds like a ‘call for Israel to surrender’ rally.

  10. canary says:

    “I also thought I was black,” says Ayers only half-jokingly. As proof of his righteousness, Ayers named his first son “Malik” after the newly Islamic Malcolm X and the second son “Zayd” after Zayd Shakur, a Black Panther killed in a shootout that claimed the life of a New Jersey State Trooper.

    Many studies are being done on the comparisons between the two books.

    Obama wrote that most of the blacks; aside his preacher Wright recording White man gave AIDs to blacks, believed Jewish doctor’s injected AIDs into black children. They need to read the christian books Epic Center, Countdown to Jeruselum, to get some different views, than muslim views. The Pope really did a dis-service with his statements against Isreal on his recent visit.

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