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Obama Campaigns From New Church Pulpit

From the Associated Press (via YouTube) and Fox News:

Obama Goes to Church

by Bonney Kapp

Obama headed to church this Father’s Day Sunday in his hometown of Chicago — the first time he’s been to church since he severed relations with his former pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright. The Obama family attended services at Chicago’s Apostolic Church of God, one of the city’s largest African American congregations and just six and a half miles from Obama’s former place of worship, Trinity Church of Christ.

Longtime church leader Bishop Arthur Brazier greeted his “good friend” warmly and touchingly noted, “[Obama] has done something [in] this country that I never thought I would live to see.” He continued, “I am filled with emotion because I have lived through some very tough times in America. But the America today is not the America of yesteryear. And I don’t think, I don’t think it behooves us well to keep talking about the past. The Apostle Paul said forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out to the things that are before.”

Brazier recalled words Martin Luther King, Jr. said in a speech, that we would “reach the promised land.” Of the historic political moment, Brazier said, “I can tell you now that America, we in America have crossed over the River Jordan, we’re out of the wilderness, and we are in the promised land.” Both Obamas, Brazier said, were “true patriots.”

Obama took to the pulpit to deliver a speech on fatherhood, a tenet that should be strengthened, he observed. “Too many fathers are also missing. Too many fathers are MIA. Too many fathers are AWAL [sic]. Missing from too many lives and too many homes. They’ve abandoned their responsibilities, they’re acting like boys instead of men, and the foundations of our family have suffered because of it. You know and I know this is true everywhere, but nowhere is it more true than in the African American community,” he said, delivering his straight-talking message to the African American congregation.

While Obama noted that some of the problems within the community have been ignored, if not exacerbated by the government, he said, “We can’t simply write these problems off to past injustices. Those injustices are real. There’s a reason why our families are just in disrepair, and some of it has to do with a tragic history, but we can’t keep on using that as an excuse.”

He recognized that the government has to change in order to improve the economy and schools, which is why he’s running for president. But, he added, “The change we need is not just gonna come from government. It’s not just gonna come from a president. It’s gonna come from us. It’s gonna come from each and every one of us. We need families to raise our children. We need fathers to recognize that responsibility just doesn’t end at conception. That doesn’t just make you a father. What makes you a man is not the ability to have a child. Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.”

Mr. Obama’s message here is slightly more responsible than usual.

Hopefully his militant homosexual followers won’t remember that, unlike Reverend Wright and Trinity UCC, the Apostolic Church of God and its pastor have a long tradition of being strongly anti-homosexual "rights."

One might also point out that once again Mr. Obama is campaigning in a church, in direct violation of the law. And Bishop Brazier endorsed him, in violation of the same law.

But of course that law is never applied to Democrats or black churches.

Still, in general all of this is a step in the right direction.

Too many fathers are also missing. Too many fathers are MIA. Too many fathers are AWAL [sic]…

Perhaps it is picking at nits, but can’t Fox News "embed" some producers who might be old enough to know such acronyms as "AWOL"?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 15th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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