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Obama Never Heard Wright Say Bad Things

From Zsa Zsa’s Huffington Post:

On My Faith and My Church

Posted March 14, 2008

The pastor of my church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently preached his last sermon and is in the process of retiring, has touched off a firestorm over the last few days. He’s drawn attention as the result of some inflammatory and appalling remarks he made about our country, our politics, and my political opponents.

Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.

Because these particular statements by Rev. Wright are so contrary to my own life and beliefs, a number of people have legitimately raised questions about the nature of my relationship with Rev. Wright and my membership in the church. Let me therefore provide some context.

As I have written about in my books, I first joined Trinity United Church of Christ nearly twenty years ago. I knew Rev. Wright as someone who served this nation with honor as a United States Marine, as a respected biblical scholar, and as someone who taught or lectured at seminaries across the country, from Union Theological Seminary to the University of Chicago. He also led a diverse congregation that was and still is a pillar of the South Side and the entire city of Chicago. It’s a congregation that does not merely preach social justice but acts it out each day, through ministries ranging from housing the homeless to reaching out to those with HIV/AIDS.

Most importantly, Rev. Wright preached the gospel of Jesus, a gospel on which I base my life. In other words, he has never been my political advisor; he’s been my pastor. And the sermons I heard him preach always related to our obligation to love God and one another, to work on behalf of the poor, and to seek justice at every turn.

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. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.

Let me repeat what I’ve said earlier. All of the statements that have been the subject of controversy are ones that I vehemently condemn. They in no way reflect my attitudes and directly contradict my profound love for this country.

With Rev. Wright’s retirement and the ascension of my new pastor, Rev. Otis Moss, III, Michelle and I look forward to continuing a relationship with a church that has done so much good. And while Rev. Wright’s statements have pained and angered me, I believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said, but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be President of the United States.

Does anyone believe this?

I knew Rev. Wright as someone who served this nation with honor as a United States Marine, as a respected biblical scholar, and as someone who taught or lectured at seminaries across the country, from Union Theological Seminary to the University of Chicago.

Again, from last year’s edition of the Chicago Tribune:

Pastor inspires Obama’s ‘audacity’

By Manya A. Brachear
January 21, 2007

When he took over Trinity United Church of Christ in 1972, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. was a maverick pastor with a wardrobe of dashikis and a militant message.

Six years later, he planted a “Free South Africa” sign on the lawn of his church and asked other local religious leaders to follow his lead.

None took him up on the invitation.

The sign stayed until the end of apartheid, – long enough to catch the eye of a young Barack Obama, who visited the church in 1985 as a community activist. Obama, was not a churchgoer at the time, but he found himself returning to the sanctuary of Trinity United. In Wright he had found both a spiritual mentor and a role model

Obama says that rather than advising him on strategy, Wright helps keep his priorities straight and his moral compass calibrated.

“What I value most about Pastor Wright is not his day-to-day political advice,” Obama said. “He’s much more of a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible and that I’m not losing myself in some of the hype and hoopla and stress that’s involved in national politics.” …

In his 1993 memoir “Dreams from My Father,” Obama recounts in vivid detail his first meeting with Wright in 1985. The pastor warned the community activist that getting involved with Trinity might turn off other black clergy because of the church’s radical reputation.

When Obama sought his own church community, he felt increasingly at home at Trinity

Later he would base his 2004 keynote speech to the Democratic National Convention on a Wright sermon called “Audacity to Hope,” –also the inspiration for Obama’s second memoir, “The Audacity of Hope.”

Though Wright and Obama do not often talk one-on-one often, the senator does check with his pastor before making any bold political moves.

Last fall, Obama approached Wright to broach the possibility of running for president. Wright cautioned Obama not to let politics change him, but he also encouraged Obama, win or lose

Isn’t lying a sin?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, March 14th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obama Never Heard Wright Say Bad Things”

  1. proreason

    Perhaps the boy king was too busy thinking about the flaws in the Constitution to be listening

  2. VMAN

    Obama thinks history began with “Das Kapital”

  3. Liberals Demise

    Twenty years …………..T-W-E-N-T-Y!!

    Now that he has hood winked himself into the WH and set up his commieCZARS and set up the fall of the Constitution ………. is it any wonder that he doesn’t hear “We the People”?

  4. Rusty Shackleford

    “So”, asked the interviewer, “You’ve read “Mein Kampf?”

    President Barry thoughtfully rubbed his cheek with his middle finger, “Yes….uhhhhhhhhh yessss I have.”

    He looked perplexed. “Annnnnndddd….uh…..I was….uh…..disappointed because it…..uh…….had nothing in there about camping at all.”

  5. beautyofreason

    “served this nation with honor as a United States Marine, ”

    I am very surprised that Wright used to be a Marine. What changed? I have a hard time believing that Wright cared about serving this nation in any capacity. He is obsessed with skin color and he hates the U.S. despite enjoying a higher standard of living than most people in Africa ever have. He went as far as to say “God damn America” and that the massacre of 9/11 by Al Qaeda was an example of “chickens coming home to roost.”

    As for Obama, he is clearly lying. His memoir speaks of his time in college, when he sought to associate with Marxists and black radicals. Nobody who seeks out those traits will miss them in a close associate, much less a spiritual adviser.

    from Dreams from My Father (no out of context b.s.) page 100:

    “To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully.The more politically active black students.The foreign students.The Chicanos.The Marxist Professors and the structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.We smoked cigarettes and wore leather jackets.At night,in the dorms,we discussed neocolonialism,Franz Fanon,Eurocentrism,and patriarchy.When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake,we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling constraints.We weren’t indifferent or careless or insecure.We were alienated.”

    Just like Wright is obsessed with European colonialism and construes American culture to be one of white people oppressing other races by a system of assimilation, so does Obama share certain philosophical roots. He clearly saw those controversial aspects in Wright.

    I don’t appreciate being lied to by our Commander in Chief.

  6. proreason

    “I don’t appreciate being lied to by our Commander in Chief.”

    Better not listen to him then.

  7. proreason

    Maybe Rush needs to cut back on reading S&L so much.

    From last Friday’s show:

    “Now, to be honest here, folks, we joke about Obama’s messianic complex, but he has it. He believes his life is a moment of destiny, and I don’t think that President of the United States is his ultimate aim. I think the Secretary-General of the United Nations is his ultimate aim, after he turns our sovereignty over to it as much as possible with this new climate bill that they’re going to have in Copenhagen. I really think that’s his ultimate aim is to run the world, and I think he believes that that’s what the world wants. He’s that delusional. He believes that his life is a moment of destiny, and this is also why he will always talk about”

  8. BigOil

    Speaking of the Messiah tossing the good reverend and the Trinity Church under the bus – I wonder how his intense search for a new church in DC is progressing?


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