Thursday, October 30, 2008

Obama's Church

LGF posts a video of an Obama interview from a few years ago in which he praises Rev. "God damn America" Wright- he's a "wonderful man".

What struck me most though was that he referred to his church as being specifically an African-American one- he says Wright is “the best of what the black church has to offer.”

Remember this too- Barack Obama said his longtime pastor “has been like family to me.” Obama said he could “no more disown him than I can disown the black community.”

In his memoirs, Obama recounted his first meeting with Wright. Obama remembered a Trinity brochure urging parishioners to “become black Christian activists, soldiers for black freedom.” It contained “guiding principles — a ‘Black Value System’ — that the congregation had adopted in 1979.”

These included a “commitment to the black community, commitment to the black family, adherence to the black work ethics and a pledge to make all fruits of developing acquired skills available to the black community.” Obama wrote that these and other black-oriented views comprised “a sensible, heartfelt list.”

That's some church for a man who declares himself to be "post-racial". Before he threw Wright under the bus, Obama must have been aware of Wright's own book-

In his 1995 book "Africans Who Shaped Our Faith" Wright wrote, “Modern reasoning tries to avoid the issue of race and pretend that race really doesn’t matter. That is a lie. Race does matter. Race is a reality that one cannot ignore. America was founded on racism. America lives and breathes racism. In this country, racism is as natural as motherhood, apple pie and the fourth of July. Many black people have been deluded into thinking that our BMWs, Lexuses, Porsches, Benzes, titles, heavily mortgaged condos, and living environments can influence people who are fundamentally immoral.”

And yet, despite this- not to mention the other controversial statements Wright made and which Obama just happened to be unaware of- Obama did not speak out and declare that these notions run counter to what he really believes- or at least, that he tells voters he believes. Did he not read the book of his spiritual mentor and friend?

After all, if Obama did not agree with Wright's persistent America-hating and racism, why did he bring his children to that church to hear those things being said?

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