Obama’s Whack-a-Doo Pastor

It was only a matter of time before Barack Obama’s association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of The Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, became a problem for him. His wacky afro-centric sermons are now on wide display all over the internet, and it’s a fair question to ask, “What kind of man attends a church in which the pastor says, ‘God Damn America’ over and over?” What kind of father brings his children to such a church? Is it fair to wonder if this is the place where Michelle Obama is getting some of her America hating ideas?

Liberals, Like Alan Colmes last night on H&C, try to poo poo the connection between Obama and his pastor. Obama can’t be held responsible for everything that comes out of his pastor’s mouth, they simper.

It would be one thing, if this were a church he was only nominally involved with, and let’s say, only attended on Christmas and Easter, but he’s been a member for twenty years:

Since the 1980s, Obama has not only remained a regular attendee at Wright’s services in his inner city mega church, Trinity United Church of Christ, along with its other 8,500 members, he’s been a close disciple and personal friend of Wright. Wright conducted Obama’s marriage to his wife Michelle, baptized his two daughters, and blessed Obama’s Chicago home. Obama’s best-selling book, “The Audacity of Hope,” takes its title from one of Wright’s sermons.

So to describe Wright’s connection to Obama as just someone he knows “informally”, with whom Obama “disagrees at times”, “a kind of cranky uncle”…is not terribly honest.

I’ve left churches over much, much less than what Reverend Wright has said. For Obama to say, years after these race-baiting, America-hating sermons, that he doesn’t approve, doesn’t pass muster with me. Why did he continue going there?

Additionally:

Wright is a member of Obama’s African American Religious Leadership Committee — the sort of largely honorary, advisory body that in recent days has recently been used mostly to throw people off who say controversial things.

This is what Obama had to say about his longtime Pastor, last summer:

“It was … at Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago that I met Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., who took me on another journey and introduced me to a man named Jesus Christ. It was the best education I ever had,” Obama described his spiritual pilgrimage to a group of church ministers this past June.

Here’s what the good Reverend himself has said on a number of subjects:

  • Wright on 9/11: “White America got their wake-up call after 9/11. White America and the Western world came to realize people of color had not gone away, faded in the woodwork, or just disappeared as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring black concerns.” On the Sunday after the attacks, Dr. Wright blamed America.
  • Wright on the disappearance of Natalee Holloway: “Black women are being raped daily in Africa. One white girl from Alabama gets drunk at a graduation trip to Aruba, goes off and gives it up while in a foreign country and that stays in the news for months.”
  • Wright on Israel: “The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for over 40 years now. Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community and wake up Americans concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism.”
  • Wright on America: He has used the term “middleclassness” in a derogatory manner; frequently mentions “white arrogance” and the “oppression” of African-Americans today; and has referred to “this racist United States of America.
  • Cranky old uncle, indeed.

    This story isn’t going away any time soon.

    UPDATE:

    The American Spectator is reporting that Obama at one point considered changing church affiliation, as advisers sought to distance their man from what was considered to be a potential problem.

    UPDATE:

    Mona Charen at the Corner on Obama’s true beliefs:

    I am coming to believe that Barack Obama is one of the greatest con artists we’ve seen.

    His entire campaign has been about “coming together,” a post-racial consensus, etc. Any mention of his middle name was immediately condemned as ignorant fear-mongering. He has played the role of racial unifier with great skill and finesse. But there is a great deal of evidence out there that he is anything but.

    I’ve been thinking the same exact thing….the guy’s a con artist. One hesitates to accuse someone of such a thing…but what other conclusion can there be? After listening to only a few of the sermons he’s been privy to for lo these past 20 years, and considering the other associations he’s had over the years, it’s rather hard to take him seriously as a “post racial” uniter. His whole campaign appears to be a gigantic sham.

    UPDATE:

    Here’s LGF on the media coverage of Obama and his pastor. Or I should say, non-media coverage.

    The Nose On Your Face has The Top 9 Obama Campaign Slogans As Suggested By Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

    Bizarre Home Invasion Leads To Pet Dog’s Death

    But that’s not even the weirdest part:

     A 38-year-old Cole Avenue man reported that his home was invaded on Sept. 9. The man said he was sitting home alone masturbating and watching a pornographic movie when a man came down into the basement, holding a gun, and started to videotape him. The man said that before he left, the intruder fed his dog some mushrooms and the dog died.

    In case you’re thinking, “Bullcrap! No way did that happen!”, Boing Boing has posted the clip from the “Crime Watch” section of the Akron Beacon.

    It really happened.

    Thanks again to Crime Scene KC.

    How Well Do You Know Your Political Sex Scandals?

    Take the test.

    See if you can spot “butterface”, and then try to figure out what she’s doing there, ’cause I have no idea.

    UPDATE: 

    Oh, for crying out loud…nobody got it.

    This is “Butterface” and she had nothing to do with a political sex scandal. She’s Kyla Ebbert, the woman who was thrown off a Southwest Airline flight because of her skimpy outfit. They had her confused with the Washington mayor who posted “sexy” pictures of herself on MySpace.

    Student Busted For Buying Skittles At School

    In what is now being called, “Skittlegate”, an eighth-grade honors student in Connecticut was stripped of his title as class Vice President, barred from attending an honors student dinner, and suspended for a day…all for buying a bag of Skittles on school grounds.

    Young Michael Sheridan was a victim of the school’s “wellness” policy, which banned candy sales in 2003.

    Superintendent Reginald Mayo said Wednesday the principal was just trying to keep students safe, but he would review the decision to suspend Michael.

    The boy says he didn’t realize that buying candy was against the rules. The article doesn’t mention what punishment was given to the candy “pusher”.

    Schools are so strict, these days, I swear.

    *My own son got in a similar spot of trouble when he was a seventh grader (also an honors student). All he was did was sell a few stink bombs…but as luck would have it, another kid (a copycat caught doing the same thing), fingered my son as the one who had sold him his stink bombs, (the ratfink). The school ended up suspending him for three days for that one, and he missed out on his strings contest. The fact that some stink bombs were detonated at the school’s Valentine’s Day dance the week before, may have had something to do with the school’s high level of vigilance.

    But just like Michael, my son didn’t realize it was a problem.

    *(I’m being tongue in cheek, here…actually my son deserved his suspension… the principal was very apologetic none the less because she knew he was a good kid).

    UPDATE:

    The kid has been cleared in the “Skittles Caper”:

    Superintendent Reginald Mayo said in a statement late Wednesday that he and principal Eleanor Turner met with student Michael’s parents and that Turner decided to clear the boy’s record and restore him to his student council post.

    Sanity wins the day, (after a full day of media attention).

    UPDATE (March 14):

    The American Spectator gives Mark Levin the props for this turn of events:

    At the opening of his show Wednesday, he highlighted the plight of New Haven, Conn., eighth grader Michael Sheridan, an honor student and school vice president who was suspended and stripped of his honors for buying a bag of Skittles candies from a classmate.

    Levin gave out the phone number of the spokesperson for the New Haven school district, but asked his listeners to be civilized about the calling. The civilized part was easy. Getting through was another matter. Within ten minutes of the number’s being given out, the New Haven school district’s phone system crashed, as did its website.

    Within an hour of that, the wheels were already in motion to clear Sheridan’s name and restore his and the other student’s good standing.

    Hat tip: Crime Scene KC