Barack Obama chose to hold a memorial service December 23 for his late grandmother Madelyn “Toot” Dunham at Honolulu’s First Unitarian Church, which harkens back to his leftist religious upbringing.
Andrew Walden of The American Thinker wrote a great piece reminding us of Obama’s journey from the lefty, mushy Unitarian agnosticism of his youth, to the anti-white, and anti-American church of his Chicago community organizer days, to his current choice of the pro-life, and anti-gay marriage Pastor Rick Warren of Orange County’s Saddleback megachurch to lead the invocation at his inauguration.
What is First Unitarian Church? Their website describes counter-recruitment efforts intended for “deconstructing the myth” … “used in propaganda for the military (as with ads for Marine recruitment).”Another set of clues come from the Honolulu Star-Bulletin February 8, 2003 description of First Unitarian’s 2003 golden anniversary celebration — complete with “Liberal Religion for 50 Years” T-shirts. The Star-Bulletin explains:”The bumper stickers on cars outside the church gave an insight into its members’ beliefs: ‘No War.’ ‘If you want peace, work for justice.’ ‘An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.’
Activism for peace and human rights causes has characterized the congregation of the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu since it was organized 50 years ago. Members were instrumental in founding the League of Women Voters and activating a local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. It offered sanctuary to servicemen who went AWOL to avoid being sent to Vietnam. It helped launch the Save Our Constitution effort to fight the constitutional amendment on same-sex marriages. And just recently, the church sponsored a Death with Dignity poll that collected a 72 percent response in favor of end-of-life legislation….
In Seattle, Obama’s grandparents attended “The little red church on the hill”
The Chicago Tribune mentions a description of the Dunham’s chosen church as “The Little Red Church on the Hill”. According to its own website, East Shore Unitarian Church got that name because of, “Well-publicized debates and forums on such controversial subjects as the admission of ‘Red China’ to the United Nations….” Mercer Island’s John Stenhouse, according to his 2000 obituary, once served as church president possibly contributing to the ‘red’ label.
The Dunhams moved to Honolulu in 1960 after Ann graduated and quickly became friends with leftists such as now-Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) and Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis. Obama’s mother-to-be enrolled at the University of Hawaii and soon met Barack Obama Sr. in a Russian language class. She would remain affiliated with the University for most of her life.
The December 24, 2008 Honolulu Star-Bulletin describes the memorial for Madelyn Dunham:
“Obama did not speak to reporters at the small home that had been converted into the First Unitarian Church in Nuuanu. Aides said Obama’s half sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her husband, Konrad Ng, also were present….”
Konrad Ng, a Chinese-Canadian, is an associate professor at UH. Soetoro-Ng, who also lectures at UH, was born in Indonesia in 1970, and teaches at the exclusive La Pietra–Hawaii School for Girls, across the street and four decades out of synch from the same Kapiolani Park in which Obama mentor Frank Marshall Davis described cruising for male and female sex partners in his 1968 book, “Sex Rebel: Black (memoirs of a gash gourmet)”. Continue reading.
I sure hope Pastor Warren talks some sense into that man.