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Mar-16-2008 15:18printcomments

Obama's Pastor 'Politically Incorrect' for Limbaugh and Republicans (VIDEO)

Perhaps Wright isn't "politically correct" enough for Limbaugh and McCain, but that's because he shoots from the hip like Bush.

Senator Barack Obama with his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
Senator Barack Obama with his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Trinity United Church of Christ, via Religion News Service.

(SALEM, Ore.) - How Does it Feel Limbaugh? I just have to ask, what does the frustration feel like? It has to be gut wrenching, knowing that the odds of a black American President intent on fixing problems in this country from the top down, will probably become reality.

After all the years of hatemongering and nailing people because they have a heart, because they care about the poor, the needy, the notion of an Obama Presidency must drive this hatemonger half crazy, as if this pill popper isn't already from his pharmaceutical drug addiction.

They can dish it out but they sure can't take it. Rush Limbaugh called Barack Obama's Pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, "a race-baiter and a hatemonger." What a hypocrite.

I honestly believe that most Americans who watched the madness of the last seven years take place never thought there could be such a bright light at the end of the tunnel as Obama. Many conservatives are open minded on this one too. It isn't difficult for people who see the Iraq war and the unanswered questions building and swirling around what happened on September 11th, 2001 and myriad other serious problems from the Bush Administration, to admit that we need serious change.

John McCain doesn't represent it. I respect McCain, particularly for his military service, but he believes we might need to spend 100 more years in Iraq, and he doesn't hesitate to say it. His camp is mad over comments made by Reverend Wright, particularly his saying that, "Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run."

I'm sorry, but can somebody explain to me how those words aren't true? Step up to the bar, I want to hear it, come on, tell me that slavery wasn't a huge pillar of early American development.

Obama's pastor is in trouble for being honest, I think he nailed it with the statements that McCain's people brought to the attention of the American public this week. I believe they are counting on the shock value that a black "Racist" could represent, and it is laughable.

White people are just as separated and ignorant about African-Americans as ever, never understanding how wide the poverty scale is that engulfs them. More black men are in prison than in college. The problems affect everybody, as we now know that under Bush, we have achieved a point in American society where one out of every 100 people are serving time in prison. Most are down for harmless drug offenses, and it seems that an equal number of dangerous offenders are on the street in their place. That is what happens when you make things that God placed on the earth illegal to possess, I guess.

Another way that Wright's comments have riled people came in his delivery of certain messages about Hillary Clinton, the first to play the "race card" in this campaign.

"Hillary never had a cab whiz by and not pick her up because her skin is the wrong color."

Neither did McCain. But when his campaign people start throwing out comparisons between Obama and Malcolm X, then they are speaking once again in tunes of made-up fantasy, lunacy, and lies.

Obama is a Christian, and members of this religion are supposed to turn the other cheek and learn to love and forgive their enemies. Most Americans dismiss that part.

Bush's version of Christianity involves annihilating civilians and torturing captive fighters. It involves blocking movements that could lead to a cleaner planet, and he above all, wants to run our soldiers and Marines to the point of exhaustion and burn out in combat.

Of course Bush and nearly every soul surrounding him in the White House has no combat experience, so what would they know about what that toll really is on our military?

I know it angers some people to read this, but most Americans have been angry, really angry for a long time. When it comes to Reverend Wright, many believe it is nice to hear a man with courage just lay it down and tell it how it is.

Perhaps Wright isn't "politically correct" enough for Limbaugh and McCain, but that's because he shoots from the hip like the President.

It is important to note that Senator Barack Obama has distanced himself from Wright, who is on the verge of retiring. In the video below Obama condemns the words of his 20-year spiritual leader, but he also acknowledges where the man is coming from. Wright is a former U.S. Marine.

So this must mean that the GOP's "Obama is actually a Muslim" line is yesterday's word now? It has to be harder I would think, to be connected to a Christian who actually sounds like one when he talks.

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Jen April 24, 2008 7:46 pm (Pacific time)

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Coral Anika Theill March 24, 2008 9:35 am (Pacific time)

Below are excerpts from an excellent article, "The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and the Audacity of Truth" by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III Please read this article in its entirety at: www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032208F.shtml The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and the Audacity of Truth By Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III t r u t h o u t | Perspective Saturday 22 March 2008 Over the past week or so, mainstream media have turned much of their attention to the fiery sermons of the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright. Dr. Wright is pastor to Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and his family. He was also, until recently, pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ of Chicago. Most of the discussion and commentary about Dr. Wright's sermons have come from a predominantly white media. The points of discussion have centered on what they consider to be the "vile, racist and un-American things" said by Dr. Wright. Very few, if any, of the discussions have focused on the historical basis and accuracy of what Dr. Wright actually said. The major problem with the discussions is they have been largely one-sided. The media have used the imagery of Dr. Wright, clad in African garb, shouting in the cadence of an old-time fire and brimstone minister and playing to the camera as a scare tactic. Has this become the "Willie Hortonization" of Senator Barack Obama? The reporting and commentary on Dr. Wright's words have been presented from the perspective of people who either have no appreciation for the African-American historical experience or a personal agenda when it comes to presenting these issues. Dr. Wright is under attack for saying such things as "... the government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three strikes law, and then wants us (African-Americans) to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no; not 'God Bless America,' God damn America ... for killing innocent people; God damn America for treating its citizens as less than human...." These are very strong words, delivered at what many are calling a possible turning point in American history with regard to America's willingness to elect an African-American candidate. While the mainstream media have found no merit in any of Dr. Wright's statements, let's examine their merit from a historical basis. When people read the Constitution, the supreme law of the United States, they see the oldest governing constitution in the world. They see a great document that has articulated the precepts of life, liberty and happiness that all in this country try to follow. What is often overlooked are the parts of the Constitution that laid the foundation for hundreds of years of slavery and oppression for African-Americans; the constitutional framework for human beings to be treated as less than human. It's these sections of the Constitution that America has never truly atoned for and still refuses to make right. I can understand people being uncomfortable with the comments made by the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright. White Americans have also been lied to, miseducated and desensitized about the plight of African-Americans. With the help of the social conservative agenda, many have developed a "deaf ear" when it comes to issues regarding race. The truth, especially an ugly truth that forces Americans to examine the precepts of America, "with liberty and justice for all," and compare them with the hypocrisy of the American reality can be troubling. For far too long, Americans have been lulled into a false sense of security. Americans have believed history as told by the oppressor and failed to understand the reality of the oppressed. Dr. Wright is not un-American. He embodies what America was founded upon, the free exchange of ideas in the public space, speaking truth to power, challenging America to be the best that it can be. The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright's views might not reconcile with many Americans' perceptions of America, but they must not be discarded as the ranting of an angry man. His statements were founded in the historical truths that African-Americans have and continue to live through. --------- Dr. Wilmer Leon is producer/host of the nationally broadcast call-in talk radio program "On With Leon" on XM Satellite Radio Channel 169; producer/host of the television program "Inside the Issues With Wilmer Leon" and a teaching associate in the Department of Political Science at Howard University in Washington, DC. Go to www.wilmerleon.com or email: wjl3us@yahoo.com. -------


JM March 18, 2008 5:51 pm (Pacific time)

I took the time to both read the text of Sen. Obama's speech and also watched him give the speech. I had written down a number of thoughts, then I went and visited numerous blogs to get a feel from both his supporters and those who question his past behavior with Rev. Wright. I was struck by his statement that his white grandmother stated she felt scared when she saw black men in the street. I recall Jesse Jackson saying nearly the same thing not too long ago. I also feel that Rodney King, around 15 years ago, essentially said the same thing as Sen. Obama, but in just six words: "Can't we all just get along?" Sen. Obama appeared at one time to transcend race, now he does not. It would have been the right thing for him to have completely repudiated Rev. Wright, I now believe that he will win the primary over Sen. Clinton, but he has diminished himself by exposing himself as just another politican. Maybe he can still pull it off, but the country will remain divided, and that is the reality I got from his speech today and comparing comments from various sources. Our country has been divided for quite a long time, and "...the beat goes on..."


RICK March 18, 2008 5:37 pm (Pacific time)

I THINK OBAMA WOULD MAKE A GREAT PRESEDENT BUT I DONT KNOW WHY HE WOULD WANT TO BE PRESEDENT. PEOPLE DONT WANT WHATS GOOD FOR CHANG BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE AFFRAID OF CHANGE. OBAMA! BUSH HAS DONE SUCH A GREAT JOB OF SCREWIN THIS COUNTRY UP DONT BECOME THE ESCAPE GOAT BECAUSE AS A BLACK MAN I KNOW HOW THAT CAN EASILY BE ORCHESTRATED. PEACE


RICK March 18, 2008 5:30 pm (Pacific time)

I HEAR ALL THE TIME THAT BLACK PEOPLE CRY TODAY ABOUT SLAVERY. I DONT BELIEVE THAT WE CRY ABOUT SLAVERY I BELIEVE THAT WE CRY ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF SLAVERY, WHICH HAS BECOME A LASTING EFFECT TO DATE. AND WHITE PEOPLE SAY OK IT HAPPENED NOW MOVE ON, THAT WOULD BE NICE BUT THE EFFECTS CARRIES ON TO THIS DAY AND MAYBE IF WHITE PEOPLE TRIED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE FEEL INSTEAD OF SAYING BE QUIET, UNTIL THEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO CRUSH THE EFFECT THAT HAS CARRIED ON FOR SO MANY YEARS.


Clayton Bigsby March 18, 2008 3:08 pm (Pacific time)

Obama is a liar. I don't understand why he has achieved such rock star status in such a short time. His speeches are nothing more than hopeful rhetoric. The media has sided with him and given him a pass from the beginning instead of bringing him to task on the substance of his ideas. The fact that he took so long to condemn what Wright said and then basically lied about the fact that he never heard the man speak this way is absurd. He has associated himself with him for 20 years and considers him a close adviser. Wright is a racist paranoid delusional and it is poor judgment on Obama's part to not completely seperate himself from him. The fact that he keeps attending his church and allowing his wife and children to be exposed to that kind of hateful speech is just plain nuts. It reminds me of Bush's poor judgment in invading Iraq, and I certainly don't want a repeat of that type of judgment.


Dan Russell March 18, 2008 6:41 am (Pacific time)

It's too bad! Senator Obama had everything going for him. At last someone seemed able to help us all fulfill Martin Luther King's vision. Obviously, the writer of this column has much in common with Jeremiah Wright. This rhetoric destroys rather than creates hope, divides rather than unties our country. It's too bad!


Spock March 17, 2008 6:20 pm (Pacific time)

Jeff Wellington it's your comments that provide fodder for bigots of all races. Sherry the IRS has hard and fast rules just what non-profits can do, and some political commentary, like endorsements are a no-no. This church under discussion is under IRS investigation according to recent news reports. Also for you Marines out there, at Pastor Wright's website he states that he was a "cardiac-pulmonary technician", finishing his enlistment with the Navy. He did not serve overseas. I frankly have never met a Marine who would publically state "God Damn America!" I hope I never do. I believe a lot more information will be coming out after Obama's speech on race tomorrow, so he needs a homerun of a speech.


Jeff Wellington March 17, 2008 4:29 pm (Pacific time)

Reverend Wright is a man of great courage, it is not easy to take positions such as his during the Bush years. America, your last seven years of extreme greed oriented behavior are coming back to haunt you and you deserve every bit of it. To think Americans consider their country "the best" is laughable, it is obvious by these comments that the country is still packed full of white racists like always. Face it Americans, you have bad karma and racism and no unity.


Steve Davis March 17, 2008 3:45 pm (Pacific time)

I guess the church of hate will be the down fall of Obama. The pastor of the church hates America, hates white people, and even hates Bill Clinton. As long as he has a D next to his name the useful idiots will still vote for the man.


Sherry March 17, 2008 2:47 pm (Pacific time)

Sorry but TD FAKES will not dare be bold enough to tspeak the truth about 911! How in the world can you talk about the Bible WITHOUT TALKING ABOUT POLITICS!!!!!


Spock March 17, 2008 2:31 pm (Pacific time)

Wright as a former Marine said during a sermon "God Damn America!" This is not my kind of Marine. He also has said that corporate America has kept the black man down. I have noticed him wearing expensive Armani clothing. I wonder if he has an expensive home and drives nice cars? I do know that Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton dress to the nines and live quite well. My pastor dresses casually, drives an old car and lives in a modest home. I have never heard him discuss politics during his sermons, nor curse, nor belittle anyone. My pastor is African-American. I hope people do not generalize the above individuals to all black American churches. Senator Obama needs to get really honest with the American public, if not, we as a nation will just continue to practice idenity politics on an even more intense level.


Perry N.M. March 17, 2008 1:45 pm (Pacific time)

You guys really want to see the final moment don't you? Obama is not going to see his campaign falter over Pastor Wright's poignant remarks. I noted the title of this article and I had to laugh, the Limbaugh crowd really beats up on "political correctness" but now the GOP is running for it like it is a football goal. I love the fact that Wright makes you people squirm, the truth hurts doesn't it? You've been waiting for the big moment when you could bring Obama down and this is not it, in fact is isn't in our future.


Spock March 17, 2008 1:08 pm (Pacific time)

Obama's biggest mistake happened last week when he said he never heard racist sermons from Pastor Wright. It appears a while back Oprah, who use to attend this church, decided to stop going because of what she heard. Obama's only chance for victory as per the recent polls, is by keeping his current large percentage of the white male vote. Ironic. Also the current strategy developing is by stating that everything has been taken out of context. What would you tell your children if they asked what pastor Wright meant when he said "Clinton was riding her dirty?" If he wins the primary, try to imagine the commercials next fall?


Bedford the Great March 17, 2008 9:53 am (Pacific time)

Rush simply tells it the way it is. Rev. J. Wright is a hate-monger, and with 20 years of connection, so must Barry Hussein Osama be as well.


CQ March 17, 2008 9:10 am (Pacific time)

This is a perfect example of colossal ignorance at its best. Grow up and realize that your liberal world of do-everything government has failed everywhere else in the world, and will certainly fail here if tried by this socialist.


newslamp March 17, 2008 1:49 am (Pacific time)

Let's elect an atheist next time! http://www.newslampoon.com


Albert Johnson March 16, 2008 7:13 pm (Pacific time)

Wow, the white racists really were hoping for something like this weren't they? If the black man doesn't keep in line, all hell breaks loose right, well SCREW anyone who thinks that way, you are all proof that this country is as racist as ever, proof of the only point the pastor was trying to make. This is only going to propel Obama, because he has the sense to put distance between himself and that passionate man who tells the truth about this screwed up nation and its blatantly crooked leadership. These anti-Obama comments are a laugh, his campaign is stronger than ever, I suspect you out there know that is true, it is only a few white morons who are going to run this one to death.


democrat March 16, 2008 6:25 pm (Pacific time)

Limbaugh is scum, no doubt. However, I've not understood this mesmerizing power that Obama has over his apologists. The guy has zero experience, and I can't wait to see a truly wonderful black guy in the highest office, one w/ experience like Harold Ford, or even Mayor Booker, both of whom will likely put some more time in before being arrogant enough to launch prematurely into the big leagues. AND smart enough to stay away fr/ someone like Wright. Obama is toast b/c of this Wright scandal.


lulu March 16, 2008 5:41 pm (Pacific time)

Obama is a Muslim, hiding behind Christianity. He can not be trusted, as a Senator or President. He's a racist, inside and out. He hates this Country for what it is, including his wife. He's a disgrace this this Country.


Jaylin Smith, TX March 16, 2008 5:18 pm (Pacific time)

Bishop TD Jakes speaks about spiritual things: love, deliverance , inner healing,etc. He does not focus his sermons on politics.It is a shame that America now believes that all African American churches have a 'tone' that is political and angry.Most of us go to church to worship Jesus;to learn to love the Lord with all our hearts, mind and strength; AND we go to learn to love our neighbor as ourselves.These principles are not contingent upon race or politics.


Anonymous March 16, 2008 4:46 pm (Pacific time)

Do your research. The race card was pulled by Barack Obama's campaign. Michelle, Rev. Wright, JJJr. Sorry about your dream evaporating.


Steve March 16, 2008 4:44 pm (Pacific time)

America looking for a change? Look no further than to Mr.Obama. His judgement and vision are quite evident in the company he keeps. His wife obviously hates America. His mentor/advisor of twenty years shares his wife's hate for America. One has to ask the question, is this the kind of change America really needs? I'll stick to a fully loaded pamper the size of Montana myself. Oh brother. One should never underestimate the power of Stupid Humans In Transit. Steve Boston


Gary March 16, 2008 4:39 pm (Pacific time)

In Rush Limbaugh's world there are no shades of gray. You either completely agree with someone or you completely disagree with them. In the real world, there are nuances. You can admire someone for some things they've done and disagree with them on other things. A mature individual realizes that people are complex, not cut-out paper dolls. Obama is mature. He sees the deficiencies of Wright's views, considers them, and then reject them. But he also sees the good that the man has done and embraces it. But that doesn't fit well into Rush Limbaugh's world, where things are either black or white.


John Jay Jarvis March 16, 2008 4:32 pm (Pacific time)

How is Obama's pastor a "racist"? by saying that African Americans are discriminated against? how does telling the truth make you a "racist"? Let's face it, black people get treated worse than almost anyone else in this country. I am disappointed in Obama for distancing himself from his mentor of 20 years.


Detroit Mac March 16, 2008 4:26 pm (Pacific time)

Wow, I think the white people here didn't even watch the video tape. Be scared, be really really scared, but know that the biggest obstacle is yourselves. Obama will be elected, this is a joke, not a setback.


Gil March 16, 2008 4:24 pm (Pacific time)

Obama has absolutely no chance of becoming president at this point. He will lost every red state, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and possibly even New Jersey. I have no idea why he wasn't vetted sooner, but the tapes of this vitriolic demagogue wright cannot be erased.


Mark Adams March 16, 2008 4:24 pm (Pacific time)

So a black person calling it like it is equates to racism? Get it straight, all the pastor did was react to racism, he isn't a racist. As far as Obama saying he never heard it in church, I agree that one is kind of hard to buy, but since the man spoke the truth it seems the bigger problem is Obama not backing him.


Cookie March 16, 2008 3:56 pm (Pacific time)

Barack lies when he says he never heard Wright say the awful things he said from the pulpit. You don't attend a church for 20 years and miss what everyone else heard. I don't think he can lead now since the blacks are now after him for saying Wright was wrong to say the things he did.


Chester Steele March 16, 2008 3:38 pm (Pacific time)

I think it is horrible that obama is still defending wright even though he says he is appalled by his racist comments. It is impossible to believe that someone so close to him for decades would think it is okay for his pastor to say such things. He will never win the white house now. The dem party better wise up and put someone in who is electable.


Chester Steele March 16, 2008 3:33 pm (Pacific time)

I can't stand Limbaugh. Barack has not been honest with us though. He claims he didn't know this hate speech existed from his pastor and mentor. This defies all logic. He says he is appalled then goes on to extol his virtues as a pastor. We will never elect a president with such racist affiliations. Even forty years ago, George Wallace didn't have a chance of getting elected. Unless the democrats want another republican in the white house, they better consider nominating hillary.

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