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Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Trinity Chuch double-down

This doesn't come from Wright himself. It comes from the church, and the communications director, Re. Joan Harnell. Politico is reporting it, and the church is blaming the media for "character assassination":

The Chicago church attended by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) issued a statement Sunday contending that coverage of his pastor’s inflammatory remarks amounted to character assassination and “an attack on … the history of the African American church.”

Obama distanced himself from inflammatory comments by the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., retiring pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, after they circulated on YouTube last week and were played repeatedly by cable news channels.Wright, condemning society as racist, said, “God [expletive] America” and referred to the “U.S. of KKK-A.”

The statement begins: “Nearly three weeks before the 40th commemorative anniversary of the murder of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.’s character is being assassinated in the public sphere because he has preached a social gospel on behalf of oppressed women, children and men in America and around the globe.”

The statement adds: “Trinity United Church of Christ’s ministry is inclusive and global.”

"Inclusive?" Hardly. Look at that bolded quote above and tell me he's inclusive. Wright may call it a social gospel, but it is clear that there is a tremendous amount of hate behind his words. Read the following and tell me he's "inclusive":

Who cares about what a poor black man has to face every day in a country and a culture controlled by rich white people? Somebody missed that. You got nervous because we got some white members here. I am still in Bible country. I am still in the text. Jesus was a poor black man who lived in a country and who lived in a culture, that was controlled by rich white people! The Romans were rich. The Romans were Italians -- which means they were European, which means they were white -- and the Romans ran everything in Jesus' country. It just came to me with -- with -- within the past few weeks, y'all, why so many folk are hatin' on Barack Obama. He doesn't fit the model! He ain't white, he ain't rich, and he ain't privileged. (cheers) Hillary fits the mold. Europeans fit the mold! Giuliani fits the mold. Rich white men fit the mold. Hillary never had a cab whiz past her and not pick her up, because her skin was the wrong color. (applause) Hillary never had to worry about being pulled over in her car as a black man driving in the wrong lane! I am sick of Negroes who just do not get it! Hillary was not a black boy raised in a single parent home; Barack was. Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people! Hillary can never know that! Hillary ain't never been called a nigger. Hillary has never had her people defined as nonpersons. Hillary ain't had to work twice as hard just to get accepted by the rich white folk who run everything, or to get a passing grade when you know you are smarter than their C-students sitting in the White House. Ooooh, I am so glad that I got a God who knows what it is to be a poor black man in a country and a culture that is controlled by and run by rich white people! He taught me, Jesus did, how to love my enemies. Jesus taught me how to love the hell out of my enemies, and not be reduced to their level of hatred, bigotry, and small-mindedness. Hillary ain't never had her own people say she wasn't white enough! Jesus had his own people siding with the enemy! That's why I love Jesus, y'all. He never let their hatred dampen his hope.

Sure sounds like he has a problem with white people, and not just any white person, but the rich kind. This is classic racial and class warfare demagoguery. And I'd like to correct the good reverend on a point he brings up at the end. Namely that Jesus had his "own people" working with the Romans. Um no sir, you'd be wrong on that. Judas betrayed Jesus to the Pharisees, not to the Romans. Peter denied Jesus when he was accused of being with Jesus. Fault the man for being weak, but he didn't have anything to do with Him being turned over to the religious leaders content on getting rid of Him because He was a trouble maker in their eyes.

Trinity Church can claim that Wright's character was assassinated all they want, but it's BS. Wright brought this on himself for uttering such rhetoric as a part of his social gospel. And I find it particularly offensive that the church even mentions Dr. Martin Luther King. King NEVER used rhetoric like this. He would be appalled to hear this sort of sermon.

Character assassination? More like character suicide. The media didn't give him the gun to shoot himself with. The reverend did that all on his own.

Publius II


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