Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Barack Obama's Very Controverisal Pastor & Spiritual Advisor
Barack Obama’s friend, pastor and spiritual adviser, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, said in a 2003 church publication, "In the 21st century, white America got a wake-up call after 9/11/01White America and the Western world came to realize that people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork or just 'disappeared,' as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring Black concerns."
But Barack Obama says he is "proud" of Wright and values their 20-year friendship, even if they “don’t agree on everything.”
Wright married Obama and baptized his daughters, and in his 1993 memoir "Dreams from My Father," Barack tells of his first meeting with Wright. He also based his 2004 keynote speech to the Democratic National Convention on a sermon by Wright called "Audacity to Hope," which also inspired second memoir, "The Audacity of Hope."
In the November-December 2007 issue of Trumpet, their church’s publication, Wright praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has described whites as "blue-eyed devils" and Jews as "bloodsuckers." Wright wrote, "He brings a perspective that is helpful and honest….and will be remembered as one of the 20th and 21st century giants of the African-American religious experience. His integrity and honesty have secured him a place in history as one of the nation's most powerful critics…and a religious leader who is sincere about his faith and his purpose."
Farrakhan's photo is on the cover of the church magazine, is accompanied by the headline: "The Minister truly epitomized greatness." Wright presented Farrakhan with a "lifetime achievement" award during a church gala held in Chicago. "For his commitment to truth, education and leadership." (See Wright's video honoring Farrakhan)
But what about this side of Farrakhan who said:
In 1984 Farrakhan, "Hitler was a very great man. He wasn't great for me as a Black man but he was a great German and he rose Germany up from the ashes of her defeat by the united force of all of Europe and America after the first World War." A decade later, Farrakhan reiterated the claim that Hitler was a "great man".
And, "Now, that nation of Israel, never has had any peace in forty years and she will never have any peace because there can never be any peace structured on injustice, thievery, lying and deceit and using the name of God to shield your dirty religion under His holy and righteous name."
And, "Do you know some of these satanic Jews have taken over BET?... Everything that we built, they have. The mind of Satan now is running the record industry, movie industry and television. And they make us look like we’re the murders; we look like we’re the gangsters, but we’re punk stuff.”
And, "This Koran says that the Jews have altered the word of God out of its place. They did not want the masters of the people to know what Jesus really said, what Moses really said, because then you wouldn't have a yardstick to measure their deviations."
Last week, Barack Obama distanced himself from Farrakhan, but not from Wright or his praise for Farrakhan. Why not?
Obama also took back his invitation for his pastor to pray at the launch of his campaign, and many are wondering if he wins the presidency, will he ask Wright to pray at his inauguration?
Do you think Hillary will use this information against Barack? If she thinks she needs to and it will help her win. Clearly, these views are dangerous to be affiliated with if you’re a candidate…running for the President of the United States...the President of all the people of the United States.
-Oprah Winfrey Attends Wright's Church
-Video about Barack Obama's church, from their website, Trinity United Church of Christ which says:
"We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community."