Obama’s Pastor Becoming a Huge Liability

I don’t think this is going to be something his campaign can ignore any longer without seriously addressing it. For a while his connection to Paster Jeremiah Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago has been questioned because of Wright’s controversial preaching. Today that came to a head and the flood gates have opened.

First, here’s the video report from ABC News:

Next, the story from ABC News:

Sen. Barack Obama’s pastor says blacks should not sing “God Bless America” but “God damn America.”

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side, has a long history of what even Obama’s campaign aides concede is “inflammatory rhetoric,” including the assertion that the United States brought on the 9/11 attacks with its own “terrorism.”

In a campaign appearance earlier this month, Sen. Obama said, “I don’t think my church is actually particularly controversial.” He said Rev. Wright “is like an old uncle who says things I don’t always agree with,” telling a Jewish group that everyone has someone like that in their family.

Rev. Wright married Obama and his wife Michelle, baptized their two daughters and is credited by Obama for the title of his book, “The Audacity of Hope.”

Wright has nothing to do with the campaign but he has been Obama’s pastor for about 20 years.

Here’s some more:

An ABC News review of dozens of Rev. Wright’s sermons, offered for sale by the church, found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans.

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people,” he said in a 2003 sermon. “God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda’s attacks because of its own terrorism.

“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.

This has been largely under the radar as it’s been ignored by the mainstream media in favor of covering Obama’s lighter side.

Obama has issued some statements in response:

Sen. Obama told the New York Times he was not at the church on the day of Rev. Wright’s 9/11 sermon. “The violence of 9/11 was inexcusable and without justification,” Obama said in a recent interview. “It sounds like he was trying to be provocative,” Obama told the paper.

In a statement to ABCNews.com, Obama’s press spokesman Bill Burton said, “Sen. Obama has said repeatedly that personal attacks such as this have no place in this campaign or our politics, whether they’re offered from a platform at a rally or the pulpit of a church. Sen. Obama does not think of the pastor of his church in political terms. Like a member of his family, there are things he says with which Sen. Obama deeply disagrees. But now that he is retired, that doesn’t detract from Sen. Obama’s affection for Rev. Wright or his appreciation for the good works he has done.”

I don’t think that’s going to be enough. You have to wonder how long Obama’s been listening to this pastor without objecting since he’s been attending for almost 20 years. Yet now he’s issuing statements disassociating himself from the church.

  • nzpudding

    If Obama is the Democratic nominee, which is looking like he will, the Republicans are going to have a field day with Obama’s links to Jeremiah Wright and his complete and utter BS.

  • Robert

    It would be difficult for the Republicans to fault Obama for his crazy religious affiliations…

  • IndiMinded

    In a weird way this could actually help Obama – I mean you’d think Wright isn’t someone anyone wants a 20 year history with… unless there are rumors going around that you’ve always been secretly muslim.

  • obamaistrash

    that guy is crazy, and if he is one of obama’s mentors and father=figures then obama is most likely crazy. My friends did you listen to how brain wahsed his followers were when speaking about it. That guy speaks nonsense there is no truth IT IS VERY RADICAL! and that idiot lady saying its been black in america. Dont act like its hard being black still when you now have affirmative action and so many things helping you.

  • I saw this video and the guy really goes after our country. While I don’t agree with him saying it, it is his right. My best friend is a Republican who voted for Bush twice, we’re still good friends and his choice did not make me vote that way. Barack Obama seems his own man. May take on what matters in this election for all the candidates is here:
    http://onemansop.blogspot.com/2008/03/black-female-old.html

  • Karol

    Obama has been a member of this church for 20 years and claims he has never heard such sermons. Added to this is his wife’s comment regarding not being proud of this country until Obama was running for president.

    And these are loyal Americans and one of them wants to be president? This man is lying and cannot be trusted.
    Wake up America!

  • tony mudrock

    I thought I would vote for this guy if he got the democratic nomination. After finding what this guy is really about, no way will he get my vote. I’ll vote for Mccain any day. Who does this Barrack Hussen think hes kidding. I don’t agree with his views but I’ll let him marry me, baptize my kids and give him affectionate credit in my book? Does he think White America is stupid or what? maybe I should say the US of KKK according to Wright. Go to hell you turd and stop blaming the white man for your laziness and inability to get ahead…