Just coming over the wires now, Obama has put out a statement resigning his membership at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Obama has not denounced the church, he is merely withdrawing his name as a member of it.
The story from MyWay:
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – Barack Obama has resigned his 20 year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in the aftermath of inflammatory remarks by his longtime pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and more recent fiery remarks at the church by another minister.
Obama campaign communications director Robert Gibbs said Obama had resigned from the church “over the last few days.”
Campaign aides said they weren’t immediately certain how the resignation took place, whether by letter or in some other fashion, and were trying to find out.
Messages left for a church spokeswoman in Chicago were not immediately returned Saturday afternoon.
The development came as Obama campaigned in South Dakota.
Obama said he disagreed with Wright but initially portrayed him as a family member he couldn’t disown. The preacher had officiated at Obama’s wedding and been his spiritual mentor for some 20 years.
More as it develops including video of his statement.
Video of Obama making the statement:
Clearly he’s cutting ties before the perceived general election begins soon. This day was probably coming since the first Rev. Wright controversy.