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I am beginning to wonder if Obama's particular form of "Christianity" may be more of a liability than if he had stuck to his Muslim roots. :shock:Obama's Pastor: God Damn America, U.S. to Blame for 9/11
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."
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.
"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost," he told his congregation.
Rev. Wright, who announced his retirement last month, has built a large and loyal following at his church with his mesmerizing sermons, mixing traditional spiritual content and his views on contemporary issues.
"I wouldn't call it radical. I call it being black in America," said one congregation member outside the church last Sunday.
"He has impacted the life of Barack Obama so much so that he wants to portray that feeling he got from Rev. Wright onto the country because we all need something positive," said another member of the congregation.
Pastor inspires Obamaâ€™s â€˜audacityâ€™
When he took over Trinity United Church of Christ in 1972, Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. was a maverick pastor with a wardrobe of dashikis and a militant message.
Obama, was not a church-goer at the time, but he found himself returning to the sanctuary of Trinity United. In Wright he had found both a spiritual mentor and a role model.
Wright eventually returned to Howard University to finish bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degrees in English with a focus on African spirituals. At the University of Chicago Divinity School, he earned another masterâ€™s in the history of religions with a focus on Islam.
In his 1993 memoir "Dreams from My Father," Obama recounts in vivid detail his first meeting with Wright in 1985. The pastor warned the community activist that getting involved with Trinity might turn off other black clergy because of the churchâ€™s radical reputation.
When Obama sought his own church community, he felt increasingly at home at Trinity.
Later he would base his 2004 keynote speech to the Democratic National Convention on a Wright sermon called "Audacity to Hope," â€" also the inspiration for Obamaâ€™s second memoir, "The Audacity of Hope."
Though Wright and Obama do not often talk one-on-one often, the senator does check with his pastor before making any bold political moves.
Last fall, Obama approached Wright to broach the possibility of running for president. Wright cautioned Obama not to let politics change him.
Go figure. It took a lot of the population six years to realize what an idiot GWB is. The information was there, but a lot of folks didn't want to believe what they read. Some still don't.Skorzeny said:It is puzzling to me that there isn't more folks finding Obama scary based on what we learn of him. 'Course all that is the standard right wind conspiracy we hear about now and then.
I find him scary. He has too many of the wrong connections. bad energizer bunny.
The media and pollsters keep telling us that interest in the Iraq war is diminishing and it's the economy that folks are most concerned with. Bush's fault or not, that doesn't mean I'm willing to support someone whose record I can not ascertain.And besides, Iraq is the mother of all issues - it trumps all other issues.