Jeremiah Wright Jr.'s extreme, anti-American views have finally been outed. TV's Fox News is showing DVDs of sermons the "reverend" actually preached, where he shouts "G-d damn America", accuses the US of spreading AIDS and drugs among Afro-Americans, and finally actually says that the US was responsible for 9/11.
Many on the forum have castigated Obama for yes-Moslem, no-Moslem, apostate-Moslem, and, as uncomfortable as I am as an Israeli with this, I have agreed with those who say that this is not an issue.
However, as I have pointed out numerous times, Obama's having remained in the congregation of this odious American-basher should have raised HUGE claxon-level alarm bells with every single American.
It is simply beyond me how someone can have the gall to run for the US Senate, let alone win that race, and not have left the congregation years earlier.
An American President whose spiritual advisor believes America responsible for all the above garbage???? For G-d's sake - but the TRUE G-d of all people of all colors and denominations - do not support this man.
He has just now, since the X hit the fan finally, started to say to the media that he doesn't agree with all of the reverend's stands - but even now, this Presidential candidate (!) doesn't say what he agrees with and what not, so we, well, are left to wonder......
It is much, MUCH to late for a presidential candidate to "repudiate" or "distance himself" from this hatemonger whom he has freely declared to be his "spiritual advisor". Obama was under no obligation to allign himself with Reverend Wright or his church, or to remain there, or to publicize his close relation to them. He has created his own bete noir, one can only pray.
Obama is a smooth talker, and an opportunist. Ferraro was exactly on the mark by saying that he has gotten to where he is entirely by the virtue of being black, Democratic, and very very liberal.
Barack Obamaâ€™s longtime pastor once questioned Americaâ€™s role in the spread of the AIDS virus, suggested that the United States bore some responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and said â€œGod damn Americaâ€ for policies he said has discriminated against blacks.
Confronted with the content of some of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.â€™s sermons, parts of which have been aired this week on FOX News, the Obama campaign continues to pull away from the pastorâ€™s rhetoric, but is stopping short of a full repudiation.
Wright has retired as leader of Trinity United Church in Chicago; he delivered his last sermon there in February. Obama has attended the church for 20 years and calls Wright his spiritual adviser.
Wrightâ€™s supporters say his Afro-centric sermons accurately portray black America and contend his sermons are widely studied by theologians. But critics are now calling attention to some of his words from the pulpit.
In DVD copies of his sermons available for purchase, Wright can be seen questioning Americaâ€™s role in the spreading of the HIV virus that leads to AIDS. In another speech, made in the days after 9/11, he suggested that American foreign policy invited the terror attacks.
â€œWe 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,â€ Wright said.
â€œWe have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because of stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own backyard. America is chickens coming home to roost.â€
The pastor also said: â€œThe government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied.â€
In another fiery sermon in April 2003, Wright said: â€œThe government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes three-strike laws and wants them to sing God Bless America. No! No No!
â€œGod damn America â€¦ for killing innocent people. God damn America for threatening citizens as less than humans. God damn America as long as she tries to act like she is God and supreme.â€
Late Thursday, the Obama campaign said it has distanced itself from certain comments made by the pastor. But it did not fully repudiate Wright himself â€” as some critics have called for.
â€œSenator Obama has said before that he profoundly disagrees with some of the statements and positions of Reverend Wright, who has preached his last sermon as pastor at the church,â€ Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said. â€œSenator Obama deplores divisive statements whether they come from his supporters, the supporters of his opponent, talk radio, or anywhere else.â€
Last year, Obama rescinded an invitation to Wright to deliver the invocation at his presidential announcement. He also issued a statement saying personal attacks have no place in politics after Wright delivered an attack on Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton.
But Obamaâ€™s longtime relationship with Wright is continuing to spark controversy.
â€œThis is not just someone that Barack Obama has a casual relationship with,â€ said Tom Bevan, executive editor of RealClearPolitics.com. He noted that Wright married Barack and Michelle Obama, and Wrightâ€™s words were the inspiration for the title of Obamaâ€™s book, â€œThe Audacity of Hope.â€
â€œBarack Obama has not out and out distanced himself from all of these comments â€¦ ,â€ said Patricia Murphy, editor of CitizenJanePolitics.com. â€œItâ€™s unclear if he rejects all of these statements. I would assume that he does, but I think he is going to be pushed where he needs to come out and fully explain his relationship with his pastor.â€
Some of Wrightâ€™s statements have raised eyebrows at a time the Internal Revenue Service is scrutinizing tax-exempt religious organizations for alleged violations of rules barring them from participating in political campaigns.
Prior to his retirement last month, Wright delivered commentary from the pulpit in which he praised Obama, as well as remarks focusing on the racial divide between Obama and Clinton.
â€œThere is a man here who can take this country in a new direction,â€ Wright said during his Jan. 13 sermon.
During a Christmas sermon, Wright tried to compare Obamaâ€™s upbringing to Jesus at the hands of the Romans.
â€œBarack knows what it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people,â€ Wright said. â€œHillary would never know that.
â€œHillary ainâ€™t never been called a nigger. Hillary has never had a people defined as a non-person.â€
In a Jan. 13 sermon, Wright said:
â€œHillary is married to Bill, and Bill has been good to us. No he ainâ€™t! Bill did us, just like he did Monica Lewinsky. He was riding dirty.â€
So far the Clinton campaign has been quiet over Wrightâ€™s comments.
Wright has declined interview requests from FOX News.