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Mar 15th 2008

Uncle Jeremiah Wright

Finally, religious scandals We Can Believe In®.

Here are some choice clips of Barack Obama’s preacher (or as he puts it, “somebody who is like an uncle to me”):


 

And here is Obama responding:


 

Hmmm… I’m not buying it, Barack.

I actually watched the video of Obama’s response before the clips of Wright. I initially thought, “Obama sounds reasonable, I don’t think there is much to this story, no matter what the preacher may have said.” Then I watched the clips of the Wright “preaching.” Yikes.

This is a general election commercial that writes itself.

8 Responses to “Uncle Jeremiah Wright”

  1. This election is a riot.

  2. Muslims Against Sharia call on Senators McCain and Obama to cut all ties with their racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic supporters.

    McCain: http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2008/03/mccains-spiritual-guide-destroy-islam.html
    Obama: http://muslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2008/03/racist-congregation-cheering-racist.html

  3. N Chung

    That was honorable of Barack not to disown his pastor.

  4. doug

    Honorable? Honorable?

    That Barack could be buddy-buddy with this clown is just more proof that Obama is a fake. An inspiring, eloquent, and clever fake.

    Either he believes the racist, anti-American nonsense that Wright preached. Or, his friendship and church membership was just a crass political maneuver to solidify his standing in the community.

    I’m not sure which option is least damaging to his messianic themed candidacy.

    This I’m sure of: I cannot respect someone who excuses Wright’s lunacy as “normal” or “understandable.” It’s not. It’s crazy. It’s offensive. It’s wrong.

  5. N Chung

    Doug,
    since you’re an African-American and have a divinity degree, you know what’s understandable, what’s not. I’m not and I don’t, but I’ve recently taken up the study of Greek in order to read the NT. What Rev. Wright preaches falls within the normal limits of liberation theology, interpreting scriptures in light of social struggles. It’s common for biblical prophets to say incendiary things to advance a cause.

    Notwithstanding, Barack’s association with his pastor is hurting him politically, yet he can’t in good conscience completely cut ties to the man who helped him find Jesus.

    Anyhow, no candidate should be required to explain apparently odd beliefs of his/her religion. The Romney supporters here have a short memory.

  6. doug

    Doug, since you’re an African-American and have a divinity degree, you know what’s understandable, what’s not.

    I’m also not a white southerner. Maybe that’s I why I never understood David Duke.

    What Rev. Wright preaches falls within the normal limits of liberation theology, interpreting scriptures in light of social struggles.

    Was the “AIDS was created to kill blacks” doctrine an interpretation of Isaiah or 2nd Timothy? I’m still unclear on that one.

    It’s common for biblical prophets to say incendiary things to advance a cause.

    Jeremiah Wright = Moses? Abraham? Peter? John?

    Anyhow, no candidate should be required to explain apparently odd beliefs of his/her religion. The Romney supporters here have a short memory.

    We must have a short memory. That’s probably why we can’t remember Jeffrey Holland gyrating and simulating sex during general conference talk. Or Marlin Jenson handing an award to a racist during the priesthood session of conference.

    Selective amnesia I suppose…

  7. N Chung

    Plain and simple, Doug. Take off your political spectacles and answer this simple question: Would you ever disown the man without whom you would have never found God?

    Romney did basically the same thing as Obama when asked about the LDS Church’s past policy on blacks: he disagrees with all forms of racism, but he won’t publicly criticize the Church.

    Anyway, to answer your questions:

    Jeremiah Wright = Moses? Abraham? Peter? John?

    Read the Book of Jeremiah. He gets really graphic.

    We must have a short memory. That’s probably why we can’t remember Jeffrey Holland gyrating and simulating sex during general conference talk. Or Marlin Jenson handing an award to a racist during the priesthood session of conference.

    Who was complaining that the media was holding Mitt accountable for saying there’ve been no miracles since the parting of the Red Sea, etc. etc. etc.?

  8. doug

    Plain and simple, Doug. Take off your political spectacles and answer this simple question: Would you ever disown the man without whom you would have never found God?

    Huh? If Obama hadn’t met Wright he would be atheist right now? Ok…

    Red herring aside, yes, of course I would disown someone as loony and clownish as Wright. Duh.

    Romney did basically the same thing as Obama when asked about the LDS Church’s past policy on blacks: he disagrees with all forms of racism, but he won’t publicly criticize the Church.

    1) Romney was asked about a church position from 30+ years ago. We’re talking about Wright’s sermons in the past few years.

    2) Neither Romney or Obama should be expected to defend every article and principle of their respective faiths, but that is not the same thing as raising questions about one of Obama’s formative spiritual and political mentors. Is it honestly so difficult to understand the difference?

    Read the Book of Jeremiah. He gets really graphic.

    Have the sermons of Wright been canonized by some Christian congregation I am unaware of?

    Who was complaining that the media was holding Mitt accountable for saying there’ve been no miracles since the parting of the Red Sea, etc. etc. etc.?

    Never heard the quote. Probably because anyone who knows that he believes in the Bible would suspect that Romney believes in the miracles of Jesus, among others. Again, nice red herring.