Over the past week, one of the big news stories is the revelation of what kind of church Barack Obama has been going to for the past twenty years, Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. This is no small commitment; he and Michelle were married there, and their children were baptized there. Last year talk show host Sean Hannity found out about the place, and started investigating, and found out they have a racist agenda; they’re more interested in promoting Black American causes than they are in spreading the Gospel. When he interviewed the pastor, Jeremiah Wright, he couldn’t get a straight answer to his questions.
I thought we wouldn’t hear much more about the issue in this year’s election, but in early March, some videos of Wright’s past sermons appeared in places like YouTube, and now his message of hate can no longer be ignored. The videos show him saying that America got what it deserved on September 11, 2001, that the “US of KKK-A” invented AIDS to kill black people, “God d**n America,” and that Jesus was poor and black, oppressed by the Romans because they were rich and white. I suppose like some anti-Semites, he believes most of today’s Jews are descendants of the Khazars. Now I’m reminded of the scene at the beginning of “The Jerk,” where Steve Martin is living with a family of poor black sharecroppers, and when he finds out he was adopted, he exclaims, “No! You mean I’m gonna have to stay this color?” On top of all that, not only does Wright come across as a Christian version of the Rev. Louis Farrakhan, in the past he has praised the fellow hate-monger and went with him on a trip to Libya in 1984.
Since those videos came out, we’ve heard from Obama that he wasn’t there when those statements were made, he wouldn’t have accepted them if he was there, and others have said that the pastor is still mad from the days before the civil rights era, or that he was taken out of context. Well, pray tell, in what way can you say “God d**n America” and have it mean anything else? I also don’t buy the part about Obama being absent, or not agreeing with the message. Sorry, but when someone goes to the same church for most of his adult life, I don’t see how he could miss the message, even if he was only there for Christmas and Easter services. A pastor is not like some crazy uncle you can’t get rid of because he’s family. If you sit in the pew, you agree with the view, as far as I’m concerned. Probably the most disturbing part of the videos for me was that when Wright made those inflammatory remarks, the congregation didn’t head for the doors; they enthusiastically cheered and patted him on the back.
Now I can say that because the church I attended in Florida, from 1981 to 2006, was “controversial,” due to the message God gave the pastor to “identify with Israel.” Let the record show I agreed with that message, and would probably still be attending if I hadn’t moved out of state. I occasionally give the pastor a friendly call, since he and his wife are from Kentucky, and they gave me a nice send-off party the last time I was there, before leaving. How many other churches will do that? A few folks told me I was a member of a cult, and my response was, “I wish. Cults are supposed to have an enslaving organizational structure, and if this church enslaved its members, we wouldn’t have lost so many of them over the years.” That would include my parents, who left in 1996.
So far the best commentary on the subject I’ve seen has been from the good ol’ boys at Red State Update. What characters; if Jackie and Dunlap were on the mainstream media, I’d probably start watching the nightly news again. They’re far more entertaining than Katie Couric, or the nonentities they have as news anchors on NBC and ABC.
I’m not sure if I like Obama better as a Moslem or as a racist Christian. Fortunately, a week ago satirist Andy Borowitz came up with a way for Obama to make himself acceptable to all of us; he can become a Jew! That worked for Sammy Davis Jr., after all. Here it is, from the Borowitz Report:
Obama Converts to Judaism
Bold Attempt to Settle Religion Issue
Buffeted by criticism of his controversial Christian pastor while continuing to quell rumors that he is a Muslim, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) took a bold step today to settle questions about his religious faith once and for all.
“I am converting to Judaism, effective immediately,” Mr. Obama told reporters at a press conference in Scarsdale, New York, adding that he would change his middle name from “Hussein” to “Murray.”
As a sign of commitment to his new faith, the Illinois Senator said that he anticipated being Bar Mitzvahed sometime between now and the crucial Pennsylvania primary and that he would no longer campaign on Saturdays.
In a subtle sign of the shift in his religious affiliation, Mr. Obama’s signature catchphrase “Yes, we can,” was nowhere to be found in his speech, replaced instead by “L’Chaim.”
While some political observers praised Mr. Obama’s conversion to Judaism as a shrewd tactic to put the issue of his religious identity to rest, the move raised the ire of one of his harshest critics, former Rep. Geradline Ferraro.
“Barack Murray Obama wouldn’t be in the position he’s in if he wasn’t Jewish,” said Ms. Ferraro to herself.