At least Obama can put the whole Muslim thing to rest...
There is indeed one bright spot for Barack Obama for being linked to the Minister of Crazy, Reverend Jeremiah White, and the Trinity United Church of Christ and Black Victimization Identity Politics (okay, we made that last part up) for 20 years - we can put that whole "Is he a Muslim?" thing to bed.
The Reverend has since be jettisoned from the campaign, in a move that can only be described as "at the very least". What the head of this congregation has said is, frankly, clinically insane:
"America is still the No. 1 killer in the world. . . . We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns, and the training of professional killers . . . We bombed Cambodia, Iraq and Nicaragua, killing women and children while trying to get public opinion turned against Castro and Ghadhafi . . . We put [Nelson] Mandela in prison and supported apartheid the whole 27 years he was there. We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God."
His voice rising, Mr. Wright said, "We supported Zionism shamelessly while ignoring the Palestinians and branding anybody who spoke out against it as being anti-Semitic. . . . We care nothing about human life if the end justifies the means. . . ."
Concluding, Mr. Wright said: "We started the AIDS virus . . . We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty. . . ."
This is pretty boilerplate agitprop for the radical left, but includes outlandish claims even the most ardent fellow traveler would blush at - the AIDS virus has an empirical history that can pretty well be demonstrably shown to have emerged as most other diseases have, without malicious racist intent of Zionist American White Masters.
It has been argued that merely attending church with the good Reverend does not constitute an endorsement of any of his political views, and the Obama campaign has been quick to point out that Obama has repudiated these statements, saying "Most recently, you heard some statements from my former pastor that were incendiary and that I completely reject, although I knew him and know him as somebody in my church who talked to me about Jesus and family and friendships."
A good statement - but I cannot fully accept it. There remains a nagging problem for Obama - the campaign has had several hiccups with folks directly connected to the candidate that have somewhat aspersive in nature. Be it Michelle Obama's comments about being proud of her country for the first time (the insinuation of course being ashamed as a matter of course), or Reverend White's crazy America hate, or even the candidate himself drawing odd attention to himself over not wearing a flag lapel, or putting his hand on his heart during the national anthem. It's not the any one of these is a "Eureka!" discovery into Obama's true feelings, but a series of coincidences is no coincidence.
The test of the rational man is this - if I, attending a church, heard my pastor say any of these things, in church or out, would I continue to attend unless I, at a minimum, sympathized with the statements if not outright agreed? I believe the rational man does not compartmentalize faith and morals from each other, and no matter how much a man preaches the love of Jesus, if he preaches radical hate, be it of man or nation, there is no reconciling the two unless you believe them both.
If John McCain attended church where the pastor said he believed in Jesus and believed in racial segregation and opposed interracial relations, McCain would be given a wooden cross by the media and led to the nearest hill. Why? Because a rational man cannot in good conscious absorb one message without the other. Attendance is tacit approval of the message. One does not eat at the same restaurant for 20 years unless he likes the food. The same goes for the church.
We could create a dozen more off-the-cuff euphemisms - the simple fact is that church attendance is a voluntary choice, and associating yourself with this church associates you with what the church stands for. This includes Reverend McCrazy and his rantings, as well as the Reverend's less publicized affinity for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, whose rantings are all to familiar to the testimonial nuttiness of Reverend White.
We are left with the following truth - the primary spiritual advisor of Barack Obama - and potentially next US President - thinks the US invented AIDS to get black people.
Ask not who the crazy church bell tolls, it tolls for Obama...Posted by MEC2 at March 16, 2008 12:00 PM