Senator Obama has decided that the White House in Washington, D.C. is worth a small sacrifice.
Senator Barack Obama has resigned his membership in Chicagoâ€™s Trinity United Church of Christ, which he attended for nearly two decades, following months of controversy about pastors and their political views.
Mr. Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, wrote a letter on Friday to the churchâ€™s pastor, the Rev. Otis Moss, explaining that their estrangement from Trinity took root in controversial remarks by the churchâ€™s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., who once was Mr. Obamaâ€™s spiritual guide.
â€œOur relations with Trinity have been strained by the divisive statements of Reverend Wright, which sharply conflict with our own views,â€ they wrote. â€œThese controversies have served as an unfortunate distraction for other Trinity members who seek to worship in peace, and have placed you in an untenable position.â€
But at a news conference after a town-hall-style meeting here on Saturday, Mr. Obama sounded pained as he confirmed his decision to leave the place he had considered his spiritual home. A sermon by Mr. Wright, a longtime pastor at the church, even provided the phrase â€” â€œthe audacity of hopeâ€ â€” that became Mr. Obamaâ€™s campaign theme and the title of his latest book.
â€œI make this decision with sadness,â€ said Mr. Obama, speaking in subdued tones as he stood before a bland background. â€œThis is where I found Jesus Christ, where we were married, where our children were baptized. We are proud of the extraordinary works of that church.â€
Good thinking! B. Hussein. Now nobody can possibly criticize you on the basis of the ethnic chauvinism and racial hatred routinely preached there in the course of your twenty year membership.