Category Archive 'Reverend Jeremiah Wright'
06 Oct 2008
Sean Hannity last night, on Hannity’s America, did a lengthy survey of Barack Obama’s radical associations and relationships.
Part 1- 8:16 video
Part 2- 6:22 video
Part 3- 8:11 video
Part 4- 7:38 video
Part 5- 6:38 video
Part 6- 6:33 video
08 May 2008
This 13:01 video could be less stridently partisan in tone, but it does clearly identify Obama’s ties to Black Liberation Theology, a pseudo-Christian ideology founded upon racism, Marxism, and Antisemitism.
If he becomes the democrat party nominee, you can expect to see more artful and subtle presentations making exactly the same points.
Hat tip to the News Junkie.
30 Apr 2008
Baldilocks, unlike myself, is religious, and has produced an impressive rant from her own genuinely Christian perspective.
Guys like Jeremiah Wright care about self-centric totems of race, culture and vengeance more than they care about leading their flocks down the straight and narrow path. They need these totems to fill the void of self-doubt and that need is filled by navel-gazing religions like Black Liberation Theology and one of its parents, the Nation of Islam. Yes, BLT is a progeny of the NOI, Christianity and Marxismâ€”a bastard child, to be sure. Itâ€™s an I-deology all right and Wright has sacrificed the eternal souls of those who believe his lies and are grateful for his good works. He has sacrificed these upon the altar of race and culture. (My own pastor says that God has special plans for shepherdsâ€”pastorsâ€”who mislead their flocks.)
Wright’s megalomania is such that he couldnâ€™t even bring himself to hold his peace for Obamaâ€™s sakeâ€”thatâ€™s one of problems inherent in allying oneself with narcissistsâ€”and even had the nerve to be guarded by the Fruit of Islam, Daddyâ€™s the Nation of Islamâ€™s security force.
The most infuriating thing about Wright is his attempt to cover himself using other black people, black Christians, by saying that attacks on him werenâ€™t really about him but about the â€˜black church.’ And then he wants to fling around epithets like “Uncle Tom.”
Let’s be clear. Neither blackness, African, American or European origin, American nationality or American allegiance need a defense because such a defense would inherently be just as erroneously-focused as Jeremiah Wright’s jeremiad. Ethnic origins arenâ€™t things to be defended, denigrated or repudiated or sworn allegiance to–my own heritage stems from this continent and two other continents–these things simply are; these facts are existential. Nationality is special: itâ€™s existential but can also be voluntarily retained or released. And allegiance to any entity is entirely voluntary, but no one has to prove his/her allegiance to this country as part and parcel of a repudiation of an ethnicity or heritage. Those days went out with FDR.
Hereâ€™s what I do come to defend, to stand in defense of: Christianity and Christians who are black. Jeremiah Wright defames both and speaks for neither and little obscure me will not let him use either as fig leaf. Yes, our ancestors in this country and our kinsmen across the water fought to be just as Christian as other Christiansâ€”as Christian as our brothers who are white. And many of the latter stood for us and side-by-side with usâ€”not because of us primarily but because of the One Who is Primary. Has that particular battle been won? I say yes, though the war continues. But Wright not only continues to fight the battle, he willfully misunderstands the nature of the War and identity of the Enemy. And by doing that, he becomes the tool of the Enemy. Thatâ€™s his choice, but not mine and not that of those who focus on the Redemption offered by Christ instead of getting upon the Cross themselves.
To quote myself, there is no â€œblack church.â€ There is only the Church.
Word to Obama: thanks a lot, “brotha.” Nice pastor you have there.
30 Apr 2008
Noam Scheiber, in New Republic, delves into the question of the hour.
The question is worth revisiting now that his ex-pastor is threatening his entire campaign.
I’ve heard two basic theories since the Wright tapes first surfaced in March. The first is cynical: Obama was a black politician in Chicago with an exotic background and intimidating credentials. He needed a home in a black church to gain credibility with his less educated, less affluent, more parochial-minded constituents. Trinity offered him the requisite cred.
The second, not entirely unrelated, theory is psychoanalytical: Obama, as the product of a racially-mixed marriage, in which the black father was almost entirely absent, had spent his whole life groping for an authentic identity. Wright offered Obama both the father and the identity he never had.
The problem with both theories is that they don’t answer the question of why this particular church, this particular pastor. Yes, Wright was a prominent figure with a large congregation. But surely there were other pastors and churches that fit that profile. And, in retrospect, probably distinctly less controversial ones.
Which is where this fascinating passage from David Mendell’s Obama biography comes in:
Wright earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sacred music from Howard University and initially pursued a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago Divinity School before interrupting his studies to minister full-time. His intellectualism and black militancy put him at odds with some Baptist ministers around Chicago, with whom he often sparred publicly, and he finally accepted a position at Trinity. …
Wright remains a maverick among Chicago’s vast assortment of black preachers. He will question Scripture when he feels it forsakes common sense; he is an ardent foe of mandatory school prayer; and he is a staunch advocate for homosexual rights, which is almost unheard-of among African-American ministers. Gay and lesbian couples, with hands clasped, can be spotted in Trinity’s pews each Sunday. Even if some blacks consider Wright’s church serving only the bourgeois set, his ministry attracts a broad cross section of Chicago’s black community. Obama first noticed the church because Wright had placed a “Free Africa” sign out front to protest continuing apartheid. The liberal, Columbia-educated Obama was attracted to Wright’s cerebral and inclusive nature, as opposed to the more socially conservative and less educated ministers around Chicago. Wright developed into a counselor and mentor to Obama as Obama sought to understand the power of Christianity in the lives of black Americans, and as he grappled with the complex vagaries of Chicago’s black political scene. “Trying to hold a conversation with a guy like Barack, and him trying to hold a conversation with some ministers, it’s like you are dating someone and she wants to talk to you about Rosie and what she saw on Oprah, and that’s it,” Wright explained. “But here I was, able to stay with him lockstep as we moved from topic to topic. . . . He felt comfortable asking me questions that were postmodern, post-Enlightenment and that college-educated and graduate school-trained people wrestle with when it comes to the faith. We talked about race and politics. I was not threatened by those questions.” …
But more than that, Trinity’s less doctrinal approach to the Bible intrigued and attracted Obama. “Faith to him is how he sees the human condition,” Wright said. “Faith to him is not . . . litmus test, mouth-spouting, quoting Scripture. It’s what you do with your life, how you live your life. That’s far more important than beating someone over the head with Scripture that says women shouldn’t wear pants or if you drink, you’re going to hell. That’s just not who Barack is.”
So, if you buy Wright’s account–and it rings pretty true to me–it was his intellectualism and social progressivism that won Obama over. Certainly it’s hard to imagine that someone like Obama, who came from a progressive, secular background, would have felt genuinely comfortable in a socially conservative, anti-intellectual church. The problem for Obama is that the flip-side of these virtues was a minister with a radical worldview and a penchant for advertising it loudly.
Which, put another way, means that Obama’s decision to join Trinity was probably the opposite of cynical. Trinity was the place where, despite the potential pitfalls–and he must have noticed them early on–Obama felt most true to himself.
28 Apr 2008
Bob Dylan parody titled Obama Pastorale
Via Lisa Schiffren and Ann Althouse.
28 Apr 2008
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright made another of those colorful speeches that he is so noted for in an address to the Detroit chapter of the NAACP. Explaining some of those controversial comments made in the course of his sermons, Wright explained:
“The black religious tradition is different. We do it a different way.”
He then proceeded to explain that people of color just naturally think differently, because they function with a different rhythm and use different portions of their brain.
Wright discussed how different groups have seen other groups as “deficient.” After saying English-speakers saw Arabic-speakers as “being deficient,” Wright mentioned Obama almost as an aside. …
The bulk of his remarks addressed… different groups seeing each other as deficient. He acted out the differences between marching bands at predominantly black and predominantly white colleges. “Africans have a different meter, and Africans have a different tonality,” he said. Europeans have seven tones, Africans have five. White people clap differently than black people. “Africans and African-Americans are right-brained, subject-oriented in their learning style,” he said. “They have a different way of learning.” And so on.
For some inexplicable reason he skipped the portion of the same traditional analysis which talks about it being impossible to injure them by hitting them in the head.
Can you imagine the reaction if someone not of the Reverend Wright’s ethnic background indulged in these kind of characterizations of racial differences?
4 10:00 videos
23 Apr 2008
This anti-Obama ad was produced by the North Carolina GOP. (Good for them!)
And, would you believe this?
John McCain and (the now McCain-ite) Republican National Committee have called upon those tarheels to withdraw the ad, calling it “offensive,” “inappropriate,” and not “respectful.”
15 Apr 2008
Tim Blair quoting Dave S.:
Well, I do go a-churchinâ€™ every Sunday with a bunch of bitter folks who complain about how the government is evil and screws them over, and we yell anâ€™ whoop it up when the preacher rails against them Italians and Jews, anâ€™ then we â€¦
Oops, wait a minute, thatâ€™s not me, thatâ€™s Barack Obama.
15 Apr 2008
In his famous Philadelphia speech on Race, Barack Obama justified the inflammatory statements of his pastor, friend, and former campaign advisor, the man he selected to marry him and to baptize his children, the Reverend Mr. Jeremiah “God damn America” Wright by quoting William Faulkner’s famous statement that “The past isn’t dead and buried. In fact, it isn’t even past,” pointing to “segregated schools,” “legalized discrimination,” and “a lack of economic opportunity (for) black men” as the historical basis for Wright’s vicious hatred and malicious lies.
(Segregated schools, legalized discrimination, and lack of economic opportunity were) the reality in which Reverend Wright and other African-Americans of his generation grew up. They came of age in the late fifties and early sixties, a time when segregation was still the law of the land and opportunity was systematically constricted.
But, as Ronald Kessler points out, there is no truth in such a picture of Jeremiah Wright’s early life at all. Jeremiah Wright never experienced segregated schools. In fact, Wright attended the ultra-elite Central High School, essentially Philadelphia’s equivalent of New York’s Stuyvesant High School, a college preparatory magnet school, the second oldest public secondary school in the United States, and the only high school in the country authorized to grant academic degrees.
In his speech on race, Barack Obama tried to explain away his longtime ministerâ€™s denunciations of America by saying that for blacks of his generation, memories of â€œhumiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away.â€
But an examination… of the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.â€™s background reveals that Obamaâ€™s characterization of his upbringing is mythology.
Described by Obama as his sounding board and mentor for more than two decades, Wright was born in Philadelphia in 1941. He lived in a racially mixed section called Germantown, which consisted of homes on broad tree-lined streets in northwest Philadelphia. The owners then were middle-class families.
For 62 years, Wrightâ€™s father, the Rev. Jeremiah Alvesta Wright, was pastor at Grace Baptist Church of Germantown. He was one of the first blacks to receive a degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Wrightâ€™s mother, Mary Elizabeth Henderson Wright, was a schoolteacher. She was the first black to teach an academic subject at Roosevelt Junior High, the first to teach at Germantown High, and the first to teach at the Philadelphia High School for Girls. She became vice principal of Girls High in 1968.
Rather than attend the more racially mixed Germantown High School at 40 East High St., Wright traveled a few miles to the elite Central High School at 1700 West Olney Ave., graduating in 1959. Opened in 1838, Central High has a distinguished past and admits only highly-qualified applicants who are privileged to attend from all over the city. It is comparable to the Bronx High School of Science and Boston Latin School, both public schools known for academic excellence.
When Wright attended Central High, the student body was 90 percent white, according to students who attended around the same time. At least three-quarters of the students were Jewish. Former students of the period say racial tension did not exist.
Bill Cosby, who attended the school until transferring to Germantown High, has referred to Central as a â€œwonderfulâ€ school. In contrast to Wright, Cosby has denounced blacks who take refuge in self-pitying victimhood and seek to blame whites for problems in the black community.
â€œCentral High was a marvelous academic environment,â€ says Tod Mammuth, who graduated in 1965 and is now a Philadelphia-area lawyer. â€œYou had to have high academic credentials to be accepted and a high IQ score. Many later said it was more rigorous than college. We had no racial friction.â€
There was no legally-enforced discrimination in 1950s Philadelphia. Nor was Jeremiah Wright embittered as a young man. He attended Virginia Union University in Richmond, but was sufficiently patriotic in 1961 that he dropped out of college, apparently inspired by a speech by John F. Kennedy, to join the US Marine Corps. He subsequently became a Navy Corpsman, and trained as a cardiopulmonary technician at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Wright served on the medical team which cared for President Johnson, and received three letters of commendation.
The radical “God damn America” Mr. Wright is not a product of 1950s segregation, but is clearly instead the result of Wright finishing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Howard University in the late 1960s, where he undoubtedly found a lifetime supply of leftwing politics and racial grievances.
“Lack of economic opportunity?”
Jeremiah Wright could have earned a very respectable middle-class income as a cardiopulmonary technician, but instead he finished college, acquired a master’s degree in English, then a second master’s in Divinity, and finally a doctorate in Divinity. In addition to being pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Wright has been a professor at two theological seminaries. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Virginia Union University, Chicago Theological Seminary and City Colleges of Chicago. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Evangelical Health Systems, and on numerous boards and committees of other religious and civic organizations. Wright has received a Rockefeller Fellowship and seven honorary doctorates.
He can expect a comfortable retirement. Ronald Kessler observes:
In retirement, Wright will continue a life of privilege that dates back to Central High. As a retirement gift, Wrightâ€™s Trinity United Church of Christ is building him a million-dollar home abutting Odyssey Country Club and Golf Course in the nearly all-white Chicago suburb of Tinley Park. The home sits on land the pastor purchased in 2004 for $345,000. In December 2006, Wright sold the land to his church, which took out a $1.6 million mortgage on the property. In April 2007, the church applied for a building permit for the brick and stone structure.
Wrightâ€™s new home has 10,340 square feet of space, about four times the size of a typical suburban house. It includes four bedrooms, an elevator, an exercise room, and a four-car garage.
11 Apr 2008
This 9:53 video quotes Barack Hussein Obama reading the audio book version of his autobiography, Dreams From My Father, and his pastor the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, on racial attitudes, providing an interesting comparison to the sentiments expressed in his more recent (presidential campaign period) Philadelphia speech.
Obama supporters will try to say that it’s just a partisan attack piece, but when his opponents have simply taken the words out of the candidate’s own mouth, they are not so easily dismissed.
Hat tip to Gateway Pundit.
28 Mar 2008
Poor Reverend Jeremiah Wright has led a life of constant victimization by White America’s racism and discrimination. Denied opportunity all his life, now he will be condemned to live in retirement in the above dreadfully tacky $1.6 million 10,340-square-foot, four-bedroom home in suburban Chicago, currently under construction in a gated community, with a $10 million line of credit, presumably intended for furniture and other incidentals.
22 Mar 2008
Lee Culpepper sees the light, or at least the Wright.
Watching the â€œReverendâ€ Jeremiah Wright gesticulate like a horny peacock and spew out ignorance, hatred, and bitterness towards America truly inspired my religious faith. …
I donâ€™t know about you, but I feel liberated now that I realize that my own stupid decisions and selfish actions are no longer my fault. Now that I wonâ€™t have to accept responsibility for my thoughts, my words, or my decisions, I am thanking God for creating rich, white people for me to blame all my problems on. Iâ€™m also thanking God for justifying my sin whenever I allow myself to think something I shouldnâ€™t about other people — just as Reverend Wright has taught me to do. …
I also realize now that rich, white people are responsible for poor children growing up in single-parent families. I used to think that the irresponsible sexual behavior and lack of commitment between the childrenâ€™s parents were responsible. But I guarantee these parents feel a lot better knowing their fornication is someone elseâ€™s fault. Thanks to the Wright kind of reverend, I now have a totally new respect for sexually immoral people â€“ unless they are rich and white, of course.
Despite the conflicting medical evidence, I now know too that AIDS and drug abuse are rich, white peopleâ€™s fault. Individualâ€™s who choose to abuse drugs and engage in deviant sexual behavior are merely victims driven to bad decisions by rich, white people. Certainly being a victim of evil people feels better than thinking of oneâ€™s self as just a pathetic drug addict or a promiscuous sexual deviant. â€œOh, I am so gladâ€ that Reverend Wright worked â€œtwice as hardâ€¦to get a passing gradeâ€ and that he knows he is â€œsmarter than that C-student sitting in the White House.â€ Otherwise, I would have never known the truth about drugs and AIDS.
I canâ€™t tell you how relieved I was Tuesday concerning Obama and Wrightâ€™s twenty-year relationship. Obama said, â€œNot once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms.â€ Praise the Lord for prepositional phrases like â€œin my conversations with him.â€
When Obama said, â€œI can no more disown [Wright] than I can disown the black community,â€ I was glad Obama didnâ€™t actually mean, â€œIf I disowned Reverend Wright because heâ€™s a racist, I would instantly become one of those â€˜Negroes who just donâ€™t get it.â€™â€
I finally swooned (actually, I cringed) at Obamaâ€™s hopeful audacity when he eloquently humiliated his white grandmother for political gain because â€œshe once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion [had] uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made [Obama] cringe.â€
I havenâ€™t figured out, however, how rich, white people caused Obamaâ€™s father to abandon his responsibilities as a dad and a husband â€“ thereby forcing someone else to provide for and care for his child. Perhaps Mr. Obama strategically deserted his family so Reverend Wright could preach that Barak â€œfits the moldâ€ of a poor, black man — even though Obama was raised by his generous and loving white grandparents.
More importantly, Iâ€™m just grateful that Barak refocused our country on â€œthe real culpritsâ€ related to racial hostilities. Obama targeted â€œa corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed,â€ as well as â€œeconomic policies that favor the few over the many.â€ Yes, Obama, if Americaâ€™s evil corporations and economic policies were not preoccupied with causing greater suffering in the world, perhaps they could find time to develop medications to treat AIDS and continuously improve technology to better our lives.
Obama has reminded all of us that we have a choice. We can examine disturbing evidence in order to draw the right conclusions. Or we can simply ignore it and have the audacity to hope it just goes away.
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