The President of the United States sat in this demagogue's pew for twenty years. Twenty years he smiled, clapped, lauded and named his book after one of this man's sermons. No one would care about another KKK-like inciter to hate, but when that agitator is a close adviser to the POTUS, it takes on a whole other sinister dimension.
Reverend Wright brings his anti-American crusade to Baltimore (hat tip Jackie)
Marta Mossburg writes that Obama's former pastor urges blacks to disavow their country
Forget hope and change; victimization is in. Dropped by the president and dismissed as a racist by many Americans, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright still draws crowds with his sometimes crotch-grabbing, always riveting soliloquies about black oppression.
The former pastor of Barack Obama drew thousands last week to the 8,000-member Empowerment Temple in Baltimore City. Overflow lots at the church were filled, and five blocks on either side of the massive stadium-like stucco building in Park Heights — a part of town where Orthodox Jews mix sometimes uneasily with blacks — were wall to wall with cars.
In this city where nearly 80,000 people left (along with 53,000 jobs) in the last decade, it's easy to understand why his message resonates.
"Barack Obama was selected before he was elected," said Mr. Wright, dressed in black pants and a short-sleeved, African-style printed tunic. "Wall Street selected him. GM, Ford and Chrysler selected him. When you are selected by them, you are beholden to them."
Referencing the Book of Exodus, he warned churchgoers to "Please remember that Pharaoh was black, so not all of your oppressors are white." A chorus of "amen" and a phalanx of arms rose simultaneously into the air in agreement with Mr. Wright.
And he said faith was not a path to riches, repeatedly poking the expensively dressed Empowerment Temple Pastor Jamal Bryant for driving a Range Rover. "Every word that is in the Bible was written under six different types of [government] oppression," he said.
Mr. Bryant spent much of the hour-and-a-half interview with Mr. Wright with his immaculately manicured right hand on his head, slouched deep in his seat.
Mr. Wright spread the blame for black persecution around on lots of people and epochs. He hates Roman emperors for renaming months after themselves and upsetting their proper numerical order; Michelangelo for painting Jesus as white; U.S. public schools for teaching the American Revolution instead of African history. In particular, he hates the term "Middle East," as it implies Europe as the center of the world.
And he hates Israel. "The state of Israel is an illegal, genocidal … place," he said. "To equate Judaism with the state of Israel is to equate Christianity with [rapper] Flavor Flav." Laughter erupted from the mostly female audience on that remark.
His solution: "We need to help African-Americans see they are just Africans born in another country."
This could be achieved in part by requiring African-American students to study African history after school each day, just like Jewish children who receive a separate Hebrew education, he said. (Never mind that all of that education has not prevented cross-faith marriages and a weakening of the ties of successive generations to Judaism.)
And never mind that students today suffer not from an identity crisis but a lack of basic skills. Studies show student self-esteem at an all-time high. But at Baltimore City Community College, 80 percent of incoming students need remedial education. Statewide, public two- and four-year institutions report 56 percent of students going directly from high school to college need some form of remedial education in a state honored three years in a row as having the top public education system by Education Week.
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright of Trinity United Church of Christ, of which Obama was a member for twenty years, had roots in both Islam and economic radicalism: “But Wright was a former Muslim and black nationalist who had studied at Howard and Chicago, and Trinity’s guiding principles – what the church calls the ‘Black Value System’-- included a ‘Disavowal of the Pursuit of Middleclassness.’”[i] Wright was also a close associate of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who in November 2009 offered a doggerel version of Obama’s lofty post-American internationalism: “America,” he declared, “has run out of time. It is the time of the setting of the sun on the Western world.”[ii]
Jeremiah Wright was a committed Marxist, as he himself confirmed in an address in September 2009: “My work with liberation theology, with Latin American theologians, with the Black Theology Project and with the Cuban Council of Churches taught me 30 years ago the importance of Marx and the Marxist analysis of the social realities of the vulnerable and the oppressed who were trying desperately to break free of the political economics undergirded by this country that were choking them and cutting off any hope of a possible future where all of the people would benefit.”[iii]
The Fight The Smears website says that Obama “has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ.”[iv] The New York Times reported in 2007 that Obama was baptized at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ in 1988.[v] Details, however, are sketchy and contradictory: a year later, Newsweek stated that Obama was baptized “in the early 1990s.”[vi] Was Obama baptized at all? The truth of this matter is elusive. However, the positions of the Trinity United Church of Christ, which Obama attended for twenty years, are not elusive in the least: black nationalism and socialism were always on the agenda – and it is significant that the Christianity preached in the Trinity United Church of Christ is a far-left variety that focuses upon few of the features of Christianity that distinguish it from Islam, or at least from the black nationalist amalgam of Islam, Christianity, and racial identity that is the hallmark of that peculiarly American brand of Islam, the Nation of Islam.
When Obama became a member of Trinity Church in 1991, he accepted what the church calls “the Black Value System,” a race-based code ethics that encourages black separatism, warning black Americans to shun the middle class life as a white trap, and to patronize only black-owned businesses. As Jeremiah Wright put it, “We are an African people, and remain true to our native land, the mother continent.”[vii]
Not to America.
Wright, of course, drew controversy during the campaign for his exaggerated race baiting and hateful statements in support of his protégé’s presidential campaign. And Obama, after a good deal of hesitation, ultimately threw Wright under the bus for these and other statements:
The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a … law, and then wants us to sing God bless America, no no no, not God bless America, GOD DAMN AMERICA, it’s in the Bible, killing innocent people.….
Ohhh, I am so glad that I got a god who knows what it is to be a poor black man, and in a country and a culture that is controlled by and run by rich white people!
Obama’s repudiation of this race hate was welcome, albeit tardy and politically motivated. Wright’s remarks during the campaign, however, were not likely to have differed significantly in philosophy from remarks he had made over the course of twenty years – while Barack Obama sat and listened.
And there were signs that Obama did listen. Wright preached after 9/11 that America had gotten what it deserved – that the attacks were just desserts for the atomic bombs exploded in Japan: “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas are now brought back into our own front yard! America’s chickens, are coming home, to roost.”[viii]
This was Obama’s spiritual adviser. The man whose sermon inspired the title of Obama’s second autobiography, The Audacity of Hope.
Asked during a visit to Japan in November 2009 whether he thought the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were justified, Obama ducked the question. Were Wright’s condemnations of those bombings still ringing in his ears? Of course, there were plenty of other radical leftists from whom Obama might have picked up this idea. But the coincidence was notable.[ix]
Now it certainly seems as if Barack Obama, with his schemes to nationalize health care, the auto industry, and more, has absorbed and adopted as his own some of Wright’s principal preoccupations – and is intent on making the nation as a whole disavow the “pursuit of middleclassness.”
These are not just insignificant associations. Obama and Wright are still close; despite Obama’s public repudiation of Trinity United Church of Christ during his presidential campaign, and bitter words from Wright about the severing of their relationship, Wright has visited the White House at least once since his onetime protégé became president.[x]
And Wright’s race-baiting Christianity of Resentment has also left its mark on Obama’s handling of racial issues as president.
[i]Ryan Lizza, “The Agitator; Barack Obama’s unlikely political education,” The New Republic
[ii] Ashahed M. Muhammad, “Farrakhan: America’s Time Is Up,” The Final Call, December 2, 2009.
[iii] Thomas Lipscomb, “Did Bill Ayers Write Obama’s Book?,” Accuracy In Media, November 27, 2009. http://www.aim.org/aim-report/did-bill-ayers-write-obamas-book/
[iv] Aaron Klein, “Obama anti-smear site: ‘He was never a Muslim,’” World Net Daily, June 12, 2008.
[v] Jodi Kantor, “Barack Obama’s search for faith,” New York Times, April 30, 2007.
[vi] Lisa Miller and Richard Wolffe, “Finding His Faith,” Newsweek, July 12, 2008.
[vii] “Obama’s Church,” Investor’s Business Daily, January 15, 2008.
[viii] Michael Tomasky, “Wright and wrong,” Guardian, March 14, 2008.
[ix] Pamela Geller, “Obama Refuses to Say Bombing Hiroshima Was the ‘Right Decision,’” AtlasShrugs.com, November 14, 2009. http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/11/obama-refuses-to-say-bombing-hiroshima-was-the-right-decision.html
[x] Sammy Benoit, “White House Releases Visitors List. Soros, ACORN/SEIU and Others,” Yid with Lid, October 30, 2009. http://yidwithlid.blogspot.com/2009/10/white-house-releases-visitors-listayers.html
UPDATE: Speaking of Obama pals, check out these exclusive Farakhan videos Jeff posted.