More from across the web about Barack Obama's mentor and spiritual leader:
From the Dallas Morning News "Religion Blog" this last weekend:
His friends (including, apparently, The New York Times) would say that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has an "Afrocentric" view of the world.
His enemies might say that he's a racist nut. (The AIDS epidemic, he claims, was started by the U.S. government as a way of "making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty....")
One thing is clear: His strident, divisive, sometimes anti-American, occasionally loopy views have surfaced as an issue in the presidential campaign. And they're causing problems for Barack Obama, who has pitched himself as the candidate to unite us all.[...]
The Los Angeles Times has this item that includes a video clip of a Christmas sermon by Wright in which he says:
Jesus was a poor black man who lived in a country and who lived in a culture that was controlled by white people. The Romans were rich. The Romans were Italians, which means they were European, which means they were white.
In the same sermon, he says of Hillary Clinton:
I am sick of Negroes who just do not get it. Hillary was not a black boy raised in a single-parent home, Barack was. Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people. Hillary can never know that. Hillary ain't never been called a n-----!
(My first thought: This is a Christmas sermon??)
And on his politics blog, ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper writes:
The Wright issue is not going away for Mr. Obama. ... His views will be painted as radical and anti-American, and Obama will be asked which ones he agrees with and which ones he doesn't. ...
But the Obama campaign seems to think that by holding its breath and closing its eyes this will all go away.
I don't get the sense it will. What do you think?
Rob Port adds to this with "What Obama Said About Wright Before Wright Mattered"
Obama is now trying to tell us that the hateful rhetoric his reverend is deploying now isn't what he heard during his two decades in that reverend's congregation. Yet it's clear from this memoir that the Reverend Wright was saying the same things then as he's saying now.
Obama's only trying to distance himself from Wright now because Wright has become politically inconvenient. Not because Obama actually dislikes anything Wright has to say.
Obama didn't object to Wright's racist diatribes until Wright became a political liability, further proof that Obama's talk of unifying the country is just another bullshit talking point on his road to steal the White House.
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