MARCH 14, 2008
A member of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, who also happens to be his longtime friend and pastor, regularly delivers inflammatory sermons blaming the U.S. for causing the 2001 terrorist attacks with its own terrorism, damning America for treating blacks less than human and accusing the government of giving blacks drugs.
Reverend Jeremiah Wright is the influential longtime leader of the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side and he has been Obama’s pastor for at least two decades. He married the Obamas, baptized their two daughters and is the family’s close friend and advisor.
When the Illinois senator launched his presidential campaign he named his cherished friend and spiritual guru to a campaign advisory body called the African American Religious Leadership Committee. A December 2007 press release announcing the coveted committee touts Wright as the president of one of the nation’s largest Baptist conventions.
It turns out that Obama’s precious campaign advisor, who sells his hate-filled and racially divisive sermons on compact discs, is quite the radical who denunciates his own country for its treatment of blacks and says God should damn, rather than bless, America for it. He publicly said that the United States had brought on al Qaeda’s attacks because of its own terrorism, just days after the devastating 2001 event.
In a sermon delivered the Sunday after the September 11 attacks, he said: "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." He added that the U.S. has “supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is brought back to our own front yards.”
The veteran Baptist preacher is also a big admirer and ally of Louis Farrakhan, the renowned anti-Christian and anti-Semite cult leader who recently endorsed Obama and calls him the “hope of the entire world.” Wright actually honored Farrakhan with a prestigious award—named after the reverend—earlier this year, saying that the Nation of Islam leader “truly epitomizes greatness.”
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