SEPTEMBER 02, 2008
The longtime Barack Obama pastor and presidential campaign advisor who blames the U.S. for causing the 2001 terrorist attacks and damns America for treating blacks less than human has made headlines again with yet another inflammatory sermon featuring a crude reference about race and sex in the White House.
In a weekend sermon at a Houston Baptist church, Reverend Jeremiah Wright said that his good friend and prodigy, Obama, just might be the “first president in the history of the United States to have a black woman sleeping at 16000 Pennsylvania legally.” He was clearly referring to Michelle Obama but the newspaper that broke the story points out that it was unclear whether the pastor was making a reference to prostitution, old miscegenation laws or the history of illicit interracial sex under slavery.
Wright had been relatively quiet since Obama booted him as a presidential campaign advisor in March after the media exposed the influential pastor’s controversial, racially divisive and anti-American sermons as leader of the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side. Obama and the reverend have been tight for decades and Wright married the Obamas and baptized their two daughters.
But the Illinois senator was forced to distance himself—at least publicly—from the animated pastor who accuses the U.S. of supporting state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans. 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."
Another concern for camp Obama is that Wright is a huge admirer and ally of Louis Farrakhan, the renowned anti-Christian and anti-Semite cult leader who incidentally endorses the Illinois senator and refers to him as 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.”
Yet one month after Obama publicly distanced himself from Wright, the fiery preacher revealed that it was a sham to appease the public and that the men were as close as ever. In fact, during a sold-out speech at the Washington Press Club Wright revealed his plan to change national policy by “coming after” Obama once he moves into the White House.
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