Obama’s Pastor Jeremiah Wright Controversy About America – Rev Wright & Obama on Race and Politics

By admin ~ September 15th, 2012 @ 1:33 am

Recently the major right wing conservative talk show pundits have played continuously an excerpt from Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermon in which he calls America to account, after which the Pastor challenges the typically uttered cliche “God bless America” with a provoking “God damn America.”

As a minister I do not find the Pastor’s sermons disturbing in the least. After all a good sermon should afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted. This Rev. Wright has truly done. Rev. Wright and his church very actively help the poor in his community and empower the disenfranchised, while simultaneously loving white citizens and confronting the arrogance of the self-righteous establishment governmentally propagating war without end.

Rush Limbaugh thought to call the Pastor of Obama’s church in Chicago, Jeremiah Wright, to account reciting an excerpt from one of his sermons in which the Rev. said in 2001 shortly after the 9/11 attacks:

WRIGHT: “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 is now brought right back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

I agree wholeheartedly with everything Pastor Wright said here. If American history turns Rush Limbaugh’s stomach, perhaps he should get a little more intestinal fortitude before he decides to go on the national airwaves. Don’t side with pro-war conservatives, an oxymoron in itself considering the trillion dollar expenditure of killing in foreign theaters of war, and then hide from the consequences of your foreign policy.

Barack Obama’s speech on March 18, 2008, put to rest and quieted much of the controversy. Although I’m sure guys like Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilley, and Sean Hannity will keep hammering Obama as long as it will increase listenership and improve their ratings. The American viewers love a little controversy and rightfully so because this is what makes democracy, a little debate and public scrutiny.

Senator Barack Obama in his speech said: “…my relationship with Reverend Wright. As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect.”

“…For the men and women of Reverend Wright’s generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years. That anger may not get expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table. At times, that anger is exploited by politicians, to gin up votes along racial lines, or to make up for a politician’s own failings.”

“And occasionally it finds voice in the church on Sunday morning, in the pulpit and in the pews. The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright’s sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning. That anger is not always productive; indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems; it keeps us from squarely facing our own complicity in our condition, and prevents the African-American community from forging the alliances it needs to bring about real change.”

Wise and unifying words from Barack Obama as he seeks to transcend the racial divide and form a more perfect union across these supposedly United States.

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