By Richard CohenTuesday, January 15, 2008; Page A13
"Barack Obama is a member of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan.
Maybe for Wright and some others, Farrakhan "epitomized greatness." For most Americans, though, Farrakhan epitomizes racism, particularly in the form of anti-Semitism. Over the years, he has compiled an awesome record of offensive statements, even denigrating the Holocaust by falsely attributing it to Jewish cooperation with Hitler -- "They helped him get the Third Reich on the road." His history is a rancid stew of lies. "
Liberals would like you to believe that Obama's connection to Louis Farrakhan and Jeremiah Wright is just a pack of lies and a vicious smear campaign, but simple FACTS can't be denied.
Obama was a member of Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years---until the questions in this campaign became too tough to ignore and he chose to separate himself.
Obama believes that if he says he doesn't share the views of the church he attended for 20 years then that is a good enough answer.
Obama has chosen to NOT issue a statement AGAINST Farrakhan, his beliefs, or Jeremiah Wright. Silence is almost an answer to those questions.
Obama was a member of a church whose BLACK VALUE SYSTEM STATES: "Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System. " A system supported by Farrakhan AND Jeremiah Wright and endorsed by the membership of B. Hussein Obama
Obama and his wife were married by Jeremiah Wright.
Obama's kids were baptized by Jeremiah Wright.
Obama had his name removed from the church roles when his political career appeared to be in jeopardy.
Interestingly enough, the original black power statements on the church website have been REMOVED from access. WHY? I have read them many times before and now can't access them. Interesting.....
"The vision statemnet of Trinity United Church of Christ," the website states, "is based upon the systemized liberation theology that started in 1969 with the publication of Dr. james Cone's seminal book, Black Power and Black Theology."
Obama wants to separate himself from men that espouse BLACK POWER, Separation, support of Africa, militant means of protest, and a black 'muslim' approach to thinking.
Liberals will tell you all of this is not an issue and as a matter of fact they will tell you it is all lies. Obama's personal associations CANNOT be denied and are conveniently disappearing into the new fictionalized account of his life.
Now, do we need a small lesson of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam?
"the NOI has a pronounced anti-white bias. They refer to blacks as God's chosen people and Caucasians as white devils. They call for a separate homeland for American blacks, for racially segregated education and for a ban on interracial marriage. To quote again from their website:
We believe we are the people of God's choice.
WE BELIEVE this is the time in history for the separation of the so-called Negroes and the so-called white Americans.
We want our people in America whose parents or grandparents were descendants from slaves, to be allowed to establish a separate state or territory of their own--either on this continent or elsewhere.
We want all black children educated, taught and trained by their own teachers.
We believe that intermarriage or race mixing should be prohibited." (Islam for Today).
It is clear that Obama wants to separate himself from any connections to Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam. But 20 years association with a church that preached a hate based form of Christianity is hard to ignore.
According to records Obama donated $5000 in 2005 and $22, 500 in 2006 to Jeremiah Wright's church. Author Freddosso wonders if a non-believer continues to give money to a church they don't believe in?
Obama has strong ties to Father Pfleger who was "an admirer and defender of the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan". Father Pfleger called Condoleeza Rice and Colin Powell "house slaves" of the Bush administration (Freddosso).
Obama himself said of Jeremiah Wright--"I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community." (Freddosso).
What ended Obama's relationship with Jeremiah Wright? When Wright said that Obama's rejection of his extremism was just politically motivated. He said, "Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls, Huffington, whoever's doing polls." At that point, Obama severed the relationship......when his political motivation was brought into public question by Wright. (Freddosso).
FOR THE RECORD: I do NOT believe Obama is a practicing muslim, although he does not eat pork or drink alcohol. I believe some of his early upbringing stayed with him and he did say in his own memoirs that the 'call to prayer (muslim) was the sweetest sound he ever heard). I DO believe that he has questionable long-term relationships with questionable people that have had a strong influence on him and that his leanings are far LEFT RADICAL REFORM (socialism/marxism). Also, refer to http://www.danielpipes.org/article/5354 for insightful well researched information.