Saturday, May 31, 2008

Is Obama really outraged or...

did he finally quit his Trinity United Church because he knows his campaign is threatened? Personally, I think his joining this church was simply to attract the "black" vote. He needed to establish himself and gain acceptance in the black community before he was his Illinois state senate seat. I can't even begin to imagine sitting week after week, for over 20 years, in a place in which such vitriol was spewed...even Oprah new enough not to attend this "church"!

Pathetically, the only reason Obama has finally resigned (and at that with "some sadness" he says) is because he knows it is not good for his campaign. He knows that, as he becomes the Democratic candidate, he can't actually have ties to this place or anyone who "preaches" there.

Obviously, the liberal media and the Obama crew have tried to make McCain's connection to Rev. John Hagee seem as "bad" as Obama's connection to Rev. Wright, but reality is, it can't be made. All John McCain had to do was denounce Rev. Hagee...there is no long time relationship between the two men and of course, McCain doesn't belong to Hagee's church...for that matter, he doesn't even live in the same state that the church is located in! So the attempt to make it appear that "all" the candidates have questionable ties to religious figures, failed miserably, forcing Obama into finally resigning from Trinity United.

Obama quits Chicago church after long controversy

May 31 07:07 PM US/Eastern

Associated Press Writer

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Barak Obama has resigned his 20 year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in the aftermath of inflammatory remarks by his longtime pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and more recent fiery remarks at the church by another minister.

Obama campaign communications director Robert Gibbs said Obama had resigned from the church "over the last few days."

Campaign aides said they weren't immediately certain how the resignation took place, whether by letter or in some other fashion, and were trying to find out.

Messages left for a church spokeswoman in Chicago were not immediately returned Saturday afternoon.

The development came as Obama campaigned in South Dakota.

Obama said he disagreed with Wright but initially portrayed him as a family member he couldn't disown. The preacher had officiated at Obama's wedding and been his spiritual mentor for some 20 years.

But six weeks after Obama's well-received speech on race, Wright claimed at an appearance in Washington that the U.S. government was capable of planting AIDS in the black community, praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and suggested that Obama was acting like a politician by putting his pastor at arm's length while privately agreeing with him.

Obama denounced those Wright comments as "divisive and destructive."

Comments by Wright inflamed racial tensions and posed an unwanted problem for Obama, front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, as he seeks to wrap up the nomination.

More recently, racially charged remarks from the same pulpit by another pastor, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, kept the controversy alive and proved the latest thorn in the side of Obama.

Pfleger mocked Obama rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as a guest speaker at Obama's church.

Although Obama condemned comments by both Wright and Pfleger, the controversy has persisted.

For months, Obama has been hamstrung by the rhetoric of Wright, whose sermons blaming U.S. policies for the Sept. 11 attacks and calls of "God damn America" for its racism became fixtures on the Internet and cable news networks.

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