IS REV. WRIGHT HURTING OBAMA?

Far from fading out, the controversial pastor of Senator Obama’s church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is back with a vengeance.

Friday night he gave a reflective, informed interview with Bill Moyers on PBS (Did anybody see it?) Sunday night he delivered a fiery speech to the NAACP in Detroit. He appeared to have the 10,000 crowd in the palm of his hand. This morning he spoke again, this time to the National Press Club in Washington.

Many commentators (harking back to the “God damn America” sermon) claim that these public appearances are hurting  Wright’s  old parishoner,  Barack Obama.    They remind  the voters  of   Obama’s close association with Wright over a period of 20 years.    It’s true that Obama  has condemned some of Wright’s more inflammatory statements but he refuses to disown him personally.   So every time Obama meets the press he is asked about Wright and this detracts from his central message.

Should Wright go silent for awhile and leave the stage to Obama?

Are Wright’s views tarring Obama with guilt by association?

Speaking personally, I have studied Rev. Wright’s views in context and I can’t see thayt much to be upset about?

Can you?

6 Comments »

  1. 1
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Neil writes: “Speaking personally, I have studied Rev. Wright’s views in context and I can’t see thayt much to be upset about?

    “Can you?”

    I haven’t studied, as Neil has, the Reverend’s views “in context”. But I would need alot of help in that regard finding the context that would excuse a comment such as: “The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of colour.” (from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2EVd9WDio0 ).

    Yes, I am aware that many African-Americans are suspicious of the US government in this regard as a result of the Tuskegee syphilis experiments in which from 1932 to 1972 African-American men suffering from syphilis were, instead of being treated, told they had a blood disease so that researchers could study the effects of the late stages of the disease.

    Tuskegee is held out as evidence that it is only Blacks that are singled out for this type of horrible treatment and that, therefore, it is not a stretch of the imagination to suggest, as Wright does in the above allegedly taken-out-of-context quote, that AIDS was created by the US specifically to kill Blacks.

    But I seem to recall a certain experiment done by the Central Intelligence Agency — also a branch of the U.S. government, just like the brancho of the US government that did the studies at Tuskegee — on members of our very own mostly white anglo Quebec population back in the ’50s and ’60s where many subjects at the Royal Victoria Hospital were experimented upon with LSD without being properly informed as to what was going on.

    The US government, therefore, seems to be an equal opportunity abuser of one’s human rights, regardless of race or skin color.

    But I am open to hear from Neil what context he has studied of Wright’s words that could possibly justify what he said.

  2. 2
    Chimera Says:

    I wish Wright would just shut up and decide whether he’s a minister or a politician before he opens his mouth again. If he’s a politician, he should leave the church. If he’s a minister, he should stay out of politics.

    As for Obama’s “disowning him personally” — why? What would that serve?

  3. 3

    Tony:

    I agree. The statement on Aids is beyond the pale.

  4. 4
    sallyo Says:

    Clearly Wright is a scholar and a theologian. The pundits made a big mistake in going after him as the ‘Willie Horton’ of this political race. By playing the 30 second clip over and over all over the world, he is now embedded in the minds of people all over the world and now has super star status, and a world stage pullpit.

    Last night he began exploring the theoretical underpinnings of a philosophy of “different but equal”, to address the remaining issues of inequality that exist in our society. Not only will the world now listen to him whenever he speaks, but we will all buy the book when it comes out.
    Many are not capable of following his discussion in the spoken word format and will need the printed page and a dictionary to follow his thoughts.

    This morning he traced the philosophical basis of Black theology ministry through the prism of history. It was a breath-taking discussion. The book will be helpful to allow for refective thought. For example he said, “The God for the slave in the bowels of the ship had to be different from the God for the people on the deck of the ship.”

    Obama is just 1 of 8,000 people who belong to his church. His ministry is independent of anyone except God. So, the press should probably just leave him alone now. You have given him a world audience to preach to. And he will be preaching to the world. Like he said, “I am just running for Jesus, and ain’t got tired yet”. The campaign will have to run in a parallel universe.

  5. 5

    sallyo:

    Thank you for your informed and thoughtful comments on the role of Rev. Wright.

  6. 6
    Joe Agnost Says:

    “By playing the 30 second clip over and over all over the world, he is now embedded in the minds of people all over the world…”

    But the 30 second clip is not flattering at all! Just look at what Tony remembers about it (above, comment #1).
    I’m sure most of the world thinks he’s a fool…. a nasty, racist fool.

    “Not only will the world now listen to him whenever he speaks”

    You have to be kidding!

    Not only did I not listen to him – but I didn’t even know he’d said anything!

    “but we will all buy the book when it comes out.”

    I can’t see this either. I think he’s a novelty that will run it’s course before he makes much money on his book. (BTW – he’s coming out with a book?? Profits for jesus??)

    “Many are not capable of following his discussion in the spoken word format and will need…”

    That’s only because his target audience aren’t exactly the most educated of the population!

    “It was a breath-taking discussion. ‘The God for the slave in the bowels of the ship had to be different from the God for the people on the deck of the ship.'”

    Wow… that’s deep stuff (roll eyes). “breath-taking”? You need to get out more!


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