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Tuesday, April 08, 2008



Anonymous said...

April 07th 2008
A reader from Free Republic has dug up an old article last year (March 07) From TNR about Obama. It was written by Ryan Lizza, Senior editor at The New Republic. It’s a biographical piece, but in the article, it explicitly states that Jeremiah Wright is a former Muslim.

From Wright and others, Obama learned that part of his problem as an organizer was that he was trying to build a confederation of churches but wasn’t showing up in the pews on Sunday. When pastors asked him the inevitable questions about his own spiritual life, Obama would duck them uncomfortably. A Reverend Philips put the problem to him squarely when he learned that Obama didn’t attend services. “It might help your mission if you had a church home,” he told Obama. “It doesn’t matter where, really. What you’re asking from pastors requires us to set aside some of our more priestly concerns in favor of prophesy. That requires a good deal of faith on our part. It makes us want to know just where you’re getting yours from.”

After many lectures like this, Obama decided to take a second look at Wright’s church. Older pastors warned him that Trinity was for “Buppies”–black urban professionals–and didn’t have enough street cred. But Wright was a former Muslim and black nationalist who had studied at Howard and Chicago, and Trinity’s guiding principles–what the church calls the “Black Value System”–included a “Disavowal of the Pursuit of Middleclassness.’”

The crosscurrents appealed to Obama. He came to believe that the church could not only compensate for the limitations of Alinsky-style organizing but could help answer the nagging identity problem he had come to Chicago to solve. “It was a powerful program, this cultural community,” he wrote, “one more pliant than simple nationalism, more sustaining than my own brand of organizing.”

As a result, over the years, Wright became not only Obama’s pastor, but his mentor. The title of Obama’s recent book, The Audacity of Hope, is based on a sermon by Wright. (It’s worth noting, however, that, while Obama’s book is a coolheaded appeal for common ground in an age of political polarization, Wright’s sermon, “The Audacity to Hope,” is a fiery jeremiad about persevering in a world of nuclear arms and racial inequality.) Wright is one of the first people Obama thanked after his Senate victory in 2004, and he recently name-checked Wright in his speech to civil rights leaders in Selma, Alabama.
So the question is, why hasn’t anyone mentioned the fact that he’s a former Muslim? Could this be why Obama’s church posted a Hamas manifesto in the Trinity Church program last year? It obviously explains Wright’s affinity with Louis Farrakhan. It also explains more why Rev. Wright got his Masters degree in “Islam in West Africa”

This is just another blow to the Obama campaign. The American people are not ready to hand the reins to someone who’s associations are beyond sketchy.

Carmen_ said...

The New Republic is a neocon rag whose specialty is slander -- the Enquirer of right wing wackos. You'd be well advised to get some education. You sound stupid.

Carmen_ said...

Okay.. my bad.. I was confusing the New Republic with Kristol's publication. I'll have to research this allegation about Wright being a former Muslim a little more, although it sounds ludicrous. But you still sound stupid.

Carmen_ said...

Well it looks like I was right about one thing.. you're an idiot alright. The author of that article has poor research skills and you apparently don't do any at all. Turns out Wright's father was a Baptist preacher and groomed his son to follow in his footsteps. No evidence at all about his being a Muslim. No time either... not unless he was converted in Vietnam. It must've been short lived since he started his formal religious training almost immediately afterward.

ononotagain said...

President Obama has the republicans squealing like banshees!
Desperate and frustrated, they are inventing all sorts of bullshit stories to discredit Obama.
It isn't going to work, you thick headed dolts! I predict a record voter turn out and a landslide win for Barak Obama.

P.S. Carmen, take a look at this hate rag trying to destroy Obama.