With all the attention the last couple of days on Barack Obama’s racist and anti-American pastor, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr., this is an opportune time to review Wright’s connection to Christ Hospital.
I first wrote about this in a WND column over a year ago: Did Wright influence Obama to oppose IL’s Born Alive Infant Protection Act?
Obama has been a member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago since 1988.
Obama calls TUCC’s pastor, Wright, a spiritual advisor. Wright was the first person Obama thanked in his 2004 U. S. Senate victory speech, along with “fellow Trinitarians.” The name of Obama’s book, Audacity of Hope, comes from a line he said he heard Wright make in a sermon.
From 1986 to 1989, Wright served on the board of directors of Evangelical Health Systems, Christ Hospital’s parent company. In 1995, EHS merged to create Advocate Health Care, controlled jointly by the United Church of Christ and Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, both pro-abortion.
TUCC is a member of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
In 1999, I discovered babies were being aborted alive at Christ Hospital. I testified before a Congressional committee in 2000 and 2001. I was fired in 2001. Obama opposed IL’s Born Alive Infant Protection Act in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
Christ Hospital’s CEO throughout that time, Carole Schneider, was a UCC member.
One prominent Advocate board member then and now is Rev. Dr. Ozzie Smith, Jr., a former associate pastor at TUCC under Wright.
TUCC was listed in 2004 as the U.S.’s largest UCC church. Advocate is the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in Chicago. A crossroads of power and money.
Speaking of crossroads, TUCC is located only 5 miles from Christ Hospital (click to enlarge map).
I would like to hear Barack Obama answer under oath whether Wright or any UCC big wig ever lobbied – whoops, I mean “counseled” – him to oppose the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
[Photo of Obama and Wright courtesy of Fox News]