Obama, Wright, and the Christ Hospital connection

obama%20wright.jpgWith 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?

Points...

  • 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]


  • Comments:

    Wow, Jill, your latest paranoid conspiracy theory is so convoluted we need a lot more than a map to follow it. A flow chart, perhaps?

    Im sure Kevin Bacon must be in the loop somewhere, within six degrees of separation...

    Posted by: anonymous at March 14, 2008 5:35 PM


    I don't get it. Isn't serving on the Board of a non-profit medical center a good thing?

    Posted by: Hal at March 14, 2008 5:43 PM


    And now Senator B is denouncing his spiritual advisor's
    remarks. The "Good" Senator is "Pained and Angered!"

    The plot is definitely thickening!

    Thanks Super Sleuth

    Posted by: lesforlife at March 14, 2008 5:44 PM


    Oh, I just noticed, he hasn't been on that Board since 1989.

    Posted by: Hal at March 14, 2008 5:46 PM


    Once again we see strong evidence of Barack's poor judgement. First it was the political strongman/slumlord Tony Rezko that caught Obama's attention. Now we see where he sat in the pew and listened to the racial bitterness spewing from Pastor Wright for over two decades, never once denouncing the drivel and paranoia that passed for the word of God. It is no wonder that Mrs.
    O said what she did about how bad Amerika is. And it is no wonder that Barack Obama is considered the most liberal U.S. Senator, even outdistancing Ted Kennedy.

    Posted by: Jerry at March 14, 2008 6:10 PM


    "...never once denouncing the drivel and paranoia that passed for the word of God."

    Good one. If only all churchgoers would do that.

    Posted by: Hal at March 14, 2008 6:15 PM


    Jerry, I've been waiting for a newsperson to connect Michelle's "first time I've been proud of America" quote to the anti-American spoon-feeding she has been getting from Wright. I thought I was the only one who noticed!

    And Obama not wearing a flag pin...

    All makes sense.

    Posted by: Jill Stanek at March 14, 2008 6:16 PM


    "And Obama not wearing a flag pin..."

    you want to MAKE AN ISSUE about not wearing a flag pin??????

    say it ain't so.

    Posted by: Hal at March 14, 2008 6:19 PM


    Yes, it has remained an issue with me despite MSM and liberals blowing it off.

    Obama admitted not wearing the pin was calculated. It all makes total sense now. He was fed anti-American crap in that church for 20 years. Of course it stuck - because he didn't leave. No excuse for that, if he opposed what Wright said.

    Posted by: Jill Stanek at March 14, 2008 6:42 PM



    I have much more respect for any person, especially a politican, with the guts NOT to wear a flag pin than one pandering, by wearing one.

    Don't you remember that old John Pryne song, "Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore."

    Okay my friends. I have to sign off for the weekend.

    Posted by: Hal at March 14, 2008 6:48 PM


    Actions speak louder than words. Obama can "denounce" Wright all he wants now, it doesn't discount the two decades (and counting) that Obama actively followed Wright and the multiple integral parts of his life that were influenced by Wright. Wright married him and his wife. Wright inspired Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope". Wright has been his spiritual advisor for 20 years. On and on and on. Obama hangs on this man's every word...oh, except for the words that might lose him the election.

    It seems that Obama is now going to try and tell us "believe what I SAY, NOT what I DO."

    Posted by: PajamaMama at March 14, 2008 6:49 PM


    ...and no hand over the heart during the pledge of alligence. It all adds up. I mean, this is Obama's spiritual advisor, he was on his campaign until just a few minutes ago, he went to reverand Wrights church for 20 yrs, the kids were baptised there, he was married there.

    Posted by: Jasper at March 14, 2008 8:06 PM


    I'm watching him squirm on Hannity & Colmes right now...sickening.

    Posted by: PajamaMama at March 14, 2008 8:38 PM


    I remember when Cardinal George first came to Chicago...there was a whole lot of wondering if he was gonna be liberal or conservative. A reporter asked him this very question his first day...His reply?

    If by conservative you mean "conserving" the teachings of the Catholic church, then I guess I'll be conservative. Isn't that what the word means?

    I fell in love with Him that day.

    Now we have Barack Obama. He wants to CHANGE everything. Why? What's is inherently wrong with America. There are things "wrong" inside the Catholic church, but saving the church means preserving what the church is meant to be...

    Wouldn't it be refreshing to hear a president say He loved America and wants to preserve/conserve what she was built on?

    Why fix it if it isn't broke? Why change it, when it's working just fine.

    Sure it needs a little tweaking. What doesn't? But change it? That scares me. Change it to what?

    The first time his wife was proud of America is when everybody agreed with her husband that America is bad? I'm confused.

    Posted by: mk at March 14, 2008 9:48 PM


    I agree MK...it's past your bedtime too Mama.

    Posted by: Jasper at March 14, 2008 10:12 PM


    It turns my stomach that they commit abortions in a hospital named Christ Hospital.

    Posted by: truthseeker at March 14, 2008 10:33 PM


    That Reverend Wright is SUCH a racist...I saw a video of him on YouTube...he's been Obama's pastor for what? 20 years? Oh yeah...I'm sure he doesn't agree with anything his pastor says...

    Posted by: Elizabeth at March 14, 2008 11:19 PM


    Ohh Ohh..AND I just tried to go look up that video of his pastor on YouTube again..and it's GONE. Something's going down and it smells a little fishy to me.

    Posted by: Elizabeth at March 14, 2008 11:21 PM


    It's really too bad about Obama, he seems likeable and inteligent, etc. His pastor and his wife seem like angry people, I'll bet they have an influence on his positions. His views on unborn children/abortion are just too abhorant....

    Posted by: Jasper at March 14, 2008 11:26 PM


    There is no part of Christian meditation that could lead you to believe Jesus would approve of anybody being an enablier and staunch suppporter of those organizations that commit abortion. These actions cause tremendous grief to the Holy Spirit.

    Posted by: truthseeker at March 15, 2008 2:01 AM


    There is some good audio of Wright's hate speech on the editions of THE DAILY SAVAGE uploaded to YouTube each day.

    http://www.youtube.com/TheDailySavage

    Posted by: zeke13:19 at March 15, 2008 6:04 AM


    MK, 9:48PM

    Obama's greatest gift is his amazing ability to speak, say absolutely nothing, and have no one realize he said absolutely nothing.
    Hope and change means.... what? Does he get into specifics?
    Then you see people fainting at his rallies and crowds becoming orgasmic when he pauses to blow his nose during a speech. To think the man actually blows his nose like the rest of us mere mortals.
    Scary, isn't it?

    Posted by: Mary at March 15, 2008 9:39 AM


    Elizabeth 11:19PM

    Imagine how the MSM would go ballistic if John McCain attended a church who's pastor was racist and anti-semitic, who issued an award to a prominent klansman, and spewed his hatred at this country. As a parent, I'm sure you, like I, would have a problem with a pastor who takes God's name in vain in the presence of children.
    Would McCain get away with treating this pastor's comments like the embarrassing uncle we all have despite having attended this church for 20 years, donated $23,000, and had his children baptized by this minister he supposedly so disagrees with?
    CNN reporter Anderson Cooper bemoaned the fact he "had" to report on Obama's pastor. Why, that's your job Anderson, in case you didn't know. Would Cooper and the other MSM reporters be so reluctant if it was McCain?
    Fat chance. The MSM would be on McCain like a pack of hyenas.
    This is the one argument I will agree with Hillary on. Obama is being given a free pass by an adoring MSM. Its about time they start doing their jobs.

    Posted by: Mary at March 15, 2008 10:06 AM


    Kevin Bacon really is behind a lot of modern conspiracies.

    Posted by: Doug at March 15, 2008 10:37 AM


    Doug,

    Who the devil is Kevin Bacon?

    Posted by: Mary at March 15, 2008 11:09 AM


    Mary, lol! He's an actor.

    Posted by: heather at March 15, 2008 12:27 PM


    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.

    LOL, good luck with that.

    Posted by: reality at March 15, 2008 1:56 PM


    I am trying to figure out how someone can follow Christ's teachings at the same time as helping people murder their unborn children??

    Posted by: tori at March 15, 2008 1:57 PM


    Mary,

    great website that exposes media bias:

    http://www.newsbusters.org/

    I think NBC just yesterday finally mentioned Spitzers party affiliation.

    Posted by: Jasper at March 15, 2008 2:05 PM


    Jasper,

    Thanks. Will check that out.

    Posted by: Mary at March 15, 2008 2:18 PM


    Tori,
    He CLAIMS to follow Christ's teachings. His actions hardly reflect that.

    Posted by: Carla at March 15, 2008 2:36 PM


    Folks, I gotta be honest here. The infanticide thing bothers me a whole lot more than whether or not the dude wears a pin, or places his hand over his heart.

    Posted by: bmmg39 at March 15, 2008 2:59 PM


    Remember that George Bush had only to pay a visit to Bob Jones University to be denounced as a racist. And we aren't talking about Obama visiting this church - this is the church he chose to go to, out of every religion and every denomination out there, and he has gone there for twenty years. Not only that, but he has a personal relationship with the pastor. I don't have a personal relationship with my pastor, but I do know that he has never said anything racist or anti-American during his sermons. If he had, I would be going to a different church.

    As Ari Fleisher pointed out last night, Bush was crucified by the media and by his political foes for being friends with Ken Lay. You liberals really don't want to talk about guilt by association, because you've been doing that to Bush for seven years.

    Obama's defense against Wright's words is that he never heard Wright say that kind of stuff in church. Obama is saying that he didn't attend those services on the days when Wright was being racist and was bashing America. But that lie has already begun to be exposed:

    http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2008/03/like-a-rolling.html

    Posted by: John Lewandowski at March 15, 2008 3:55 PM


    bmmg39, it's not that he doesn't wear a pin or that he doesn't practice proper flag etiquette. It's that those actions give credibility to the idea that Obama really does believe the anti-American nonsense that comes out of his pastor's mouth.

    At least 2/3 of America would never vote for someone who is anti-American. There are some folks, at most 30% of the country, who prefer an anti-American candidate, but obviously they alone can't put Obama in the White House.

    This is a huge problem for Obama. A huge problem for Obama is a good thing for us, regardless of what we think about America, since Obama is pro-infanticide.

    Posted by: John Lewandowski at March 15, 2008 4:08 PM


    First off, he DOES put his hand over his heart during the pledge of allegiance, and regularly leads the pledge in the senate. the pictures etc that have been going around were of the national anthem, really there's no reason to put your hand over your heart during the anthem, its a song not an oath, pldege, etc, and if you look around during events that do play the national anthem a great many do not put their hands over their hearts.

    As for the reverend, since when to people agree completely and utterly with their pastor? Thats nothing. And he said at the beginning of the campaign that right has changed since he went to that church. And again, look at his politics and compare them to his church stances, there is a difference between the two.

    And behind all the inflammatory BS and controversial statements, there are grains of truth behind many of his words. Racism is still fairly prevalent in the US, its just become more subtle in most ways. Its just changed since the days where they were experimented on with Siphyllis(sp). I think MS results can attest to that, lol. And 9/11 really was backlash from the middle east, and we've been messing with other countries around the world (having it come back to bite us in the end multiple times) not to expect us to be the target of something like 9/11 or not believe it could happen to us. Before 9/11 people seemed to really not believe that we could be the target of something like that or that itd get anywhere near completion, catching the would be perpetrators. We arent perfect and things like that are likely to happen, not everyone can be caught. Everyone does need to be on guard and be aware that with our role in the world, and our past actions, and current actions (good or not) are going to affect our future, again, whether for better or worse. If a group of people are bitter or hateful enough, attacks are going to be plotted and attempted to be carried out, that cannot simply be ignored and it seems thats what much of America really seemed to be doing before 9/11. It seems to always to take a tragedy to awake people's patriotism, alertness, etc, and then it progresses to far into fear and paranoia, etc. Its seemingly like its going to be awhile (if ever) until we find that happy medium where we are able to be alert without people living in constant fear. Things have gotten much better in terms of that since 9/11, but it seems people may just slip right back into just complaining and then repeat the cycle should another attack occur.

    Posted by: Dan at March 16, 2008 9:38 AM


    I'm a conservative Republican who has only voted for two Democrats ever--Jimmy Carter and Eliot Spitzer--both of which I regretted. Still, I think Obama is OK here, unless we see video of him cheering while Wright espouses hate, bigotry and idiocy.

    We all have friends and relatives who say outrageous things from time to time. I won't throw any of my friends under the bus and I don't expect Obama or any other politician to do so, either. If they aren't on your staff, then just tell me you don't agree with their position or statements and show me that you don't agree by your actions, and as far as I'm concerned the issue is over.

    If I disassociated myself from every friend and relative who is a bit crazy, I'd be a lonely, lonely, man.

    Posted by: Tony Iovino at March 16, 2008 10:42 AM


    Dan and Tony,

    Certainly we don't agree with a pastor all the time or much of anyone else for that matter.
    I can't be responsible for what someone else says but I don't have to sit there and listen to it, take my children to listen to it, or donate money of any kind to this person's institution, whether its a church, club, organization, or whatever. Also, if my pastor was very buddy-buddy with a racist anti semitic and issued him an award, I would be out the door and that church wouldn't get another dime from me.
    If I attended a white supremicist church on a regular basis, took my children there, and donated very generously to it, would you accept my argument that I don't always agree with what these people say, they just inspire me spiritually?

    Also Dan, be careful of this "understanding" people who hate you and "why". Would the Klan have hated blacks less if black people had just sat down and reasoned with them? Did German Jews only need to better understand the Nazis to avoid the Holocaust?
    Fanatics exist in every religion, race, and ethnicity and will always find a "reason" to hate. You'll notice those who encourage martyrdom are seldom in a big hurry to get to Paradise themselves. They'll find plenty of people who are. There have always been people anxious to be martyrs for whatever cause, and yes that has included Christians as well as Muslims. Hundreds of Muslims died in 9/11 who had no desire of any kind to be martyrs.

    Posted by: Mary at March 16, 2008 11:35 AM


    Mary, a most excellent post.

    Posted by: heather at March 16, 2008 12:44 PM


    Mary, those are some very, very important points that you made, especially about "understanding" the other side's hate for us.

    Posted by: Bethany at March 16, 2008 12:46 PM


    Heather and Bethany,

    Thank you both.

    Posted by: Mary at March 16, 2008 1:31 PM


    Im not understanding racism here, im saying there is a grain of truth behind all the BS he spewed in that 30 second clip (which is a bit unfair, but thats today's media in all reality). There's a difference between understanding and seeing beyond the statements to the truth that lies behind it.

    Posted by: Dan at March 16, 2008 2:51 PM


    Dan,

    I would agree there is no "understanding" the evil of racism and it certainly exists. My point was that there will always be people who hate for whatever "reason" they see fit and fanatics from every walk of life ready to act on this hate. People most of us will never understand and who no amount of reason will ever reach.
    The pastor, in my opinion, seems stuck in a 1950s time warp. I find it ironic that while spouting against racism, the pastor gives an achievement award to a racist anti-semitic, Louis Farrakhan, who has referred to Judaism as a "gutter religion".

    Posted by: Mary at March 16, 2008 3:26 PM


    Dan,

    The experiment you refer to is the one in which black men already infected with syphillis were deliberately left untreated in order to observe the course of the disease. Despicable.

    Posted by: Mary at March 16, 2008 5:05 PM



    I have much more respect for any person, especially a politican, with the guts NOT to wear a flag pin than one pandering, by wearing one.

    Posted by: Hal at March 14, 2008 6:48 PM

    Right on. We don't our president pandering to Americans by wearing their flag!!!

    Posted by: Anonymous at March 16, 2008 6:42 PM



    http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/13390609/campaign_08_the_radical_roots_of_barack_obama/print

    "People don't come to Obama for what he's done in the Senate," says Bruce Reed, president of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council. "They come because of what they hope he could be." What Obama stands for, if anything, is not yet clear. Everywhere he goes he is greeted by thrilled crowds, trailed constantly by a reporter from The Chicago Tribune who is writing a book about the senator with a preliminary title so immodest that it embarrassed even Obama's staff: The Savior. The danger here is that the public has committed the cardinal sin of political love, forcing Obama onto the national stage before knowing him well enough to gauge whether he's ready for it. The candidate they see before them is their own creation or, rather, it is the scrambling of a skinny, serious, self-reflective man trying to mold his public's conflicted yearnings into something greater. "Barack has become a kind of human Rorschach test," says Cassandra Butts, a friend of the senator's from law school and now a leader at the Center for American Progress. "People see in him what they want to see."

    Posted by: Anonymous at March 16, 2008 6:54 PM


    Dan and Tony,

    I read an article this morning that says Oprah Winfrey once belonged to Wright's church and walked out years ago because of his rhetoric, for which he excoriated her.
    The great respect I have always had for Oprah has just increased even more.

    Posted by: Mary at March 17, 2008 7:40 AM


    "Right on. We don't our president pandering to Americans by wearing their flag!!!"

    Exactly. What a bunch of morons who can't think beyond "Flag good, no flag-- bad."

    Can we please judge Obama on his words and deeds and not on the words of someone else. (which, by the way, weren't that bad--I've heard much worse by others)


    Posted by: Hal at March 17, 2008 11:51 AM


    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
    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.

    By Jill Stanek
    posted on March 14, 2008 5:12 PM


    Posted by: nanging at March 17, 2008 3:19 PM


    why are you repeating Jill's post? It's not no more compelling the second time.

    Posted by: Hal at March 17, 2008 4:36 PM


    Don't be obtuse, Hal. Wright served on the board of directors of EHS until 1989, then continued to work for a "church" that happens to be the parent company of Advocate (formerly EHS) until this year, promoting abortion all the while.

    There are no degrees of separation here. Wright has been hip deep in the abortion business for decades. Barack Obama is doing his and his leftist church's bidding. Margaret Sanger would have loved these people.

    Posted by: chris at March 21, 2008 9:47 PM


    Huh... Slightly addled, but on the whole I like this post. You've got some fresh ideas. But please, write more lucid.

    Posted by: watchthisvid at April 6, 2008 2:25 PM


    You have to revise your opinion. Repeating this nuttery misses your point. Give us proofs. Not just with words, but with deeds.

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