I just watched Barack Obama give his speech about Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s racism and anti-Americanism.
It was a great speech on racism – choked me up in spots – but it did not respond to how Obama sat in a church for 20 years and, so he says, remained unaware of Wright’s radical racism and unpatriotism.
In fact, either on purpose or by osmosis, Obama appears to have been negatively impacted by Wright’s teaching. All the pieces fit: Obama’s refusal to place hand over heart during the National Anthem, his decision not to wear a patriotic pin, and his wife’s “first time I’m proud of my country” line. We are to believe these actions were in no way connected to Wright?

I have been a member of my church for 20 years, just like Obama. It is simply incredible to purport ignorance of a long-standing pastor’s beliefs, particularly a mentor. I travel, so I am not at my church on a weekly basis. But I still know what my pastor thinks and says.
I have attended a service at Obama’s church….

A friend and I went last December, to see what it was about. With the exception of a small invited Baptist group, we were the only whites there. That was fine. We felt welcomed. The music was good. The service was Afro-centric. The children’s choir wore African clothing. Wright was travelling, so the current pastor, Otis Moss, preached a good sermon encouraging black men to rise up and be fathers to the fatherless in their community.
The thing is, Wright called in. He was on a South American tour, he said, visiting black museums in countries with histories of black slavery.
Thumbnail image for obama today.jpgObama is an intelligent man. He had to have known Wright’s preoccupation. Or he was blind.
It would not be Obama’s only blind spot. From his speech today:

The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery….
Of course, the answer to the slavery question was already embedded within our Constitutiona Constitution that had at is very core the ideal of equal citizenship under the law; a Constitution that promised its people liberty, and justice, and a union that could be and should be perfected over time….
In the end, then, what is called for is nothing more, and nothing less, than what all the world’s great religions demand – that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Let us be our brother’s keeper, Scripture tells us. Let us be our sister’s keeper. Let us find that common stake we all have in one another, and let our politics reflect that spirit as well.

Also embedded in the Constitution – and Scipture – is the right to life.

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