Source: Traditional Values
Senator Obama Admits He’s Heard Pastor’s Controversial Statements!
March 20, 2008 – Presidential candidate Barack Obama gave a speech on March 18th that was designed to clarify his association with his former Pastor Jeremiah Wright and to discuss the theme of race in America.
Sen. Obama declared his “unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people.”
He also said of his pastor’s anti-white, anti-American remarks: “They expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country – a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.”
However, later in his speech, he says of Wright: “I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother…. These people are a part of me. And they are part of America, this country that I love.”
Sen. Obama also noted: “Did I know [Wright] to be a fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I am sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.”
Yet, until last week, Sen. Obama was denying he was in the pew when Wright made controversial statements against whites, America or Israel. A NewsMax report, however, revealed that last July, he was, in deed, in the pew when Wright blasted white America for the woes of the world and referred to the United States as the United States of White America.
“If Senator Obama could sit in the pew and listen to these diatribes against America, why didn’t he confront his pastor over these statements last year – or any time during the 20 years that he attended this radical church?” asks TVC Chairman Rev. Lou Sheldon.
African-American Scholars Speak Out About Barack Obama
Hoover Institution scholar and author Thomas Sowell analyzed Obama’s speech from March 18. He writes: “There was no way that he didn’t know about Jeremiah Wright’s anti-American and racist diatribes from the pulpit. Someone once said that a con man’s job is not to convince skeptics but enable people to continue to believe what they already want to believe.”
He continues: “Shelby Steele depicts Barack Obama as a man without real convictions, ‘an iconic figure who neglected to become himself.’ Senator Obama has been at his best as an icon, able with his command of words to meet other people’s psychic needs, including a need to dispel white guilt by supporting his candidacy. But President of the United States, in a time of national danger, under a looming threat of nuclear terrorism? No.”
Shelby Steele, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, has also critiqued Senator Obama. He notes of Obama: “His actual policy positions are little more than Democratic Party boilerplate and hardly a tick different than Hillary’s positions. He espouses no galvanizing political idea. He is unable to say what he means by ‘change’ or ‘hope’ or ‘the future.’ And he has failed to say how he would actually be a ‘unifier.’ … Barack Obama stacks up as something of a mediocrity.”
Steele expressed concern over how Obama could stay in a church for 20 years that his own white mother and grandmother would feel uncomfortable attending. And, he wonders how Obama could possibly have exposed his own two daughters to Pastor Wright’s hateful rants for their entire lives.
Steele continues: “Mr. Obama has said of himself, ‘I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views…’ And so, human visibility is Mr. Obama’s Achilles heel. If we see the real man, his contradictions and bents of character, he will be ruined as an icon, as a ‘blank screen.’”
Steele is author of A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama And Why He Can’t Win.
African-American, liberal Pastor Eugene Rivers of Azusa Christian Community Church was on Chris Matthews “Hardball” on MSNBC on March 14 to discuss Barack Obama’s pastor.
Pastor Rivers said, in part: “Jeremiah Wright is a good man who means well, who has made a series of politically irresponsible, over-the-top statements that have to be simply on its face rejected. … If Senator Obama is as smart as he thinks he is, he’s going to do everything he can to put a distance – reject the statements and distance himself from the sorts of statements if he plans to be president of the United States.”
Rivers also observed of Wright: “… the statements that were made on the heels of 9/11 were simply irresponsible, indefensible statements that were just inappropriate in every conceivable context.”
Rev. Rivers was also on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC on March 19. During the interview, Rev. Rivers stated: “There are 65,000 black churches that serve roughly 23 million black people. I challenge anyone if you go to the overwhelming majority of black churches in the United States, you will not hear that kind of rhetoric.”
African-American leader Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, said: “Barack Obama has received a lot of support from the white community because many white Americans want to put racism behind them …. But after his refusal to denounce and walk away from the racist Jeremiah Wright, I believe this is definitely going to impact his chances of being nominated within the Democratic Party.”