Following are some statements from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, recent pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, where Sen. Barack Obama has been a member for nearly 20 years:
“God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”
“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing God Bless America. No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.”
“Jesus was a poor black man who lived in a country and who lived in a culture that was controlled by rich white people. The Romans were rich. The Romans were Italians, which means they were Europeans, which means they were white, and they controlled everything in Jesus’ country.”
“Hillary was not a black boy raised in a single-parent home. Barack was. Barack knows what it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people.”
“Hillary ain’t never been called a nigger. Hillary has never had a people defined as a non-person.”
“Hillary ain’t never had her own people say she wasn’t white enough. Jesus had his own people siding with the enemy. That’s why I love Jesus, y’all. He never let their hatred dampen his hope.”
What does Sen. Obama have to say about all this?
“I don’t think my church is actually particularly controversial,” he said this month. Rev. Wright, who married Sen. and Mrs. Obama, baptized their daughters, and is credited by Obama for the title of his book, “The Audacity of Hope”, is “like an old uncle who says things I don’t always agree with.”
Have Rev. Wright’s statements affected Sen. Obama’s thinking at all? If so, how? If not, why does he attend this church?