Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., senior pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, March 2005. (Trinity United Church of Christ/Religion News Service)
“The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.”
Complete text of his statement is here.
I find it insulting to the American people for Mr. Obama to think we will believe he did not know the character, tone and mindset of his pastor and spiritual mentor, under whom he sat for 20 years. It is incomprehensible to think he would not have learned of these profane and racist remarks even had he not been in the church when the words were shouted.
Without question, if any pastor I know made such hateful remarks–and they were out of character–every person in the congregation would hear of that particular sermon.
Mr. Obama is lacking in judgment, and perhaps in veracity, and is not worthy of the job of President of the United States.
My devotional blog is here.