During the days of the last presidential campaign, the spiritual home of then Senator Barack Obama and his family was spotlighted, willingly or not. At the helm of the church is the Black Liberation follower, Rev Jeremiah Wright. Barack Obama joined the church at the encouragement of his then girlfriend, Michelle, as she was raised in the church. Her parents were founding parishioners.
But, not just the doctrine of Black Liberation surfaced. Also abundantly evident was a strong strain of anti-Semitism and subscription to the liberal blame America for its troubles line of political philosophy. This church is very much involved in political activities and political endorsements. That is the very reason a young and eager to be a politician Obama joined.
After Rev Wright's tapes were run on cable television, the ones which show him preaching about the chickens coming home to roost on 9/11/01, Obama stood firm in his love of Wright. He continued to call him a spiritual mentor, "like an uncle", a member of his family, etc. as more speeches and quotes surfaced up until Wright called him, "just a politician". Then, all bets were off. Obama decided to formally denounce Wright and leave the church.
The point is, Barack Obama became a Christian and joined Wright's church and was a member in good standing for 20 years. He was married in the church and his children were baptised by Wright. One would assume that Obama and his family agree with the utterances of Wright if they were members in good standing for so long.
Recently, Wright again put his foot in his mouth, in public at the 95th annual Hampton University Ministers' Conference. He told a reporter from the Daily -Press of Newport News, VA , when asked if he had spoken to President Obama since he took office, "them Jews ain't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office."
Wright is promoting a book, and no I'm not going to publish its title. Wright accused "Zionists" of "ethnic cleaning" in Gaza without acknowledging that it was former Prime Minister Sharon who forced the Jews from Gaza four years before those remarks. The media is again silent.
So, while Obama is in the middle east, and telling us we "must remain vigilant against anti-Semitism and prejudice in all its forms", he is silent when actual quotes from those within his own circle surface. There is a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism in this country, as well as the world, and the President who is to represent "change" is silent. A crazy old man killed a young security guard and injured another guard yesterday at the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Much more has been made of the fact the old man is a white supremacist than an anti-Semite.
How could Obama remain in that church in Chicago and listen to the hate spewed from the pulpit for 20 years - whether it was about Jews or white people or anyone else - and yet his supporters are so blind and willfully ignorant as to not question his motives? Would you sit there and listen to such hateful things? Would you continue to financially support the church as he and Michelle did? The last year of their membership shows more than $25,000 donated to the church, as they became millionaires from Obama's book sales. That is, by the way, the largest amount contributed to a non-profit by the couple. Previously, they contributed an embarrassing small amount to charity.
Perhaps in the Obama social circles, it is just acceptable to be Jew haters. Perhaps it is more important to be all about race. Certainly it does not matter to the American press - they have far too much invested in this president to report on questionable alliances or prejudices. We were told in the campaign days that we are not to question his religious affiliations - though he was raised in Muslim schools by a Muslim father and step-father in Indonesia. His mother was agnostic, by his admission. He said his grandmother still living in Kenya was Christian yet she comes out this year and calls herself Muslim and is taking the Hajj journey. How convenient. He ran from any connection with a Muslim upbringing during the campaign and yet now embraces the Muslim parts of his "life story" as he befriends the middle east for political purposes.
Character matters. Core personal principles matter. A lack of either is bad news for our country. This is the result when just a "politician" is elected to the highest office in the land.