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Screw You Reverend Dr. Wright

Posted by cann0nba11 on March 16, 2008

Now that bloggers have had time to digest various thoughts on Reverend Dr. Wright’s repertoire of controversial statements we will soon see which bloggers are thinking with their heart versus their head. The main take from the left is that Obama can’t be blamed for the things others say. Here are some examples:

  • “I call upon my opponent to say that she forthrightly rejects statements made by her hairdresser” (Washington Post)
  • “The racist Clinton/Far Right smear machine proves that Obama’s minister had a valid point” (Huffington Post)
  • “If Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me,” Mr. Wright said with a shrug. “I said it to Barack personally, and he said yeah, that might have to happen.” (New York Times – April 2007)

This last bullet is quite interesting since it came from Wright almost a year ago. He admits that guilt by association with him is a real possibility. However, if anyone else says the very same thing they are labeled as racists or character assassins. So with this in mind I have a message for the reverend.

Screw you and the divisive horse you rode in on.

Yes, people should not necessarily be blamed for comments made by someone else. However, these comments deserve far more scrutiny when they come from the leader of an organization that exists to shape how you live your life. If Obama’s security guard, baby sitter or barber said the things Wright has said, the comments would be ignored and Obama would be clean. But these comments came from the man that married Barack and Michelle, the man that baptized his children, and the man that inspired the title of Obama’s second book. Wright is a man of influence, he has had Obama’s attention for more than twenty years.

Here are some words from Obama himself aboutReverand Dr. Wright:

“A special shout out to my pastor, a guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me, he’s a friend, and a great leader …” (source)

This doesn’t sound like a man referring to his crazy uncle. I also find the following comment from Wright’s church interesting: “This is an attack on the legacy of the African American Church which led and continues to lead the fight for human rights in America and around the world.”

To me this sounds an awful lot like the stuff that radical Muslims say about Islam. Both conveniently ignore the substance of the criticism they receive and instead replace it with a diversion aimed to inflame their own members. Find me a single reporter or blogger that has attacked Trinity United Church of Christ. I doubt you can find one. It’s much easier to find people that are attacking Wright’s controversial statements. Not the church, his statements. And given that Wright has influenced Obama so deeply these attacks are absolutely justified.

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