Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Obama Preacher / Church Story Grows More Bizarre

The Barack Obama Trinity UCC Story grows ever more bizarre.

While I found that I was not strong enough to to stomach Rev. Wright's entire anti-American sermon as posted up on Youtube by the church, what's the big deal? He's not my pastor, and he's entitled to freedom of speech. According to press reports, the members of Trinity are very mad at everyone who dare says anything about their minister. In fact, the current Trinity UCC minister is referring to public comment on the recently retired Rev. Wright as a public lynching, equating a fairly predictable reaction to his anti-Americanism with the trials of Jesus. Well, there actually are actually worse things being said by Rev. Wright's defenders, but I don't think I will repeat them.

And more bizarre than Obama's extreme insistance about the importance of religion to him, now several stories are emerging that candidate Obama really didn't have time to go to church in the last year, anyway. Looks like an interesting week. The tepid complaints about Rev. Wright bear no reasonable relation to this sermon about Barack Obama by a preacher who strongly supports the Clinton candidacy.

As Thomas Sowell wrote today in his article, "The Audacity of Rhetoric,"
"Some are saying that Senator Obama cannot be held responsible for what his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, said. In their version of events, Barack Obama just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time -- and a bunch of mean-spirited people are trying to make something out of it.

"It makes a good story, but it won't stand up under scrutiny."

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