Obama (Shhh) Blasts Hamas Op-Ed in Church Bulletin, Silent on Other Bulletin Items (See Contradictory Updates)
A pro-Hamas op-ed printed in his church’s bulletin is “outrageously wrong,” Barack Obama said.
In an issue dated July 22, 2007, in a section titled “Pastor’s Page,” the church reprinted an article by Hamas official Mousa Abu Marzook in which he justifies Hamas’ withholding of recognition of Israel’s right to exist. The article originally appeared as an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times.
The church’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, who retired this year, has already stirred controversy for the U.S. senator campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination with earlier statements likening Israel to colonialists and blaming attacks on the United States in part on its support for Israel.
“I have already condemned my former pastor’s views on Israel in the strongest possible terms, and I certainly wasnâ€™t in church when that outrageously wrong Los Angeles Times piece was re-printed in the bulletin,” Obama said in a statement emailed to JTA late Thursday, and referring to critics who noted that Obama had been in church when Wright had made controversial statements. “Hamas is a terrorist organization, responsible for the deaths of many innocents, and dedicated to Israel’s destruction, as evidenced by their bombarding of Sderot in recent months. I support requiring Hamas to meet the international community’s conditions of recognizing Israel, renouncing violence, and abiding by past agreements before they are treated as a legitimate actor.”
Jeremiah Wright, who in Obama’s Huffington Post entry just a week ago was described as “in the process of retiring,” completed the process of being “retired” pretty darned quickly, didn’t he?
Also, for what it’s worth, Obama appears to be admitting that he HAS read the church bulletin when he HAS attended TUCC.
It’s quite the interesting choice of communication outlet, don’t you think? Especially because, as far as I can tell, the statement is nowhere to be found in the Newsroom section of the candidate’s campaign web site, even though the Obama family’s Purim statement JTA refers to later in the post linked above is there.
Well, IF the above condemnation explains away July 22nd, 2007, that still leaves the rest of the month unexplained, and heaven knows what else in 20 years’ worth of Trinity United Church bulletins, roughly 100 of which yours truly possesses.
These would be the same bulletins containing blank “Sermon Notes” pages (examples here, here, and here) that attendees who wish to take notes would ordinarily use during the service. Obama was reported to be taking notes during a sermon by a New Republic journalist in a March 2007 TNR article (Google search link here; alternative link here), and would reasonably be expected to have been taking those referred-to notes in that week’s church bulletin.
If I didn’t know better (actually, I believe I do), the campaign wants to be able to claim that it issued a denunciation, while making sure as few people as possible know about what gave rise to the need for it.
Effective? We’ll see.
UPDATE, March 22: The condemnation above won’t be effective without an explanation of this (“How Barack Obama learned to love Israel,” in the Pali-sympathetic Electronic Intifada; HT LGF via Gateway Pundit):
The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.
As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, “Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up front.” He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, “Keep up the good work!”
(sarc alert) But why should we question his pro-Israel position now? After all, he’s been soooooo forthright with us about everything else. How could we eeeeeeever question his sincerity? (/sarc)
UPDATE 2, March 22: Debbie Schlussel has exclusive info from a former Obama campaign insider — “Obama’s Nation of Islam Staffers, Edward Said & “Inflexible Jews” Causing Mid-East Conflict: An Obama Insider Reveals the Real Barack”:
Obama employed and continues to employ several Farrakhan acolytes in high positions on his Illinois and U.S. Senate campaign and office staffs. I have verified that this person–who agreed to talk on the condition of anonymity–held a key position in the Obama campaign. The insider was so close to Senator Obama that they frequently personally discussed and exchanged direct e-mail messages on campaign and policy matters. This person is not connected with the Clintons and is not a disgruntled employee.
….. But it’s not just that he employed these individuals in positions of power in his office, it’s that when the former associate raised objections, he says Mr. Obama’s position was that he saw nothing wrong with the Nation of Islam and didn’t think it was a problem. If true ….. Obama’s condemnation of Farrakhan, this month, is phony.
Read the whole thing.