This is from Rolling Stone’s Ben Wallace-Wells (HT No Quarter via Instapundit), in the magazine’s February 22, 2007 issue (original was paragraph-free; paragraphing added by me; links added by me; actual profanity appears in original):
The Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), the church that Barack Obama attends in Chicago, is at once vast and unprepossessing, a big structure a couple of blocks from the projects, in the long open sore of a ghetto on the city’s far South Side. The church is a leftover vision from the Sixties of what a black nationalist future might look like. There’s the testifying fervor of the black church, the Afrocentric Bible readings, even the odd dashiki.
And there is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a sprawling, profane bear of a preacher, a kind of black ministerial institution, with his own radio shows and guest preaching gigs across the country. Wright takes the pulpit here one Sunday and solemnly, sonorously declares that he will recite ten essential facts about the United States. (1) “Fact number one: We’ve got more black men in prison than there are in college,” he intones. “Fact number two: Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!” (2)
There is thumping applause (3); Wright has a cadence and power that make Obama sound like John Kerry. Now the reverend begins to preach. “We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional KILLERS. . . . We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. (4) . . . We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. . . . We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means!”
The crowd whoops and amens as Wright builds to his climax: “And. And. And! GAWD! Has GOT! To be SICK! OF THIS SH*T!” (5)
Referring to the numbered items:
- Would anyone be surprised if these “ten essential facts” are a regular, oft-repeated staple of Wright’s preaching, something his congregants are expected to know and accept as unquestioned truth?
- After, among other things, a multi-trillion-dollar, multi-decade war on poverty, how insulting and how offensive can you get? (Oops, see #4.)
- Yet more evidence that this was, is, and has been typical fare at TUCC.
- This is how insulting you can get. Speak for yourself, pal.
- So nice of the Rev. Wright to know what’s on God’s mind.
As I stated earlier this week, the plausibile deniability defense for the objectively unfit (second item at link) presidential candidate I refer to as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein â€œObambiâ€ Obama) is sooooo long gone. Now we’re supposed to believe that not only was Obama not at TUCC during the above Wright rant, but also that he never heard Wright’s “ten essential facts” uttered at any other time. Otherwise (of course [/sarcasm]), he would have objected and left the church. Those trying to push this line really need to stop another level of insult — to our intelligence.
UPDATE, April 15: Back in mid-March, Karl at Protein Wisdom nailed the essential issue on Obama and religion –
In short, even giving Obama the benefit of the doubt regarding his statements condemning Wrightâ€™s worst comments, Obamaâ€™s own words mark him as a follower of Black Liberation Theology or its standard Marxist version. As such, Obamaâ€™s election would mark a triumph for the Religious Left on a scale never attained by the Religious Right. Yet those who never hesitate to decry the threat of Theocons or Christianists in American politics are not only silent about this turn of events, they seem to be rooting for the election of our first Theolib orBlack Christianist president.