Mitt Romney was a member of the Mormon church at a time when the Mormon church was without doubt a racist church. Racism was church doctrine. Blacks were banned from joining the church. If Mitt Romney was the Republican nominee a key issue against him by Democrats would be why he did not speak out against his racist church, or leave his racist church.
Tonight on CNN, David Gergen repeated the central point we made in God Damn America. Gergen connected Michelle Obama’s comments regarding lack of pride in America to the pulpit teachings of Reverend Wright.
African-American author and one of our most astute commentors, Canaan, noted, regarding one of Reverend Wright’s sermons:
The ‘chickens coming home to roost’ is a direct quote of Malcolm X — Malcolm X said it about the JFK assassination. If you read in between the lines of Obama’s message, I think he’s saying the same thing as Wright. It’s just that Dan Abrams et al don’t know the codes he’s using. When he says “I grew up in Indonesia so make me President”, that means “I know what it means to be a victim of American imperialism.”
Canaan adds to our knowledge of the dog-whistle politics of race that Obama is engaged in.
Obama claims that in over 20 years he never heard Reverend Wright say anything he disagreed with. This is a replay of his Rezko defense.
Obama in a television interview tonight admitted he listened to audio tapes of Reverend Wright when Obama attended college. It is doubtful that when those tapes are uncovered the Reverend Wright’s speeches will be any less incendiary than recent remarks.
The issue is not about what Reverend Wright believes or espouses. The issue is Barack Obama.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for the last 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side, has a long history of what even Obama’s campaign aides concede is “inflammatory rhetoric,” including the assertion that the United States brought on the 9/11 attacks with its own “terrorism.”
In a campaign appearance earlier this month, Sen. Obama said, “I don’t think my church is actually particularly controversial.” He said Rev. Wright “is like an old uncle who says things I don’t always agree with,” telling a Jewish group that everyone has someone like that in their family.
Rev. Wright married Obama and his wife Michelle, baptized their two daughters and is credited by Obama for the title of his book, “The Audacity of Hope.”
An ABC News review of dozens of Rev. Wright’s sermons, offered for sale by the church, found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans.
“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people,” he said in a 2003 sermon. “God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”
In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda’s attacks because of its own terrorism.
“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.
“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” he told his congregation.
Sen. Obama told the New York Times he was not at the church on the day of Rev. Wright’s 9/11 sermon. “The violence of 9/11 was inexcusable and without justification,” Obama said in a recent interview. “It sounds like he was trying to be provocative,” Obama told the paper.
Americans are finally beginning to see the real Obama. Americans are finally beginning to see Obama judgment in the Rezko trial and in the Wright videotapes.