Obama’s pastor Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. says criticism of his controversial church sermons is an attempt to make him seem “unpatriotic” and an attack on black churches.
“I think they wanted to communicate that I am unpatriotic, that I am un-American, that I am filled with hate speech, that I have a cult at Trinity United Church of Christ. And by the way, guess who goes to his church, hint, hint, hint. That’s what they wanted to communicate. I felt it was unfair, I felt it was unjust, I felt it was untrue. I felt for those who were doing that, they were doing it for some very devious reasons,” stated the reverend in the video-taped speech.
Many are questioning the reverend’s actions and whether or not they will effect Obama’s campaign, but the reverend who isn’t new to questions, since it’s been nearly two months of questions that have haunted his church and Mr. Obama, began by addressing just what he says is the real target in the matter, black churches.
“On November the 5th and on January 21st, I’ll still be a pastor. As I’ve said, this is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright. It has nothing to do with Senator Obama. This is an attack on the black church launched by people who know nothing about the African- American religious tradition,” Reverend Wright said.
The pastor hopes to open up an honest dialogue about race in America and says black church traditions are “different” but that doesn’t means “deficient”.
“The prophetic theology of the black church in our day is preached to set African-Americans and all other Americans free from the misconceived notion that different means deficient. Being different does not mean one is deficient. It simply means one is different, like snowflakes, like the diversity that God loves. Black music is different from European and European music. It is not deficient. It is just different. Black worship is different from European and European-American worship. It is not deficient. It is just different. Black preaching is different from European and European-American preaching. It is not deficient. It is just different. It is not bombastic. It is not controversial. It’s different,” Reverend Wright spoke.
Mr. Wright was too not afraid to touch on the subject of Louis Farrakhan. Wright praised Farrakhan’s ability to get 1 million people to march on Washington and added:[I]“He is one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century; that’s what I think about him. I said, as I said on Bill Moyers, when Louis Farrakhan speaks it’s like E.F. Hutton speaks. All black America listens. Whether they agree with him or not, they listen.
Now, I am not going to put down Louis Farrakhan any more than Mandela will put down Fidel Castro. You remember that Ted Koppel show where Ted wanted Mandela to put down Castro because Castro is our enemy, and he said, “You don’t tell me who my enemies are; you don’t tell me who my friends are.”
Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery, and he didn’t make me this color.”[/I]
Wright also touched on his controversial remarks of 9/11 and America:
“Well, let me try to respond in a non-bombastic way. If you heard the whole sermon, first of all, you heard that I was quoting the ambassador from Iraq. That’s No. 1. But No. 2, to quote the Bible, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked, for whatsoever you sew that you also shall..” — (at this point the reverend raised his hand to his ear and the audience completed his sentence shouting “Reap!”).
Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you. Those are biblical principles, not Jeremiah Wright bombastic divisive principles.
The government of leaders, those