Whether Lying or Telling the Truth, America Can’t Gamble on Obama

Posted on September 10, 2008. Filed under: Examination of Obama's past and present associations with questionable characters |

A very important issue that Obama cannot reconcile before the November election is his 20-year membership in Trinity Church of Christ. Obama had the unusual experience of being asked legitimate questions during his interview with Bill O’Reilly about his membership with the black liberation theology church. In March 2007, questions started being raised about Obama’s choice of churches in light of the regular sermons where Reverend Jeremiah Wright preached such messages as the United States’ Government created the AIDS virus to kill blacks and minorities. He also claimed after the September 11, 2001 attacks that, “America’s chickens have come home to roost.” Perhaps the most reported quote and the best summary of Rev. Wrights message was when he said, “…God damn America!”  This was the minister who married Barack and Michelle Obama, he was the minister who baptized Obama’s children, and Obama writes very fondly of Rev. Wright in both of his autobiographies as helping Obama shape his moral character. During the interview, Obama told O’Reilly that during his 20-year membership in the Trinity Church of Christ, the Obama family averaged attending church at least twice a month and that during all of the sermons Obama claims to have attended he never once realized the views Rev. Wright preached from the pulpit. By Obama’s estimates of his frequency of attendance, he would have been present for at least 480 of Rev. Wright’s tirades against America. That is a lot of sermons to hear and not once get the hint that Rev. Wright had even the slightest animosity towards the nation that Obama is now trying to lead.  This response has left voters with only two possible scenarios that explain Obama’s 20-year affiliation with Trinity Church of Christ. The best case scenario for Obama is that he is telling the truth and he attended the church, donated a substantial amount of money, and had no idea about the church’s true beliefs. The worst-case-scenario for Obama is that he is lying about when he knew the church’s position on America, and that message is what attracted him to the church and kept him as a member for 20 years. However, both situations should automatically throw warning signs to voters about the severe implications it presents for an Obama presidency.

If Obama is telling the truth about his naiveté of Rev. Wright’s frequent anti-American tirades, it shows that he would be the biggest threat to the United States’ national security. The quotes from Wright’s sermons are not the only three he has ever stated. One does not have to dig deep to find further examples of Wright’s message of an oppressive United States’ Government set to oppress minorities both within its own borders and abroad for its own gain. It was not only the sermons that showed Wright’s anti-American message. Jeremiah Wright has a respect and admiration of the Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan. Wright was not discrete in his support of Farrakhan and the intolerant message Farrakhan promotes.

Louis Farrakhan has long preached anti-Semitism and a hatred of the United States that rivals Rev. Wright’s. Dr. Jerome Corsi wrote about Farrakhan in his book, The Obama Nation, in his discussion, Corsi includes this quote that contains a message frequently expressed by Farrakhan, “A climate is being created in America to kill all black people. After you live in America and see the evils that are going down, no black people are paranoid. We know that there is a plan being made ready to be used against our rise.” Also included in The Obama Nation is his statement which effectively summarizes Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism, “The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man.” In 2007, Obama’s church, the Trinity United Church of Christ awarded the man pleased with being compared to Hitler, Louis Farrakhan, an Empowerment Award. It seems very obvious to anyone that takes any effort at all to learn about Trinity United Church of Christ’s belief system and the message they are committed to deliver that they tolerate hate against whites and America.

Obama himself might not have been too offended by his pastor, Rev. Wright’s, support of Louis Farrakhan. Corsi also explains that Obama was in attendance of the Million Man March put together by Louis Farrakhan. In fact, Corsi found a blog called, Gateway Pundits, who drew attention to this line out of a Louis Farrakhan biography, “In 1995, along with other prominent black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Barack Obama, Farrakhan helped lead the Million Man March on Washington.” Understandably, with Farrakhan’s controversial views that do not promote an image of a unified America where racial divides no longer exist, the Obama campaign is working to not even mention Obama’s attendance at the Million Man March, much less any leadership role he may have taken in the event.

Rev. Wright has made no secret of his views. He has given frequent anti-American sermons over the 20 years that Obama was in attendance that accuse white America and the government of planning the genocide of all minorities, especially black Americans. Wright also made no secret of his admiration of Louis Farrakhan which he has displayed through his trip taken with Farrakhan to Libya in 1984 to visit enemy-of-the-state Muammar Qaddafi, and the awarding of the Empowerment Award to Farrakhan by Trinity United Church of Chirst. Obama himself is also no stranger to Farrakhan having been in attendance of his Million Man March and being written about as having a leadership role in the march. It becomes very hard to believe that Barack Obama did not know the true message his church’s theological beliefs and the basic tenants of black liberation theology.

What impression should the American voters take from Obama’s quote that he attended Trinity United Church of Christ on average twice a month for twenty years and he never once heard anything that would lead him to believe Rev. Wright supported a racist, hateful view of America? Is this the attentiveness we want as a leader of our country? If Obama sat among the followers of Rev. Jeremiah Wright a projected total of at least 480 weekends (from averaging attending services twice a month for twenty years) and he was just as surprised as the rest of America when recordings of Rev. Wright’s sermons were replayed, what does this say about him being in charge of national security threats? Can America trust him to sit down with world leaders and be able to see the implications of their actions? Will Barack Obama even be able to recognize the threats included in every al Qaeda press release or the tapes that are released from bin Laden? If he can’t see the writing on the wall in the church he attended for twenty years, America cannot trust him to see any national problem whether it’s economic, foreign policy, or any other challenges that face the president.

If Obama is given credit for not being as naïve as he claims to be, it is an even worse case than if he was telling the truth. By lying, Obama is proving two things that make him a completely unacceptable candidate to be the leader of the free world. First, by lying to the many questions about the sermons he had sat through for twenty years, Obama has proved that he is willing to lie in order to cover up his extreme beliefs to deceive the American voters. What other beliefs has Obama conveniently covered up to make him more palatable to the voters? How will these beliefs come to fruition once he arrives in the Oval Office? Also by lying about the extent to which he knew about his church’s anti-white, anti-American views, Obama gives clout to the very reasonable conclusion that he remained at this church because of those views, rather than in spite of them as he would have us believe. This presents a real liability to the safety of every American to have a leader who sympathizes with our nation’s enemies. Which particular sermons did Obama agree with? Does he agree with Rev. Wright’s sermon about the United States getting what it deserved in the September 11 attacks? Does Obama agree that the United States Government is working on plans to exterminate the black race or to at least exploit them? Since he has been caught lying about this, how are we supposed to trust him when he explains which sermons he agrees with and which he does not?

Perhaps the most convincing proof that the worst-case-scenario is true and Obama was fully aware of Rev. Wright’s frequent tirades and radical claims comes from Obama himself. In the midst of the controversy, Obama gave a speech on March 18, 2008 which was titled, “A More Perfect Union.” Dr. Corsi provides Obama’s statements on the subject. In this speech, Obama tried to distance himself from his claims that he had no idea of the content of Rev. Wright’s sermons. Obama said of Rev. Wright, “Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.” Speaking specifically about Rev. Wright’s statements, Obama said Rev. Wright “expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country – a view that sees white racism as endemic, and elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right about America; a view that sees conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.”

His comments from March 18, are miles away from his very recent statement to Bill O’Reilly that he had never personally heard the controversial statements Rev. Wright often made. It seems as if Obama has lost track of where he was in his method of distancing himself from past, longtime, inconvenient associations. Obama still maintains that asking about his religion is a personal attack that should never be mentioned during any election. Questions about his membership and close association with Reverend Jeremiah Wright are not on the same level as discriminating against a candidate for being Jewish, Islamic, or any denomination of Christian. Obama has been a 20-year member of a church that constantly promotes the idea that whites are the problem of all suffering in America and constantly sympathizes with America’s enemies. The same church holds Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in very high esteem. This is despite Farrakhan’s well documented insistence that whites are “white devils” and his public statement that he was proud to be equated to Hitler because, in his own words, “Hitler was a very great man.” Anytime a candidate running for public office shows a tendency towards beliefs such as these, then Americans have a duty to get answers from the candidate.

Perhaps Obama does not agree with every remark Rev. Wright has made throughout the years. However, the foundation of black liberation theology centers around the idea that history is purely a timeline of oppression of blacks by whites. Their beliefs are based on the idea that Jesus was black and he was persecuted by the white empire of his time, the Romans. It then draws parallels between Jesus’ persecution and the current condition of blacks in today’s version of the Roman Empire, with is the United States of America. It is not a theology about living in harmony; it is based more on the ideas of black power as taught by Malcom X and Louis Farrakhan. Both Malcom X and Louis Farrakhan have central beliefs to their ideology that whites deserve a violent overthrowing for the crimes they have committed throughout history. Both extreme idealists also fiercely preached that the United States is the biggest oppressor of minorities in the world. So, Obama very well might not agree with every detail of Rev. Wright’s sermons or every word out of Louis Farrakhan, the man responsible for the Million Man March Obama attended and was alleged to have a leadership role in. But the fact that Obama remained at the church for twenty years, was married in the church, baptized his children in the church, and donated large sums of money throughout the years (in 2005 Obama gave $5,000 and in 2006 he gave $22,500) it is hard to believe Obama did not agree with his church’s basic tenets.

By agreeing with any of Rev. Wright’s message, Obama poses a huge liability as potential President of the United States. Yes, the United States does have its problems. But at some point it is necessary to see that despite its problems, America is the best hope for freedom and liberty in the world today. Obama proved through his trip to campaign across Europe that he feels the United States has a lot to apologize for throughout history. He has stated many times that he has the goal of putting the US in good graces with the rest of the world. How will this effect Obama’s decisions as president? How much of a debt does he believe America needs to repay to the world? Which country does he think is most respectable on the world stage? When looking at Obama’s membership in Trinity United Church of Christ in light of his European campaigning, his long-time association with unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers, and the comments his wife made claiming she had never been proud of her country before this election voters can see a distinct possibility that Obama does buy into many of the messages preached by Rev. Wright. How would Obama respond to a terrorist attack along the lines of 9/11 if he believed the US was partially responsible for provoking the attack? How would Obama work for America’s interests if he feels the US owes a penance to the rest of the world? America cannot afford to have a president that doesn’t believe in the greatness of this country. With the threats that are developing around the world, Americans absolutely cannot have a president willing to make concessions to make up for perceived wrongs committed by the United States. Even though Obama left Trinity United Church of Christ shortly after his March 8, 2008 speech, it is obvious he only left when it became a liability to his campaign, not because he had a change of beliefs. Voters must not take the chance that Obama still fosters any of the ideas that drew him to and retained him as a member of Rev. Wright’s congregation. The risks are just too high.

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