Saturday, March 15, 2008

Obama Attended Wright's Hate Sermons

Allahpundit at Hot Air is reporting that Barack Obama, despite his denials yesterday (here, here, and in the video below), attended at least one sermon in which Reverend Jeremiah Wright defiled the United States in hateful, oppositional language.

Hot Air links to
this story from Jim Davis at Newsmax:

Presidential candidate Barack Obama preaches on the campaign trail that America needs a new consensus based on faith and bipartisanship, yet he continues to attend a controversial Chicago church whose pastor routinely refers to "white arrogance" and "the United States of White America."

In fact, Obama was in attendance at the church when these statements were made on July 22.
Obama has spoken and written of his special relationship with that pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

The connection between the two goes back to Obama's days as a young community organizer in Chicago's South Side when he first met the charismatic Wright. Obama credited Wright with converting him, then a religious skeptic, to Christianity.

Recall yesterday Talking Points Memo asked: "Is Wright a "Death Blow" to Obama?" Not only that, remember Noam Scheiber's ruminations on the gravity of Obama's relationship to Wright:

How plausible it is that Obama wouldn't have known about Wright's, er, greatest hits. Obama strongly implies he didn't know his pastor had a habit of giving nutty sermons up until the outset of his presidential campaign. Is that believable? Is there any way to disprove it? If the answers are "yes" and "no" respectively, then he'll weather this. If not, it could get uncomfortable.

Well, I'd say things should be getting particularly uncomfortable right now, especially if the latest information on Obama's 2007 church attendance gets widespread play in the major media.

Note how The Autonomist summarizes things:

Barack Obama has attended Wright's sermons for over twenty years. By his own admission, Obama consults with Wright before making any "bold political decisions." Obama calls Wright his "spiritual advisor." He calls Wright one of his prime mentors. Obama got the title of his book, "The Audacity of Hope," from a Wright sermon of the same name. He says that Wright was extremely important in shaping his life and his views. Obama and his wife were married by Rev. Wright. Reverend Wright baptized Obama's daughters. Barack Obama donated over $20,000 to Wright's church in 2006. He continues attending services in Wright's church.

And now we have information that possibly disproves Obama's key assertions on the scandal. I'd say that's getting pretty well into "death blow" territory.