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Obama Voted Present on Reverend Wright’s Bigotry

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 1:28 pm - October 30, 2008.
Filed under: 2008 Presidential Politics,Obama Watch

In the course of this campaign, my opinion of Barack Obama has eroded.  Once impressed with the charismatic Senator, the more I learned about him, the less confident I became of his abilities to unite this nation and lead our government.

My confidence in the Democratic presidential hopeful began to slip when I read his then-celebrated (now all but forgotten) speech on race.  He was then tryingt to contain the political damage caused by the revelation of his pastor’s hateful sermons.  As I put it at the time, he dodged the real issue, failing to “explain why he never challenged his pastor for his crazy comments.”

Of course those comments were more than crazy.  They were mean-spirited and evidenced a prejudice against white people and the nation which protected his right to utter such bile.

Now, I don’t share the mindset the Stonewall Democrats; I don’t believe a parishioner necessarily agrees with his preacher on every subject.  I don’t think Obama has the same angry animosity against white people as does the Reverend Wright or holds to the same lunatic conpiracy theories.

But, Barack Obama has styled himself a new kind of politician, one who can unite the nation.  Wouldn’t such a man, a leader who promotes change, have the guts to stand up to a man with whom he was close and challenge his bigotry and question his narrow world view?

That Obama chose to remain silent says a lot about the man.  He chose not to make waves.  He voted present on Reverend Wright’s bigotry.

For twenty years, when he sat in that church, Barack Obama had the chance to make a tough decision by challenging a man he admired. He had an opportunity to do the right thing, to take a stand against bigotry.  He took a pass on that one.  Is that the kind of guy we want as president?  One who dodges decision-making?  A man who sits silently by when a friend, a trusted advisor, spews malice toward many.



  1. Dan, political moderate Dennis Miller made a good point recently about this: he noted that Obama claimed elsewhere to have attended TUC about twice a month during the 20+ yrs… that comes out to something like 500 sermons while a member. Kind of hard to imagine he was NEVER in the church during an anti-American rant of Wrights. Of course, Obama has a long track record of minimizing his controversial relationships in the hope of avoiding political scrutiny.

    Hey, just like with his attendance at Senate hearings, maybe Obama was late to most of those church-a-fying meetings and slipped in after the collection plate got passed and after the Rev whipped up the crowd?

    Comment by Michigan-Matt — October 30, 2008 @ 2:13 pm - October 30, 2008

  2. From what I’ve read, the real Rev. Wright-follower in the Obama household is his wife, Michele. And she has even-more dodgy connections to the radical Black and militant movements from her college days than Barry.

    If you thought Hillary Clinton was a scary harridan behind the scenes at te White House, just wait ’til Michele has access to the back-halls of power. All Gods protect us then…..

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — October 30, 2008 @ 3:56 pm - October 30, 2008

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    Pingback by GayPatriot » Obama’s Pretense — October 30, 2008 @ 5:06 pm - October 30, 2008

  4. The left is interpreting Obama’s silence on any subject – as deep thought and real leadership. I think all it does is make him an empty vessel they can pour their own ideals into.
    There are times when standing up to wrong or evil is much more powerful than silence, the only time I’ve seen the Messiah stand up to anything is to complain about the ‘nasty’ campaign McCain is running

    We’re all in for a big wake up call next week.

    Comment by Leah — October 30, 2008 @ 5:35 pm - October 30, 2008

  5. I don’t buy that Wright himself fully believes his own sermons. There is likely some racism, but Wright’s career is one of a maggot who feeds and grows upon the wounds of his congregants. Taking into account the over-the-top style typical of the black gospel tradition, he serves a population that is disempowered and resentful. He relieves them of responsibility, provides a scapegoat, targets their anger, foments and affirms conspiracy. Even the religious teachings aren’t paramount. Wright is a hustler, a social pornographer and within certain geography a king-maker and I’m not sure whether I think what I suspect is his cynicism is worse than what is his purported hatred. And that has no bearing at all on Obama’s responsibility in attending his sermons due to Obama’s own duality, hatred and cynicism.

    Comment by Ignatius — October 30, 2008 @ 6:40 pm - October 30, 2008

  6. I learned of the Wright/Obama connection about a year and a half ago …… and could not believe that the media didn’t give it more coverage back then. And, the MSM still gives him a pass on the Wright issue.

    Comment by Swampfox — October 30, 2008 @ 8:34 pm - October 30, 2008

  7. I’m Catholic. My Church claims that Americans are responsible for a Holocaust–dead babies through abortion. Should I leave my church?

    Comment by jimmy — October 30, 2008 @ 9:39 pm - October 30, 2008

  8. I’m Catholic. My Church claims that Americans are responsible for a Holocaust–dead babies through abortion. Should I leave my church?

    That’s entirely up to you. If you feel comfortable there, hang in there.

    To my knowledge, nobody ever demanded or even suggested Comrade Obama leave his church. From what I read and heard, folks wondered why he would stick around and listen to that. I know I wouldn’t.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 31, 2008 @ 3:40 am - October 31, 2008

  9. Well, maybe Comrade Obama’s focus groups suggested he leave the church. In my mind, he did so only because he thought it was politically advantageous to do so and throw Wright under the bus, back up, and run over him again.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 31, 2008 @ 3:42 am - October 31, 2008

  10. “politically advantageous to do so and throw Wright under the bus, back up, and run over him again.”

    As opposed to lynching him which is what the right did from day one.

    Comment by a different Dave — November 1, 2008 @ 3:42 pm - November 1, 2008

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