Obama Quits Trinity

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Race, Religion, Video

While this won’t shut up critics who think Obama actually believes the nonsense that Wright said, it will stop stories like this latest Father Pfleger flap from happening during the general election.

Here’s a reaction from The Corner:

It’s been just over two months since Obama’s Philadelphia speech on race — the one that was compared by the historian Garry Wills to Lincoln’s Cooper Union address. In that speech Obama famously said he could not more disown the Reverend Jeremiah Wright than he could disown the black community or his own grandmother and spoke about how Trinity United “embodies the black community in its entirely.”

Since that speech Wright has been tossed under the bus — and now, so has Trinity United.

That’s certainly one way to look at it. Another would be that Obama gave Wright the benefit of the doubt and then Wright threw it back in his face.

But is this really throwing Trinity United under the bus? Do we really believe that Obama believes in the stuff that Wright said or the divisive nature of Pfleger’s comments? And does anybody think that these sermons represent the majority of what is said at Trinity?

At this point, it doesn’t matter. People who don’t really want to vote for Obama will simply use this an excuse instead of looking at the man and seeing if he offers a good vision for moving this country forward.

Oh well..

UPDATE:
This is Trinity’s response to Obama:

“Trinity United Church of Christ was infomed that Sen. Barack Obama and his family will no longer be members of our church.

Though we are saddened by the news, we understnad that it is a personal decision.

“We will continue to lift them in prayer and wish them the best as former members of our Trinity community.

“As in the prayer for the Ephesians, our entire Trinity family asks that the nation entrust Barack, Michelle, Malia, and Sasha, to God’s care and guidance, so that Christ may continue to dwell in their lives, in their hearts, and in their work.

“We ask now for God’s peace to be with them.

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more and all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20

Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

And that’s that.


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8 Responses to “Obama Quits Trinity”

  1. ExiledIndependent Says:

    Trinity has served Obama politically for twenty years, when his stage was limited to the local electorate. Now that his ambitions require him to reach beyond a single geography or race, Trinity is no longer politically advantageous; thus this is no surprise that he is leaving. Trinity’s message hasn’t seemed to change substantially over the past two decades, so one must naturally ask, “Why now?” Despite all the rhetoric, Obama is demonstrating that his approach is simply a polished, motivational version of politics as usual.

  2. Silvering Says:

    Donkle’s thought is that Obama doesn’t really believe the things that Wright believes and (as evident from the hooting and applause that feature in every embarrassing video) that the greater body of the Trinity United congregation believe.

    That’s probably right. Obama isn’t a bigot; he’s a bigot snuggler. Obama’s been promoting Wright for years, with money, face-time, and praise.

    Here’s one thing black racism has in common with white racism—it ends up hurting black people more than white people. Obama has had a part in the self-wounding of the Trinity United congregation, and this is a shameful thing.

    What Obama did is what an ambitious man would do, but I can’t believe its what any good or honest man would do.

  3. Below The Beltway Says:

    Barack Obama Throws His Church Under The Bus…

    ……

  4. BenG Says:

    Exiled;

    Yea, whatever… The whole notion of what church one belongs to as defining the person is ridiculous. Churches are filled with so many people all with different designs and purposes. This church in question seems very weird to me and I have to wonder why anybody would wanna be associated with its’ strangeness, but that’s a personal thing and I can’t know why, so I’m not bothered by it.

    I’ve seen many religious events over the past few years do more insult and harm to more people on this planet than good and I have to ask what’s wrong with these institutions? It’s not the people attending the functions that deserve the criticism, it’s the institutions that shuld be scrutinized.

    As we’ve seen too clearly the past few years, professing your devotion to any religious group doesn’t make you morally superior. That comes from some place internal. Me thinks the more one protests, the more one has to be fearful of.

  5. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    This church in question seems very weird to me and I have to wonder why anybody would wanna be associated with its’ strangeness

    I think a lot of voters wonder why as well, especially considering the church is not just weird or strange, its also blatantly racist and divisive, as well as advocating marxist socialism.

    “The Christian right” has always been demonized by the left and Democrats in general, even by Barrack himself, as hijacking the Republican party and bringing this country backwards; it has always been a legitimate campaign issue in that regard. Perhaps now, as Reverend Wright once said, “The chickensss… are coming home… to roossst!

  6. KingGoompa Says:

    While I think the smears about Obama being a (stealth) Muslim are downright silly, I do have to wonder how all Trinity business could come as a surprise to Obama. Understandably, Obama can’t be held responsible for what goes on in the church, but he was a member there for decades. Even if he doesn’t agree with what Wright and the rest of the Loonie Toons at Trinity preach, he certainly tolerated it for a long time and apparently went back for more. So it’s not just a guilt-by-association smear.

  7. ExiledIndependent Says:

    BenG;

    I think you missed my point. My opinion is that Obama wasn’t a member of Trinity based on any strong belief at all; I’m not talking matters of faith and belief here. If you understand the size and impact of Trinity, you understand that it is as much as an activist community nexus of influence as it is a house of worship, perhaps more. Obama used that influence to his advantage to climb up in Chicago and Illinois. Now that Trinity is no longer useful (and may be hurting him) he leaves. Not on faith or belief but on politics.

    And while a person’s religious affiliation doesn’t *define* who they are, it certainly speaks to who they are generally. Saying that you can’t learn something about a person based on their church is about as accurate as saying that you can’t learn something about a person based on their politcal party affiliation. If someone was a member of the Republican party for 20 years, would you assume that they believed most of the core party platform or not?

  8. Donklephant » Blog Archive » This Election, Religion is Taking a Hit Says:

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