Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Jeremiah Wright was once a Muslim

Very interesting revelation about Barack Obama's prejudiced pastor: Infidels Are Cool has discovered that Jeremiah Wright was formerly a Muslim himself. From this old article by Ryan Lizza in The New Republic:
From Wright and others, Obama learned that part of his problem as an organizer was that he was trying to build a confederation of churches but wasn’t showing up in the pews on Sunday. When pastors asked him the inevitable questions about his own spiritual life, Obama would duck them uncomfortably. A Reverend Philips put the problem to him squarely when he learned that Obama didn’t attend services. “It might help your mission if you had a church home,” he told Obama. “It doesn’t matter where, really. What you’re asking from pastors requires us to set aside some of our more priestly concerns in favor of prophesy. That requires a good deal of faith on our part. It makes us want to know just where you’re getting yours from.”

After many lectures like this, Obama decided to take a second look at Wright’s church. Older pastors warned him that Trinity was for “Buppies”–black urban professionals–and didn’t have enough street cred. But Wright was a former Muslim and black nationalist who had studied at Howard and Chicago, and Trinity’s guiding principles–what the church calls the “Black Value System”–included a “Disavowal of the Pursuit of Middleclassness.’”

The crosscurrents appealed to Obama. He came to believe that the church could not only compensate for the limitations of Alinsky-style organizing but could help answer the nagging identity problem he had come to Chicago to solve. “It was a powerful program, this cultural community,” he wrote, “one more pliant than simple nationalism, more sustaining than my own brand of organizing.”

As a result, over the years, Wright became not only Obama’s pastor, but his mentor. The title of Obama’s recent book, The Audacity of Hope, is based on a sermon by Wright. (It’s worth noting, however, that, while Obama’s book is a coolheaded appeal for common ground in an age of political polarization, Wright’s sermon, “The Audacity to Hope,” is a fiery jeremiad about persevering in a world of nuclear arms and racial inequality.) Wright is one of the first people Obama thanked after his Senate victory in 2004, and he recently name-checked Wright in his speech to civil rights leaders in Selma, Alabama.
This raises a lot of interesting questions, such as - could it be that Wright is still more than attached to Islam despite his ostensibly converting? Good question.

Hat tip: Little Green Footballs.


revereridesagain said...

Not that it matters much, but it would be interesting to know if Wright was a member of NOI.

At this point is there any reason to believe that Wright and Obama are "good Christians" concerned with the welfare of this country of any Americans who do not belong to their sanctified "tribes"? Obama may not be a ringer in the sense of being directly financed by Al Qaeda, Ahmadinejad, or the Saudis, but regardless of what he mouths in his prepared speeches, by now it is obvious that he is a radical socialist with a background of black nationalism that he refuses to disown, and a history in and positive outlook towards Islam thaqt will at the very least incline him to make dangerous concessions to our enemies.

And if both Obama and Wright turn out to be apostate Muslims, I want to know why, when that is a capital offense in countries with Islamist governments, he is the darling of the Muslim voter block in this country and not one of the vociferous mullahs throughout the world has called down a fatwa on either him or Wright.

What is it going to take to make people pay attention to this?

Mother Effingby said...

It is sort of like Tweedle Dee changing his name to Tweedle Dum.

Anonymous said...

According to your logic, if one were associated (past or present) with a radical organization (religious or otherwise), that automatically must mean any one person could be a radical by the mere association and by extension, a Muslim and a terrorist. Didn't we already have that back in the late 1970s with Jimmy Carter, the hostages, Iran, and that Muslims as a whole were viewed as terrorists by the actions of the few? Trying to insinuate and use the words 'Muslim' and 'Hussein' as pejoratives is really shameful and ignorant.

Pastorius said...

Name one sizable moderate Muslim political organization, academic institution or media outlet, anywhere in the world.

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