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Racism as Religion?

Posted by Godefroi on January 14, 2008

An interesting look at Barack Hussein Obama’s church of record at Pajamas Media.

For over 20 years, Sen, Obama has been a faithful member of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. The other day, I paid a visit to Trinity’s website. There I read that the vision statement of the TUCC is based upon something called the systematized liberation theology that began in 1969 with the publication of Dr. James Cone’s book, “Black Power and Black Theology.” Dr. Cone believes that black Christians should not follow the “White Church,” as it had failed to support them in their struggle for equal rights in America. I suspect that most white Christians would disagree.

Trinity United boasts that it is a congregation “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian.” What’s more, “it is a congregation with a non-negotiable commitment to Africa. We are an African people, and remain true to our native land, the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.”

Its pastor, Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., has referred to “white arrogance” and “the United States of Whiter America.” To my ears, that sounds unashamedly black, but I’m not so sure about the unapologetically Christian.

Furthermore, Rev. Wright’s church publishes a magazine, The Trumpet. Not too surprisingly, all things considered, the recipient of the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Trumpeter Award for Social Justice was none other than Louis Farrakhan, the fellow who plays the race card even better than he plays his violin. 

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I have no idea how a member of a black church that apparently feels it owes greater allegiance to Africa than to America and that pays homage to a bigot like Farrakhan, has the gall to present himself as the one candidate who can bring us all together.

Neither do I.

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4 Responses to “Racism as Religion?”

  1. David said

    Please read this response from the UCC:

    http://www.ucc.org/news/thomas-denounces-smear-1.html

  2. Godefroi said

    David,

    I didn’t make any judgments here about the UCC itself. My problem was, and still is, the celebration of what makes TUCC’s members DIFFERENT. There are already more than enough dividing issues in this country – why propagate another? AND, how can one of this congregation, which emphasizes the differences, bring about unity? Or does he not subscribe to the tenets of the church he has attended for 20 years?

  3. It is not as if Obama has been a member of Wright’s church for a short time. He has been a member for around 20 years. That concerns me. I find it quite disturbing, that Wright is Obama’s spiritual mentor, when considering his highly charged rhetoric, spewed at his pulpit and elsewhere and the fact that Obama is top presidential democratic candidate.

    Obama denounces some of Wrights actions and words, and attempts to create a barrier between he and Wright. Not impressed. Nobody can convince me that Wright has not influenced Obama over the years. He was a young impressionable man when he first became a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ.

  4. Oops.
    I meant to say,
    a top democratic presidential candidate.

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