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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:38 AM
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AMERICAblog: Obama Quells Media Frenzy Over Words of His Pastor
Obama quells the media frenzy over the words of his pastor
http://www.americablog.com /

In a calm and measured way, Obama addressed http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barack-obama/on-my-faith-... the media's new found frenzy over Rev. Wright:

The pastor of my church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently preached his last sermon and is in the process of retiring, has touched off a firestorm over the last few days. He's drawn attention as the result of some inflammatory and appalling remarks he made about our country, our politics, and my political opponents.

Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.

Because these particular statements by Rev. Wright are so contrary to my own life and beliefs, a number of people have legitimately raised questions about the nature of my relationship with Rev. Wright and my membership in the church. Let me therefore provide some context.


The Obama campaign posted videos from the new pastor, Reverend Otis Moore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lY6qjeJ5mG8 , and another minister, Jane Fisler Hoffman http://youtube.com/watch?v=ioaChVw_pUw . If you have any doubt about Obama's church, watch the videos. It sounds like a very affirming congregation more interested in helping people than castigating or destroying people. I'm a little rusty on my religion (don't tell my mother who goes to mass every day) but if I remember the the basic of message of Jesus Christ was something like "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." That sounds like what Reverends Moore and Hoffman are talking about. Imagine that: A church that practices what Jesus taught. There must be something wrong with it.

Obama is wise to put this behind him. I can't help but think that it is somewhat ironic that the media is so frenzied about Rev. Wright this week, which marks the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war. It sucks that Obama has to spend time answering for the words of Rev. Wright when for five years, the media has really failed to hold Bush, Cheney, McCain, Rumsfeld and the rest of that despicable crew accountable for the lying words and actions that took us to a war. The traditional media hasn't even answered for its own complicity. Ironic, too, that this week we got further evidence of Bush's lies about Saddam and al Qaeda. The media dutifully reported those lies, yet there's no media outcry. Too bad the media wasn't as frenzied about holding people accountable back then. (And, yes, Hillary Clinton, we remember that you went along with those words and voted for the Iraq war, too.)
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Coexist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:40 AM
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1. puts things in perspective, doesn't it?
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:45 AM
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4. Hilly and the GOP campaign on fear and will keep the war alive to cling to power.
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MNDemNY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:41 AM
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2. He has "quelled" nothing. This will continue, and expand.
Obama is digging himself in deep with his claim of ignorance. It will be very "bushesque" in that he must answer the question Is he evil, or just stupid?
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:44 AM
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3. War-mongers of the earth unite in this faux outrage!
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 11:50 AM by AtomicKitten
Your candidate's squirrelly subterfuge is impressive, grasshopper, but Obama's political jujitsu is stronger.

On edit: Perhaps this will put this into perspective for you:

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MNDemNY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:46 AM
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5. Go play with some yarn.
Edited on Sat Mar-15-08 11:47 AM by MNDemNY
Your blind submission to this false god-obama seems to have addled your mind. Go take a nap, This issue is just starting, and will sink obamanation in a short time.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:47 AM
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6. hee-hee! Your Chicken Little scenario doesn't hold up so well, does it?
Be afwaid, be vewy afwaid
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:50 AM
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:12 PM
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8. Hilly's entire campaign is flinging accusations at Barack.
She has no substance, no message.

Her own religious entanglements are rife with freaky.
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:19 PM
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9. evil or stupid? God. all. mighty.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 12:47 PM
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10. kicked
for my last post

:hi:
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