Pastoren i Chicago-kirken som Barack Obama har tilhørt i 20 år, har kommet noen meget kontroversielle uttalelser i sine prekener, preget av svart frigjøringsteologi der USA males i KKK-farger. Etter 9/11 sa han at USA nå fikk smake sin egen medisin.
Uttalelsene er utvilsomt skadelidende for Barack Obama. Han har tatt avstand fra noen av pastor Wrights uttalelse, men langsomt og ikke kraftig nok. Trolig kan dette bli en sak som han ikke blir kvitt så lett.
The incendiary language and black liberationist theology of the Rev Jeremiah Wright, who retired from Mr Obama’s Chicago church last month, has previously flickered only as an issue in the presidential race.
In the past 48 hours, however, after a week in which both Democratic candidates have had to jettison supporters for making controversial statements, Mr Wright has emerged as a significant problem for Mr Obama.
TV news networks have constantly replayed sermons in which the pastor, who married Mr Obama and baptised his children, denounces the United States as a racist, «US of KKK-A».
After the September 11, 2001 attacks, he told his congregation: «We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.»
In another sermon he said the Government «wants us to sing God Bless America» despite treating black people as second-class citizens. «No, no, no,» said Mr Wright, «God damn America!»
More recently, he has said that Mr Obama «knows what it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people — Hillary would never know that, Hillary ain’t never been called a nigger.»
Mr Obama’s campaign failed to answer questions today about whether Mr Wright was still a member of his African American Religious Leadership Committee.
Obama skrev fredag et innlegg på Huffington Post der han tok avstand fra pastro Wrights uttalelser.
As video of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has widely aired on television and the Internet, Obama responded by posting a blog about his relationship with Wright and his church, Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, on the Huffington Post.
Obama wrote that he’s looked to Wright for spiritual advice, not political guidance, and he’s been pained and angered to learn of some of his pastor’s comments for which he had not been present. A campaign spokesman said later that Wright was no longer on Obama’s African American Religious Leadership Committee, without elaborating.
«I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies,» Obama said. «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 Reverend Wright that are at issue.»
Men ledelsen for kirken, Trinity United Church of Christ, forsvarte Wright:
Also Friday, the United Church of Christ issued a 1,400-word statement defending Wright and his «flagship» congregation. John H. Thomas, United Church of Christ’s president, lauded Wright’s church for its community service and work to nurture youth. Other church leaders praised Wright for speaking out against homophobia and sexism in the black community.
«It’s time for all of us to say no to these attacks and to declare that we will not allow anyone to undermine or destroy the ministries of any of our congregations in order to serve their own narrow political or ideological ends,» Thomas said in the statement.