GOP hack reporter Bob Costa of the Washington Post cornered Scott Walker to ask him if Barack Obama is a Christian. (If that name Costa sounds familiar to you it’s probably because we made fun of him for running with his GOP talking points–“Thad Cochran expanded the base!”–during the Mississippi U.S. Senate primary.)
Walker replied sensibly to the ridiculous question with “I don’t know.” (Finally a GOP candidate that answers truthfully on a question about Obama!)
We at Gotnews.com do know that Obama isn’t a Christian. Or, at least in so far as someone who has actually researched the topic, can.
As far as I know I’m one of the precious few journalists to actually visit Reverend Wright’s church. I also read all of the Reverend Wright’s sermons. I went to Chicago, Indonesia, Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York, Harvard Law School, and I dug through the archives. I dig on my own dime mostly and given that my lovely wife speaks fluent Indonesian
It’s highly likely Obama never actually heard these anti-American sermons from the Reverend Jeremiah Wright because he rarely attended church. Instead, he joined the church for political cover.
Obama always had trouble with the black community because they didn’t perceive the Hawaii-born, Harvard-educated as one of their own. Add to that the persistent rumors of his homosexuality–rumors which I absolutely believe & will be the subject of a future post– and Obama wasn’t going to be winning the black vote anytime soon.
Here‘s what I wrote for the American Spectator about the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church. (You can read the full article at the hyperlink.)
WRIGHT GOT ON OBAMA’S BUS early, in the mid-1980s, when he supported Obama’s efforts to organize blacks for “social change” (i.e., to increase government welfare), and only left in 2008 when there was an increasingly serious chance of his winning the Democratic nomination and becoming president. It was, after all, Hillary Clinton–not John McCain–who used Wright as a campaign issue against Obama.
Wright had remained on the bus for so long because his friendship gave Obama an authenticity on the South Side that he otherwise lacked as a highly educated black man who grew up in white and multiracial environments. Had Obama not successfully defined himself as an ordinary African American, had he not worked the streets on poverty wages, his political career probably would have gone nowhere.
Obama came to join Wright’s church in a roundabout way, as Stanley Kurtz argues in his well-researched Radical-in-Chief (2010). We don’t know if he encountered Wright before he moved to Chicago, but it seems safe to assume he had. David Remnick recounts a significant meeting between the young Obama and Pastor Alvin Love of Lilydale First Baptist Church in Chicago. Obama and Love had organized blacks through the churches starting in 1985, so “[Obama] knew it was inconsistent to be a church-based organizer without being a member of any church, and he was feeling that pressure,” according to Love. “He said, ‘I believe, but…I want to be serious and be comfortable wherever I join.'” A pastor whom Love recommended–Pastor L. K. Curry–suggested that Obama meet Jeremiah Wright. Obama apparently liked what he saw at their meeting and he began to attend Trinity in 1988.
Obama’s decision to join Trinity was very much one of convenience. Even though he plotted his every move, we’re supposed to believe that he just happened to join the largest black church in America, whose pastor had a record for getting blacks elected to higher office. (In 1983, Wright led a coalition of black churches to help elect Harold Washington as the first black mayor of Chicago.) Obama liked to try out his ideas on Wright. “What I value most about Pastor Wright is not his day-to-day political advice,” he told the Chicago Tribune in January 2007. “He’s much more of a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible and that I’m not losing myself in some of the hype and hoopla and stress that’s involved in national politics.” Wright was a means to an end.
Steeped in Marxist thought and the community organizing tactics of the radical Saul Alinsky, Obama was probably comfortable with the view that religion was the opiate of the masses and black liberation theology the opiate of blacks. Trinity Church is a place where black movers and shakers congregate. “My commitment is to the church, not to a pastor,” Obama said in May 2008. But left unsaid was just what the members of that church believed.
According to Wright, leading members have included Jawanza Kunjufu (author of Countering the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys, which blames, among other things, interracial marriage), Iva Carruthers (who coined the term “Afrocentric” and whose work at the Jew-hating Durban Conference on Racism Wright enthusiastically endorses), and Bobby Wright, psychologist and author of The Psychopathic Racial Personality, which argues that white attitudes toward blacks are psychopathic. Other influential members include the black entertainment elite, like the rapper Common and Oprah Winfrey.
Winfrey, who joined the church in the mid-’80s, eventually left in the early ’90s. An article entitled “Something Wasn’t Wright” in the May 12, 2008, issue of Newsweek explains that she knew Wright’s rants were too radical for her fans. Interestingly, though Oprah endorsed Obama and helped catapult his books to the top of the bestseller lists, she has declined to endorse him for 2012.
Common frequented Wright’s pews, occasionally rapping for its congregants. With Wright’s approval, Common even “free-styled sermons” against interracial marriage in 2005 when the Obamas were attending Trinity nearly every Sunday. (Perhaps that’s why Michelle Obama invited Common to perform at the White House in May 2011.)
Growing up in a heavily “segregated” Chicago, Common noted, you had to “enforce” black culture.
Ironically, Wright’s Afrocentrism, implicit segregationism, and explicit reverse racism didn’t prevent him from retiring to a $1.6 million home his church built for him in the lily-white Tinley Park neighborhood in 2008. The luxurious four-bedroom house features an elevator, a butler’s pantry, exercise room, four-car garage, master bedroom with a whirlpool, and spare room for a future theater or swimming pool. It abuts the Odyssey Country Club and golf course. (Its mortgage was paid for by the corrupt ShoreBank, with which Wright, along with most of the Chicago black elite, always had a cozy relationship before it went bust in 2010.)
The nadir of Jeremiah Wright’s political influence came after Barack Obama was soundly defeated in 2000 by former Black Panther Bobby Rush in a race that Michelle Obama told him not to enter.
Obama was supposed to use that congressional office as a springboard for winning the mayoralty. In so doing he would become the second black
It didn’t happen. Obama went on vacation in Hawaii during the campaign and Rush’s son died of a shooting. Obama looked out of touch and he lost.
Michelle, who grew up on the South Side, filed for divorce. Interestingly she filed for divorce around the same time that she got pregnant with Sasha Obama and was seen around Chicago dating.
There will be a lot of people who say that Barack Obama is a Muslim. I agree but only sort of.
Indeed his school records which I photographed at the Catholic school he attended in Jakarta indicate he was one of just a few Muslims who actually attended the school. He was also raised Muslim and has used his affinity with the Muslim world throughout his past. His likely boyfriend, Hasan Chandoo, was Muslim & Obama traveled throughout Pakistan with him.
But this is not the sort of Muslim that you think about when you think of the jihadis. Think of it as a sort of Islamic friendly rather than outwardly decapitate the infidel approach.
These ties explain why Obama, who was friendly with Khaled Mansour a.k.a., was able to afford going to Harvard Law School. (The year before Obama was admitted the Saudis gave a huge gift to Harvard.)
Mansour, whose books I have also read, was the point person for the Saudis and various Arab interests in America. In particular he ran a sort of influence operation for Arab interests in the U.S. that looked for black Muslims who would be susceptible to the Third World unity movement then in vogue in the ’70s and ’80s. You don’t have to take my word for it. Mansour actually brags about it in his books.
Naturally Ben Smith of Politico and now of BuzzFeed didn’t bother to look into any of this in his write up in 2008. Smith was rewarded with lots of material being leaked to him by the Obama campaign. He recently did an interview with Obama and well, it was the usual nonsense.
The Reverend Jeremiah Wright was a recipient of some of this Arab money & he went on a junket with black Muslims from the Chicago area to visit Libya.
I don’t detect a real world view other than the typical leftist one from Obama. From all my years of researching him, Obama seems more of a political opportunist lying about being born in Kenya, for instance, or making up whole sections of his ghost written book. His professed Christianity is par for the course. It’s a lie but then why stop lying if the press continues to give you a pass and you can use their love of your blackness as the means to push your agenda through?
His wife, Michelle, makes no secret of how irreligious the family actually is in April of last year.
Michelle Obama: “We try to go to church as much as possible, but when the kids get older, you know, Sunday is some kind of practice, rehearsal, birthday party, you know. So getting us all together on a Sunday is becoming more difficult now that the girls are getting older. But if we’re not going to church, we really try to use Sunday as family downtime where we can kind of breathe and catch up and maybe take a little nap every now and then if we’re not working.”
The interviewer continued: “So if it’s not Easter and it’s a typical Sunday, I could picture you guys lounging around here and napping.”
Michelle Obama: “Yes, the Truman balcony which is right up here is the one place we can go which is sort of like our backyard and you have a great view of the Washington Monument. We spend a lot of time when the weather’s warm on the Truman balcony hanging out.”
Why do we have to pretend the Obama family is Christian if they won’t?
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