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March 24, 2008

Jeremiah A. Wright

Jeremiah A. Wright

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* Longtime pastor and spiritual mentor of Barack Obama
* Considers the U.S. to be a nation rife with racism and disrimination
* Blames American racism for provoking the 9/11 attacks
* "Islam and Christianity are a whole lot closer than you may realize," he has written. "Islam comes out of Christianity."
* Embraces liberation theology and socialism
* Strong supporter of Louis Farrakhan
* Likens Israel's treatment of Palestinians to South Africa's treatment of blacks during the apartheid era

The son of a Baptist minister, Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. was born in Philadelphia on September 22, 1941. On March 1, 1972, he became the pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), a position he held until February 2008.

After a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy, Wright went on to earn a master's degree in English from Howard University in 1969. Six years later he earned an additional master's degree from the University of Chicago Divinity School, and in 1990 he received a Doctor of Ministry Degree from United Theological Seminary.

The writings, public statements, and sermons of Rev. Wright reflect his conviction that America is a nation infested with racism, prejudice, and injustices that make life very difficult for black people. As he declared in one of his sermons:

"Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!... We Americans believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God."

This view is entirely consistent with Rev. Wright's devotion to the tenets of liberation theology, which is essentially Marxism dressed up as Christianity. Devised by Cold War-era theologians, it teaches that the New Testament gospels can be understood only as calls for social activism, class struggle, and revolution aimed at overturning the existing capitalist order and installing, in its stead, a socialist utopia where today's poor will unseat their "oppressors" and become liberated from their material (and, consequently, their spiritual) deprivations.

An extension of this paradigm is black liberation theology, which seeks to foment a similar Marxist revolutionary fervor founded on racial rather than class solidarity. Wright's mentor in this discipline is James Cone, author of the landmark text Black Power and Black Theology.

Arguing that Christianity has been used by white society as an opiate of the (black) masses, Cone asserts that the destitute "are made and kept poor by the rich and powerful few," and that "no one can be a follower of Jesus Christ without a political commitment that expresses one's solidarity with victims."

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Wild Thing's comment..........

This guy is not going away quietly if at all. If Obama wins the election my guess is Wright will be a regular guest in the Lincoln bedroom and have tea with his Muslim friends in the Rose Garden.

Muslims aren’t interested in getting along with anyone unless they are muslim, and just like those who subscribe to Black Liberation Theology. Not surprising those two linked up, but where does that leave Obama. Not innocent by any means.

Obama warns of "Quiet riot among blacks"...:

"Those 'quiet riots' that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths," Obama said. "They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better."

...Thank you so much Mark for this information.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 24, 2008 02:50 AM


Sounds like they're a gang more than a church!
You want to lead someone to Christ, you HAVE to be Christ like, not what this group of jokers are.

Posted by: Lynn at March 24, 2008 05:11 AM

Rev Wright has opened a lot of eyes. He may have single handedly done more to interrupt Obama's run to the White House than anything so far.

Posted by: TomR at March 24, 2008 10:43 AM

Thanks Mark and WT.

If nothing else it has brought out in the open the equivalent of the madrasa in American society where racism and hatred are perpetuated.

Those quiet riots Hussein speaks of are greedy pangs of entitlement followed by blind rage when they are not fulfilled.

Ordained or self ordained ministers? What has caused such a bastardization of Christian teachings and values? No guidelines, no biblical following, no sense of right only wrong? Here is a 'church' caught in a controversy and they put another younger minister back in the pulpit with the same ideology. I'm not much of a Christian but I see Democracy at work:)

Posted by: Jack at March 24, 2008 03:59 PM

What struck me about this article is Reverand Wright has done pretty well for himself in a White dominated society (He has 3 or 4 luxury Cars a huge home and a couple of degrees.)

He preaches to the Poor Blacks, and teaches hate, racism and biggotry. I wonder why no one has ever asked him, how did he make it to the top of the ladder in such a 'White Racist' Society.

Posted by: Mark at March 24, 2008 07:19 PM

Lynn, I agree, there is a lot of resentment that just bursts out.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 24, 2008 11:49 PM

Tom, I think so too, after Wright Obama began to do a lot of interviews, where his stammering for words was very obvious and his poor grammer as well. Also his own anger became more obvious and how he feels similar to Wright.

imo it has changed his entire campagin into a different direction.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 24, 2008 11:53 PM

Jack, yes the same exact ideology, just a different person delivering the message. I suppose that is why he got the ok from the church to be their new guy.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 24, 2008 11:56 PM

Mark, excellent point, I wonder now too. hahaha

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 24, 2008 11:59 PM