Theodore's World: Racist Colleague of Rev.Wright Added To Obama Administration

« DeMint to Force Vote on Bill Banning Fairness Doctrine | Main | Word From World War Sparks a War of Words »

February 22, 2009

Racist Colleague of Rev.Wright Added To Obama Administration

Otis Moss, Jr., to the President's Advisory Council, part of the White House Office of
Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Remember Rev. Wright?

A colleague of his has just been added to the roster of the Obama administration.

Weekly Standard

by Meghan Clyne

Back in May, when the furor over Jeremiah Wright threatened to derail the Obama campaign, the candidate mournfully explained his decision to leave the controversial Trinity United Church of Christ. "We don't want to have to answer for everything that's stated in a church," Obama said. "On the other hand, we don't want to have a church subjected to the scrutiny that a presidential campaign legitimately undergoes." After Obama parted from Wright, the preacher and Trinity United became the campaign issue that dared not speak its name.

Now the campaign is over and so, it appears, is the scrutiny--for the new president has just made a personnel decision that reopens the entire issue.

Earlier this month, he appointed the Reverend Dr. Otis Moss Jr. to serve on the new President's Advisory Council established as part of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The official White House press release notes that Moss is the pastor emeritus of Cleveland's Olivet Institutional Baptist Church. Not noted, however, are Moss's many ties to Trinity and its troublesome former pastor.

To begin with, Moss's son, Reverend Otis Moss III, succeeded Wright at Trinity. The younger preacher is known for his own fiery sermons and for likening the backlash against Wright to a "public lynching." The new member of the Obama administration, though, has plenty of ties to Wright on his own. Otis Moss Jr. and Wright shared a mentor in Samuel DeWitt Proctor, who helped give rise to black liberation theology.

In fact, it was the radical Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference that sponsored Wright's now-infamous National Press Club appearance in late April 2008--which led to Obama's break with Trinity and Wright. Less noted was the fact that the symposium's guest preacher that day was Reverend Otis Moss Jr. Moss has publicly defended Wright and compared his preaching to that of Amos, Micah, Malachi, and John the Baptist.

Moss's closeness to Wright is expressed most clearly in the 40-minute tribute sermon he preached from Trinity's pulpit on the occasion of Wright's 36th anniversary at the church in February 2008. Of Wright, Reverend Moss said: "All of us who know him and love him have been blessed by his genius, his creativity, his scholarship, his discipleship, his sensitivity as an artist, his boldness as a prophet, and, I agree, his rhythmic poetry." This homage came long after Wright's hit parade of sound-bites: "God Damn America" .  .  . "America's chickens are coming home to roost" .  .  . "Bill did us like he did Monica Lewinsky." Poetry indeed.

Even more interesting, perhaps, is Moss's own rhetoric. He is a political preacher and has said:

"If you are preaching a gospel that has nothing about politics, nothing about economics, nothing about sociology, you are preaching an empty gospel with a cap and shoes but no body to it."

His sermons at Olivet are hard to come by. But from public lectures, one concludes that, while his style is more subdued than Wright's (or his own son's) and his themes more benign, there are still plenty of comments that call into question his suitability for government service. Take, for instance, this observation made at Yale in October 2004:

You have heard that it was said, "God bless America." But I say unto you, Pray for all of the Osama bin Ladens and the Saddam Husseins. .  .  . I say unto you, Be kind, be as kind to Castro as you are to the Saudi family and the leaders of China and Russia. This, however, is difficult in a society .  .  . when we are afflicted or infected with hubris. It's almost an incurable disease--incurable not because of despair, but because of arrogance. "

Moss was loudly opposed to American action in Iraq, a theme woven throughout his lectures and writings. In a book coauthored with Jeremiah Wright, Moss explained:

"I know where the weapons of mass destruction are, and they are not the ones we went looking for in Iraq. I know where they are, and you know where they are! According to statistics, AIDS is a weapon of mass destruction. Miseducation and no education are weapons of mass destruction. Forty-four million people without health care is a weapon of mass destruction. "

Given the enormous backlash he endured over his connections to Wright, Trinity, and black liberation theology, one wonders why Obama tapped Moss to serve on the President's Advisory Council.

At least three other members--Fred Davie of Public/Private Ventures; Dr. William J. Shaw of the National Baptist Convention; and Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie, the first woman bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church--bring what might be called a black perspective to the council's work.

With Wright, Obama could at least argue that his affiliation with the pastor was a personal matter of private faith.

Yet by appointing Moss, Obama has given him the imprimatur of the White House and a position from which to help shape public policy. While Moss and other members of the faith-based President's Advisory Council aren't paid, they are entitled to public funds for travel costs, per-diem expenses, and support staff. They can hold hearings and form task forces. And of course, they can guide the work of Obama's faith-based office as it directs public funding to religious and community groups.

By tapping the likes of Moss to help steer his faith-based policies, Obama could be using the White House to "translate the energy" of black churches into "creating lasting institutions" of left-wing political agitation.

A look at the other members of the advisory council certainly supports this interpretation. Vashti McKenzie is another proponent of black liberation theology, and another friend and defender of Jeremiah Wright who has preached at Trinity United. Jim Wallis also publicly supported Wright and has even been an inspiration to the reverend.

In his National Press Club speech, Wright quoted Wallis as saying

"America's sin of racism has never even been confessed, much less repented for."
In an earlier life, Wallis once said he hoped "more Christians will come to view the world through Marxist eyes."

In recent years he has settled for working through congressional Democrats, helping them make their policies more palatable to people of faith. Wallis has been joined in that task by Rabbi David Saperstein--another prominent liberal and member of the new faith-based advisory council.

The council looks like nothing so much as an attempt to build a powerful political grassroots network to advance the liberal causes dear to Obama's heart.

Wild Thing's comment......

Obama is not moving too far away from Jeremiah Wright's theological views at all.

Don't you just love the quotes? God omust shed a tear when He hears this from men that are supposed to be ministers.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 22, 2009 05:47 AM


Maybe it should start with him. Has he ever heard the song, Let There be Peace on Earth? (and let it begin with me) or Casting Crowns If We Are the Body (why aren't His hands healing?)
They talk how racist we are, but they do nothing to stop their own from being racist to anyone who isn't black. I don't use those slang terms myself (and I've taught my girls not to as well) and I get upset when others do and I've heard plenty in my life. I don't care about skin color, but I do care about personality. A person who is nice to me, but mean to the waiter is NOT a nice person.
You treat me bad, I'm gonna treat you bad. And that's not racism. They don't even know the difference.

Posted by: Lynn at February 22, 2009 06:55 AM

"I'm dreaming of a White Christmas... Like the ones I used to know...."

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at February 22, 2009 08:58 AM

F--- em! These "holy men" are Marxists. They are racist hate rabble rousers. I am glad Obama is giving them appointments. It makes very public Obama's own racist and Marxist nature.

Posted by: TomR at February 22, 2009 12:53 PM

So much for throwing these 'bad' people under the bus. Time to resurrect the politics of symbolism. Will he or won't he give Father Pfleger his own shoshine stand in the white house foyer. 'Catholic's for sale or rent'.

Will the real obama stand up, c'mon Barry stand up...Oh no, everybody sit down for barry.

OMG, is this unbelievable or What ?

Posted by: Mark at February 22, 2009 01:21 PM

Lynn, well said!

They really are the ones that push the race card, heck I forget about it till one of the lefties brings it up. And it is their monster not ours.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 22, 2009 04:36 PM

Darth, LOL love it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 22, 2009 04:38 PM

Tom, hahaahaha....DITTO!

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 22, 2009 04:42 PM

SNAFU I guess. Things like this really don't suprise me anymore.

P.S. This weekend I had to Qualify with My M16 at Camp Bullis in San Antonio, Texas.

Posted by: JohnE PFC U.S. Army at February 22, 2009 04:45 PM

Mark, this is great. ..heh heh

"Will the real obama stand up, c'mon Barry stand up...Oh no, everybody sit down for barry."

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 22, 2009 04:45 PM

JohnE PFC U.S. Army , hi good to see you.

This is so neat! Thanks for sharing about it.

"This weekend I had to Qualify with My M16 at Camp Bullis in San Antonio, Texas/"

I am reallly proud of you JohnE.

Posted by: Wild Thing at February 22, 2009 04:47 PM