rev wright rails again

Posted on April 14, 2008

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Even as he is busy fending off attacks for the “bitter” remark that he had made to San Francisco donors, Senator Barack Obama now has to deal with another own goal.

His controversial pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, though retiring, has unleashed his fiery tirade again, this time at the funeral of former appellate judge R. Eugene Pincham.

The Chicago Sun-Times, whose reporter slipped into the event even though it was expressly closed to the media, managed to capture more damning words from the pastor. While the journalistic integrity of the paper is in question, the story which it unearthed would probably overshadow its dubious methods.

Wright was caught once again railing against America’s alleged mistreatment of its African-American community saying that it “planted slavery and white supremacy in the DNA of this republic”.

While Wright might have pointed out that Thomas Jefferson himself said ‘God would punish America for the sin of slavery.’, and blasted Fox News and its anchors, the most polemical statement Wright suggested was perhaps his equating Jefferson to a pedophile.

If Wright was not Obama’s pastor, no one would have cared very much about the hate and anger he spews. But because the Obamas have been a part of his congregation of the Trinity United Church of Christ for 20 years, Obama’s opponents would only too happily seize on Wright’s statements and exploit it to question Obama’s faith and judgment.

Someone has to stop Wright from sounding off whenever he pleases and knock some sense into his head. Besides sounding bitter, crazed and anti-American, does he not know that he is hurting Obama’s chances worse than his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton and the Republicans’ John McCain could?

Obama’s speech on race following the first Wright episode has been highly-praised for his level-headedness and eloquence in dealing with the potential fall-out. But now that Wright has made incendiary remarks all over again, what will Obama have to do this time? Would he have to be forced to denounce not just Wright’s remarks, but the man too?

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