Barack Hussein Obama today gave a speech which essentially amounted to damage control for the comments of his pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Obama finally denounced Wright’s comments, though in my opinion his words rang hollow. Were Obama a conservative, he would have been disgraced, driven out of the race, and his political career would be over – and all of that would have happened before the beginning of the primaries.
The truth is that nothing Obama could say would convince me that Rev. Wright’s words didn’t effect Obama, or that he didn’t agree with them in some way. I can understand Obama having respect for the man who brought him to Christ, but there is no conceivable way that anyone would be a member of a church for twenty years if they disagreed with their pastor’s political preaching as much as Obama professed to today.
Based on his comments, rants, and conspiracy theories, Obama’s pastor is roughly the left-wing equivalent of Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church. As I stated earlier, were Obama a conservative, he would be receiving the political equivalent of being tarred, feathered, and run out of the campaign on a rail. As it is, he’s largely gotten a pass thus far, probably due to some form of “white guilt” in the media – because it’s a black church, Obama has cast this as a racial issue going all the way back to the existence of slavery at the founding of the nation…and because he’s black, he’ll probably get away with it.
The problem with this is that Obama has run his campaign on the platform that he will unify the nation. Bringing race in as an excuse for Rev. Wright’s insanity does nothing more than to further the divide between races, religions, and political parties and ideologies.
Personally, I have no problem with Obama’s faith – he has the right to worship as he pleases. But when his religious adviser is a left-wing radical conspiracy theorist, that worries me. Barack Obama may be a brother in Christ, but that doesn’t mean I want him as my President.