Obama’s Pastor: Obama “First” Honest Presidential Candidate

We suppose he hasn’t heard of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt…

Trinity United Church of Christ official bulletin, March 18 2007
Letter to the New York Times (excerpt)

I have never been exposed to that kind of duplicitous behavior before, and I want to write you publicly to let you know that I do not approve of it and will not be party to any further smearing of the name, the reputation, the integrity or the character of perhaps this nation’s first (and maybe even only) honest candidate offering himself for public service as the person to occupy the Oval Office.

Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. , Senior Pastor
Trinity United Church of Christ

Here is another TUCC official bulletin, dated March 13 2005

Well, the truth is that we have a President who is also in favor of Corporate Interests over the rights of Ordinary Citizens. Therefore, President Shrub has renominated the same 20 nominees who were denied in the last term. The Senate has begun deliberations on at least the first few of these 20 nominees. Consider the track record of the first three nominees:

…The importance of these nominees far outlives the term of George W. Bush because these are lifetime appointments. I urge you to contact your Senators (Barack Obama and Richard Durbin) and ask them to vote to reject these 20 nominees again.
Action Items:
1. Contact your U.S. Senator and urge them to vote against the 20 nominees that Bush has renominated for the federal bench.
a. Barack Obama: 312-886-3506
b. Richard Durbin: 312-353-4952

This seems legal (not legal advice, we are not attorneys) as long as the church reports any expenditures associated with this lobbying effort. A church cannot advocate for a political candidate, but it can lobby against a judicial appointment.

501(c)(3) charitable, etc., organizations. Limited lobbying to influence Senate confirmation of judicial appointments is permitted.

Attempts to influence Senate confirmation of a federal judicial appointment are not considered campaign intervention, which is specifically forbidden by section 501(c)(3). However, because attempts to influence Senate confirmation are considered lobbying, they are subject to the rules on lobbying:

* Section 501(c)(3) organizations may engage in lobbying in furtherance of their exempt purposes.
* The lobbying may not be a substantial part of the organization’s activities.

Official bulletin, January 21 2007 cites “U.S. Imperialism”

I use his words today on the third Sunday of a New Year to keep before you the painful truth of who we are and where it is we are in this racist United States of America! What’s goin’ on?

We have lost over 3,000 boys and girls in an illegal and unjust war, and the media is on a feeding frenzy about Barack Obama’s church. Where is the outrage about the 3,000 dead American military personnel and the 600,000 dead Iraqi civilians who are dead for no reason other than greed and ego? What’s goin’ on?

The President’s “New Plan” (more troops, more death and more war) promises an insane escalation — in Iraq, Iran and beyond! With the torture of Abu Ghraib, the complete destructions of cities like Fallujah and over 600,000 deaths due to collateral damage, the President complained in his speech that there had been “too many restrictions” on the actions of the United States Forces in the Iraq war.


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