Suppose that a political candidate of the Caucasian persuasion belonged to a church whose minister (call him JimCrow White for the sake of argument) consorted openly with the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and arranged an award for the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The same minister proclaimed that the Black people in New Orleans got a wake-up call with Hurricane Katrina. This minister’s replacement then welcomed a guest speaker who proclaimed from the pulpit, with the church’s tax exempt resources, that “There were a whole lot of Black people crying” because the candidate’s African-American opponent was behind in the polls. The latter remark draws a standing ovation from the largely white congregation, after which the minister says, “Thank God for the message, and thank God for the messenger.” There would be little question that this church was a racist hate organization, and Barack and Michelle Obama have belonged to such an organization for the past twenty years.
Barack and Michelle Obama’s membership in a racist organization is entirely consistent with the Black Nationalism that Obama describes in his own book, “Dreams From My Father.” It is also consistent with Michelle Obama’s senior thesis, in which she says her principal commitment is to the Black community while describing the “problems” that come from racial integration. They joined an organization that they knew to be racist, and they remained in that organization despite its promotion not only of racism but hatred of the United States, hatred of Israel, and promotion of actual terrorists.
(1) The Obamas joined the Trinity United Church of Christ about twenty years ago. This was after its pastor, Jeremiah Wright, had accompanied the prominent racist, anti-Semite, and Catholic-hating bigot Louis Farrakhan to Libya to meet with Moammar Khadafy. In other words, Wright’s support of Farrakhan did not come as any surprise to the Obamas, who probably agreed with it.
(2) The Obamas remained in the Trinity United Church of Christ when
* Its official bulletin published a blood libel that accused Israel of developing an “ethnic bomb” to kill Negroes and Arabs.
* Its pastor blood libeled the United States by accusing it of developing the AIDS virus
* Its official bulletin published a guest opinion piece from a Hamas terrorist named Marzook
* Its pastor published a “War in Iraq IQ Test” that equated the United States to Iraq under Saddam Hussein
* Its pastor wrote “state” of Israel in the church’s official bulletin, as in “so-called state of Israel.”
* Its pastor said that the United States got a wake up call after 9/11, with the context suggesting that the United States deserved 9/11
* Its pastor arranged a Trumpet Award to Louis Farrakhan
* The church invited Father Michael Pfleger to give a guest speech in which he openly praised and defended Louis Farrakhan
(3) The Obamas resigned from the church only when Michael Pfleger arguably misused the church’s tax exempt resources (just as Obama himself misused the United Church of Christ’s tax exempt resources by giving a campaign speech at its national synod in June 2007) by berating Obama’s Caucasian opponent from the pulpit.
* The Obamas’ NEW pastor, Otis Moss, introduced Pfleger as a “prophetic, powerful, pulpiteer.”
* Pfleger then made a speech about “white entitlement” and said, with regard to Obama’s lead over Hillary Clinton, “There were a whole lot of white people crying.” This drew unanimous applause from the audience, and a standing ovation from many. These are the same people with whom Barack and Michelle Obama have gone to church for the past twenty years.
* Otis Moss, the Obamas’ new pastor, showed no embarrassment whatsoever about Pfleger’s hate speech or the likely misuse of the church’s tax exempt resources for electioneering. Moss said, “Thank God for the message, and thank God for the messenger.”
Pay attention not to Pfleger but to the reaction of Barack and Michelle Obama’s fellow congregants.
A strong argument can be made that a church whose congregation and leaders cheer wildly for a remark like “There were a whole lot of white people crying” is racist, just like a church that would applaud “There were were a whole lot of Negroes crying” (with “Negroes” perhaps not being exactly the word the speaker used). Add to this the church’s support for a known racist, anti-Semite, and anti-Catholic bigot (Farrakhan) to get a very ugly picture, and Barack and Michelle Obama are ugly and central features of this very ugly picture.
We actually agree with “Thank God for the message, and thank God for the messenger” because Pfleger’s message, and more importantly the Trinity United Church of Christ’s enthusiastic reception of this message, demonstrates that Barack and Michelle Obama have belonged to a racist organization that welcomes and cheers hate speech.