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Pastor defended

March 20, 2012

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To the editor:

My brother-in-law is a retired pastor in the United Church of Christ, a mostly white denomination of which Trinity Church in Chicago is a member. Their retired pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has always been highly regarded as a fine pastor doing marvelous work on Chicago’s Southside.

After the right-wing media began to smear him, several Chicago reporters read over 1,000 of Rev. Wright’s sermons, and only found two which had anything that seemed controversial. The famous “G-D America” statement was actually a quote from a speech by a white man who was as incensed at the racism on the Southside as Rev. Wright was. Rev. Wright is neither anti-American, nor a racist, nor a homophobe. He was the pastor who brought President Obama to know Christ and become a Christian.

Intelligent people with open minds are able to meet and converse with many people of various points of view over the years. We hope that Mr. Boyer (Public Forum, March 14) and others will in the future be able to explain how they differ with the policies of a political opponent without personally demonizing any candidate, especially one who is the president of the United States.

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Mike Ford 2 years ago

yes your diagnosis was confirmed....now deny....

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tbaker 2 years ago

Diagnosis confirmed.

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Mike Ford 2 years ago

The feeble minds is yours. Too bad you play the straw man bitterness card. Don't know much about history do you? that's what makes you such picking for the GOP. Lazy americans who buy the white washed history hook line and sinker. You probably watched Mel Gibson's Patriot and had no idea the person whom Mel Gibson portrayed was Francis Marion who was a land thief and kidnapper of Cherokee people whom he sold into slavery in the Carolinas in the 18th century. Why let a historical lie get in the way of a good colonial feelgood conservative approved farce of reality?

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tbaker 2 years, 1 month ago

It occurs to me that "changing the subject and repeating nonsense" is an expression of bitterness that at it's root lies considerable guilt and shame of some origin. I see the tragic expression of an unmet need here and a feeble mind lashing out in frustration lacking the faculty to be effective. People of little understanding are most apt to be angry when their sense is called into question.

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its_just_math 2 years, 1 month ago

"changing the subject and repeating nonsense....."

(read remainder of above post)

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

changing the subject and repeating nonsense.....is conservative intelligence like the old oxymoron military intelligence......playing dumb to troll....no american would do that.... not even a born again one......why is it that almost facist like quasi patriotism gives people with little or no knowledge of this country and it's sins of institutionalized racism the ability to flip reality on it's head and blame the victim....I already ssked this twice and I guess I'm dealing with the mississippians from bill maher....admit it....you can't get it out of your system....the south losing...a central government, minority rights, women's rights, environmental rights....you've lost and the best you can do is blame the victim.... pathetic.....

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Charlie Bannister 2 years, 1 month ago

I could write several paragraphs but will just exercise brevity and say the following. To try and defend the so called REVEREND Wright is laughable. He is an anti semitic America hater, plain and simple. I have heard the audio many times. I quote----"Not God Bless America, G--D America! America's chickens come home to roost!" He said it with vigor and enthusiasm describing our 9-11 catastrophe. I guess the Obama Administration would call it a "man made disaster." Sensible people call it Islamo Fascist Terrorism of the worst magnitude. Obama has surrounded himself with Socialists and extreme people who are the enemy of America as founded and look upon the precious Constitution as an impediment to achieving their leftist agenda. The media never has TO THIS DAY vetted Obama in any kind of a serious way. So Ms. Mortenson you may have your REVEREND Wright if you so desire. As for me and my family we will continue to call him exactly what he is.

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voevoda 2 years, 1 month ago

For all of you in the extreme right wing who condemn Obama because he associated with Rev. Wright: what about Rick Santorum's approval of Rev. Dennis Terry, who says that there is no place in America for people who worship Allah or Buddha? Or Sarah Palin's pastor, who endorses the Jews for Jesus--a group dedicated to the disappearance of Judaism as a religion? At least Obama decided that he didn't want to excuse Rev. Wright's statements, even though he knew that they were atypical. Neither Palin nor Santorum has distanced her/himself from their preachers.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

My point is the one you completely ignore with your failed conservative strategy of conceding a small bit that you're wrong and then making up malarkey with salmon runs in Alaska. This is not the American exceptionalism versus victim of racism malarkey that people like you sell in your disjointed mentality. Example #1 the lynching of Black men on the square in Jopiln, Missouri on April 16, 1903, in an effort to drive Black people from that town that pretty much succeeded....Example

2 Elmer Jackson and two other Black men lynched in St. Duluth,

Minnesota, on June 15 1920. That one hits home because I regularly drove under the Elmer Jackson Memorial Bridge over Shunga Creek at 17th Street and Branner Trafficway in Topeka, Kansas and June 15 is my birthday. Beyond that some dimwit that probably agrees with you graffitied the bridge with the slur "Dead N&$$#R" bridge while I lived there. #3 the lynching of two Black men at Duck Hill, Mississippi in 1937. You use the get over it bit because you are fighting a loosing battle with history and reality and like most conservatives you try to put a change the subject face on it. Blaming the victim....the act of cowardace...

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beatrice 2 years, 1 month ago

At least Obama stepped away from Wright, but Limbaugh -- the true preacher for the Right -- says far worse and Romney won't say anything against him. Wonder why that is?

I wonder if Wright would be against contraception and want to control women's wombs the way the GOP wants to do?

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

I'll go one step further.....having watched the documentary on the Rosewood Florida massacre and visited the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa many times where the 1921 bombing massacre by White people using the Oklahoma National Guard's airplanes and the multiple examples of lynching in the midwest....one would say that Reverend Wright has the right to imbue this country for not holding up it's virtues of being a caring Christian nation and instead being a nation of people with guilty consciences calling the people they've offended or attacked racists. How does flipping logic, history, and reality on it's head work??? maybe I need get a ouija board and contact the late GOP strategist and Willie Horton race baiter Lee Atwood to ask how this works. He'd say always blame the victim and express fake outrage publically. Who does this on here...... liberty anyone.....

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

man...you guys just proved my point......attacking the person who sees you for what you are.... your attacks don't change the equasion....I must've hit home to incur your wrath.... you were lead to water and you drank....how pathetic....

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

The new racism.....attacking the victims of racism to deflect actual racism....practiced by many on this blog....fact.....right wing america wants america to be god first just like the smart guy from mississippi on maher the other night....the question is.....whose god?.....if one speaks of the concept of Wakan amongst Siouan people and realizes that the Siouan people didn't try to wipe out Christianity but Christianity tried to wipe Siouan and many other indigenous religious beliefs....shouldn't a Lakota person or any other indigenous person be right in speaking of the indignant hypocracy and denial of Christianity's involvement in the cultural and physical genocide of their people? the same can be said by many minorities. Who is really racist? my southern ex grandfather who justified slavery by quoting the bible verse "Slaves obey your masters" or Reverend Wright? not so easy for conservatives to paint their fiction is it? too bad they believe it....

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weiser 2 years, 1 month ago

Wright is a racist...plain and simple!

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 1 month ago

I'd like to see "Wright" and "Farrakhan" in 3 legged race against "Rosie O" and "Mike Moore". That would be "revealing" comedy.

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tbaker 2 years, 1 month ago

The author is naïve. Rev. Wright smears himself. In addition to intelligent people with open minds, complete morons with no mind can see this fact for themselves. Examples abound.

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Ragingbear 2 years, 1 month ago

Pastor=Cult Leader and scumwad. No exceptions exist.

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beatrice 2 years, 1 month ago

Nice to see the Right once again attacking the freedom of religion.

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jayhawklawrence 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Audrey for taking the time to write this letter.

I doubt it will change any minds that are already politically biased but I was happy to read it.

I am sure that Rev. Wright, like all of us, is not perfect and anyone that wants to slander him and use that against Obama will be able to weave any story they want to achieve that purpose.

The larger issue here for me is how arrogant white people who never attended a Southside Chicago church can sit in judgement about people they are completely clueless about because of something they heard on Rush or Fox News.

I attended those churches many times and even sang in some choirs in front of a packed church. It was a rare privilege and experience I will never forget and very humbling for a white boy from a small Kansas farm town.

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BlackVelvet 2 years, 1 month ago

The irony of all this is that both sides have extremes, and both sides (dems and repubs) lie about their opponents regularly. Reminds me why I am a staunch independent.

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Lynn731 2 years, 1 month ago

If he was so great, why did Obama drop him ?

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Timothy Eugene 2 years, 1 month ago

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yourworstnightmare 2 years, 1 month ago

Can we just condemn and reject all pastors, preachers, priests, popes, imams, mullahs, witch doctors, rabbis, and other god heads as religiously insane and move on?

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Steven Gaudreau 2 years, 1 month ago

Audrey, your topic is completely irrelevant and only perpetuates the ridiculous bickering between parties so that real issues are ignored. Let's all focus our attention on the bills potential candidates have backed in the past and see if there is a trend. Focus people and stop acting like children arguing whose Dad is stronger.

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Mike Ford 2 years, 1 month ago

when theocrats can't find a real point of arguement....they invent one and ride it as long as possible because the three amigos here know none of their rush or hannity bots will question it. there's no point in explaining anything to the willfully ignorant so let them stay in their insistence of dillusion....just minimize them to the point where a small circle of willfully stupid people still believe them.

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ivalueamerica 2 years, 1 month ago

The modern day GOP have long abandoned facts for sound bites.

In any other context, they would be called habitual liars.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 1 month ago

If Wright is such a sterling character, then why did the Mope throw him under the bus in 2008?

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 1 month ago

Nice "strawman" argument. I guess as long as you believe it and are at "peace" with your "spaghetti god", all is good.

Just don't force "your" beliefs on me. Audrey.

appreciate your thoughful and considerate mindset. your "stick to it ness" is groovy too.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 1 month ago

Anyone who saw any of Wright's interviews during the time Obama was in the process of disowning him could easily see who the real wingnut was.

And, to the letter writer: Check out Wright's new mansion sometime. I'm sure that it fits well within your definition of "social justice."

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

Republicans are always distorting just about anything as they lie about so many things during a campaign which I suppose is fitting for a bible toting republican.

One thing that can be said about the democrats and Obama is they consistently do not tear the nations economy apart. Such that republicans do as they wear bibles on their sleeves.

Documented evidence: 1. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many $$ trillions (Cost taxpayers $1.4 trillion), Plus millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  1. ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

3.ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only three? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

Thou shall not steal. Thou shall not tell a lie. Unless I am a republican politician.

Republicans are always distorting just about anything as they lie about so many things during a campaign which I suppose is fitting for a bible toting republican. And they put millions upon millions out of work along the way. God would not participate in such activity.

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Benjamin Roberts 2 years, 1 month ago

"The famous “G-D America” statement was actually a quote from a speech by a white man who was as incensed at the racism on the Southside as Rev. Wright was."

However, the Reverend Wright fails to credit any one with the quote and makes the statement with full ownership. Not only does he say what he means, he became a plagiarizer to do so. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix-AMYos0Js

Somehow, that makes it all okay... not.

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its_just_math 2 years, 1 month ago

I don't even know where to start, so I won't.

Well, except:

"Intelligent people with open minds are able to meet and converse with many people of various points of view over the years."

Other than a cheap shot that is so common among extreme left-wing Obama loyalists, is that just a justification and an excuse offered up on behalf of Wright and Obama?

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks, Audrey, for your very enlightening letter. It never seems to amaze me how the wingnuts on the extreme right will scrape and dig in their imaginary notions of who people are that have been present in President Obama's background.

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