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Thus, the likability factor of political candidate, Barack Hussein Obama, is now met with the reality of the individual and it’s disappointing that there’s a margin between the two despite now a welcome reduction in political misleadment associated with the candidacy and politics of Barack Obama.

Hyperbole inevitably leads to hyperactive scrutiny and in the case of Presidential candidates, hyperactive scrutiny is good. In the case of Obama, however, it appears that too many gullible people (who have the vote) are too far gone into a particular sort of mania about this individual that does not — clearly, does not — match the reality of the individual. And the reality of the individual is being ignored and suppressed otherwise, while anyone raising the reality is being punished by those who want it suppressed.

The story goes(so far) that Obama has maintained membership in a “church” in Chicago (Trinity United Church of Christ) for about twenty of the past years — currently affiliated — as have his wife and eventual two daughters.

The “pastor” of that church (Jeremiah Wright), was revealed nationally (a full year ago by Sean Hannity on FOX News but only recently coming to the national media due to Democrat squabbling between the Clinton and Obama campaigns) to have authored a litany of detestable screed from the pulpit of that church, to include “G**-damning America” and performing a mimicry of a sexual act before the congregation, among other despicable tirades by Wright in that church about racial resentments and outright hateful blame of “white America” (who Wright alleges many times in recorded speeches as being responsible for most everything that Wright also alleges is damnable about “America” though he does cover a lot of others as to his alleged guilty — Jews, Israel, Europeans, among those blamed by Wright — yet excludes “Black Americans” as being perpetual victims of all of those and more).

Listen for yourself if you haven’t already heard most of this on national television — most of the worst of what Wright has to say is found in good representation on YouTube, while it lasts. (“Jeremiah Wright” search results on

The church at issue is founded on “Black” or racial terms (“…We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community..”), and, ” (are) committed to Africa.” It’s a church in the United States but the purpose of the group is a racially separatist one — and while I’m not clear on why they worship as “Black” or what a “Black worship service” other than a worship of a human racial type — certainly not a Christian concept or principle — they state their organizational identity thusly:

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,”

And, about Obama, his relationship with that church and with pastor Wright, this article from 2007, a pre-Wright-exposure piece from an Obama who at that time declared in many areas of his personal and professional life to be “fully integrated” ideologically and politically with “pastor Wright” (and pastor Wright’s message):

This is as openly radical a background as any significant American political figure has ever emerged from, as much Malcolm X as Martin Luther King Jr. Wright is not an incidental figure in Obama’s life, or his politics. The senator “affirmed” his Christian faith in this church; he uses Wright as a “sounding board” to “make sure I’m not losing myself in the hype and hoopla.” Both the title of Obama’s second book, The Audacity of Hope, and the theme for his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 come from Wright’s sermons. “If you want to understand where Barack gets his feeling and rhetoric from,” says the Rev. Jim Wallis, a leader of the religious left, “just look at Jeremiah Wright.”

Obama wasn’t born into Wright’s world. His parents were atheists, an African bureaucrat and a white grad student, Jerry Falwell’s nightmare vision of secular liberals come to life. Obama could have picked any church — the spare, spiritual places in Hyde Park, the awesome pomp and procession of the cathedrals downtown. He could have picked a mosque, for that matter, or even a synagogue. Obama chose Trinity United. He picked Jeremiah Wright. Obama writes in his autobiography that on the day he chose this church, he felt the spirit of black memory and history moving through Wright, and “felt for the first time how that spirit carried within it, nascent, incomplete, the possibility of moving beyond our narrow dreams.”

A little over one week ago, Obama declared:

“I am proud of my pastor and my church,” though he was expressing certain reservations about both as to the political climate after reading that all was not enthusiastic in the nation about either/or, once Pastor Wright’s actual messages began replicating on YouTube.

A week later — just two days ago — Obama said:

I wasn’t in church during the time that these statement were made. I did not hear such incendiary language myself, personally. Either in conversations with him or when I was in the pew, he always preached the social gospel. … If I had heard them repeated, I would have quit. … If I thought that was the repeated tenor of the church, then I wouldn’t feel comfortable there.”

And as of March 16, 2008, Pastor Wright has been “scrubbed from the Obama website.”

After twenty years of membership in Wright’s “church” — in which Wright performed the marriage ceremony between Barack and wife, Michelle, and also baptized their two children later, and during which twenty or so years, Wright counselled Obama privately and professionally, becoming a member of Obama’s Presidential campaign as advisor — after all that, Obama “did not hear” Wright’s messages or “incendiary language.”

It’s not a plausible position for Obama to take. I’d have at least held some respect out for him if he’d admitted knowledge and awareness but revealed some recent change of character and thus, rejected Wright’s “incendiary language” from a fresh, enlightened perspective.

But that’s not the case. We are left with the same Obama with a rationalized and implausible story.

This is not merely about “incendiary language,” it’s about Wright’s disturbed mentality and presumption as “pastor” and as representative of a “church” and Obama’s involvement with both, and especially about his recent statements alleging unawareness over a twenty-year and intense affiliation.

The language issue is nearly tiny by comparison of offense with the positions and sentiments expressed by Wright, using any language, incendiary or not. The messages are those of illness, disturbance, entirely unsupportable disrespect not only for our nation but for humanity.

But, far more condemnable as to Wright’s messages and positions are that they defame Jesus Christ.

NOTE: ABC News offers a good roundup of the Obama-Wright developments.

Obama didn’t have to attend Wright’s sermons, HE HAD THE TAPES.

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