Not So Fast, Barack

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Tuesday, June 03, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Decision ’08: Barack Obama is changing churches in hopes of changing the subject long enough to slip into the White House. But it won’t change what he believes. Who’ll pin him down?

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A careful reading of the transcript of Obama’s press conference over the weekend reveals that he neither denounced his church nor permanently quit it. He twice left open the door to rejoining Trinity United Church of Christ after the election.

He said he and his wife merely decided “it was going to be very difficult to continue our membership there so long as I was running for president.”

Typical of the coverage of this candidate, nobody in the press followed up with tough questions. Nobody bothered to parse his words.

They just lobbed more softballs. “Do you feel like your faith and your church come under fire, more rapid fire, than other candidates in this presidential election?” asked one reporter. “How do you feel about that?”

We already know how Obama feels. He’s frosted that this paper and others outside the mainstream liberal media exposed his militantly Afro-centric, anti-American church and preacher.

“I didn’t anticipate my fairly conventional Christian faith being subjected to such challenge,” he said, with a straight face. So now he hopes quitting the church will put the controversy behind him.

“We don’t want to have to answer for everything that’s stated in a church,” Obama complained. “We also don’t want a church subjected to the scrutiny that a presidential campaign legitimately undergoes.”

In other words, don’t ask any more questions. The media seem content to honor his wishes, repeating the professional malpractice they committed in 1992 with another of their favorites, Bill Clinton.

But there’s nothing “conventional” about Obama’s church. It adheres to a radical doctrine that marries black nationalism with Christianity and believes white America is the centrum of evil in the world. It not only deserves further scrutiny, it screams for it.

Voters deserve to see specifically where there is and isn’t alignment between a church doctrine that preaches hatred of America and a candidate who wants to “change” America.

Black militant James Cone is the father of this doctrine, known as “black liberation theology.” Obama’s preacher and mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has said, “I do not in any way disagree with James Cone,” now a professor in New York.

Obama’s church uses Cone’s 1969 book, “Black Theology and Black Power,” as a second Bible. Wright keeps asking his critics if they’ve ever read Cone’s books. The real question is whether Obama has ever read them. Nobody has asked him.

Or whether he’s taught Sunday school classes on Cone’s theology. Never asked, never answered.

Cone believes Jesus Christ was black, that blacks are the true chosen people and that Africa is the Promised Land. Does Obama share these unconventional views?

Cone also believes that the white man is the “devil” and the white church in America the “anti-Christ.” Does Obama hold these views, as well?

Both Wright and Cone have argued for reparations for blacks. Where does Obama stand on this issue? We don’t know. He’s not talking.

Obama, a lawyer, is very clever about crafting his denials. He claims he never heard Wright’s splenetic sermons while sitting in “the pews.”

What about in the church’s two overflow rooms in the bowels of the building, where latecomers sit on folding chairs and watch a TV broadcast of the service? Did he ever hear his sermons via streaming Internet broadcasts or via the DVDs sold at the church gift shop? We don’t know. Nobody has asked him.

Cone’s protege is Dwight Hopkins, who teaches black theology classes at Obama’s church that include harangues against “U.S. capitalism’s oppressive character.” Did Obama ever hear Hopkins speak? Did he ever take a class taught by him?

What about all the kooky conspiracy theories Obama’s preachers and “fellow Trinitarians” believe? Does Obama, too, buy that the U.S. government cooked up AIDS and crack to destroy blacks?

These are just a few of the questions left unasked by the media and unanswered by the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

The media failed to adequately vet Bill Clinton, and look what the electorate got. History is repeating itself now with Obama, and the country could end up with something far worse.



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