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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.



No End Of Bile From Obama’s Bully Pulpits

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, May 30, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Decision ’08: Everybody knows the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his bigoted anti-American rants. We’ll soon get to know the Rev. Michael Pfleger. With Barack Obama, you’re not only waiting for the other shoe to drop. You’re following a centipede.

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In April 2004, Sen. Obama told a reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times that he had three spiritual mentors or counselors: Jeremiah Wright, James Meeks and Father Michael Pfleger. On Sunday, May 25, Pfleger showed up at Obama’s Trinity United Church of Christ doing his best Rev. Wright imitation.

A radical priest at Chicago’s St. Sabina Catholic Church, Pfleger told the congregation, “We must be honest enough to expose white entitlement and supremacy wherever it raises its head.” He mimicked Hillary Clinton crying and said her reaction to Obama’s candidacy was to say: “I’m white. I’m entitled. There’s a black man stealing my show.”

Obama was quicker on the draw than he was with Wright, saying last week that he was “deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric.” Maybe, maybe not. But if Obama doesn’t share Pfleger’s views, Trinity Church — Obama’s church — obviously does.

With Wright, Obama could get away for a while with claiming remarks such as 9/11’s being a case of America’s chickens coming home were cherry-picked snippets from decades of sermons, and that in any event he wasn’t there on those particular Sundays.

When Wright repeated and amplified those remarks at the National Press Club, Obama’s political calculation was to disown the pastor he said he couldn’t disown, the man who married him and baptized his children.

Obama said he realized Wright wasn’t the same man he had known for 20 years. Will he say the same thing about Pfleger? Or will he admit that his church is a bastion of black liberation from whose pulpit routinely comes vitriol worthy of a David Duke or, for that matter, a Louis Farrakhan?

The 2004 Sun-Times article noted that “friends and advisers” such as Pfleger, “who has known Obama for the better part of 20 years, help him keep his (moral) compass, he (Obama) says.” Based on Pfleger’s remarks, either he or Obama, or both, have, uh, lost their bearings.

Pfleger has had a working relationship with Obama since the late 1980s. As noted, he was one of Obama’s spiritual mentors. Between 1995 and 2001, Pfleger contributed a total of $1,500 to Obama’s various political campaigns.

This includes a $200 donation in April 2001, three months after Obama, still an Illinois state senator, helped obtain $225,000 in grants for St. Sabina programs. In 2000, Obama secured a $100,000 earmark for the ARK Community Center, attached to St. Sabina. Render unto Caesar.

Pfleger apologized for his remarks, saying “I regret the words I chose” and the “words are inconsistent with Senator Obama’s life and message.” But does he regret the sentiments expressed or merely that they hurt Obama’s political chances? Pfleger’s remorse came only after his rant popped up on YouTube.

Pfleger, who leads a mostly black parish and has warmly embraced what is called black liberation theology, was a member of “Catholics for Obama.” A glowing endorsement of the former state senator appeared on Obama’s campaign Web site. Pfleger is a regular guest at Trinity.

The June-July issue of Wright’s “Trumpet” magazine described him as “Afrocentric to the core.” This is the same magazine that printed an op-ed by a Hamas supporter and honored Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan. Pfleger calls Farrakhan a “friend” who “is a great man who I have great respect for, who has done an awful lot for people in this country.”

Does Obama have any spiritual mentors who don’t hate America and think all its people are racists? We don’t believe in guilt by association, but these are the only associations he seems to have.

Obama cannot claim he was ignorant of Pfleger’s views as he claimed to be of Wright’s. He cannot claim to have sat in the pews of Trinity United, bringing his children there, and heard none of this. Both his judgment and his honesty, even his true beliefs, are in question.

If the Rev. Pfleger helps open the public’s eyes about the enigmatic Obama, he will have also done an awful lot for the people of this country.