Skip to comments.Revered Jeremiah Wright, "former Muslim" (?!)
Posted on 04/07/2008 2:29:18 PM PDT by Timeout
Today I came across this year-old, largely biographical article about Barack Obama. It reads as though Lizza relied on Obama for large chunks of the piece, with other material coming from his books and interviews with those who knew him.
About 2/3's down the page, I came across this astonishing nugget:
After many lectures like this, Obama decided to take a second look at Wright's church. Older pastors warned him that Trinity was for "Buppies"--black urban professionals--and didn't have enough street cred. But Wright was a former Muslim and black nationalist who had studied at Howard and Chicago, and Trinity's guiding principles--what the church calls the "Black Value System"--included a "Disavowal of the Pursuit of Middleclassness.'"Wright is a "former Muslim"?!
I've never seen this anywhere else. Where did Lizza get it....from Obama? From Wright (whom he apparently interviewed)?
Have any of you ever heard that before?
Read the last two comment posts.
Hugh Hewitt found that Obama himself mentions Wright’s Muslim background in his (Obama’s) book.
Barack Obama provides an account of his meeting Rev. Wright in Dreams from my Father, as well as this brief bio on p. 282:
“He had grown up in Philadelphia, the son of a Baptist minister. He had resisted his father’s vocation at first, joining the Marines out of college, dabbling with liquor, Islam, and black nationalism in the sixties. But the call of his faith had apparently remained, a steady tug on his heart, and eventually he’d entered Howard, then the University of Chicago, where he spent six years studying for a Ph.D. in the history of religion. “
Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to
prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that
seemed delightfully uncalculated [...], Mr. Obama described the
call to prayer as "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at
Send treats to the troops...
Great because you did it!
I agree with your comments.
Wouldn’t both of these high-profile people be considered dangerous apostates? Yes, I believe they would.
Makes me say hmmmm, too.
WOW! Thank you very, very much for posting, Timeout.
I found this FR thread in a roundabout way from...poster gramfan’s link at jihadwatch here...
...linking to infidelsarecool blog here...
...linking to your post at Free Republic in their 1st sentence.
Many thanks to Ryan Lizza at The New Republic.
If there is a "legitimate biography" of Wright, a relatively famous and/or notorious person, that doesn't mention his educational background and major in college, that is suspicious in and of itself.
We need a Chicago freeper to check out The Chicago Divinity School's records.
>>>He reiterated Islams teaching of mercy.<<<
Yep. Ask Nick Berg and Danny Pearl. They're familiar with the concept.
Farrakhan's NoI is not really "Islam" in the Quranic sense. They do not preach from the Quran or Hadith. Nation of Islam is this weird Black Nationalist cult that just calls itself Islamic. Similarly, Wright's group seems mainly Black Nationalist at its core. What we might have here are just two "skins" on the same core.
it could also be that Wright is not as "former" as he claims, and that Wright's church is a "feeder" to NoI, and/or a place where NoI can congregate while giving the surface appearance of being mainstream Christian
I got to it via a link from LittleGreenFootballs.com
Wright stuff bump
I found it on LGF as well.
Can this be put in the sidebar as well for more visibility?
Thanks for posting the article about Ellison.
I thought you CAN’T be a former MUSLIM!! I thought if you want to leave they’d KILL you.
Thanks for the link.