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Obama Sends Statement on Controversial Pastor to The Brody File (the backpedaling begins)
CBN ^ | 3/14/08 | David Brody/Hussein Obama

Posted on 03/14/2008 1:51:14 PM PDT by pissant

Barack Obama's campaign has sent The Brody File here at CBN News a statement regarding the controversy swirling around his former pastor Jeremiah Wright.

Read it below:

The pastor of my church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who recently preached his last sermon and is in the process of retiring, has touched off a firestorm over the last few days. He's drawn attention as the result of some inflammatory and appalling remarks he made about our country, our politics, and my political opponents.

Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.

Because these particular statements by Rev. Wright are so contrary to my own life and beliefs, a number of people have legitimately raised questions about the nature of my relationship with Rev. Wright and my membership in the church. Let me therefore provide some context.

As I have written about in my books, I first joined Trinity United Church of Christ nearly twenty years ago. I knew Rev. Wright as someone who served this nation with honor as a United States Marine, as a respected biblical scholar, and as someone who taught or lectured at seminaries across the country, from Union Theological Seminary to the University of Chicago. He also led a diverse congregation that was and still is a pillar of the South Side and the entire city of Chicago. It's a congregation that does not merely preach social justice but acts it out each day, through ministries ranging from housing the homeless to reaching out to those with HIV/AIDS.

Most importantly, Rev. Wright preached the gospel of Jesus, a gospel on which I base my life. In other words, he has never been my political advisor; he's been my pastor. And the sermons I heard him preach always related to our obligation to love God and one another, to work on behalf of the poor, and to seek justice at every turn.

The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church.

Let me repeat what I've said earlier. All of the statements that have been the subject of controversy are ones that I vehemently condemn. They in no way reflect my attitudes and directly contradict my profound love for this country.

With Rev. Wright's retirement and the ascension of my new pastor, Rev. Otis Moss, III, Michelle and I look forward to continuing a relationship with a church that has done so much good. And while Rev. Wright's statements have pained and angered me, I believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said, but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be President of the United States.

What's your reaction to the statement? I will have more followup soon. Stand by.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: barack; buraqhusseinobama; hateusacrowd; hussein; jeremiahwright; larrysincalirslover; nobama; obama
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Yeah, I'm sure Obama never heard this clown preach any similar garbage.
1 posted on 03/14/2008 1:51:16 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Alrighty then.


2 posted on 03/14/2008 1:53:58 PM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: pissant
And the sermons I heard him preach always related to our obligation to love God and one another, to work on behalf of the poor, and to seek justice at every turn.

Sounds like Barak didn't make it to church very often...

3 posted on 03/14/2008 1:54:06 PM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (Member VRWC - Volvo-owning right-wing conspiracy.)
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To: pissant

Thanks for posting this- I just popped a link in another thread of your’s for the same letter to the Huffington Post...

He’s sending this letter all over the internet.


4 posted on 03/14/2008 1:54:58 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: pissant
Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy.

Hollow words, Obamie. This isn't the first time your 'pastor' has said inflamatory things. If you truly 'vehemently disagreed' you would have left this church long ago.

5 posted on 03/14/2008 1:54:58 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: pissant
Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy.

Hollow words, Obamie. This isn't the first time your 'pastor' has said inflamatory things. If you truly 'vehemently disagreed' you would have left this church long ago.

6 posted on 03/14/2008 1:54:58 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: pissant

He agreed with them before he didn’t.....


7 posted on 03/14/2008 1:55:04 PM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: pissant
"It's a congregation that does not merely preach social justice but acts it out each day, through ministries ranging from housing the homeless to reaching out to those with HIV/AIDS"

And Al Capone opened soup kitchens all around Chicago during the depression.

8 posted on 03/14/2008 1:55:05 PM PDT by joebuck (Finitum non capax infinitum!)
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To: holdonnow; AliVeritas; Fudd Fan; Bahbah; Miss Didi; tiredoflaundry; STARWISE

Ping for Obama’s CYA letter...


9 posted on 03/14/2008 1:56:43 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: pissant

Do you have a “Hussein BS” ping list you can add me to please? :]


10 posted on 03/14/2008 1:57:10 PM PDT by 007girl
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To: pissant
They in no way reflect my attitudes and directly contradict my profound love for this country.

They seem to reflect your wife's views pretty closely, Barry.

11 posted on 03/14/2008 1:57:17 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: pissant

I tell ya - I wish this would all just bubble a bit until he gets the Dem nomination, then erupt.


12 posted on 03/14/2008 1:57:39 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: joebuck

And Al Capone opened soup kitchens all around Chicago during the depression.
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You are AWESOME!!!!!!


13 posted on 03/14/2008 1:58:07 PM PDT by Anti-Hillary (Lest anyone forgot, WE ARE AT WAR!!!!! NOW IS NOT THE TIME IN HISTORY TO TEACH THE PARTY A LESSON!!)
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To: 007girl

No, no ping list


14 posted on 03/14/2008 1:58:22 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: illiac
He agreed with them before he didn’t.....for over twenty years.
15 posted on 03/14/2008 1:58:52 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Both dim candidates promise change and/or hope. I don't think the USA can afford their message.)
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To: pissant

This was smart on Obama’s part. Candidates have to respond quickly.

Smarter would have been to leave this church years ago.


16 posted on 03/14/2008 1:59:57 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: SE Mom

Horse Hockey

Sorry B Hussein.......... this one is gonna stick!

17 posted on 03/14/2008 2:00:20 PM PDT by tiredoflaundry (High Maintenance Estrogen Bot........... look out :0))
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To: joebuck

And, Hitler had no intentions of invading Poland, France, Russia, Austria, Hungary, England, etc., etc., etc. Really he didn’t want to... really... really.


18 posted on 03/14/2008 2:00:33 PM PDT by Eurale
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To: pissant
"The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments. But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it appropriate to leave the church."

The American people will see this statement for what it is--without any credibility.

19 posted on 03/14/2008 2:01:24 PM PDT by montag813
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To: SE Mom
Thanks, Mom. I am just sick about this Obama.
20 posted on 03/14/2008 2:01:24 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: pissant

Absurd. A man who says the things that Wright said is not a man who says them on rare and isolated occasions. He believes them and preaches and rants them to anyone who will listen.

I have my doubts on just how “respected” a biblical scholar he is, too. He sounds like a race baiter who does everything he can to keep the animosity between the races going. That’s diametrically opposed IMHO to the message of Christ.

Finally, would you stay 20 years in a church where you so vehemently disagreed with a core tenet of the pastor’s belief system? I would not. When I look at this situation, and then throw in Obama’s wife’s statements, I can only conclude that Obama is a political opportunist who at his core harbors great disdain for traditional America in general and whites in particular.

MM


21 posted on 03/14/2008 2:01:31 PM PDT by MississippiMan
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To: pissant

I believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said, but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be President of the United States.

Obama....I am judging you on what you believe in and your values. Don’t we all get some of them at church? You are done sir!....Your two step is painfully obvious!


22 posted on 03/14/2008 2:02:29 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: pissant
I predict that Mr. Obama will denounce all of the inflammatory statements made my the reverend.

Right ater he meets with him to tell him that he should not believe the statements that he will make. After all, he is only going to make the denouncements to please the white folks to win the presidency.

23 posted on 03/14/2008 2:03:05 PM PDT by R_Kangel (`.`)
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I never heard that.

24 posted on 03/14/2008 2:03:11 PM PDT by evets
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To: pissant

Obama: “don’t you folks know this whole Christian church thing was just window-dressing?? I’ve hardly ever set foot in the place and you honky fools want to hold me to account for everything that is preached there?!? Ooops, did I just step in it again?”


25 posted on 03/14/2008 2:03:25 PM PDT by Enchante (Governor Spitzer, can you recommend a "high class" prostitute for a Democrat friend?)
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To: evets

BWAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!


26 posted on 03/14/2008 2:03:48 PM PDT by tiredoflaundry (High Maintenance Estrogen Bot........... look out :0))
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To: pissant

“The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation.”

That’s a LIE and Hussein knows it.


27 posted on 03/14/2008 2:05:09 PM PDT by indcons
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To: pissant
Not credible. This preacher has been an "activist" in this way for many years. His CHRISTMAS SERMON was hate filled for Heaven's sake.

Sorry Hussein, I do not believe you. Your own actions (not saluting the flag, not wearing the flag on your lapel), your wife's statements and activities, all of these things begin to add up now.

You are backing away now because it is politically expediant, but by your own measure, your judgement now is in abject and total question. You are not qualified or judgementaly capable or qoualified of leading this nation.

28 posted on 03/14/2008 2:05:46 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: pissant
you are so dead barack O'damnAmerica
29 posted on 03/14/2008 2:05:52 PM PDT by ari-freedom (McCain must pick a conservative VP if he wants conservative support)
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To: pissant

Sorry....too damned late for Obama to turn loose of that Tar Baby!

Obama sat through that crap for over 20 years...
He was in that Church to earn his “black credentials.”

Well he succeeded in Spades!

This is not an “out of context” issue...
This is not just some nutty bastard who favors Obama - this is the LEADER of Obama’s church of 20 years — his PERSONAL Spiritual leader!

This nutty, racist and America hating “preacher” is Obama’s “cross” and Albatross to bear....
It hangs around his neck with a stench I hope will serve as smelling salts for all those mindless bxxxxes fainting at his none issue speeches...


30 posted on 03/14/2008 2:05:56 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: pissant
What's your reaction to the statement?

A good timely response by Obama.- tom

31 posted on 03/14/2008 2:06:03 PM PDT by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: pissant
All of the statements that have been the subject of controversy are ones that I vehemently condemn.

So....why put him on your campaign?

I thought it was telling that Obama described himself as having tried multiple faiths until coming to this church back when he was a 'community organizer.' It sounds like the radical social reformer found a church that resonated, and he stayed for 20+ years...which is a pretty good illumination of the person Barack Obama really is. A long-time radical.

32 posted on 03/14/2008 2:06:18 PM PDT by atomicpossum (Replies must follow approved guidelines or you will be kill-filed without appeal.)
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To: pissant
I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit

But not a problem for last 20-25 yrs Obama and wife have attended and still attend.

33 posted on 03/14/2008 2:06:39 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: pissant

Obama sat for 20 years in the pew and listen to this sick, false shepherd’s divisive and prejudiced sermons. It only further illustrates how Obama is lacking in judgement.

If Obama was a true believing Christian, he would have a far different (and Biblical) view on abortion and homosexuality.


34 posted on 03/14/2008 2:07:03 PM PDT by Lions Gate
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To: pissant

Isn’t this similar to his Candian escapade re NAFTA, and the reported business about being more willing to openly support Palestine after the (Senate) primary race?

IOW say whatever gets him elected and hide his real positions in all three cases.


35 posted on 03/14/2008 2:07:13 PM PDT by From many - one.
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To: pissant
Where is the statement on the "friendly relationship" with the Weathermen bomber and his Manson family wife?

Obama has fit in with the wrong people for a long time, he's trying to change who he was without even defining who he is.

It's too late after breaking bread with terrorists and America haters in order to be a good "progressive", and now say oops, I take it all back.

36 posted on 03/14/2008 2:07:15 PM PDT by Williams
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To: San Jacinto

Yep HBO and I believe in the tooth fairy!


37 posted on 03/14/2008 2:07:55 PM PDT by restornu (Elsie OCD does seem communicable.....)
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To: Anti-Hillary
And Al Capone opened soup kitchens all around Chicago during the depression.

And Bin Laden built schools in Afganistan (according to Patty Murray, D-Washington).

38 posted on 03/14/2008 2:08:15 PM PDT by NurdlyPeon (New tag line in progress.)
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To: Capt. Tom

A forced, untimely one.


39 posted on 03/14/2008 2:08:44 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: 007girl; pissant

I have a Hussein Obama ping list that specifically focuses on his links to subversives, terrorists, and other malcontents - domestic and foreign.

Not many pingees though....LOL.


40 posted on 03/14/2008 2:08:47 PM PDT by indcons
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To: pissant
For posting a critique of Senator Obama!


41 posted on 03/14/2008 2:09:11 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: pissant
He spent twenty years listening to this racist philosophy, and his own wife has parroted it during the campaign. I am not impressed with his denial.
42 posted on 03/14/2008 2:09:12 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: atomicpossum

he chose this church.
he sent his children there. disgusting


43 posted on 03/14/2008 2:09:59 PM PDT by ari-freedom (McCain must pick a conservative VP if he wants conservative support)
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To: Enchante

He’s a 3rd generation Muslim who has worshiped Islam his whole life, regardless of what the front door says on his church. He can’t hide from it, and he won’t convince anyone who pays attention.


44 posted on 03/14/2008 2:10:00 PM PDT by T. Jefferson
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To: trisham

His wife just brought greetings last week from Pastor Jeremiah to some church she was campaigning in.


45 posted on 03/14/2008 2:12:05 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: evets

Right.....those Dumbo ears NEVER heard his preacher of 20 years EVER utter any America hating black racist crap....

I wonder if the moderator would allow me to call Obama a ^%&^ ^%$$#@$#^%$ ^%$%##% #$^%$#$ #$%^#45 lying #$@$$#$ $&%%$


46 posted on 03/14/2008 2:12:20 PM PDT by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
Having converted to Roman Catholicism from United Church of Christ, I have tried to put myself in Obama’s shoes on this one. When trying to find a good, Christian church some thirty years ago, I went to Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist. I have heard some loopy things said by ministers in meetings and from the pulpit. Point is, I didn't go back. The Evangelical and Reformed Church of my childhood no longer exists — it merged with the Congregationalists to form the United Church of Christ during the early ecumenical years.

Whenever I heard anything that deviated from the 14 years of bible study and Confirmation courses for a four hour every Saturday, for two years before I could take my first communion, I backed politely out of the door and waived “Adieu”. My theology was given to me by some of the greatest Christian men from Eden Seminary (which my grandmother helped to build with every little bit of extra money should could manage). Bottom line, Barry should have booked it the moment his Pastor jumped the shark.

47 posted on 03/14/2008 2:12:46 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: pissant

Activate the Damage Control Team!


48 posted on 03/14/2008 2:14:09 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
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To: LearnsFromMistakes

Barack Obama’s mentor Hillary aint never been called a ..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPjVp3PLnVs


49 posted on 03/14/2008 2:14:50 PM PDT by restornu (Elsie OCD does seem communicable.....)
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To: pissant
Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.

And that's why Rev. Wright is Obama's spiritual advisor and a member, at least informally, of his campaign staff.

50 posted on 03/14/2008 2:14:53 PM PDT by RJL
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