The controversy concerning Barack Obama's Pastor has revealed more than the appalling sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It has once again uncovered the obvious double standard so prevalent this election season. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Bill O'Reilly have dedicated entire shows to using Rev. Wright's words to disqualify Obama for the Presidency.
Before I proceed further, let me make it clear that I believe Rev. Wright's words to be bigoted and detestable. Below is a clip of these statements:
Yesterday (March 14, 2008) Barack Obama wrote a very clear denouncement of Rev. Wright's statements. It was published by The Huffington Post, and was a stronger rejection than the one he gave Minister Louis Farrakhan. Below are some excerpts:
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.
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.
I'm satisfied and think we should take Obama at his word. Similar accusations were made against John F. Kennedy due to his affiliation with the Catholic Church. Kennedy made his denouncement-as he should have-and it was satisfactory for most Americans. Here's his clip:
I ask you, did Limbaugh and Hannity dedicate entire shows repudiating Mitt Romney due to the Mormon Church's racist views against our darker skin brothers and sisters? No. In fact, it was proclaimed to be a violation of Romney's first amendment rights. It was bigotry to even question his association. However, until 1978 black people could not become priests in the Mormon Church. The church taught that dark skin was the "mark" given to Cain for killing his brother Abel. Mormon's were also taught that God allowed black people to survive Noah's flood so there could be a balance between good and evil. Black people were Satan's representatives on Earth. This bigotry and racism was much worse than that of Rev. Wright, for it heaped condemnation beyond the grave. It had "eternal" consequences! Watch this clip:
John Hagee has preached for years that the Catholic Church is the "Great prostitute" in the book of Revelation. His demand that America support Israel's refusal to surrender any land, has given support to radical Jewish extremists and has contributed to the hatred in the Middle East. Hagee even clearly blamed the Katrina hurricane on the New Orleans homosexuals and their planned "Gay Parade." If you watch no others, watch this clip:
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