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Fox News and the Division of America

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Right now, however, in this dark hour in American history, we are looking at the Trump moment, as three Trump loyalists ask the Boss "questions" to highlight his favorite talking-points on a Thursday morning.

On this Saturday night two days later, the Trump Division Plan continues. The President is not in Washington engaging with a collection of journalists he calls "fake." He is basking in the warm embrace of his voters in Michigan.

I close this posting by calling attention to the fact that this weekend marks the tenth anniversary of this blog, As I began the blog 10 years ago on April 27, 2008, the Democratic party was involved in a heated campaign that pitted Hillary Clinton against Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic nomination for president.

The Clinton campaign was attacking the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, a leading Chicago preacher and the pastor of a UCC congregation where Barack Obama was a member. The Clinton campaign described sermons by Wright as "radical," and by association with the church, Obama was also implicated as "radical."

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To celebrate 10 years of this blog site , I reprint below my closing words for that first posting. To read the full first posting, click on Wall Writings.

"The Rev. Jeremiah Wright spoke to an enthusiastic, supportive crowd of 10,000 at an NAACP dinner Sunday night. Earlier this weekend, on Bill Moyers' Now PBS program Friday night Rev. Wright spoke calmly of his preaching style, which is anything but calm in the pulpit.

"He noted, for example, that Psalm 137 was the text he used in his sermon right after 9/11. He says the children of Israel were in exile and they were angry at those who took them into exile. He used the text to trace the history of the US mistreatment of non whites, Native Americans, African Americans, and more recently, the people of Palestine and Iraq.

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"The writer of Psalm 137 wanted revenge against their captors and proclaimed that the Israelites were ready to smash the heads of children whose parents had brought such pain to them. (Look it up) Wright said he told his congregation that it would be wrong to respond to 911 by seeking revenge. Preaching a few days after 9/11 he spoke in prophetic language of what happens to a nation when it mistreats others and ended by suggesting that the attack was an indication that 'America's chickens have come home to roost.'

"In an Associated Press story of Dr. Wright's speech to the NAACP in Detroit he was quoted as saying, 'I describe the conditions in this country.' The story noted that despite what his critics say, he is descriptive, not divisive, when he speaks about racial injustices. 'I describe the conditions in this country... I'm not a politician. I know that fact will surprise many of you because many in the corporate-owned media made it seem like I am running for the Oval Office. I am not running for the Oval Office. I've been running for Jesus a long, long time, and I'm not tired yet.'

"Another man who is not tired is Jimmy Carter. He is just back from peace missions to Nepal and Israel-Palestine. His op ed column on the trip is in today's New York Times."

Thus endeth the first Wall Writings posting from 10 years ago, April 27, 2008. Readers are invited to draw their own conclusions as to changes in American politics during the past decade, up to and including, April 28, 2018.

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James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced (more...)

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