Trinity United Church of Christ, Barack Obama’s church, and Jeremiah Wright’s church now wants to restrict press access to church officials, members and services. It seems Pastor Otis Moss III is getting a taste of what others who have found themselves in the news have faced, unwanted attention. Given that the attention is mostly negative and generated not so much by the church itself, as by it’s two most famous, and infamous members, it may seem reasonable the church is crying foul. Political Night Train questions Barack Obama’s judgment for remaining in a church that openly promoted racism and tolerated Jeremiah Wright’s ran tings. But Obama went a step further, naming Wright as an advisor to his campaign. If Obama was truthful when he said he had disagreed with Wright in years past, why then did he include him as a senior advisor. What advice was Wright providing to Obama, and was that advice tainted with racism? Was Wright’s advice to Obama based on liberation theology? Was Wright’s advice tainted by the Nation of Islam? If elected, would Obama continue to seek and accept Jeremiah Wright’s advice, and how would that advice shape domestic and foreign policy? These are all questions Barack Obama must address in the coming months.
The following article is by Frank James
Sen. Barack Obama’s church, Trinity United Church of Christ, is fed up and not going to take it anymore. “It” would be the media intrusions that have come with the controversy over the by- now infamous comments of its retired senior pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
The church’s new lead pastor, Otis Moss III, held a press conference yesterday to make two points. He called for a national conversation about race. And he wanted to read the riot act to some reporters who have gone overboard in the opinion of church members and others, in their pursuit of interviews with Trinity members.
The call for a racial dialogue gave the press conference a more elevated gloss than if it had been merely held for the purpose of telling reporters to cease and desist from bothering church members.
But one got the sense from watching the press conference that the main purpose was to tell the media to back off.