Obama’s Church: Values and Beliefs Do Matter

The following article by John is quite interesting, and correctly so, Jeremiah Wright, like Louis Farrakan, is only the messager.  Barack Obama may have been present for only a few of Wright’s racist sermons, but Obama surely knew, and understood what Trinity United Church of Christ stood for, what the beliefs and values of the church are, and how those values and beliefs would be picked up by his wife and children.

Teachings of Obama’s church concern readers

It’s not Jeremiah Wright, it’s the church. The controversy over Sen. Barack Obama and the Rev. Wright is not about a sermon. Wright’s sermons represent what the church is all about, and Obama has been a member of this church for 20 years!

Obama’s church proclaims on its Web site: “A congregation committed to adoration … preaching salvation … seeking reconciliation … with a nonnegotiable commitment to Africa…” Notice the “commitment to Africa” and not to America? Michelle Obama said it herself, being for the first time “proud of my country.” After 20 years in this church, I see why.

I am not in opposition to this church’s right to believe and teach these things. Yet, is this your vision of America?

The presidency is the executive branch of our government and will employ many people picked by Sen. Obama. How many people will he enlist who hold the beliefs of his church? Is this the change you want?

JOHN MARSELLA

http://www.modbee.com/opinion/letters/story/277492.html

 

 

 

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Bitter and Armed?

‘It’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns, or religion, or antipathy to people who aren’t like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment, or anti-trade sentiment, as a way to explain their frustrations.’

Thus quoted Barack Obama in San Francisco before a liberal audience of fat cats.  What was Obama thinking?  Did he not think white Americans in rural and small town Pennsylvania would be offended?  Is he so out of touch with middle American that he didn’t know when he was making an offensive remark?  Political Night Train believes Obama’s statement goes to his core beliefs and values, those beliefs and values that were formed in his early adulthood, and for 20 years reinforced by Jeremiah Wright.  Just as all liberals think they know what is best for everyone, so too, the true liberal knows, without asking why the rest of us think and act as we do.  If these words were spoken by a Republican about inner city blacks, there would have been hell to pay with the MSM.  Here’s how it would sound:  “It’s not surprising then that they get angry, that they turn to rap music and guns, or black liberation theology, or hatred toward people who aren’t black, or anti-government sentiment, or anti-education, as a way to explain their frustrations.”  Like how that sounds.  Many of Barack Obama’s statements, those that are uttered before liberals in mostly closed door sessions, sound like somewhat watered down statements from Jeremiah Wright.  Can’t you just hear Wright in a Trinity United Church of Christ sermon saying those same words as Obama, just with more hatred and racism.  No, Obama is not an elitist.  He is an extreme liberal, with a good measure of socialism rolled in, and influenced by 20 years of Jeremiah Wright’s brand of activism.  Yes, he has a smooth wrapper, and a politician’s style, but inside, he is most likely burning with some of Wright’s own values and beliefs.

Jim Wooten of the Atlanta Constitution had this to say about Barack Obama’s patriotism:

As a Southerner accustomed to a culture of God, guns and patriotism expressed as easily and comfortably as one’s preference for Fords or Chevrolets, I’m jarred by Barack Obama’s every attempt to explain his patriotism.

I don’t deny his patriotism.

I just don’t recognize his definitions.

In Wednesday night’s debate, he was asked a videotaped question by Nash McCabe of Latrobe, Pa. “I want to know if you believe in the American flag,” she asked. “I am not questioning your patriotism, but all our servicemen, policemen and EMS wear the flag. I want to know why you don’t.”

“I revere the American flag and I would not be running for president if I did not revere this country,” he said. In no other country, he continued, would “my story” even be possible. And then this, which is where the words begin to jar:

“What I’ve tried to do is to show my patriotism by how I treat veterans when I’m working in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee; by making sure that I’m speaking forcefully about how we need to bring this war in Iraq to a close because I think it is not serving our national security well and it’s not serving our military families and our troops well; talking about how we need to restore a sense of economic fairness to this country because that’s what this country has always been about, is providing upward mobility and ladders to opportunity for all Americans. That’s what I love about this country. And so I will continue to fight for those issues.”

This is not patriotism — or at least any form of it I recognize. Substitute any interest group — organized labor, trial lawyers, bartenders, Teamsters or insurance agents — after the phrase “I’ve tried to show my (compassion, support, patriotism) by how I treat (name the interest group) in the Senate. …”

Political Night Train agrees with Wooten.  Obama does have a way of explaining his patriotism that does not quite fit the definition the rest of us use.  This is in keeping with those liberation theology values and beliefs Obama shares with Jeremiah Wright and James Cone. 

ABC Quizzes Obama On Values and Beliefs

It appears ABC has been reading Political Night Train, and they finally get it!  When it comes to Presidential candidates, Values and Beliefs do matter.  As do Character and Competence.  Political Night Train has been posting for months now that the core values and beliefs of the candidates are indeed important.  Barack Obama would have us believe that his values and beliefs should have little bearing, that if we want to be part of something historical, we should all vote for him, the Black candidate.  Somehow this will heal all those old racial feelings between whites and blacks.

 

PHILADELPHIABarack Obama got the first real glimpse here Tuesday night of what he will face if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee. Between now and November, the most important question he will be forced to answer is: Who is Barack Obama?

That was the subtext of the relentless questioning he faced at the National Constitution Center here on Tuesday. For the first half of the debate, ABC’s Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos threw one question after another at Obama that all shared the same underlying themes: what are your values and what do you believe?

 

Obama was questioned over and over,  for nearly 45 minutes regarding such issues as his relationship with Jeremiah Wright, his obvious lack of a flag lapel pin to show his patriotism, his readiness to be Commander-In-Chief, his relationship with Weather Underground radicals.  Then Hillary piled on, as expected.  Today, Obama cried foul, complaining that the media was focusing on his words, in particular, his misstatements.  Obama seems to think we should all drink the coolade, accept his ideas and not question the underlying core beliefs and values that form the basis for those ideas.  And who’s ideas?  Are they Obama’s ideas, based on beliefs and values shared by Americans?  Or, are they ideas shaped by 20 years of association with Jeremiah Wright, James Meeks, and members of the Weather Underground.  How much of his core beliefs are shaped by black liberation theology?  Note that Obama answered on question that he had disowned Jeremiah Wright, then restated that he had disowned Wright’s statements.  Obama also denied that he had ever been in church when Wright make his racist remarks.  As Hillary would say,”that requires suspending belief”.  Twenty years and Obama didn’t hear any of Wright’s numerous racist remarks; twenty years and Michelle Obama didn’t hear any of those remarks; twenty years and neither heard Wright’s remarks repeated by other church members?  Churches are by nature social organizations, and one thing is true of social organizations:  People talk, they hear and they repeat, especially the words of their religious leaders.

 

Much as Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos think they are getting to the “who is Barack Obama”, they failed to ask the really probing questions, such as:  “How much of black liberation theology do you support?”, “And do you, Obama, believe that black liberation theology values and beliefs represent the values and beliefs of all votes, black, white, and otherwise?”

 

Obama also needs to be questioned further on how he would direct the US Military as Commander-In-Chief.  His answers Wednesday night showed an almost total lack of understanding of the relationship between the civilian branch of the government and the military. 

 

As an added note, want to see an example of “liberation theology” run amok?  Look no further than what is happening right now in Paraguay where former Catholic Bishop Fernando Armindo Lugo Mendez is likely the country’s next President.  The Catholic Church has disowned Lugo for his “liberation theology” beliefs.

 

Obama & Hillary: Trust Is The Key Issue of Their Character

After much review and thought, Political Night Train has distilled the Democratic candidates down to two key issues for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton:  Character and Competence.  Of those two issues, none is more important than Character, and under Character, for both Obama and Clinton the main are of focus is “Trust”.  One advantage of this rather long Democratic primary is that it has clearly shown that both Obama and Hillary have different, but major weaknesses when it comes to “Trust”.

For Hillary the trust issue has been along and winding road, going back many years and is due to her ingrained personality traits, those being, a major world class control freak, extreme narcissistic personality disorder, and as Bill Safire said, “a congenital liar”.  The lies have now become pathological.  Hillary just cannot tell the truth.  It all starts with her unwillingness to be truthful to herself, and this is simply a defense mechanism.

The Bosnia lie was not the latest.  Now Hillary tells a story about how her father taught her to shoot a gun.  That now makes her pro-gun rights.  Anyone who believes this latest story has been in deep freeze, or on another planet.  Here are a few more:

Lied about a $100,000 bribe, camouflaged as futures trades, from Tyson Foods Inc. At issue was a $100,000 windfall from cattle futures after a $1,000 investment.

 

Lied about speculating in Health Care industry futures while overseeing legislative reform of same.

 

Failed to correct false testimony (i.e., lies) by co-defendant Ira Magaziner in Health Care trial.

 

Lied about ordering members of the Health Care Task Force to shred documents that were the target of a court probe.

 

Lied about and obstructed justice by ordering the shredding of Vince Foster’s documents in the Rose Law Firm.

 

In 1996, Hillary was accused by the Senate Special Whitewater Committee of ordering the removal of potentially damaging files related to Whitewater from Foster’s office on the night of his death and telling aides to lie about their removal. Of course, Hillary denied everything.

 

Obstructed justice by keeping her billing records, a document sought under subpoena, in the White House residence.  Then lied about it.

 

Lied to investigators about her knowledge about billing records.

 

Lied to investigators about her involvement in the Castle Grande land flip con.

 

Lied about ordering the use of the FBI to discredit Travel Office employees.

 

Lied to investigators about her involvement in the firing of Travel Office Employees (Travelgate). In May 1993, the co-president was accused of having a central hand in firing several long-time employees of the White House Travel Office, the better to give the pricey travel business to her Hollywood pals, Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Harry Thomason. Hillary denied everything and when Whitewater Independent Counsel Robert Ray investigated Travelgate, he concluded that there was substantial evidence that involved Hillary but not enough to warrant an indictment.

 

A Federal judge orders a trial on July 25, 1994 to determine if Hillary Clinton’s heath care task force illegally operated in secret.

Here then are some of the characteristics of a narcissistic personality disorder, note that Hillary displays all these characteristics:

Remember that a narcissist’s goal is attention. His or her whole life is a game of monopoly for it all. Keep in mind that attention comes in many forms, including regard, love, and respect.

 

Grandiosity

Slander others, or treat them like dirt

Lack of empathy, or play-acting empathy, such as tears-on-demand

It’s all about getting attention

Projecting a image of oneself, even if it means telling lies

Projecting an image of oneself such that others owe the person all their attention without having to ask for it.

Haughty attitude

For Barack Obama, the full picture has not yet developed as it has for Hillary.  However, we do know that there are major trust issues related to Obama’s long term relationship with Jeremiah Wright, Trinity United Church of Christ, and James Meeks.  Obama’s embrace of Black Liberation Theology, as preached by both Wright and Meeks has questioned whether voters should trust what he is saying on the campaign trail, or what he has practiced, through TUCC for the past 20 years. 

 

 

Obama’s Church Cries “Enough”, Wants to Restrict the Press

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.

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/politics/blog/2008/04/obamas_church_says_enough.html

 

Barack Obama’s Problems: Racism & Corruption

Barack Obama will continue to have two distinct and separate problems throughout the remainder of the primary, and if nominated, throughout the general election.  Those are racism and corruption.  Just as Bill Clinton had to deal with numerous “bimbo eruptions”, Obama will have to deal with weekly, if not daily racism and corruption eruptions.  While the media gave Bill Clinton a free pass, and the Right was not organized to fully exploit  Bill’s weaknesses, all that changed with John Kerry.  Swift-boating is already coming from the Hillary camp, and will increase dramatically if Obama is nominated.  Obama had a chance to be the first “post-race” black candidate.  His original campaign was run from the perspective that Obama was running as merely another Democrat, not as a black candidate, like Jessie Jackson.  If Obama had been able to continue to run as a “non-racial” candidate he would have been the true transitional candidate Democrats, Republicans and Independents hoped for.  But along the way, the Clinton’s, following their “win at any cost” strategy, screwed it all up for everyone.  Bill Clinton injected race as an issue, by saying there goes Barack Obama, another black candidate, winning SC, just like Jessie Jackson did.  Obama tried, but was unable to resist the bait.  Then, as if on cue from the Clinton’s, along comes Jeremiah Wright, a true race baiter and bigot.  Obama couldn’t resist the temptation.  He had to address the “race” issue head on.  In making his “race” speech, Obama did what no Clinton could do.  He acknowledged that he is in fact a “race” candidate.  This shows extreme poor judgment and character.  So, given what we now know about Barack Obama, here is a preview of what is likely to happen to Obama between now and November.

 

Pastor-gate:  Jeremiah Wright won’t go away.  Until Hillary drops out, the Clintons will continue to raise issues about Wright on a weekly basis.  Don’t be surprised if a video shows up of Wright preaching one of his anti-American sermons, and there’s Obama, Michelle and the children, right in the front.  Once Hillary is gone, then the swift-boaters from the Right take over.  There’ll be more and more information about Wright’s rants.  It won’t stop until November.

 

Black Liberation Theology:  There will continue to be questions about values, beliefs, and judgment.  How will Obama’s even tacit approval of black liberation theology taint his campaign.  Hillary will use it as a wedge issue to pull the Democratic bubba’s and rednecks over to her side.  This is probably the most serious issue Obama faces and the one that most deeply questions his judgment and core values.  How can Americans knowingly vote for someone who embraces a value and belief system that paints the white man as the devil incarnate?

 

Spiritual Advisor eruptions:  James Meeks has been one of Barack Obama’s primary spiritual advisors, second only to Jeremiah Wright.  Meeks will come under increasing scrutiny and there will be a lot of racially tainted statements linked to him.  Obama will have to explain away Meeks, just as he is doing with Wright.  Meeks anti-gay rants won’t go over very well with the gay and lesbian alliance that has good standing with the Democratic liberal left.  Here’s a sample:

 

A spring 2007 newsletter from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) named Meeks one of the “10 leading black religious voices in the anti-gay movement”. The newsletter cites him as both “a key member of Chicago’s ‘Gatekeepers’ network, an interracial group of evangelical ministers who strive to erase the division between church and state” and “a stalwart anti-gay activist… [who]… has used his House of Hope mega-church to launch petition drives for the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), a major state-level ‘family values’ pressure group that lauded him last year for leading African Americans in ‘clearly understanding the threat of gay marriage.'”

 

Probable Corruption Eruptions:  Tony Rezko; Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland law firm; Blagojevich; John Stroger; Todd Stroger; Donna Dunnings; Susan Sher; Alexi Giannoulias.  Just to name a few Obama supporters that are tainted with charges of corruption.  Here’s a sampling:

 

Obama’s ties to the corrupt Daley machine began when he was dating his wife Michelle and she brought him into the fold. Valerie Jarrett, the deputy chief of staff to Mayor Daley, hired Michelle as her assistant in 1991. Daley made Jarrett the chairman of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development and Michelle worked as her assistant in that Department during 1992-93.

 

When it came time for Obama’s US Senate campaign, Valerie Jarrett became the campaign finance chairman and worked hand and hand with fellow finance committee members, Rita and Tony Rezko, and his former boss at the law firm, Allison Davis, in fundraising endeavors.

 

Jarrett is now the CEO of Habitat Co, a real estate development and management firm which manages the housing program for the Chicago Housing Authority, the entity mandated to administer public housing, and she serves as an unpaid advisor to Obama’s Presidential campaign.

  

Obama Needs To Explain His Belief In Black Liberation Theology

Unless you have been living in a cave, most of you know by now that Barack Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright is a 100% devotee to “black libertion theology”.  This fact is supported not only by Wright’s sermons, but by the Trinity Church website.  The core theology of Wright, Trinity Church, and by association Barack Obama is black liberation theology.  As David Limbaugh points out below, Barck Obama needs to address to what extent he embraces black liberation theology and how those beliefs would shape his Presidential administration.  Further, Obama needs to explain why he has raised his children in a church that promotes racism.  How much of Barack Obama’s belief in black liberation theology includes Marxist beliefs?  Hillary, Obama Wreaking Presidential Havoc

By David Limbaugh

Many of us understood from the beginning the unrealism in the promises of this extreme liberal partisan to be a messianic uniter. But little did we know that he attended a church whose pastor, Jeremiah Wright, has distinguished himself through anti-American and racist rants and as a scholar and practitioner of black liberation theology. Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell warned on “Hannity & Colmes” that what we really need to focus on with this Obama/Wright flap, are the tenets of black liberation theology and to what extent Barack Obama embraces them, assuming his pastor and church truly endorse this theology. Blackwell said he is concerned this theology supports partial-birth abortion, pacifism in foreign policy, and economic socialism. He suggested that responsible voters have a duty to inquire whether Obama subscribes to these views. As it turns out, Blackwell’s observations are just the tip of the iceberg concerning this theology. If half of what I’ve read about it is true, it promotes anything but a unifying message. Instead of centering on God and his relationship to man, it appears to be unduly man-centered, race-oriented and more political than theological. Rather than adopting Martin Luther King’s colorblind approach, it stresses — according to Anthony B. Bradley of Covenant Theological Seminary — “an unqualified commitment to the black community as that community seeks to define its existence in the light of God’s liberating work in the world.” The theology, says Bradley, “laid the foundation for many [black pastors] to embrace Marxism and a distorted self-image of perpetual ‘victim.'” Doesn’t America have a right to know whether the leading Democratic presidential contender buys into the reputed theology of the church he has attended for 20 years? If Wright’s Trinity Church doesn’t teach this theology, Obama should have no problem telling us so. But if it does, he has much explaining to do. It won’t suffice for him to dismiss the inquiry with the same casual indifference by which he attempted to trivialize Wright’s disturbing sermons as just a few remarks over 30 years condensed into a 30-second sound bite. Even a tenuous connection to black liberation theology undermines Barack’s self-description as a unifier.

http://www.newsmax.com/limbaugh/obama_hillary/2008/03/27/83553.html