OK, so as of last night, Obama’s Pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright is officially off Obama’s African American Religious Leadership Committee, because of his recent controversial comments.
Here’s a couple of videos that show those comments. The first three are news pieces that puts them all together and the second is a recording from the church. Sorry for any partisanship that’s added in before or after the videos – these were the videos with the most examples in them, so I thought they were the best:
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And here is Obama’s response (transcript available here: http://my.barackobama.com/page/community/post/samgrahamfelsen/gGBzFP):
OK, so what are my thoughts? I think Obama was right in denouncing his pastor’s views, but I think he needs to go further. I think he needs to just denounce him like he did with Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan. I think the comments that Rev. Wright made went way too far for Obama to even associate with him.
Now, I will quickly make some comments about the charges that Wright violated IRS codes by campaigning from the pulpit. Although I don’t think that any pastor should ever endorse somebody from the pulpit (Republican or Democrat), I don’t think he went far enough to be campaigning from the pulpit. He was skirting the line, but I don’t think he did anything illegal.
Again, I think Obama needs to fully denounce his pastor, but it is good that he’s off his campaign committee.
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