This doesn’t really surprise me, because I read “Audacity of Hope.” In the book it is very evident that Obama has made his Christian affiliation based on convenience and politics (he essentially says it). It didn’t really disturb me too much, but I’ve made it evident before (can’t find the post–but I’m sure I did…really) that it wasn’t my favorite thing about him.
But to be a member of this Church goes a little beyond the pail.
As someone who has recently (admittedly cautiously–and so far unsuccessfully) confronted the racist tendencies of his own Church back home, it disturbs me that someone with as good of a chance to be President as Senator Obama would be a member of a Church with so much racist dogma that it would give Lewis Farrakhan an award for “Person of the Year.”
My good friend, Jimmy, constantly tells me: Satan is a divider. Anyone who not only visits, talks to, acknowledges, but is a member of such a divisive and racist congregation is going to have a hard time convincing me that he’s really a uniter.
You see, I’m beginning to think that Senator Obama thought that if he wrote this cool book, that people would just stop paying attention and trust him. The problem I suppose is that the book made many START to pay attention to him. And that hasn’t been good for him.
There’s only one question for me really:
If a high-profile Presidential Candidate belonged to or closely affiliated with a WHITE racialist Church, would we hear about in the press?
And the corollary: And what if they were a pro-choice, Universal Health Care-supporting, anti-war, Democrat that belonged to a WHITE racialist Church?
In other words: Is Obama getting a free pass on this relationship because he’s a Democrat or because he’s Black? Or both?