It's Damage Control Time for the liberal press.
Count New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof as one in the media masses who have been outraged, just outraged at the supposed conservative bigotry against Barack Obama. This "most monstrous bigotry" isn't just about race, but also religion. Stating his middle name and Internet whispers that he's a Muslim "are the religious equivalent of racial slurs."
Kristof concluded his March 9 column by quoting Martin Luther: "I'd rather be ruled by a wise Turk than a foolish Christian."
Through months of outrage over Obama the Supposed Muslim, reporters have largely ignored the church Obama attends in
Then there is Obama's minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who in 2007 offered the "Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award" to a man who "truly epitomized greatness," anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, head of the Nation of Islam. Does Nicholas Kristof want us to believe that offering awards to Farrakhan is simply the act of a "foolish Christian?" It gives an entirely new meaning to Kristof's headline, "Obama and the Bigots."
Now some very disturbing Jeremiah Wright sermons are bubbling up, sermons where he screams until he's hoarse against
Five days after 9/11, Rev. Wright was condemning
Are we to believe that on the first Sunday after 9/11 – when many Americans crowded into churches looking to mourn, looking for answers, looking for community – that Barack Obama decided to skip church?
ABC's Brian Ross found these words and then noted Obama has professed "I don't think my church is actually particularly controversial." He said Rev. Wright "is like an old uncle who says things I don't always agree with," telling a Jewish group that everyone has someone like that in their family.
How in the world can this crazy uncle defense be accepted by the same media which roundly condemned George W. Bush in 2000 because he "stood uncritically" at
Once these statements hit the airwaves, Obama repudiated them, but then suggested that those mean-spirited conservatives were at it again. "I noticed over the last several weeks that the forces of division have started to raise their ugly heads again," Obama declared. But the “forces of division” were right there within his campaign, until Obama expelled his minister from his African-American religious leadership team.
Barack Obama looks phony either way. Either he missed all of these sermons, meaning his “devout Christian” talk on CBS doesn't match his church attendance record, or he sincerely thinks that hateful, race-baiting, America-bashing sermons are part of a pleasant Sunday worship experience. The press has an obligation to pursue this.
If Obama really meant any of this rhetoric about healing racial divisions – in any of his speeches over many months of campaigning – he would have quit his hate-spewing minister and his
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