Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Obama's Connection to Farrakhan

Denny Burk found this interesting article about Barack Obama's religous beliefs, with seems to be fair game considering the heightened interest in GOP candidates Huckabee and Romney's religious roots.

A significant amount of media coverage has focused on the religious beliefs of the Republican candidates for President (especially Romney’s and Huckabee’s). But Richard Cohen turns the spotlight on Democrat Barack Obama’s church in a column in the Washington Post. Here’s the heart of it:

“Barack Obama is a member of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama’s spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright’s daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said “truly epitomized greatness.” That man is Louis Farrakhan.

“Maybe for Wright and some others, Farrakhan “epitomized greatness.” For most Americans, though, Farrakhan epitomizes racism, particularly in the form of anti-Semitism. Over the years, he has compiled an awesome record of offensive statements, even denigrating the Holocaust by falsely attributing it to Jewish cooperation with Hitler — “They helped him get the Third Reich on the road.” His history is a rancid stew of lies. . .

“The rap on Obama is that he is a fog of a man. We know little about him, and, for all my admiration of him, I wonder about his mettle. The New York Times recently reported on Obama’s penchant while serving in the Illinois legislature for merely voting “present” when faced with some tough issues. Farrakhan, in a strictly political sense, may be a tough issue for him. This time, though, “present” will not do.“



At 11:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your posting of this article does little more than draw attention to the fact our knowledge of Obama is, as the article states, that of “a fog of a man.” (And I must agree as I am not supporting him in the primaries). You state in your introduction that you believe that due to Huckabee’s and Romney’s beliefs undergoing intense scrutiny that it “seems to be fair game” to investigate Obama’s beliefs. Yet you have not posted something that is by any stretch of the imagination a true look at Obama. Now I haven’t read extensively on Obama’s background with the church, so if he headed up this committee that presents the award that might be worthy of your attention. But the fact that he is a member of an organization which puts out a publication that awarded an extremely ambiguous award (I mean what does an award for “truly epitomizing greatness” mean?), really doesn’t tell us a single thing about Obama. Sure you can argue that as a member of the church he is de facto giving his approval, but that is slightly extreme. I don’t think that as a member of a SBC church you put your hearty stamp of approval on every single word published in SBC publications, to imply the same to someone else is ludicrous, and it devalues the true nature of the church as a community of people from all walks of life with various backgrounds and ideas coming together to worship and serve Christ. All this to say, yes we should hold all candidates to the same public scrutiny, but in posting this article you have failed to do so.

At 5:12 PM , Blogger Aaron said...

Fair enough. I didn't intend for this article to be an expose. I only intended for it to do enough to peak interest and motivate individuals to get to know these candidates a little bit more


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