So this morning I state my admiration that Barak Obama has "stuck with" his minister-friend Jeremiah Wright even though he has had to distance himself from his words. Looks like I spoke too soon.
Today Obama responded publicly to his pastor, Rev. Wright’s appearances on television and in speeches given over the weekend.
He said in part:
"I am outraged by the comments that were made and saddened by the spectacle that we saw yesterday,"
"The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago,"
"I gave him the benefit of the doubt in my speech in Philadelphia explaining that he’s done enormous good. … But when he states and then amplifies such ridiculous propositions as the U.S. government somehow being involved in AIDS. … There are no excuses. They offended me. They rightly offend all Americans and they should be denounced."
Wrights words DO look inflammatory…although I have not hear/read them all in detail. The point made in my former post about African American preaching is still true. And I do still find it a fascinating time to live when preaching is so publicly discussed in the secular media. Maybe I’m Pollyannaish, but I believe that some good can come from it. Anyway, that’s the update from here!