April 28, 2008

If you criticize Wright you must be racist.

Though he is clearly pretty good at getting press, that never hurt a preacher.

This is a test floating of the Kevlar vest Obama is preparing for the election.

I am glad that Rev. Wright has the direct line to what god wants and knows, because my heavenly radio transmission has been filled with static of late:

"Wright continued: "It's about policy, not the American people. . . . God doesn't bless everything. God condemns something. . . . God damns some practices. And there is no excuse for the things that the government, not the American people, have done. That doesn't make me not like America, or unpatriotic.""

I am sure your find this issue as boring as I do.

Some kool aid drinkers on the left are also starting to see that Wright might be a bit of a problem. Neither the Times or the Post mention Wright's comments to the NAACP (from a Salon column):

" I regret that I hedged my observation about Wright's narcissism. He may be wounded, but this is a man of enormous self-regard, and he's clearly trying to hurt Barack Obama. His national rehabilitation tour started fairly sympathetically with the Moyers conversation, but it's devolved into self-pity and self-glorification ever since. His Sunday night talk to the NAACP was mostly silly, from the questionable science behind his insistence that black children are right-brained (creative) while white children are left-brained (logical and analytical) to his mocking the way white people talk, dance, clap, worship and sing. I understand and agree with Wright's notion that "different is not deficient," but mocking white people, including JFK and LBJ, doesn't seem like the best way to get his point across (yes, he was talking to the NAACP, but he knew -- and relished -- that he had a national audience). At his Monday speech he insisted attacks on him were really an attack on the black church, a typically Wright-centric view of the world, while his security was reportedly provided by the Nation of Islam.

Let me say that I don't believe Barack Obama believes any of the offensive things Wright said or reiterated on his revenge tour: that the government gave black people AIDS, that the black and white children are different in the way Wright says, that 9/11 was an example of Jesus' teaching "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." But questions will dog Obama about how someone with his expansive view of racial justice sat in a pew listening to Wright for 20 years. "

All other comments aside, can you imagine if a white preacher made fun of black preaching styles, speech, dance moves, and so on? Or if a preacher mentioned that white and black kids had different mental abilities? Or if, Lawd have mercy!, a rabbi said this kind of shit?

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