Is Jeremiah Wright really a lunatic? What do you think?
I thought Wright's statement about Louis Farrakhan being a great American was a bit weird, but then what do I know, except for what the media tell me about Farrakhan?
What about the AIDS claim of Wright, that the US government inflicted the black community with AIDS? Here are some things the US government has done...(Except I think Malcolm X didn't think he was very great.)
What about the AIDS claim of Wright, that the US government inflicted the black community with AIDS? I haven't seen any evidence given by Wright, but I wouldn't completely rule out the possibility. Here's a couple of things that your government has done:
- For forty years, the government did experiments on several black men with syphilis, not telling them what disease they had and not helping them to get better.
- The government conducted open-air testing of nuclear weapons in Nevada in the 1950's.
Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post agrees with a lot of things Wright has had to say, but he draws the line when it becomes 'all about Jeremiah'.
It's understandable, given how Wright has been treated, that he would want to attempt to set the record straight.Nonetheless, here are some observations Wright made on Bill Moyers' Journal the other day with which I agree.
Given Wright's long silence, I thought he had taken to heart Jesus's admonition to turn the other cheek. Obviously, I was wrong.
I'm through with Wright not because he responded -- in similar circumstances, I certainly couldn't have kept silent -- but because his response was so egocentric. We get it, Rev. Wright: You're ready for your close-up.
- Most religions don't require anything anymore. Wright said,
"Unfortunately, most churches now are "status quo." And so that, to the extent that they're not trying to feed the poor, they're not trying to hook up jobs and people, they're not concerned about the lowest, the least, the left out. They're not concerned about the youth, they're concerned about 'Let me come here on a Sunday, hear something that tells me I'm ok, and I'm going to back to where I've been going.'"
- Wright's church attempts to help troubled youth--mostly black, but not all--become who they want to be, whether it be a doctor, a lawyer, or something else.
- God does not bless everything we think he does.
God does not bless gang-bangers. God does not bless dope dealers. God does not bless young thugs that hit old women upside the head and snatch their purse. God does not bless that. God does not bless the killing of babies. God does not bless the killing of enemies.
- Black liberation theology is probably as misunderstood as "Jewish liberation theology".
I think that the terms "liberation theology" or "black liberation theology" cause more problems and red flags for people who don't understand it.
These [the Jews] are people who wrote the word of God that we honor and love under Egyptian oppression, Syrian oppression, Babylonian oppression, Persian oppression, Greek oppression, Roman oppression. So that their understanding of what God is saying is very different from the Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians. And that's what prophetic theology of the African-American church is.
- Trust God, but don't always trust government.
Where governments lie, God does not lie. Where governments change, God does not change. And I'm through now. But let me leave you with one more thing. Governments fail.
And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains.
- Enough with the "BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA" crap! When asked by Moyers why so many Americans still think Obama is a Muslim, he replied:
What does the media do? "Barack Hussein Obama! Barack Hussein Obama! Barack Hussein. It sounds like Osama, Obama. That Arabic is a language. So that's why many people still think he's a Muslim. He went to a madrasah. What's a madrasah? I don't know, but I know it was one of those Muslim schools that teaches terrorism. The kind of I don't want to think, just tell me what to think mentality is why so many Americans still think that.
I think Jeremiah Wright is an impassioned man--not a lunatic. He has some strange beliefs, but who am I to know for sure that he's wrong about them?
I think, though, that Obama is showing his true colors by throwing Wright under the bus. If it didn't translate into votes lost, Obama would stick with his pastor.