Rev. Wright accused the government of hatching the HIV/AIDS to kill off black people. He rejected "God Bless America", preferring instead "God damn America." He accused former President Bill Clinton of doing to black people the same thing he did Monica Lewinsky. He mocked black Republicans like Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell and Condi Rice. To Wright, 9/11 was simply well-deserved retribution for Hiroshima. It is beyond me that anyone could attend a church as regularly as Obama and his wife have attended this church, hold him as such a close friend and not approve of his message. The American people need to hear what Obama's minister has to say in the pulpit. I don't know that I want a person in the White House who would attend a church for the past 20 years which holds such extremist, divisive and hateful views that are so fundamentally at odds with mainstream America. O'Reilly's report isn't uploaded to FOX News' website, but you can click here for the video footage from an ABC report. Here's a news story from The Guardian, a UK publication:
Obama has been a member of the congregation of Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ in south side of Chicago for nearly 20 years, and he drew the title of his book from one of his pastor's sermons.
The pastor's sermons are available for sale at the church and both ABC and Fox News reviewed the addresses.
In January, Wright spoke from the pulpit in praise of Obama's leadership and comparing him to Jesus's struggles under the Romans, according to Fox television. "Barack knows what it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people," Wright said. "Hillary would never know that."
He went on: "Hillary ain't never been called a nigger. Hillary has never had a people defined as a non-person."
Wright also took issue with the idea that Bill Clinton had been a friend to African Americans. "Hillary is married to Bill, and Bill has been good to us. No he ain't! Bill did us, just like he did Monica Lewinsky. He was riding dirty." On the Sunday immediately following 9/11, Wright described the attacks as retribution for the bombing of Hiroshima, America's policy in the Middle East and apartheid era South Africa. Obama has told reporters he was not in church on that Sunday.
However, it is the inversion of the line "God Bless America" that may expose Obama to the greatest criticism. Last month, his wife, Michelle, was criticised by rightwing blogs and indirectly by the Republicans' presumptive nominee, John McCain, for saying she had not been proud of being an American for most of her adult life.
Now we get a clearer picture of why Michelle Obama has not been a proud American until her husband's presidential aspirations brightened. Pretty scary stuff when you think about it. Now that the video footage is surfacing, courtesy of Obama's own church, which offers them for sale online, Obama is trying to dismiss Wright as just some crazy old uncle.