OBAMA AND THE PREACHER PROBLEM

Ah, the newest in a string of unfortunate Obama preacher associations has stepped to the forefront of the national scene. This time it is a Catholic priest, the Reverend Michael Phleger, who decided it was time to step up to the plate and put on a truly disgusting display for all the cheering, hooting religious zealots at the Trinity United Church of Christ – Obama’s church of 20 plus years.

Phleger resigned about two weeks ago from an unpaid position on the Obama campaign’s Catholic advisory council. Is it just coincidence that Obama’s affiliations include these “preachers” who spew such hate and vindictiveness? Is it really possible that Obama didn’t have any idea that these two men of God were so steeped in hatred and vindictiveness? The one was his minister of over 20 years and the other was on a council advising his campaign.

The YouTube clip is incredible. Here we have a grown Catholic priest – a man of the cloth acting like a child. And, the church members hooting, shouting, and cheering his tirade.

And if you are naive enough to think that the African-American community doesn’t condone this outrageous conduct, then just look at the grown adults behind the priest jumping up and down with glee. Too often this election has focused on what has been perceived as racism from the white community, yet watching this tirade, it is quite obvious that the African-American community is replete with racism and sexism as well.

Is it any more excusable than white racism or sexism? Absolutely not. These two ministers should be ashamed of themselves for setting such a hypocritical example for their followers. And Obama needs to explain how it is that he is such a poor judge of people that he has tied himself to these individuals who see hatred as a way of life. Incidents like these only drive wedges between the two camps and will make it all the more difficult to pull together to reach a common goal.

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About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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2 Responses to OBAMA AND THE PREACHER PROBLEM

  1. Gary says:

    Was it planned for Michael Phleger to preach and give Obama an excuse to “quit” the church? And why a Roman Catholic priest preaching at a Church of Christ?

    Why was Oprah able to recognize the problem with Wright’s preaching and Obama failed? Was the fact that Trinity is a mega type church of about 8,000 a factor in Obama maintaining his connection?

  2. little debbie says:

    charlotte–i am really enjoying reading your blog..just discovered it a couple weeks ago. i have a question regarding your comment “And if you are naive enough to think that the African-American community doesn’t condone this outrageous conduct, then just look at the grown adults behind the priest jumping up and down with glee. Too often this election has focused on what has been perceived as racism from the white community, yet watching this tirade, it is quite obvious that the African-American community is replete with racism and sexism as well.” are those cheering him on any more or any less nutty and extremist than any white group who would gather around falwell or robertson and fawn & cheer in the same manner on topics important to them? i agree there is recognition and much discussion of racism in black churches in general, and much less frequently in white churches. having been to services in both, i find the best way for me to have any level of understanding is to really look at things carefully thru the lens they see thru. racism is certainly alive and well, it is certainly much improved but it is just quieter now..certainly not gone. same with sexism in my opinion.

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