Finally! Obama has officially broken ties with Wright. Unfortunately, the long wait has done nothing more than establish doubt in his fans and re-establish doubt in the minds of voters of the swing states.
Why do you think it took him so long to break ties with Pastor Wright? And what do you think this long-awaited decision tells us about him as a future president?
Finally! Obama has officially broken ties with Wright. Unfortunately, the long wait has done nothing more than establish doubt in his fans and re-establish doubt in the minds of voters of the swing states. Why do you think it took him so long to break ties with Pastor Wright? And what do you think this long-awaited decision tells us about him as a future president?
even in instances where his nomination could be at stake...
which shows another aspect of his character...
yeah, i say loyalty to. i mean- Wright obviously made some comments Obama did not exactly support himself, but what impression would it have made if as soon as the spotlight hit him, he acted like he ain't know him? the thing is, any action he takes SOMEONE is going to have a problem with. his non-supporters are always going to find something negative to say, well into his presidency. he did the right thing, though it may have taken longer because of his loyalty. as far as his presidency goes, i don't see him as a "Hamlet", L0l his tragic flaw ain't inactivity. i'd prefer a president that thought things thru as opposed to rushing into them blindly.
I WOULD LIKE TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL, WHICH I THINK REASONABLY EXPLAINS SEN. OBAMA'S 'SEEMINGLY' INACTION. WOULD YOU WANT A LEADER THAT IS WILLING TO DISACOSSIATE HIMSELF FROM YOU AT THE SMALLEST SUGGESTION OF CONTROVERSY, EVEN AT THE RISK OF LEAVING A GREAT ORGANIZATION?
If you're talking to someone who's a churchgoer, a way of articulating
Obama's choice is that he's "not a church-shopper." If someone is using
religion for social and political purposes rather than committing themselves
to a religious community through thick and thin, it's going to be very easy
for them to jump from one church to another when a pastor says something
that "offends" them (or might offend voters).
Ironically in this situation, the willingness to stick around a church with
a controversial pastor and not just move is actually a pretty conservative
move to make as a Christian. A conservative churchgoer takes pride in being
loyal to the church and the pastor; it's analogous to patriotism.
Many people, particularly in the white bourgeois church world that I'm a
part of, see church as being like any other product that you can shop for.
So they "church-shop" and do their own little mini-Consumer-Reports
comparison between the churches based on their social programming, their
music, and the length of their sermons, etc. It's something which people who
are committed believers view as pretty disgusting.
If you're really committed, you're going to join a church community and stay
there for life or at least until you move rather than church-shop around
when the pastor's sermons "are no longer satisfying your needs."
Barrack has said that his commitment to Trinity is to the church community
that he chose to be a part of, not to the pastor. Part of being loyal to a
church family is not letting a pastor's egotism or controversial statements
cause you to stay home. If it's easy for you to stay home or just hop over
to another church, it means you have a very shallow relationship to the
people in your church and your religion doesn't mean a whole lot to you.
Anyway, I just thought I would try to give some context since I'm training
to be a pastor. Obama is the first politician I've encountered who actually
embodies my values as a Christian; up to now I've been doubly disgusted by
the mockery that supposedly "religious" politicians like Dubya make of not
only our country but my religion at the same time.
Peace be with you,
From: Susan Hazlett <[EMAIL="email@example.com"]firstname.lastname@example.org[/EMAIL]>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 15:45:19
Tourham County for Obama <[EMAIL="DurhamCountyforObama@groups.barackobama.com"]DurhamCountyforObama@groups.barackobama.com[/EMAIL]>
Subject: [DurhamCountyforObama] one answer to the Wright Controversy
I was making calls at the Durham Obama headquarters today, and a supporter
asked, "What are ya'll going to do about Wright?"
Here's what I believe (and what I said to him):
I am voting for Barack Obama because he stays in relationship with people he
disagrees with. That's his great gift and that is what our country needs.
We need a leader who can listen to and work with people he does not agree
with--effectively and respectfully, for the good of our country and the good
of our world. This is a crucial, essential skill for the President of these
United States--and Senator Obama has proven time and time again that he is
outstanding at this. It's part of being a leader.
Yes we can!
This email was sent to 208 members of Durham County for Obama
I think the media was just trying to find one more thing wrong with Obama. What people are forgeting when they judge Obama based on his pastor is that his pastor isn't running for president. Just becuase he is in a way close to Obama dosent mean hes agrees with everything that come out his mouth. Its just a plot to get people to not think about the important things surrounding this election, like the war, gas prices on the rise, etc.
Im happy he parted with him though.