Christopher Hitchens asks a question:
What can it be that has kept Obama in Wright's pews, and at Wright's mercy, for so long and at such a heavy cost to his aspirations? ... I think we can exclude any covert sympathy on Obama's part for Wright's views or style—he has proved time and again that he is not like that, and even his own little nods to "Minister" Farrakhan can probably be excused as a silly form of Chicago South Side political etiquette.
.... then, how is it that the loathsome Wright married him, baptized his children, and received donations from him? Could it possibly have anything, I wonder, to do with Mrs. Obama?
I was wondering about the same kind of question here:
It may be that he stayed with the church and kept quiet about it because his wife was attached to it. I can only recall her own statements about her reluctance to feel proud of her country, until now, and wonder whether her own attitude was not influenced and encouraged by the fiery homilies of the pastor?
Read Hitchens' scathing exposé in its entirety.
A quote to remember:
I last saw him as the warm-up speaker for Louis Farrakhan in Madison Square Garden in the 1980s, on the evening when Farrakhan made himself famous by warning Jews that "when God puts you in the ovens—it's forever!"
This is from the person described by Reverend Wright as one of the most important voices in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
A view from New Zealand:
How can Barack Obama's pastor of 20 years, the fiery Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a man of golden tongue and lofty ideals, shove his own candidate to the back of the bus? This isn't a stupid man; this is a man who has the audacity to kill hope.
...Wright was so busy flexing his ego and shadow boxing with the media, the black man he was really punching in the gut was the first one who has a chance to become the next president of the United States.
There is a fine line between imperfect fidelity and propagating division. This time it was crossed. The Senator did the right thing, a second time. Barack Obama denounced his former reverend, and without hesitation.
With too costly an irony, Reverend Jeremiah Wright lectured to the Washington Press Club last week, before Obama had even made comment, "It is better to be quiet and thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."