Archive for the ‘Jesus’ Category

The plain things nobody can say

March 14, 2008

By Wesley Pruden
The Washington Times
March 14, 2008

We’re doomed to a bitter, rancid presidential campaign, fraught with peril, and not just for John McCain. For Barack Obama, too. And let’s not forget Hillary, as a lot of people are eager to do.
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The Obama campaign, if not necessarily the man himself, seems determined to make tough questioning of the man and his qualifications off-limits. Mild, general criticism is OK, barely, but pressing too hard with the wrong questions is taken for racism, bigotry, fanaticism, zealotry and other forms of treachery. Once upon a time, presidential candidates labored mightily to find a log-cabin birthplace in their past, but some Democrats think they’ve come up with a candidate born in a manger.
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As the sheen on the Obama image dissipates, as sheen surely will under the full weight of a presidential campaign, American voters will expect to indulge their right to say what they think about the candidates. If they must be ever-so-careful to criticize Barack Obama in the robust and rowdy way they feel free to criticize everybody else, reticence will quickly become resentment, and ultimately, just in time for November, revulsion. Sen. Obama deserves better.
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Racism, the unpardonable sin in modern America, has made race the unmentionable subject, no matter how delicately broached or innocently discussed. Such good faith as the speaker may bring to the conversation no longer counts for very much. With her airy comment to a California newspaper, the Torrance Daily Breeze, suggesting that Barack Obama wouldn’t be the marketing man’s dream if he were not a black man, Geraldine Ferraro made herself a candidate for boiling in oil. (Extra-virgin olive oil, you might be tempted to say, if she were anyone but an Italian-American.) She concedes she was chosen by Walter Mondale for his running mate because she was a woman and what she actually said about the senator from Illinois was inartfully phrased: “If Obama were a white man, he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”
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This is what you can hear, privately expressed by any number of prominent Democrats, some of them white and some of them black. The Clintons have done themselves and, more important, the nation ill by their desperate and not-so-subtle invocation of race. Barack Obama is not wholly innocent, either. Bubba has taken heat, for example, for describing Sen. Obama’s description of his public record as “a fairy tale.” This sounds at first hearing a cruel dig at gays, but no, it was taken as a racist taunt. We weren’t told why.
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Now two more prominent Democrats have entangled themselves in the snare that is the mark of the campaign. Mark Penn, the chief Clinton strategist, told reporters that “we believe the Pennsylvania primary will show that Hillary is ready to win, and that Sen. Obama really can’t win the general election.”
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That’s one man’s opinion, worth less than what Hillary’s paying for it. He later tried to revise his remarks (but only congressmen get to do that, and only in the Congressional Record), saying that losing the Pennsylvania primary would raise questions about Sen. Obama’s ability to win. Then Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker, scoffed that there would be no “dream ticket” of Hillary and Obama, or of Obama and Hillary. “Take it from me,” she said. “That won’t be the ticket.”
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Knowing better, perhaps, she declined to say why. But she’s probably reflecting the conventional unstated wisdom in Washington: You can’t expect to break both the color line and the glass ceiling in one election. When someone asked the speaker what she thought of Geraldine Ferraro’s earlier remarks, she replied: “It’s important that perceptions be understood by the campaigns.”
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This is the kind of code speak we’re all required to use. It’s unfair to Barack Obama, it’s unfair to his opponents whoever they are, and it’s unfair to the rest of us. We’ll know we’ve eliminated racism, the real thing, when we can all talk like grown-ups, in front of one another.

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20080314/
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Obama Strives To Keep Divisive Minister At a Distance

March 14, 2008

By Brian DeBos
The Washington Times
March 14, 2008

The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., a mentor and friend to Sen. Barack Obama for 20 years, in a recent sermon shouted: “God damn America” for its history of slavery, racism and oppression against its black citizens.
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Mr. Wright — who baptized Mr. Obama at the Trinity United Church of Christ, presided over his wedding there and inspired him in his career as a community activist and a politician — has been a lightning rod for the campaign from the very beginning.
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When Mr. Obama announced his candidacy for president, Mr. Wright, who is also a member of Mr. Obama’s National African American Religious Leadership Committee, was asked not to appear because of his “black power” social views, which many have criticized as separatist, forcing Mr. Obama to distance himself from his home pastor.
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He has given many fiery sermons in his career and has called Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan his friend, but it is his final sermon as head pastor, given Feb. 10, that has called his relationship with Mr. Obama and his views into question again.
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“Hillary was not a black boy raised in a single-parent home. Barack was. Barack knows what it means to be a black man living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich white people,” Mr. Wright said.
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“Hillary can never know that. Hillary ain’t never been called a n—-er.”
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Mr. Wright went on to detail all the ways in which Hillary is not black enough to represent black Americans, and he also attempted to paint Mr. Obama as a Jesus figure, saying his life parallels that of Christ.
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“Jesus was a poor black man who lived in a country and who lived in a culture that was controlled by rich white people. The Romans were rich. The Romans were Italians, which means they were Europeans, which means they were white, and they controlled everything in Jesus’ country.”

Related:
Obama’s Pastor Known for “Inflammatory Rhetoric”

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080314/NATION/729484602/1001

See also coverage from The New York Post:
http://www.nypost.com/seven/03142008/news/national
news/9_11_slur_by_obama_rev__101937.htm

Christmas: Birth and Rebirth

December 25, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
December 25, 2007

Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. But in our real lives, what we see is sometimes not so blessed and sacred.

But then again, no.

I am fascinated by the “second chances” life (and God) gives to us. I know people who can recount so many second chances that they are tempted to declare they may actually be on their third or fourth chance!

Nadine is a stripper and prostitute. She has been at it for many years – and she would be a wealthy lady if she hadn’t squandered what she made on drugs and alcohol. She is scheduled for her third “boob job” but even casual observers can see; her body is mostly saggy, old and tired now. She may have to learn a new trade.

She told me the week before Christmas, “I am beginning to truly love God. He has never forsaken me despite my awful behavior.”

That’s a pretty good guy and a great God!

That’s my God too!

I recently met Peter at the airport. He said he wanted to stop drinking alcohol and get drugs out of his life.

As he deplaned, I could see in his face his own disappointment with the life he had been leading. Peter’s face speaks loudly of his agony, fatalism and addiction. He looks like he has been tortured – and he has. He has lost his wife, his business is near collapse and his eight year old daughter urged him to quit. He is here for detoxification and recovery.

Michael is an alcoholic who suffers from diabetes who has been told by his doctors that he will be blind before long. Michael was practically a national hero, some years ago. He held a world record in his athletic specialty and a gold medal from the Olympics.

Today he suffers the agony of addiction and participates in daily AA meetings: sessions he calls his “lifeline.”

Christmas to be celebrates God’s birth as man – but it is also a sign of our own human rebirth and salvation. Whatever we have done, whatever crimes we have committed, god understands because he was born man himself. Moreover, I believe that God is all forgiving. The bible tells me so.

So Merry Christmas to all near and far, no matter your faith, no matter your country or your beliefs. It is my firm commitment that the “Higher Power” loves, cherishes and forgives us ever evil.

Especially at Christmas time.