Sunday, March 16, 2008

Something worth considering about Barack Obama

Something worth considering about Barack Obama

Several times during recent months I have received emails concerning Barack Obama such as this one:

I have felt for sometime now that Obama is the one person that "Frightens Me". I believe the Bible has warned us that "A man will come from the East that will be charismatic in nature and have proposed solutions for all our problems and his rhetoric will attract will many supporters!"

When will our pathetic Nation quit turning their back on God and understand that this man is "A Muslim"....First, Last and always....and we are AT WAR with the Muslim Nation, whether our bleeding-heart, secular, Liberal friends believe it or not. This man fits every description f rom the Bible of the "Anti-Christ"!

I’m just glad to know that there are others that are frightened by this man!

Who is Barack Obama?

Probable U. S. presidential candidate, Barack Hussein Obam a was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Barack Hussein Obama, Sr., a black MUSLIM from Nyangoma-Kogel, Kenya and Ann Dunham, a white ATHEIST from Wichita , Kansas.

Obama’s parents met at the University of Hawaii.

When Obama was two years old, his parents divorced. His father returned to Kenya. His mother then married Lolo Soetoro, a RADICAL Muslim from Indonesia.

When Obama was 6 years old, the family relocate to Indonesia. Obama attended a MUSLIM school in Jakarta.

Obama takes great care to conceal the fact that he is a Muslim. He is quick to point out that, "He was once a Muslim, but that he also attended Catholic school."

Obama’s political handlers are attempting to make it appear that that he is not a radical.

Obama’s introduction to Islam came via his father, and that this influence was temporary at best. In reality, the senior Obama returned to Kenya soon after the divorce, and never again had any direct influence over his son’s education.

Lolo Soetoro, the second husband of Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, introduced his stepson to Islam. Obama was enrolled in a Wahabi school in Jakarta. Wahabism is the RADICAL teaching that is followed by the Muslim terrorists who are now waging Jihad against the western world. Since it is politically expedient to be a CHRISTIAN when seeking major public office in the United States, Barack Hussein Obama has joined the United Church of Christ in an attempt to downplay his Muslim background. ALSO, keep in mind that when he was sworn into office he DID NOT use the Holy Bible, but instead the Koran.

Barack Hussein Obama will NOT recite the Pledge of Allegiance nor will he show any reverence for our flag. While others place their hands over their hearts, Obama turns his back to the flag and slouches. Do you want someone like this as your PRESIDENT?

Let us all remain alert concerning Obama’s expected presidential candidacy.The Muslims have said they plan on destroying the US from the inside out, what better way to start than at the highest level - through the President of the United States, one of their own!

Most of this message is nothing other than irrational fear of Muslims, much like the fear of Japanese during WWII or fear of communism during McCarthyism.

Snopes has details debunking most of the points in this email on their site here:

Barack Obama is not a Muslim, and even if he were, that does not mean he is sympathetic toward the radical fringe Muslims who are currently involved in Jihad against the US. However, the truth is that for more than 20 years, Obama has been a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ (1). I think instead of spreading false accusations about Obama the radical Muslim, what people should be doing is focusing on the truth about Obama the radical Christian.

For most of Obama’s time as a member, the Trinity United Church of Christ has been led by pastor Jeremiah Wright. Obama has called Reverend Wright his spiritual mentor and "one of the greatest preachers in the country."(2) Barack and Michelle Obama’s wedding ceremony was performed by Reverend Wright and a sermon written by Wright was the inspiration for the title of Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope (3).

Here is a video of Jeremiah Wright at the pulpit:



Of course he is wrong about several things. First, I don’t think there is a significant amount of "hatin’ on Barack Obama." It seems to me that he is doing better than Clinton in the primaries and is in fact one of the reasons there has been record turnout in many of the elections. He has also won several so-called "white" states. While race may be a factor in some voters’ minds, it works both ways (some might vote against Obama because he is black, but some will also vote for him because of that). The reason he is doing well has much less to do with race than it does the fact that he is a charismatic politician. Wright is also wrong on several points he makes about Obama personally. Obama isn’t white, but he isn’t black either. He had a black father and a white mother, which makes him at most only 50% of either race. He also didn’t grow up in a single-parent house. Additionally, being a Harvard graduate, attorney, senator and best-selling author, he certainly is both rich and privileged. However, putting all of this aside, the most important aspect of this video to me is the racist feel of the whole thing: are white people "the enemy?"

Here is another video showing some of Wright’s sermons:




God Damn the U.S. of KKK A....... is this the kind of thinking with which the President of the United States should be associated?

Something else worth noting is that in December 2007, the church bestowed its highest social achievement award to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a man with obvious hatred of whites, Jews and America in general. Personally, I don’t care if Farrakhan hates America. He is entitled to his opinions and beliefs, but at the same time I don’t think our President should be a member of a group who honors him.

While the actions of his church don’t have any direct relation to Obama, what concerns me is that for more than 20 years, Barack Obama has been a member of this church run by a pastor whose sermons frequently have an odor of racism and anti-Americanism. Obama has tried to dismiss the radical messages spread by Wright by comparing him to an uncle who sometimes says things with which he doesn’t agree. However, there are many other churches out there he could attend, but for more than 20 years he has stuck with this one. Why? If Obama really disagrees with the anti-American rhetoric of Reverend Wright, then why didn’t he leave the church and find one that better suits him? Given the great multitude of alternatives, why would he continue to attend a church like this for 20 years unless he agreed with the agenda of its leader?

Of course there is no direct proof that the beliefs held by Wright represent those held by Obama. I’m sure many of us have some associates who might hold some racial or social beliefs contrary to our own and it would be inaccurate to label us guilty by association. On the other hand, if I were campaigning for public office, I would make a conscious effort to clarify that I do not agree with or support the views of these folks. It would be a simple matter to hold a conference and expressly denounce any rhetoric from those people. The only reason not to do it would be if the ties I had to those people and their message were more important to me than the office I was seeking. Obama does have close ties to Wright, and thus far he has done nothing to distance himself from him, which makes me wonder about his priorities.

Unless Obama can provide a convincing reason for his continued support and membership of the Trinity United Church of Christ, then I think it’s important to consider whether or not Americans should elect a person who supports anti-American beliefs as the leader of our country. Barack Obama is a member of a group who gives their highest praise to Louis Farrakhan and holds weekly meetings where they applaud messages of hatred toward "rich white people" and hatred toward the United States of America in general......and he wants to be our president...there are some clear red flags here.

Obama has a very short political history in the US senate and he consistently avoids specifics in his speeches. We simply don’t know all that much about what he might do if elected. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton is more qualified than Barack Obama on nearly every level. She has more experience dealing with foreign countries and she has been intimately close to the internal workings at the highest level. Perhaps most importantly, unlike Obama, she is not involved in a radical religious group that holds allegience to Africa higher than allegience to the USA. I think anyone who votes for Obama simply because "Clinton is a bitch" is making a serious mistake.


  1. Trinity United Church of Christ official web site

  2. Obama calls Wright "one of the greatest preachers in the country" (Real Player required)

  3. Inspiration for "The Audacity of Hope"