Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Barack Obama's Church Honors Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan

By Tony Vega
January 08, 2008

After an historical win at the Iowa Caucus, questions remain about Barack Hussein Obama’s religious ties.

When Obama announced his candidacy for president, his background entered the fray. Though it appears that he is not held to task on his religious affiliations by the mainstream media, it does re-surface. Let’s explore some recent events that may shed light on Obama’s veiled religious affiliation.

In December 2007, the Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) bestowed its highest social achievement award upon Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam. This was facilitated through the church’s publication Trumpet Magazine and presented at their end of the year awards gala. The award dubbed the Lifetime Achievement “Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Trumpet” Award is named after the head pastor that married Barack and Michele Obama nee Robinson.

According to the Church’s publication, “the decision was made to honor socially conscious giants who commit their life’s work to saving the lives of Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora.”

In addition to thanking God for the commitment of their sponsors the publisher Jeri L. Wright, the pastor’s daughter, also concludes by writing “we thank God for the commitment our honorees have made with their lives”

Among the church‘s other honorees, including congresswoman Maxine Waters, Louis Farrakhan earned top accolades with landing on the cover of the church’s publication. The featured article about Farrakhan includes this observation attributed to the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.

“When Minister Farrakhan speaks, Black America listens,” says
the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, likening the Minister’s influence to
the E. F. Hutton commercials of old. “Everybody may not agree with
him, but they listen…His depth on analysis when it comes to the
racial ills of this nation is astounding and eye opening. He brings a
perspective that is helpful and honest.

“Minister Farrakhan will be remembered as one of the 20th and
21st century giants of the African American religious experience,”
continues Wright. “His integrity and honesty have secured him a
place in history as one of the nation’s most powerful critics.
His love for Africa and African American people has made him
an unforgettable
force, a catalyst for change and a religious leader who is sincere
about his faith and his purpose.”

The above glowing terms, by Rev. Wright, is for a man that has claimed racial superiority and leveled hateful remarks towards Jews, whites, and homosexuals. Ironically, Rev. Wright has a controversial Christian ministry dedicated to “Same Gender Loving.”

I wonder if Farrakhan, the minister of hate, knew this before accepting the award. Perhaps it wouldn’t have mattered, because the uniting of radical groups espousing hate and anti-American sentiment trumps minor disagreements.

Farrakhan the so-called minister called whites “blue-eyed devils“, referred to Judaism as a “dirty religion”, and Jews as “blood suckers.” He continues to claim the U.S. government is “the enemy” and continues to make veiled threats against America.

During an interview titled “Guidance and Wisdom for 2008” with the Final Call News online edition, a Nation of Islam (NOI) publication, Farrakhan expressed his views on Obama, advanced his separatist agenda, and made threats against America. Some notable verbiage uttered by Louis Farrakhan is included for your discernment:

“Barack Obama has been very careful not to position himself as Reverend Jesse Jackson or Reverend Al Sharpton as a promoter of “The Black Cause.” He has been groomed, wisely so, to be seen more as a unifier, rather than one who speaks only for the hurt of Black people.”

“The (U.S.) government’s aim has now come to the point of execution: It is an Executive Decision, at the highest order, that Black youth are a danger to the future of White people.

White people are vexed with our young people (blacks), particularly our hip-hop artists who are taking their young people (whites) away from the racist White Supremist idea. For these young people to be in love with Black sports figures; Black entertainment figures; and now, in admiration of a Black political figure (Barack Obama) signals the end—to them—of White Supremacy.”

“We must wake up to the time and what must be done in such a time. It is not a time for integration; it is a time for us to separate from our former slave-masters and their children and go for self, do for self, and build a Nation under The Guidance of Almighty God.”

“If the Muslim world will rise above this sectarianism of Shia and Sunni, and hold fast to Islam, for at the root of that rope is the bearing of witness that “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger.” If the Islamic people will hold onto that rope, and be united around that, we can stop the West from any attempt to bomb Iran.

Or, if they (West) do, our (Islam) unified response would be devastating to the Western powers.”

“But I warn the Government of the United States and all those who have power and will use it against the rise of our people:

I want you to keep your eyes on the weather. Allah (God) is going to demonstrate that there is another Power inside America and throughout the world other than your power, which will stop you from killing our people wholesale. If this Executive Decision is carried forth, it will mean the destruction of the United States of America.”

What kind of church honors a man with a bigoted and hateful agenda? The Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC), lead by the Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.

According to Barack Hussein Obama’s official web site, Obama has been a member of TUCC for 20-years and his pastor, Wright, has become a close confidant.

According to an article by Manya A. Brachear of the Chicago Tribune, Obama says Wright helps keep his priorities straight and his moral compass calibrated.

"What I value most about Pastor Wright is not his day-to-day political advice," Obama said. "He's much more of a sounding board for me to make sure that I am speaking as truthfully about what I believe as possible and that I'm not losing myself in some of the hype and hoopla and stress that's involved in national politics."

Should the “confidants”, religious or other affiliations helping U.S. presidential candidates “keep their priorities straight and moral compass’ calibrated” come under scrutiny?

What are the implications regarding Barack Obama’s close affiliation with this controversial congregation?

Along with increasing scrutiny, it appears more questions than answers will remain regarding this candidate and his quest for the highest office in America.

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