For the past few days, i was looking for transcripts of Reverend Wright’s sermons, as this whole “God damn America” and “Chickens coming home to roost” regarding 9/11 seemed mighty fishy. How could it not? There was some controversy regarding Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson agreeing with each other that God allowed 9/11 to happen because of “moral decay,” listing abortion, the ACLU, and homosexuality as examples. Both of these men had Bush’s ear with those Faith Based Initiatives, and the media hardly balked at that. However, Wright is now somehow out of bounds for his words, and Obama is an unAmerican radcial. It’s nonsense.
Obama has already handled the controversy beautiful, addressing problems with race. However, is Reverend Wright really anti-American? No, absolutely not.
The sermon from which the clip of “Chickens coming home to roost” was drawn. First, he was paraphrasing the words of Ambassador Edward Peck, and second, he was preaching how violence begets violence. How is this inflammatory compared to the words of Bush’s pals Falwell and Robertson?
The sermon from which the clip of “God damn America” was drawn. In context from which it is drawn, it’s not instructing anyone to hate America. It’s about striving to create a more perfect union, about not being complacent in the face of injustice. He does proclaim a loyalty to God more than to the government of the United States but his God is one of compassion. This is not a bad thing.
As this Daily Kos post points out, it seems that the “God damn America” was riffing off Jesus’ words in Luke 6:24-26. Jesus was not some simpering pansy who sat around watching rainbows and stroking lambs when it came to condemning social injustice. It is highly unlikely that Jesus would have been cheering institutionalized racism.
I’m still curious as to what followed the “God damn America” lines, as from the content of the rest of the sermon, he would be exonerated further.
Reverend Wright? He seems like a pretty good man so far. I’m glad that Obama didn’t play along with the misleading sound bytes.