While this won’t shut up critics who think Obama actually believes the nonsense that Wright said, it will stop stories like this latest Father Pfleger flap from happening during the general election.
Itâ€™s been just over two months since Obamaâ€™s Philadelphia speech on race â€” the one that was compared by the historian Garry Wills to Lincolnâ€™s Cooper Union address. In that speech Obama famously said he could not more disown the Reverend Jeremiah Wright than he could disown the black community or his own grandmother and spoke about how Trinity United â€œembodies the black community in its entirely.â€
Since that speech Wright has been tossed under the bus â€” and now, so has Trinity United.
That’s certainly one way to look at it. Another would be that Obama gave Wright the benefit of the doubt and then Wright threw it back in his face.
But is this really throwing Trinity United under the bus? Do we really believe that Obama believes in the stuff that Wright said or the divisive nature of Pfleger’s comments? And does anybody think that these sermons represent the majority of what is said at Trinity?
At this point, it doesn’t matter. People who don’t really want to vote for Obama will simply use this an excuse instead of looking at the man and seeing if he offers a good vision for moving this country forward.
This is Trinity’s response to Obama:
â€œTrinity United Church of Christ was infomed that Sen. Barack Obama and his family will no longer be members of our church.
Though we are saddened by the news, we understnad that it is a personal decision.
â€œWe will continue to lift them in prayer and wish them the best as former members of our Trinity community.
â€œAs in the prayer for the Ephesians, our entire Trinity family asks that the nation entrust Barack, Michelle, Malia, and Sasha, to Godâ€™s care and guidance, so that Christ may continue to dwell in their lives, in their hearts, and in their work.
â€œWe ask now for Godâ€™s peace to be with them.
â€œNow to him who is able to do immeasurably more and all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.â€ Ephesians 3:20
Rev. Otis Moss III, senior pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago
And that’s that.