â€œDr. Wright has preached 207,792 minutes on Sunday for the past 36 years at Trinity United Church of Christ. This does not include weekday worship services, revivals and preaching engagements across America and around the globe, to ecumenical and interfaith communities. It is an indictment on Dr. Wrightâ€™s ministerial legacy to present his global ministry within a 15- or 30-second sound bite,â€ said the Reverend Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ. […]
â€œIt saddens me to see news stories reporting such a caricature of a congregation that has been such a blessing to the UCCâ€™s Wider Church mission,â€ said the Rev. John H. Thomas, UCC general minister and president, in a released statement. â€œ â€¦ Itâ€™s time for us to say â€˜Noâ€™ to these attacks and declare that we will not allow anyone to undermine or destroy the ministries of any of our congregations in order to serve their own narrow political or ideological ends.â€
While I think what Reverend Moss says is a fair defense of Wright, it doesn’t matter. Those sound bites were incredibly inflammatory and the damage is done. If Obama gets the nomination you will see Wright in commercial after commercial, in an attempt to “swift boat” him as being anti-American. Because, if you haven’t noticed already, that’s the meme.
Again, “Obama is anti-American” will be THE meme. Mark my words.