The very Rev. Wright, formerly of Obama’s church, reprinted a vile, hate-filled invective towards Jews back in July of 2007. The article was written by Mousa Marzook, one of the leaders of Hamas currently residing in Syria. It was re-titled by Rev. Wright as “a fresh view of the Palestinian struggle”. Even worse, Mazook was associated not with Hamas, the terrorist movement, but with Hamas, “the Islamic Resistance Movement,” as the biographical snippet at the end of the article revealed.

Sen. Obama has, yet again, condemned his long-time pastor’s views, saying that he disagrees with the article, that he disagrees with reprinting it in the church bulletin, and that he he was not in church when the bulletin was disseminated to the masses.

Charles Krauthammer wrote a brilliant vivisection of Obama’s recent March 28, 2008, speech on race. One of the points that Mr. Krauthammer articulated is worth mentioning again with a little elaboration. Obama claims these kinds of anti-white, anti-American, anti-Jewish, rants by Rev. Wright were rare and that he would have left the congregation or made his complaints known had he heard or read about them at the time. Mr. Krauthammer asks the obvious question: Once you were made aware, why didn’t you leave?

Obama ruminated on this issue in his now famous speech. He wrote: “Like other predominantly black churches across the country, Trinity embodies the black community in its entirety – the doctor and the welfare mom, the model student and the former gang-banger. Like other black churches, Trinity’s services are full of raucous laughter and sometimes bawdy humor. They are full of dancing, clapping, screaming and shouting that may seem jarring to the untrained ear. The church contains in full the kindness and cruelty, the fierce intelligence and the shocking ignorance, the struggles and successes, the love and yes, the bitterness and bias that make up the black experience in America.”

“And this helps explain, perhaps, my relationship with Reverend Wright. As imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to me. He strengthened my faith, officiated my wedding, and baptized my children. Not once in my conversations with him have I heard him talk about any ethnic group in derogatory terms, or treat whites with whom he interacted with anything but courtesy and respect. He contains within him the contradictions – the good and the bad – of the community that he has served diligently for so many years.”

Well, that’s all fine and good. It’s wonderful that he found a lively, spiritual place where his children could be exposed to vile rants that he, as an adult, was capable of shrugging off while his kids, like all children, listened and internalized what they heard. Even if we take Obama at his word that these rants were few and far between, there is still a problem he has yet to address about which Mr. Krauthammer lays bare: How could anyone so involved in his church not hear, not read, or not discuss with fellow parishioners the litany of rubbish Rev. Wright has both preached and written? I submit that it is impossible unless his devotion to that place of worship is nothing more than a political conceit meant to placate a nation and a community of voters for whom going to church, even in this day and age, is still important, rampant, and expected.

I do not believe it is a self-serving conceit; I believe Obama when he says that he frequents Trinity United. I also believe, as any rational person would, that he has heard and read much of the garbage coming out of Rev. Wright’s poisoned pen. He admitted as much in his speech:

“Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.”

“But the remarks that have caused this recent firestorm weren’t simply controversial. They weren’t simply a religious leader’s effort to speak out against perceived injustice. Instead, they expressed a profoundly distorted view of this country – a view that sees white racism as endemic, and that elevates what is wrong with America above all that we know is right with America; a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel, instead of emanating from the perverse and hateful ideologies of radical Islam.”

So, why didn’t he leave? Why are his rebuttals becoming public only now? How could anyone in good conscience continue to support a racist who used his pulpit to spread lies and hatred, who used his position of power to poison others? Rev. Wright supports Hamas, a malicious and violent organization hell-bent on killing Jews, Christians, and Muslim apostates alike. Why is that not a line in the sand beyond which Sen. Obama refuses to go?

The fact that Obama only apologizes and condemns without dissociating himself from such a noxious and toxic human being speaks volumes about how much of a “new politician” he really is. This is old politics, the politics of aligning one’s self with filth because of votes. To discredit or malign the constituency for whom Rev. Wright speaks would lead to the senator’s political downfall.

Sen. Obama has crippled his campaign. He has affiliated himself with the kind of hate that masks itself in the greater world. A hate that is only revealed, like all racism, in the midst of a homogeneous, receptive audience of like-minded souls. No speech, no words, are going to help him. He needs to take a moral stand, one in which he states, without equivocation, that history and culture teach us to move beyond petty hatreds, that he is willing to walk away from reprobates who pray on the weak. The rewards for him can not be overstated. As we learn from this past week’s Purim story, when evil is revealed for what it is and when a person is true to her heritage in combating that evil, one is hanged and the latter revered for all time.

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