Sen. Barack Obama with Rev. Jeremiah Wright
President Obama’s faith adviser, Eboo Patel, declared that what Obama learned from his days at Chicago’s controversial Trinity United Church will “help America.”
For more than 20 years, Obama attended Trinity church led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who is notorious for his statements against the U.S. and white people.
Trinity’s own literature routinely attacked the U.S. government while decrying patriotism.
Such an attitude is not foreign to Patel. WND reported Patel declared that everything he was taught about Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson and American “fairness” and “equality” was wrong.
WND also reported Patel blasted what he called the “myths” of America – describing them as beliefs that the country is “a land of freedom and equality and justice.”
Patel has talked about “rage” he felt against the U.S. after claiming to experience prejudice in the country.
He wrote that had he been around in the 1960s, he may have joined Bill Ayers’ anti-American Weatherman terrorist group, as WND reported.
In February 2010, Obama named Patel to his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Patel, a Muslim activist, is the founder and executive director of Chicago-based Interfaith Youth Core, which says it promotes pluralism by teaming people of different faiths on service projects
Patel authored a little-noticed piece on the UK Guardian’s website in 2009 entitled, “What Obama learned at Trinity will help America.”
Wrote Patel: “The real message of Trinity – the one that Obama is carrying with him to Washington – is that faith is more about what happens outside the church than inside it. And outside is a world of people who are tragically separated from each other. Faith is about bringing those people together, bridging those isolated communities. Holiness is about wholeness. God hates separation.”
Wright came under fire during the 2008 campaign for a series of controversial remarks. He retired as senior pastor in 2008 but continues to function as Trinity’s pastor emeritus.
Among his more widely distributed comments, Wright called America the “No. 1 killer in the world” and blamed the country for launching the AIDS virus to maintain affluence at the expense of the Third World.
The pastor said the 9/11 attacks were proof that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost” and “…not God Bless America. God d— America.”
Many of Wright’s defenders have claimed some of the pastor’s anti-American, anti-Israel, black supremacist statements were taken out of context.
However, a review of the pastor’s magazine, called Trumpet, found controversial views expressed by Wright in sound bites from his sermons were reinforced in detail throughout the magazine.
Wright founded Trumpet magazine and serves as the publication’s CEO, with his daughter, Jeri, in the position of publisher/editor-in-chief. Trumpet went national in 2006 and reportedly has a readership larger than 100,000.
Like Wright, Trumpet preaches black liberation theology, typically referring to American blacks as “Africans living in the Western Diaspora.” The magazine opposes black “assimilation.”
The magazine abhors American patriotism.
“Columbus Day is a day of rage for Wright. Calling Columbus a racist slave trader, Wright excoriates the holiday as ‘a national act of amnesia and denial,’ part of the ‘sick and myopic arrogance called Western History,'” author Stanley Kurtz, who reviewed issues from 2006.
Trumpet featured an article by Wright that claimed America actually was discovered by Africans, citing as evidence a book that has been largely discredited.
The July 2006 issue of Trumpet slams the Fourth of July as “the national holiday of the dominant culture.”
That issue featured an article by a Rev. Reginald Williams Jr. that called July 4th “nothing more than a day off work and a time for some good barbeque to the millions of African Americans who suffer and have suffered under the policies of this government and this country.”
One issue of Trumpet defended former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney’s claim the Bush administration was aware of the 9/11 plot before it was carried out.
A column in the magazine, titled, “The Beloved Cynthia McKinney,” complains McKinney was “tarred and feathered in the press” for raising questions about possible government foreknowledge of 9/11.
That column stated the “crimes of 9/11” are “not only unsolved, but covered up by both Democrats and Republicans.”
A central theme of Trumpet apparently is that the U.S. is a racist, criminal country.
“Do you see God as a God who approves of Americans taking other people’s countries? Taking other people’s women? Raping teenage girls and calling it love (as in Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings)?” rages one Trumpet article.
Another blames Africa’s problems on the U.S. and the West, claiming they are withholding aid. Screams one piece: “Some analysts would go so far as to even call what [the United States, the G-8, and multinational corporations] are doing [in Africa] genocide!”