|Sen. Barack Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright|
Newly released video of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Democrat presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama’s controversial pastor, shows the preacher telling his congregation the United States knew of the attack on Pearl Harbor before the Japanese struck, the U.S. would plant weapons of mass destruction in Iraq “just like the LAPD,” and those committing black-on-black crime are “fighting the wrong enemy.”
At times Wright, who moves his congregation to shouts of agreement, is shown wearing an African dashiki while in the pulpit and, at others, he wears a clerical collar.
Wright, again, called on God to damn America – or “white America, U.S. of KKKA,” as he refers to the nation in another sermon – “for killing innocent people … for treating us citizens as less than human.”
As WND reported, in a 2003 sermon Wright encouraged blacks to damn America in God’s name and blamed the U.S. for provoking the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by dropping nuclear weapons on Japan in World War II and supporting Israel since 1947.
Yesterday, in response to mounting criticism over Wright’s anti-American and racist comments, Obama issued a statement saying he strongly condemns and denounces “some inflammatory and appalling remarks [Wright] made about our country, our politics, and my political opponents.”
Despite having been at the church for two decades, Obama said he was not in attendance when Wright made any of the statements and never heard such talk in private conversations.
“Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy,” Obama said. “I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.”
Late yesterday, Wright stepped down from his formal role in Obama’s campaign, as a member of his African American Religious Leadership Committee.
Statements in the newly released video segments suggest earlier samples of Wright’s sermons were not isolated instances and add to questions of how Obama and his family could have been unaware of such provocative messages coming from the pulpit of their home church.
Here are excerpts from Wright’s sermons revealed by Fox News:
“The government lied about Pearl Harbor. They knew the Japanese were going to attack. Government’s lied.”
“We’ve got a paranoid group of patriots in power that now, in the interest of homeland stupidity – I mean homeland security …”
“The government lied about the Tuskegee experiment. They purposely infected African-American men with syphilis …”
“Fighting for peace is like raping for virginity.”
“… what’s going on in white America, U.S. of KKKA …”
“Black men turning on black men – that is fighting the wrong enemy. You both are the primary targets in an oppressive society that sees both of you as a dangerous threat.”
“We cannot see how what we are doing is the same thing al-Qaida is doing under a different color flag … And guess what else. If they don’t find them some weapons of mass destruction, they going to do just like the LAPD and plant them some weapons of mass destruction.”
“God damn America – that’s in the Bible – for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating us citizens as less than human. God damn America …”
These controversial statements join others Wright has made from the pulpit.
WND reported yesterday Wright preached a sermon at his alma mater, Howard University, in 2006 that “America is still the No. 1 killer in the world. … We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional killers.”
Speaking at the Washington, D.C., school’s Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, Wright said, “We started the AIDS virus. … We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty.”
The pastor reportedly said in a sermon just after 9/11, “The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied.”