A newly publicized video shows leaders of a Chicago-based community organizing group called the Gamaliel Foundation held a rally shortly after President Obama’s election and “prayed” to him, seeking his intervention in their difficulties.
“Hear our Cry Obama. Deliver us Obama,” the organizers chanted as a single leader recited the organization’s perceived problems, based on the philosophies of Saul Alinsky, the radical father of community organizing.
The video explains the event took place at a leadership conference just a few weeks after Obama’s election in November.
The “leaders” enter a room chanting, “Everybody in, nobody out,” apparently referring to health care.
Then the chanter leads: “We are here for the healing of the nation,” to which the crowd responds, “Yes.”
“With the prophet Jeremiah we cry out, ‘Is there no balm in Gilead?'” continues the chanter. “Is there no physician here. Why then has the health of thy poor people not been restored?”
The crowd responds: “Hear our cry Obama.”
The chanter references the “prophet Martin Luther King Jr.,” to which the crowd responds, “Hear our cry Obama.”
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The chanter then intones: “From health care systems and industries that place profit over people,” and the people respond, “Deliver us Obama.”
The chanter then references “lobbying efforts” and “greed and fear,” to which the crowd responds, “Deliver us Obama.”
Officials with the Gamaliel Foundation did not return a message left by WND requesting a comment.
But according to the organization’s website, its type of community organizing began in Chicago in 1938.
“Saul Alinsky created the ‘Back of the Yards Community Council,'” the site says. “The organization operated in the shadow of Chicago’s stock yards. The community was beset with poverty, political corruption, gangs, disease, deteriorating housing and inadequate schools; but most of all it was beset with a sense of powerlessness. The organization successfully engaged people to change the conditions of the community.”
The foundation says it was set up in 1968 to support “an African American organization fighting to protect homeowners on Chicago’s Westside who had been discriminated against by banks and saving and loan institutions.”
It was relaunched in 1986 “as an organizing institute.”
WND previously reported when an artist who planned to unveil a portrait of Obama in a Christ-like pose with a crown of thorns upon his brow canceled the event, due to “overwhelming public outrage.”
Others, such as Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, also have been clear in their nearly religious adoration of Obama. As WND reported, Farrakhan declared last year that when Obama talks, “the Messiah is absolutely speaking.”
Addressing a large crowd behind a podium with a Nation of Islam Saviours’ Day 2008 sign, Farrakhan proclaimed, “You are the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change, and that is why Barack has captured the youth. And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That’s a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.”
Farrakhan pointed out that the man Nation of Islam followers refer to as “the Saviour,” Fard Muhammad, had a black father and a white mother, just as Obama did.
“A black man with a white mother became a saviour to us,” he said. “A black man with a white mother could turn out to be one who can lift America from her fall.”
The site was topped by an Obama quote strategically ripped from a Jan. 7 speech at Dartmouth College just before the New Hampshire Primary in which he told students, “… a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote” for Obama.
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