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Jeremiah Wright Was a Muslim: Why That Matters

“I am a part of all that I have met.” Ulysses by Tennyson

The Obama-lovin’ media wants you to believe that the Reverend Wright earthquake has passed. Some would have you believe that Obama turned a negative into a positive with his embarrassing public contortionism defending Wright and giving us a history lesson on American racism from Plymouth Rock to the Freedom Riders, as if Reverend Wright’s inexcusable hate needs a context.

Nothing is further from the truth.

There is much to be told about Reverend Wright, Obama’s mentorship with this hate-monger, and the larger implication this relationship has for the Democratic Party and its strained coalition.

Long before Reverend Wright entered the national stage, Ryan Lizza of The New Republic, in the March 19, 2007 issue, dropped this little gem:

Wright was a former Muslim and black nationalist who had studied at Howard and Chicago, and Trinity’s guiding principles–what the church calls the “Black Value System”[Emphasis added]

Why should Reverend Wright’s past as Muslim concern us?

First, Reverend Wright’s hate sermons are virtually identical as those given by his good friend, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who followed in the footsteps of Malcolm X. For example, this description by Ben Wallace Wells, published in Rolling Stone—a magazine that favors Obama, most likely in serving the interests of their demographic–in February, prior to the release of the Wright videos, makes clear the connection:

Wright takes the pulpit here one Sunday and solemnly, sonorously declares that he will recite ten essential facts about the United States. “Fact number one: We’ve got more black men in prison than there are in college,” he intones.

“Fact number two: Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run!” There is thumping applause; Wright has a cadence and power that make Obama sound like John Kerry.

Now the reverend begins to preach. “We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns and the training of professional KILLERS. . . . We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God. . . . We conducted radiation experiments on our own people. . . . We care nothing about human life if the ends justify the means!”

The crowd whoops and amens as Wright builds to his climax: “And. And. And! GAWD! Has GOT! To be SICK! OF THIS SHIT!…This is as openly radical a background as any significant American political figure has ever emerged from, as much Malcolm X as Martin Luther King Jr.

The racist paranoia of AIDS being developed by white America to kill blacks and other inexcusable statements are from the same framework of the NOI and Farrakhan. In fact:

In 1984, Wright was one of the inner circle that traveled with Farrakhan to visit Libyan strongman Col. Muammar Khadafy. The ostentatious Farrakhan junket came at a time when Khadafy had been identified as the world’s chief financier of international terrorism, including the Black September group behind the Munich Olympics massacre.

Secondly, while Obama’s plagiarism of a speech delivered by Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X to mostly black audiences has been correctly noted as a racial dog-whistle, it has not been examined in the larger context of the black separatist movement from which it originates.

Third, why did Wright’s church put the racist and anti-Semitic Farrakhan on the cover of its magazine Trumpet? Why did Trinity Church post:

a manifesto by Hamas that defended terrorism as legitimate resistance, refused to recognize the right of Israel to exist and compared the terror group’s official charter – which calls for the murder of Jews – to America’s Declaration of Independence[?]

The three points above show a consistent pattern of Wright parroting not only the language and but also the attitude of the Nation of Islam.

Wright has synthesized Christianity and an odious brand of Islam. When two religions become one, social scientists refer to this as a syncretic religion.
For example, the Mayans developed Mexican Catholicism as a subversive way to maintain their culture in the face of Spanish conquest.
The Reverend Wright may no longer be a Muslim, but he clearly embraces Hamas, Minister Farrakhan and others because they dovetail with his established world view, as with other syncretic religions.

Reverend Wright’s hate speeches are a glimpse of someone who has blended Nation of Islam and Black Nationalist Liberation Theology into a subversive Christianity, one that would hardly be recognized by most black Christians, and much less so mainstream American Christians, regardless of color. Indeed, one suspects that Jesus himself would have a difficult time recognizing the message delivered by Jeremiah Wright.

Obama’s 20-year mentorship with Wright not only demonstrates an incredible lack of judgment, but also highlights his views on race. Comments about his Grandmother being a typical white person may simply sound immature, unappreciative, and dismissive of the woman who helped raise him, but in the tradition of Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, and Jeremiah Wright, calling someone a typical white person is an insult indicating a world view.

Thanks to Mary Jo Kopechne, PhD, for her assistance on this essay.

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  • http://amestiedeman.com Ames Tiedeman

    I do not know if he was a Muslim or not. I do know that he is extremely ill-educated when it comes to an entire host of social issues. His solvency to many f the problems he preaches about are poorly conceived.

    • Deep thinker

      What if the USA had created Aids for the purposes that Rev. Wright suggested? Believe me the good ole US of A is capable of this and much more. (See slavery, segregation, experiment with Tuskegee Airmen,the list goes on).

      What if the from its inception the good ole Us of A had killed and raped and conducted as that could be considered worst than terrorism (See slavery, Trail of Tears, Iraq War, the list goes on).

      What if the good ole US of A did not want drugs in this country? In that case there would not be drugs and guns in the black neighborhoods. Nothing happens in this country unless the government wants it to happen.

      Hmmmmm, maybe there is some truth to what Rev. Wright had to say.

    • bruce

      both obama and wright are lying racist bums and yes we listened to one of his hate filled speeches.he sounded just like the kkk in black face plus they both talk like marxist fools.

  • lidia

    After all, I am glad Shirin reccced me this site. I got a nice sample of liberal anti-war dems, esp. the ones with CIA background.

    I am sure it is irrelevant who will be next USA prez – they ALL are tools of USA imperialism, but to read all the pearls of wisdom here! It was a priceless experience for me, thank you guys.

    By the way, how many weathermen killed, and how much they robbed? CIA in a minute kill more and help to rob more, while serving USA imperialism LOL

    And Black Panthers started helping the poor Black kids in GREAT USA, and were GUNNED DOWN by FBI (another great body, sure)

    if only you guys could see how the world see you! But you still will have a chance, I suppose

    • bruce

      black panthers were a bunch low life murdering felones and deserved to get shot.

  • Brian

    You all are so dumbfounded to what the media wants you to believe. If he was a Muslim please give us actual proof and facts and not you own opinions. Has anyone talking negative about Rev. Wright listen to the whole sermon? I can tell about the way you talked that you haven’t. So if you haven’t please shut up because your opinions really are based off sound bites. What he preached was true. To all my history majors, I guess white folks didn’t give blacks Syphilis either, huh? Tuskegee experiment. Wake up people. We need to come together. There has been separation for too long. But of course you people will continue to point the finger at Obama because he has a chance to be the first black President of the United States. What about George Washington who owned slaves that were black. I guess no problem. What hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kevin

    I see the train has jumped the tracks again, and is full speed heading towards lunacy (“revelations” “kenya means submission” “armageddon”) and borderline racism/bigotry.

    Must’ve started happy hour early eh “Anonym | 2008-04-15 02:48:56″

  • Don Fletcher

    His name is Barack Hussein Obama.
    His was educated in Muslim Mosques.
    Obama is supported by 97% of black males.
    Obama is supported by the Weathermen and Black Muslims.
    Obama’s minister blasphemes God from the pulpit.
    Obama’s minister was a muslim and travels with Black Muslims (really not Islam, they just hate white people).
    Obama’s wife is ashamed of America unless they vote in her husband.
    Obama supports reparations for black Americans.
    Obama supports Rev. Wright and refuses to denounce him (why should he?/He has been going to his church for 20 years).
    Obama calls his grandmother a typical white person because according to her husband, she was afraid of some black males on the street. This same grandmother fed him, educated him, clothed him, and sacrificed for him).
    I am not racist, but I would not vote for Obama.
    He is the most dishonest politician I have ever seen, and THAT is saying something.

    • Kevin

      “His was educated in Muslim Mosques”

      Would it be asking too much Don to stick to facts?

      “Obama is supported by the Weathermen and Black Muslims.”

      I presume you’re talking about his association w/ Ayers??? One former member of a defunct organization does not = “supported by the weathermen”

      And are you saying that all Black Muslims: a) hate white people as you note, b) are the same? c) all support him???

      For someone who isn’t a racist, you sure leapt to a lot of bigoted, generalizations in that last bit there.

      Ya got enough solid, factual things to attack – why make up or exaggerate? LOL

  • bryan

    anyone ready the bible? looks like the Book Of Revelation is comming true, look out white or black Christians if OBAMA ‘Bin Ladin’ gets elected.

    • Brian

      This statement is because of……….?

      Have you read the Book of Revelations?

      It seems like to me you are close minded Christian with know understanding. Because if you had any understanding of this book you wouldn’t make such a stupid comment.

  • Anonym

    I would like to know why my comment was removed from this blog….

    Before September 11, 2001, 19 moslem men pretended they liked America and wanted to learn how to fly airliners.

    On 911, the world discovered they were pretenders.

    The koran and moslem hadiths teaches that it is the moslem’s duty to take over other people’s lands. It outlines three ways of doing it.

    The first is by having babies and taking over through population growth. This is now in progress in France, Britain, Germany, Europe overall, Australia, and Canada to name a few.

    The second way is to be done when the population of a country is too large to take over with babies, and thus there is only one way to do it, namely to attack the country and weaken it. This was the reason for 911. This is what Obama hopes will be the result of the Iraq War.

    The third way is the way of the Trojan Horse. Pretend you are a gift to the people when in reality you are their worst nightmare.

    The third way is what the 19 hijackers of 911 portraited themselves as in order to begin the second way of invasion.

    The third way is how Obama portraits himself to be – America’s “changer” or “converter”. To what, you may ask? Islam which means “submission” in islam.

    And how can you tell for sure? He demands submission from the media and other candidates, his followers and the Democratic party, and is intolerant of anyone who questions his simplistic dogma. Now. Tomorrow, it will be everybody.

    The word “change” has a synonym. It’s the word “trade”. Wright has a significance, as does Otis his replacer. The former invented the airplane and the latter the “electric ladder”.

    Kenya has meaning too. It is the Hebrew word for “submission” – and thus is the translation of the Arabic word “islam”.

    On Super Tuesday, a line of tornadoes struck the US along an “air line”. The worst damage was in a little place which I think was called Machan. The homonym of “Machan” is “Meccan”. And another is an abbreviation of “mechanics”. One of the central principle in mechanics is momentum. On Super Tuesday, the media associated Obama with the word “momentum”. The synonym of “Meccan” is “moslem”.

    There’s only one moslem in this election, and he is a “Wright pretender” like the 19 hijackers of 911 were.

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  • lidia

    So, we come to logical result of such Muslim-baiting article – an anti-islam bigot (and ignoramus) is posting his/her two cents. Congratulations, folks, you have PERFECT allies (not that I EVER doubt it, but still)