Obama’s ex-pastor speaks out, defends black church
“A sideshow, and an unfortunate one”
May 20, 2008
After weeks of public silence, Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. defended the black church and his preaching in a series of appearances, leading political analysts again to ponder Wright’s effect on the presidential campaign of Illinois senator Barack Obama.
Wright, Obama’s longtime (now retired) pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, said at the National Press Club in Washington April 28 that he was “crucified” by the media for his fiery remarks.
“It is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright, it is an attack on the black church,” Wright said. “Maybe now we can begin to take steps to move the black religious tradition from the state of invisible to the state of invaluable.”
Video clips of Wright using such phrases from the pulpit as “God damn America” and “U.S. of KKKA” led many to call him unpatriotic, he noted. He countered: “I served six years in the military.”