Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., and CNN’s 9/11 memorial tribute (Click on the image)
At length, syndicated talk-radio host Mark Levin took Senator Barack Obama to task for his two decades of attending the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s hate-filled sermons:
An ABC News review of dozens of Rev. Wright’s sermons, offered for sale by the church, found repeated denunciations of the U.S. based on what he described as his reading of the Gospels and the treatment of black Americans. “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people,” he said in a 2003 sermon. “God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”
In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda’s attacks because of its own terrorism. “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.
Those that seek to divide America cannot see past the color of their own skin when judging others.
America was attacked by Japan on December 7, 1941, and by Islamic-fascist terrorists on September 11, 2001. My father, like millions of Americans of all races — including Japanese-Americans — fought for America during World War II. In 1945, Army units, including those with many thousands of African-Americans in them, were headed for the Pacific to invade Japan. Low estimates at the time were at least 250,000 Americans and several million Japanese would die during the invasion. On 9/11, terrorists did not care what they were when they murdered 3,000 people; they indiscriminately slaughtered four children “of color” along with Jews, Muslims, Christians, and agnostics of all ages. Yet my brother-in-law, like many other Catholic Caucasian firefighters (and many others), ran upstairs trying to save them all.
Mark Levin’s inferred question is a valid one: how could Barack Obama attend that church and listen to two decades of Jeremiah Wright’s sermons without agreeing with him? I could not have sat there, not because of the color of my skin, but because I oppose racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric, no matter who is spewing it.
Note: This is a cross-post of this at MarkLevinFan.com.