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Barack Obama's Church is Committed to Africa, not
the U.S., and only African Americans are Admitted
Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor says
that the Trinity Church of Christ in Chicago, Senator Barack Obama's
home church, has a "non-negotiable commitment to Africa" and that only
African Americans are admitted for membership.
The Truth: Senator Barack Obama was member of
Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ from 1998 to 2008.
As a result of Obama's candidacy for president, Trinity United Church came
under scrutiny. Critics accused the church of being racist.
Supporters said the congregation was proudly black and with a strong linkage
and commitment to its African roots. That's a matter of heritage,
they said, not a lack of commitment to being Americans.
The "About Us" page
located at the church's website said the church is
"Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the
Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent.
We are an African people, and remain 'true
to our native land,' the mother continent, the cradle of civilization."
It also said that it is a "congregation
with a non-negotiable commitment to Africa."
(Note: In response to email rumors that
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Because of its black emphasis, the church was overwhelmingly black but
there was no requirement to be African-American for membership.
In March, 2008, the church's recently retired pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah
Wright, Jr., became a campaign issue for Senator Obama.
Controversial sermons by Wright began appearing on the Internet.
That prompted news organizations to start reviewing some of Wrights
sermons of recent years and several of his statements were branded as
anti-American and racist.
In a 2003 sermon Wright told his congregation to damn America in God's
name and said the United States was responsible for the Attack on America
on 9/11 by dropping nuclear weapons on Japan in World War II and for
supporting Israel since 1947.
In January, 2006, Wright termed America as the "Number one killer in the
world" and blamed the U.S. for the appearance of the AIDS virus. In
an earlier sermon shortly after 9/11 he said "The government lied about
inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color.
The government lied."
There was also criticism of Wright for praising racist and anti-Semitic
Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan and giving him a humanitarian
In the midst of the furor over Wright's sermons, Obama issued a statement
that was given to the Christian Broadcasting Network. Obama said
"Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn
the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. 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." Obama also said that
he had never personally heard any of the controversial statements by
Obama said that he first became aware of some of Wright's controversial
statements at the beginning of his presidential campaign. He said,
'I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments,"
Obama said. "But because Rev. Wright was on the verge of retirement, and
because of my strong links to the Trinity faith community, where I married
my wife and where my daughters were baptized, I did not think it
appropriate to leave the church."
Wright stepped down as pastor of Trinity United Church in February, 2008.
Obama resigned from the church in 2008.
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A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Obama mentioned his church during his appearance with
the Trinity Church of Christ. I found this interesting.
Please read and go to this church's website and read what is written
there. It is very alarming.
Barack Obama is a member of this church and is running for President
of the U.S. If you look at the first page of their website, you will learn
that this congregation has a non-negotiable
commitment to Africa. No where is AMERICA even mentioned. Notice too,
what color you will need to be if you should want to join
Obama's church... B-L-A-C-K!!! Doesn't look like his choice of
religion has improved much over his (former?) Muslim upbringing.
Strip away his nice looks, the big smile and smooth talk and what do
you get? Certainly a racist, as plainly defined by the stated position of
his church! And possibly a covert worshiper of the Muslim faith, even
This guy desires to rule over America
while his loyalty is totally vested in a Black Africa!
I cannot believe this has not been all over the TV and newspapers.
This is why it is so important to pass this message along to all of
our family & friends. To think that Obama has even the slightest
chance in the run for the presidency, is really scary.
Click on the link below:
This is the web page for the church Barack Obama belongs to:
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