Late today, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama announced he and his family had left the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. The church’s former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, had created considerable controversy for both Sen. Obama and the church with inflammatory remarks, and a guest pastor last Sunday added fuel to the fire with comments about Hillary Clinton. Obama felt he no longer had any choice and presented a letter of resignation to his church on Friday.
In his remarks today, reported by the Associated Press, Obama said:
This is not a decision I come to lightly … and it is one I make with some sadness …
I’m not denouncing the church and I’m not interested in people who want me to denounce the church … [the new pastor and] the church have been suffering from the attention my campaign has focused on them….
It’s clear that now that I’m a candidate for president, every time something is said in the church by anyone associated with Trinity, including guest pastors, the remarks will imputed to me even if they totally conflict with my longheld views, statements, and principles.
“It’s about time” is the first thing that comes to mind. Obama seems to have run an excellent campaign aside from thinking that he could not, should not, and did not want to leave Trinity Church. He’s had a blind spot when it came to his church, or maybe his vision of change in America gave the public, the press, and his opponents too much credit for open-mindedness. Whatever the reason, we’ll know in November if he waited too long to make this move.
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