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If Obama Was So Troubled by Wright’s Words… Why Keep Bringing His Daughters?

Here’s the fly in the ointment for Obama’s explanation that he heard “remarks that could be considered controversial” and “incindiary language” and “views that denigrate both the greatness and the goodness of our nation; that rightly offend white and black alike”, but disagreed with them, and thus should not be judged by the electorate as somehow, perhaps partially agreeing with Jeremiah Wright’s words.
To the best of our knowledge, week after week…. Obama took his daughters there.
Maybe Barack Obama could separate Wright’s truly repugnant comments from the rest of what he preached. Maybe while offering no word of rebuke for his pastor, Obama was thinking, “there goes Jeremiah again.” Barack and Michelle have sufficiently developed minds to evalutate Wright’s claims – the government created the AIDS virus, etc. – for themselves. They could separate, as Obama put it, Wright’s “profoundly distorted view of this country” from his words “about our obligations to love one another.”
But could his daughters?
They’re currently age seven and nine. They have, presumably, been attending Trinity United Church of Christ regularly, or at least as regularly as Obama.
Can you imagine any circumstance in which you voluntarily and regularly take your children to listen to words that are “divisive,” “racially charged,” exposing them to “a view that sees the conflicts in the Middle East as rooted primarily in the actions of stalwart allies like Israel,” and so on? Would you ever take your children to listen to a man call for God to damn America?
As a new dad, I can’t imagine it.
Sorry, Barack. That’s a bridge too far.

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