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The Gates of Hell Have Opened…Jeremiah Wright Returns with a Vengeance

December 9, 2008

This past Sunday Jeremiah Wright returned to his soapbox pulpit at TUCC.

Retirement has not mellowed the raving lunatic…what so ever.

For the first time since his retirement last spring, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. returned to the pulpit of Trinity United Church of Christ this morning with two goals: glorifying God and vilifying the media.

In honor of Trinity’s 47th anniversary, Wright preached Sunday worship services in place of Rev. Otis Moss III, who was attending his father’s farewell from the pulpit of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland.

Citing the revelation to Mary by the angel Gabriel that she would conceive a child to be born the Son of God, Wright said Mary’s disbelief was similar to the doubts some faithful shared about the future of Trinity after Wright’s retirement and the possibility of a black man being elected president.

*BLINK* That sounds as if Wright is comparing Obama to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Our legitimate questions tend to be asked from the vantage point of limited horizons,” said Wright during the 7:30 a.m. service. “Mary had a limited horizon. She couldn’t see how it was possible.”

The vantage point of a hate filled bigot looks out into a limited horizon.

“In almost every instance where I have encountered this phenomenon, what I have discovered is that the limited horizons are caused by the tendency to look for a person to provide you with answers for your legitimate questions,” Wright continued. “I really should say our legitimate questions, not your legitimate questions, because God knows I’ve got some questions myself.”

Wright, Trinity’s former pastor, gained prominence when President-elect Barack Obama in his memoirs cited the pastor’s inspirational sermons.

Wright said no amount of media coverage could dampen Trinity spirit.

“Jesus said upon this rock I will build–listen to the promise–my church,” he said. “And the gates of Hell–listen to the promise–the gates of Hell–neither ABC nor CNN–the gates of Hell–neither Hannity nor O’Reilly–the gates of Hell–neither Time, Time magazine, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune … the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. Nothing will be impossible with God.”

At the 11 a.m. service, Wright belittled “baby milk believers,” who, he said, suffer a delusion that politics don’t belong in the pulpit. He pointed out that “Luke the evangelist, not Wright the radical” lambasted the oppressive policies of the Roman government in the Gospel story that recounts Jesus’ life.

More of Wright’s diatribe from TUCC’s altar…

Wright, speaking at Trinity on its 47th anniversary, said he was proud of “the only church that produced the first and only African-American president in the 211-year history of the United States. No other church can say that.”

“The hatred of the media and the haters in politics may have caused him to distance himself from us, but the love of Christ will never allow me to distance myself from him,” Wright said of Obama.

“I can no more disown him than I can disown any other child of mine who makes [a] bad decision. He made a bad decision, but he’s still my child.”

I’m guessing the explicitly political aspect to the mission and message of Trinity which drew Obama to TUCC in the beginning, lost it’s luster once Wright was connected to Obama in the national arena. Obama no longer sought to imitate your faith Jerry. At the risk of stating the obvious. Obama tossed you and TUCC aside, you had both outlived your usage. How does it feel to be a stepping stone trampled upon by the OMighty One and left far behind in the distance?

Wright followed mocked(?) Obama’s “no more disowning” meme.

I can no more disown him [Wright] than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother ¨

Barack Obama Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 Constitution Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“He made a bad decision” I thought it was a politically expedient decision. O won. Bad? Well depending on who you are.

MS. LEINWAND: Were you disappointed that he distanced himself?

REV. WRIGHT: He didn’t distance himself. He had to distance himself, because he’s a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was anti-American.

Jeremiah Wright National Press Club April 2008

Obama had to at least create the illusion of distancing himself from Wright

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