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20 years in church

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Submitted by Nathan (United States), Mar 22, 2008 at 23:18

Well, like most religious people Obama cherry picks what he hears from his clergy. I heard Rev. Wright's sermon, and while it was inflammatory, it didn't sound racist ,just angry over the treatment of the black community from slavery on. Grant it, we need to put this stuff behind us as a society if we want to move forward. On the other hand, why are so many white people offended by hearing the truth about the actions of their selves in some cases and their ancestors? I don't know, perhaps there is so much racism still in the hearts and minds of Americans that it prevents them from making clear judgements and this goes for all races living here.

Back to religion. Everyone is upset that Obama would sit though 20 years of sermons from Rev. Wright without leaving the church, well how about the rants of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell? What about the people who listen to them when they blame 911 on gays, woman, liberals, etc. Bush had and still has weekly conference calls with people from the extreme right evangelical community and nobody seems to notice. Does this make Bush unfit to lead? If it does there's a double standard in America and Obama is one the short end of it. In my opinion anyone who believes in theology over facts and science is unfit to lead and that includes nearly all politicians.

My point here people is that no matter what the Pope says, or your local pastor, whether it be right or wrong, people will still show up each Sunday because they fear Hell, it's that simple. Pat Robertson has said a lot of nasty things but people still send him money and they are some of the same people who condemn Obama for sitting through a nasty sermon by Rev. Wright. Religion creates double standards and nobody seems to notice and nobody seems to care.

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