Rev. Wright Once Again, Comands Center Stage: I Meant “Zionists” Not Jews

June 12, 2009

(ChattahBox)—President Obama’s former outspoken and frequently divisive Chicago pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright has a “love hate” relationship with the media. He loves it when he commands all the attention with the media spotlight shined squarely on him, and he hates it when his offensive remarks are rightfully denounced.

Rev. Wright then becomes more belligerent, like a moth to a flame, he is at once attracted to the spotlight and then goes on the offensive blaming the media for misquoting or misrepresenting his remarks.

And so it goes with his latest foray with the media, when he opens his mouth and something divisive and hateful comes hurling out once again. While walking to his car after attending a worship service earlier this week, Rev. Wright was interviewed by the Daily Press in Newport News, VA.

When asked if he’d spoken to President Obama since his inauguration, “Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me,” I told my baby daughter that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office,” answered Wright.

Wright, apparently just getting warmed up also went on to say, “He’s gotta do what politicians do,” Wright said. “Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza, “Ethnic cleansing the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don’t want Barack talking like that because that’s anti-Israel.”

Wright then said, “the Jewish vote, the A-I-P-A-C vote, that’s controlling him, that would not let him send representation to the Darfur Review Conference, that’s talking this craziness on this trip, cause they’re Zionists, they would not let him talk to someone who calls a spade what it is.”

When he was rightfully denounced by all sides of the political spectrum for his anti-Semitic remarks, he went into attack mode, issuing a hysterical press release in all caps, “EXTREMELY DISTURBED AND DEEPLY SADDENED THAT ONCE AGAIN MY COMMENTS HAVE RESURFACED THIS DIVISIVE DEBATE ABOUT MY RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MYSELF AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.” He continued: “I APOLOGIZE FOR THE WAY I FRAMED MY COMMENTS.”

Earth to Rev. Wright, you yourself made those lengthy, detailed and hateful comments condemning Jews. Surely, you didn’t think they wouldn’t cause a media uproar.

Rev. Wright as is his usual practice, wasn’t content to let things rest there with his halfhearted apology and just go away. He next gave an interview on the SIRIUS radio show, “Make it Plain” with Mark Thompson, where he claimed he misspoke “like Hillary,” saying “Let me just say: Zionists.”

“I’m not talking about all Jews, all people of the Jewish faith, I’m talking about Zionists,” said Rev. Wright. So glad you cleared things up for us Rev. Wright.

Rev. Wright then went on an unhinged rant against Israel: “I quote Jews when I say this,” and referencing books by Jewish authors such as “Judaism Does Not Equal Israel: The Rebirth of the Jewish Prophetic” by Marc Ellis and “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” by Ilan Pappe.

“I’m talking about facts, historical facts,” Wright said. “I’m not talking about emotionally charged words or the fact that like Jimmy Carter’s book, that because he used the word that Jews use, ‘apartheid,’ he gets labeled anti-Semitic.”

“They can jump on that one phrase if they want to,” Wright said, “but they can’t, they can’t undo history. They can’t undo the facts of Jewish historians and Jewish theologians who write about what’s going on, who write about the enormous influence that AIPAC has on our government and on United States policy and the United Nations.”

The White House has not issued a comment regarding the statements made by President Obama’s former pastor. But President Obama has previously denounced Rev. Wright’s hateful rhetoric and distanced himself from Wright, at a press conference during the election.

During Obama’s presidential campaign, videos of some of Rev. Wright’s former sermons surfaced where he made bizarre statements claiming the U.S. government was responsible for the AIDS epidemic.

“I cannot prevent him from continuing to make these outrageous remarks, but what I do want him to be very clear about, as well as all of you and the American people, is that when I say I find these comments appalling, I mean it. It contradicts everything that I’m about and who I am,” said Obama last May.

“Now, I’ve already denounced the comments that had appeared in these previous sermons. As I said I had not heard them before…” said Obama during his May press conference.

When Rev. Wright was criticized for the statements made in former sermons, in typical Wright fashion, he made a point of belligerently repeating his divisive claims; this time with the likes of Minister Farrakhan at his side.

Obama reacted quickly to denounce the remarks made by Wright and Farrakhan; “I have known Reverend Wright for almost 20 years. The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the black church.”

The specter of Rev. Wright and his divisive comments and destructive beliefs are once again rearing their ugly head.


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