Thursday, March 27, 2008

Obama's Pro-Hamas Church

From INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2008 4:20 PM PT.

Election 2008: It's bad enough that Barack Obama's church took sick joy in 9/11 for "racist white America" supporting "Zionists." Now we learn it also is a mouthpiece for anti-Israeli terrorists.

Last July, Trinity United Church of Christ reprinted a Hamas manifesto written by a terrorist fugitive wanted by the FBI. It was published across two pages of the "Pastor's Page" section of the church bulletin. Rev. Jeremiah Wright's name is copyrighted at the bottom of the pages . . .

In his newsletter, the preacher gives Mousa Abu Marzook a platform to justify the Palestinian terrorist group's denial of Israel's right to exist, while defending strikes against Israeli targets. Marzook is identified in the church bulletin only as the "deputy of the political bureau of Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement."

In fact, Marzook was kicked out of the U.S. several years ago after the U.S. declared him a specially designated terrorist. The Palestinian was indicted in 2004 for conspiring to funnel millions to Hamas to carry out kidnappings, bombings and other attacks on Israel. Believed to be hiding in Syria, he remains a fugitive.

Even if Wright didn't know Marzook was wanted by the government, Hamas has been designated a terrorist group since 1995, blacklisted by a Democrat administration. Wright had to have known from headlines that Hamas targets innocent civilians in pizza parlors and buses for suicide bombings, eviscerating children and elderly with fireballs laced with nails and ball bearings. These are not warriors, but terrorists.

Obama, for his part, says he is shocked— shocked! — that his church would support Hamas.
"I certainly wasn't in church when that outrageously wrong piece was reprinted in the bulletin," he said in a carefully worded statement that denies only his attendance and not his prior knowledge of the bulletin.

The Democratic front-runner for president seems to think if he just claims "not present," he won't be linked to his longtime church's radicalism. But a history of 20 years of church attendance and close ties to Wright make that impossible.

When videos showed his pastor blaming America for 9/11 and damning it to hell, Obama insisted he did not attend service on the days those particular sermons were delivered.

Obama also pleaded ignorance about Wright last year honoring anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan with a "lifetime achievement award," even though the church featured Farrakhan on the cover of its magazine and held a gala in Chicago to celebrate his "greatness."

Yet, Wright is the man Obama says has been "like an uncle" to him all these years. It strains credulity that in all their conversations, he remains in the dark about his radical ties.

Yet now that Obama knows Wright sympathizes with terrorists, Obama continues to defend him and his church.
"This is a pillar of the community," Obama said, "and if you go there on Easter, and you sat down there in the pew, you would think this is just like any other church."

Maybe any other church in Gaza or the West Bank. But certainly not in post-9/11 America.
Who does Obama think he's fooling? He needs to sever ties with Wright and his church, regardless of their support.

If he can't stand up to them, how can he stand up to terrorists?


Friday, March 21, 2008

Obama's Closeness to Rev.Wright Still A Problem

Even after Barak Obama delivered his race speech, A More Perfect Union most of us remain unconvinced of any widening gap that exists between him and his controversial Pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Despite his overused "words of unity" between whites and blacks Obama still oversteps the main point about his pastor. Rev. Wright does not want unity with white people. Obama and his pastor stand worlds apart on this issue. Barak Obama will not recognize that his pastor does not bring a positive influence on the black community nor the overall community of American people.

My question is, "How can Obama speak of racial unity out of one side of his mouth and then closely embrace a spiritual mentor who delivers now widely publicized sermons contrary to any kind of racial unity?" Rev. Wright has been called a racist and a man who sweats anger towards whites. And this is Obama's spiritual mentor? As long as Barak keeps reaffirming the relationship he has with his former pastor, doubts will be raised as to what truly floats around in the mind of Barak Obama?

Listen to Obama's words about racism in America as depicted in his recent speech:

I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together - unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes . . . This belief comes from my unyielding faith in the decency and generosity of the American people.

Rev. Wright does not have a faith in the "decency of the American people." He said in one of his sermons that America is the "U.S. of KKK." This "man of God" does not want to end racism but to keep it going because it serves his purpose of keep the black community in a place of a perceived victimization to the "rich while man" as epitomized in the pastor's disparaging remarks about the well-to-do Hillary Clinton. The last time I listened to a democrat praise the Clinton's, Hillary's husband was tagged as America's "first black president."

Obama also remarked that the decency of America (which includes white people) made it possible for him to have his own" American story." Pastor Wright does not believe that! Rev. Wright preaches the gospel of black anger towards the white man.

But Rev. Wright led Obama to Christ, according to the Senator, and because of that Barak cannot disown him. He's like family. However, Wright is family by choice not by blood, so Obama has the ability to place a huge chasm between himself and his pastor.

I won't argue that God used Jeremiah Wright to guide Barak to Jesus, but that was twenty years ago. Since then Rev. Wright has gotten off track. Where is Jesus in his message now? Could he lead Obama to Jesus today or steer him to more anger and hostility towards white people and the U.S.

As long as Rev. Wright preaches this message of animosity towards white people, Republicans, the U.S. government and any black man or woman who is not a liberal democrat (Clarence Thomas, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice), how can Obama not take a giant step away from his former pastor? How can he not disavow a man who once preached a message that honored Christ but has taken a detour of extreme black nationalistic theology and has found no Christian compunction to refuse to honor the Minister Louis Farrakhan?

We all know by now that Rev. Wright gave Louis Farrakhan a lifetime achievement award back in December 2007. Every year the Trumpeter Newsmagazine, the literary arm of Rev. Wright's church, Trinity United Church of Christ, offers awards to different individuals in various categories.

In a letter from the magazine's publisher, Jeri. L. Wright, the pastor's daughter, she writes, "The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan is the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement "Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Trumpeter Award."

Barak Obama attends a church, whose magazine gave a lifetime achievement award to a man who is a serious anti-Semite. Louis Farrakhan is not some pesky little gnat that goes away after a few swats. Louis Farrakhan is a respected leader in the black community as we witnessed in his involvement with the Million Man March.

In the November-December 2007 Trumpeter magazine an article "An Empowerment Interview," gives the reasons why the award was given to Minister Farrakhan.

The article specifically records the view of Jeremiah Wright on Louis Farrakhan. In the piece Jeremiah Wright applaudes the Nation of Islam leader and remarks on his significant impact, "When Minister Farrakahn speaks, Black America listens."

Wright compares Farrakhan to the E.F. Hutton commericals. So when Farrakhan speaks of Judaism as a "gutter religion," the black community takes him seriously?

In Richard Cohen's Washington Post article he remarks, "Over the years, he [Farrakhan] has compiled an awesome record of offensive statements, even denigrating the Holocaust by falsely attributing it to Jewish cooperation with Hitler -- 'They helped him get the Third Reich on the road.'"

Louis Farrakhan is a man stricken, as Cohen rightly says, with "botulism of the mind." How can a Christian leader offer him a lifetime achievement award? How can Barak Obama embrace a Pastor who sees greatness in Louis Farrakahn and continue to attend a church that had no problems with a pastor who delivers hateful speeches about a country Obama would like to lead? It's mind-boggling that the impact of this paradoxical scenario has not hit the hearts and minds of Obama supporters a lot deeper.

How in the world did the congregants of the Trinity United Church of Christ listen to the anti-American, angry rantings of Pastor Wright for so many years and not make a moral and spiritual issue of it? I wonder if there's much difference between Pastor Wright's thinking and that of his congregation . . . a church Obama still attends.

Rev. Wright says of Farrakhan and his anti-Jewish conspiratorial thinking, "Everybody may not agree with him [Farrakhan, but they listen . . . His depth of analysis where it comes to the racial ills of this nations is astounding and eye opening. He brings a perspective that is helpful and honest." Rev. Wright, does that include his denigration of the Holocaust?

Barak Obama needs to connect the dots between his pastor and Louis Farrakhan. He can't just say to Hillary Clinton in a recent debate that he denounces the endorsement of Farrakhan if it "makes her comfortable."
Is he personally comfortable with Farrakhan's endorsement or did he simple tell the "rich white woman" what she wanted to hear ?

In no way do I think Obama shares the views of Farrakhan. But his pastor may! This is a pastor who prayed with the young senator just before his Illinois announcement that he'll run for the presidency. Cohen asks, "Will he pray for him before his inaugural?" I ask, "Will he pray at the inaugural?"

I will not take away from any good performed by Farrakhan in the black community. I had one Chicago resident tell me that where Farrakhan's followers live, there is no crime. In fact, I endorse his message of black self-reliance and his impact on the lives of young black men. But his achievements do not earn him the right for decent Americans to turn a deaf ear to his racist, anti-Semtic ravings! As I would critiicize any white man who espouses racism, I cannot turn away from the slippery forked tongue of Farrakhan when he speaks of white people as "blue eyed devils."

In the article in the Trumpeter Magazine, Wright continues to pile on the praise of Farrakhan, "His integrity and honesty have secured him a place in history as one of the nation's most powrfull critics.. . a catalyst for change and a religious leader who is sincere about his faith and purpose."

It's very clear where Rev. Wright stands . . . Louis Farrakhan is not a problem to him. Will Obama lose his Jewish support over this? Will it affect his perspective on Israel if he WINS the presidency and has to deal with Israel's leaders among whom are Holocaust survivors? Obama cannot flirt with Rev. Wright because the pastor lies in the same bed with Louis Farrakhan.

When I was a kid growing up in Newark, N.J., the neighborhood kids would choose up sides in order to play a game of street stickball. We would use any method available-"rock, paper, scissors" or "odds or evens." You had to wind up on one team or else you sat on the curb and watched.

Yes, Obama's speech was moving, but he still has not chosen sides on the Rev. Wright issue. He is attempting to play for his own team, the team of the American public and Rev. Jeremiah Wright's team all at the same time.

Knowing that Wright has honored Minister Louis Farrakhan as one of his all-star players, Obama has no choice but to choose to leave Wright's team and play for the other side-the side of justice, truth and integrity.

Has Obama got what it takes to make that choice or will he sit on the curb from 2008-2012?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Obama's Pastor Anything But Wright

What's it going to take for Barak Obama to heed his moral conscience, exercise his judgment and make a bold step to leave his church, Trinity United Church of Christ? How many more outlandish, anti-white, anti-American statements do we need to hear from Barak's pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright? Where are the voices of evangelical black pastors condemning the skewed gospel of liberation theology and racist perspective of this Chicago pastor?

When asked about his pastor, Barak Obama has said, "we don't agree on everything . . . I've never had a thorough conversation with him on all aspects of politics." Well, the Senator from Illinois better sit his pastor down real quick before he throws a monkey wrench into Barak's campaign. On we discover, for the last 20 years Barak told reporters, he didn’t think there was 'anything particularly controversial' about Wright. Is Barak asleep concerning his radical spiritual mentor?

My prediction is either Barak and his wife Michelle distance themselves from Rev. Wright or the Senator's presidential campaign is going to go all wrong!

For one thing, Rev. Jeremiah Wright sees the United States of America through the lens of white racism. He is guilty of making scorching remarks on the government of the United States. During a sermonic rant Wright calls America, "the USA KKK." Is Obama's pastor making the American government equivalent to the Ku Klux Klan? Does he understand the white supremacy of this despicable Jew-hating, anti-black racist group? Sounds like Rev. Wright holds to some extreme conspiracy theories as well. If the KKK is controlling American, at least we know Wright disagrees with Louis Farrakhan that the Jews control the U.S. You can't have it both ways.

In a video of a recent sermon, the Rev. made disparaging, sarcastic remarks about the names of Colin Powell and Condoleezza (Condomleezza) Rice. How childish for an accomplished inner city pastor!

According to Rev. "Wrong" when a politically conservative black man or woman succeeds in entering government leadership, unless that person espouses the liberal black political gospel, that person is an "Uncle Tom" or a "house n-explitive" to the pastor. Are black intellects like Thomas Sowell or Shelby Steele allowed to think for themselves or must they follow the black group think of Rev. Wright's black caucus.

Where is Obama in this heyday where his pastor's sermons are being tossed around on the internet, radio and television like food samples at Costco? Does Obama have the guts to stand up to this "man of the cloth" and "rent his garments" like an Old Testament prophet disgusted with the corrupt leadership of his day? It appears Rev. Wright gets a pass from Obama simply because he is his pastor. If he cannot stand up to Rev. "Wrong", I have serious doubt about Obama's ability to make clear, moral judgments and follow through on his convictions. For Obama to admit after attending Trinity United Church of Christ for twenty years that he was not aware of "anything controversial" about his pastor calls into question Obama's ability to discern right from wrong and truth from error. Is he wearing ruby red slippers too?

From a 2007 NY Times piece, we learn that "in 1984, Rev. Wright traveled to Cuba to teach Christians about the value of nonviolent protest and to Libya to visit Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, along with the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan." Of course, the media was quick to point out that having Louis Farrakhan as Wright's companion no way is an endorsement of the leader of the Nation of Islam.

In Richard Cohen's Washington Post column reveals, "In 1982, the church [Trinity United Church of Christ] launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan."

Rev. Wright turns out to be a admirer of Minister Wrong not just a travel companion to Libya. The spiritual advisor of potentially the next President of the U.S. is Rev. Wrong once again.

Oddly, the left is jumping all over John McCain for being endorsed by Pastor John Hagee, an anti-Catholic evangelical. According to radio/TV host Sean Hannity, McCain has not embraced Hagee's endorsement. John Hagee is a Christian universalist who denies the necessity of Jesus as the Messiah for the Jewish people. Regardless, John Hagee is NOT McCain's pastor. Furthermore, Hagee's denouncement of Catholics is over theology not race. Also, I have yet to see John Hagee endorsing David Duke or any other avowed white racist as a man who "epitomizes greatness."

How can Obama sit by when his pastor hangs accolades on a man who calls white people "blue-eyed devils"? Louis Farrakhan is no hero to the black people when it comes to racism. He is an anti-Semite and has made hateful remarks about the Jewish religion as a "gutter religion." Why has he gotten a free pass on his racist remarks?

Does Rev. Wright preach the message of the New Testament or the liberal black liberation theology of the 70s? Again, the New York Times comments:

Mr. Wright preached black liberation theology, which interprets the Bible as the story of the struggles of black people, who by virtue of their oppression are better able to understand Scripture than those who have suffered less. That message can sound different to white audiences, said Dwight Hopkins, a professor at University of Chicago Divinity School and a Trinity member. “Some white people hear it as racism in reverse,” Dr. Hopkins said, while blacks hear, “Yes, we are somebody, we’re also made in God’s image.”

There is no black, white, Asian or Hispanic Gospel. No one people has claims on the New Testament message. The NT message was carried to Africa by Ethiopian man who came to know Christ through a Jewish follower of Christ. This took place during the first century according to the eighth chapter of the Book of Acts. Christianity is not the white man's religion. It is a faith that started among Jewish people to declare the liberation of redemption from sin and that message was sent out to all people regardless of race, color and ethnicity.

Obama has his hands full in light of the controversial video of his pastor that aired on Thursday March 13, 2008. His sermon focuses on how Hillary cannot relate to American black culture like Obama does. Listen to the Trinity United Church of Christ orator on “Hillary ain’t never been called a [n-expletive]!” Wright fumes. I wonder if Obama, having a white mother, who has mysteriously disappeared in her son's presidential race, and an African father was called names by blacks for being half white? Let's not distance Barak too far from Hillary. We already know from Lynn Cheney that Barak Obama, on his Caucasian side is an eight cousin of Vice President Dick Cheney.

Then he accuses Hillary of fitting the mold of a rich white woman in contrast to Obama who "isn't privileged." Yet, in Obama's book Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, he bemoans the fact that he did not grow up in poverty like his black friends; he had a very good education and did not go through inner city schooling. He was not raised in a single parent home, as Wright explains, but Obama's mother remarried when Barak's father left, and she married a non-practicing Muslim man and they lived in Indonesia and Hawaii. That doesn't sound like Obama's from the 'hood to me. At least Hillary was raised in Chicago! You go, girl!

Rev. Wright makes up his own New Testament in his sermons: "Oh, I am so glad that I have a God who knows what it’s like to be a poor, black man in a country, in a culture that is controlled and run by rich, white people" Jesus grew up as a poor Jewish boy in a culture controlled by militant Romans who oppressed the Jewish people. If anything, God knows what anti-semitism feels like. In fact, if Rev. Wright knew the God of Israel, he wouldn't be hanging around the Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan.

Here's a part of his sermon he needs to direct to Minister Farrakhan, a man who "epitomizes greatness," "He taught me, Jesus did, how to love my enemies. Jesus taught me how to love the hell out of my enemies and not be reduced to their level of hatred, bigotry and small-mindedness. " How shortsighted Rev. Wright is.

The final curtain call on Rev. Wright's ministry comes in a sermon reported on today's ABC with Brian Ross. According to Ross, Wright delivered a speech in 2003 in which he said, “No, no, no, not ‘God Bless America” but “god damn America."

According to Ross, Wright said “The government gives them [African Americans] the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three strikes law and then wants us to sing 'God bless America,' No, no, no, not 'God bless America,' God damn America -- that's in the Bible, you're killing innocent people, God damn America for treating us citizens as less than human."

No where does Pastor Wright admit that black men are in prison because they committed crimes. In his view black are victims of the U.S. government's conspiratorial plans to destroy the black race. Face it, Barak Obama, a presidential hopeful, attends a church pastored by a minister who hates America and hates its government.

Rev. Wright is no pastor who is true to the biblical text. He is true to his black ideology and disdain of white people and the country his "spiritual son" is seeking to lead.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright is a man who can only see the world through the filter of racism and not through the lens of the love of Jesus for all people. Barak Obama needs to take a hard look at a man he considers his spiritual mentor and take the next step out the door of that church. He must see that Rev. Wright is all Wrong for him. If not, Rev. Wright will mentor Barak Obama into a landslide defeat to the Republican contender John McCain.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Is Barak Obama A Christian?

On several occasions, when Barak Obama has been charged with being a Muslim, the Senator from Illinois will respond by affirming his commitment to Christianity. From a Sun Times article, April 5, 2004, Obama said, "I am a Christian . . . I have a deep faith. I'm rooted in the Christian tradition."

Most evangelicals may accept Obama's confession as legit with a raised eyebrow. Why? As an evangelical Christian myself, I would never say "I am rooted in the Christian tradition." My faith in Jesus is not something that has grown out of my past roots. Rather, as an adult I made a definite decision to follow Christ.

Whether or not Obama can pass the mustard with most evangelicals comes into further question when the presidential candidate suggests, "I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people." It sounds like Obama, with one big superhug, is endorsing the religion of Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists and . . . just about everyone else. To Obama everyone worships the same God; What difference does it make anyway which faith you belong to? Christian? Not!

Just what is the Christian tradition Barak Obama is rooted in? From the Chicago Sun Times article we learn:

Obama's theological point of view was shaped by his uniquely multicultural upbringing. He was born in 1961 in Hawaii to a white mother who came from Protestant Midwestern stock and a black African father who hailed from the Luo tribe of Kenya.

Obama describes his father, after whom he is named, as "agnostic." His paternal grandfather was a Muslim. His mother, he says, was a Christian.

In his book Dreams From My Father, A Story of Race and Inheritance Obama describes his mother as a secular humanist. She maintained a faith that rational people could shape their own destiny.

When he was 6 years old Obama's parents divorced and he moved to Indonesia with his mother and her new husband-a non-practicing Muslim.

Obama remembers that his mother would read books to him about world religions. During the day he would learn the Catholic catechisms and at night he'd hear the Muslim call for prayer and his mother's embrace of all faiths.

The senator has had an eclectic spirituality to say the least: Catholicism, secularism, universalism and Islam. He owns up to having an irregular practice of reading the Bible. However, the presidential hopeful does find the time to pray. He describes his prayer life:

It's not formal, me getting on my knees . . . I think I have an ongoing conversation with God. I'm constantly asking myself questions about what I am doing, why I am doing it."

Concerning the universalism of the democratic contender, he acknowledges the call to share one's faith in Christ is part of the New Testament tradition. In some sectors of Christianity, according to Obama, if you don't embrace Jesus Christ as personal Savior, you're going to hell. Obama hugs the fence on this essential spiritual matter: "I don't presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die."

No one who names the name of Jesus Christ and understands who He is as the only true Redeemer, would dare suggest that people can come to a saving knowledge of God apart from Jesus Christ.

Barak's mother, an anthropologist who collected religious texts, felt that her son needed a crash course in comparative religion and what she tutored is an eclectic Christian.

Okay, so is Barak Obama a Muslim? I don't think so. However, I'm not
naive enough to think his exposure to Islam in a Muslim country like Indonesia has not left an Islamic influence on the man who may someday preside over this country in the nation's Oval Office.

In an interview with Maya Soetoro-Ng, Barak's younger half sister, she recalls, "My whole family was Muslim, and most of the people I knew were Muslim." Regardless, while growing up in Indonesia Obama attended a Catholic school and then a Muslim public school where religious education was demanded. What would they teach in a Muslim school? Perhaps Judaism or evangelical Christianity? I don't think so.

Upon his return to Hawaii at the age of 10, Barak attended a preparatory school with a Christian affiliation.

What can we conclude about Barak's formal religious training? Catholicism and Islam. Obama was never too far from either the universalistic roots of his mother, Catholicism or the Islamic faith of his stepfather.

His exposure to Protestantism? His white grandparents, who helped raise him, we non-practicing Methodists and Baptists.

Sarah Hussein Obama, the senator's stepgrandmother but whom Barak calls his grandmother, still rises at 5 a.m. to say her prayers to Allah. In a recent interview in Kenya, Ms. Obama said, "I am a strong believer of the Islamic faith."

Barak Obama is a man who was raised to be tolerant of other faiths . . . even accepting of other's faith as sufficient for salvation.

Yet Obama was always reluctant to join a faith until the late 1980s when he met his present pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, minister of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, a man who told Sean Hannity that Christianity is a white man's religion.

Is Obama a Christian? He lacks the commitment to Christ as the only Savior of mankind-Jew or Gentile, white or black. He may be rooted in the Christian tradition, but his roots have spread out to embrace more faiths than just one.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Is Barak Obama a Muslim . . . or Not?

Is he or isn't he? Why is it so hard to determine the religious affiliation of a potential President of the U.S.?

In an interview with Jewish reporters on Monday January 21, 2008 Sen. Obama addressed the rumors aimed at his religious commitments. Obama was strong to attack a "constant and virulent smear campaign via the Internet that I know has been particularly targeted at the Jewish community . . . it states that I am a Muslim, that I was sworn into my Senate office with my hand on a Koran, that I don't pledge allegiance."

Obama normally does not respond to such "falsehoods" but these reports appear to have gotten traction in the right wing sector of the Jewish community.

Obama clarified his relationship to Islam on an ABC Sunday morning news show (March 2, 2008): "I have never practiced Islam. I was raised by my secular mother. I have been a member of the Christian religion and have been an active Christian. I was sworn in with my hand on my family Bible, and have been pledging allegiance since I was three years old." I have no reason to not take him at his word. I complain that he's a "fog of a man." Here's is trying to clear up the murkiness, so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

But the emails and attacks against Obama continue. Last week a photo of Obama wearing Kenyan tribal raiments appeared on the Internet. The photo was taken during Obama's visit in 2006 to the country where his father was born. The photo implied, "Look, here's proof Obama is a Muslim." How childish!

In response to the photo Obama said last week to Jewish leaders in Cleveland, "If anyone is still puzzled about the facts, in fact I have never been a Muslim."

Where are the photos of Barak being sworn in with his hand on the Koran? I want some solid proof other than rumors via emails and blogs.

Where are photos of Barak worshipping in a mosque on his face prostrate to Allah? If he's a Muslim, he had to pray 5 times a day. Some journalistic photographer has got to catch this "Muslim" on his knees and snap a photo of this "closet Muslim" in action ? No?

Obama says he's a Christian. Though I have serious issues with Obama's liberal black nationalist Pastor Jeremiah Wright, I think Barak is telling the truth. However, I am not convinced he's an evangelical Christian.
Listen to Obama's words from a 2004 Chicago Sun Times article in which Cathleen Falsani interviewed the Senator: "So, I have a deep faith. I'm rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people." Obama is more of a universalist than a true New Testament Christian. Obama is a "sort-of" and "barely" a Christian but he's not a Muslim.

What about the fact he lived in Indonesia for four years? "In an Associated Press article from 2/26/98, Obama explains again, "My grandfather, who was Kenyan, converted to Christianity, then converted to Islam. My father never practiced; he was basically agnostic. So, other than my name and the fact I lived in a populous Muslim country [Indonesia] for four years when I was a child, I have very little connection to the Islamic religion." I'll take him at his word. However, to say there's no Islamic influence on Obama from having lived in an Islamic country is naive. I lived in Vietnam for one year and came back to the States spouting off Buddhism. I'm a Christian today but I was touched by living among a Buddhist people-the south Vietnamese,

Some people accuse Obama of turning his back on the flag when the Pledge of Allegiance is stated. How in the world could a man run for U.S. President, attend dozens of political rallies where the Pledge is said, and have gotten away for this long spurning the U.S. flag and the pledge? How about another rumor? Barak Obama is really a reincarnation of Harry Houdini? I'm not even sure David Copperfield could pull off a stunt like that.

Finally, Obama is said to have attended a Muslim madrassa school as a child in Jakarta. After being born in Hawaii, he moved to Indonesia at the age of six to live with his mother and stepfather. From investigations it has been learned by the AP that the school he attended for six years before returning to Hawaii is a "public and secular institution and has been open to students of all faiths since before Obama attended in the late 1960s." The principal of the school admitted most students in the school are Muslim, but there are Christians as well.

The evidence that Barak Obama is a Muslim is weak, based on circumstantial evidence. I am more concerned with Obama's concession last week to begrudgingly denounce the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan. Barak only conceded after Hillary Clinton pressed the candidate. Does Obama know the seriousness of any connection with Minister Farrakhan, an avowed anti-Semite and a Caucasian hater?

Let's put the focus on the familiarity of Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright with Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan. Why would Obama continue to attend a church spearheaded by the pastor of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ who feels the "Christian" conviction to give an award from the "Trumpet Newsmagazine, a Trinity church publication, to Louis Farrakhan for his "greatness."

If my pastor awarded a person who hated Jews and blacks, I would say my piece to that pastor and I'd be out the door. I'd never sit comfortably is a Christian church that embraces a hater of Jews and whites.

The Rev. Jerome Wright will be an albatross around the neck of Barak Obama. If Obama wins the presidency, do we want Wright giving the inaugural prayer . . . a man of the "Christian" cloth who awards a racist black Muslim? Shame on us all if we tolerate such Christian hypocrisy!

N.Y. Times Launches All-Out Attack on Vets

It's like "Born on the 4th of July" all over again. I certainly hope not.

According to the March 2008 VFW magazine, the N.Y. Times took every opportunity to play up their disrespect for war time veterans. Nothing new.

During January the Times ran a front page three-part series called, "Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles." VFW magazine claims the Times"resurrected the worst stereotypes possible of war veterans." Allegedly claiming to care about our war vets, the newspaper placed the spotlight on 121 killing committed by Iraq vets, including involuntarily manslaughter.

Even without the absence of such great anti-war heroes like Jane Fonda and Cindy Sheehan, the paper did enough damage on their own. The Times dug up some Vietnam vet-related statistics. These so-called facts state the claim that "veterans are more likely to have committed violent crimes than non-veterans, according to government studies.

As a U.S. Army recruit I went through an eight week boot camp course during the Vietnam era. I never expected them to teach me how to emulate the non-violence of Ghandi in the face of a Viet Cong wielding a grenade ready to toss at my fellow soldiers and blow them to pieces. Just because we were told how to employ violence to stop the enemy does not follow that war veterans are violent people in a domestic situation. The reasoning is faulty and prejudicial.

Regardless, the peace-loving N.Y. Times failed to cite the Bureau of Justice Statistics (October 1981) correctly. The study actually said the opposite than the Times piece: "On the whole, veterans are less likely than non-veterans to be in prison." Of the extremely minority of Vietnam vets who were arrested for crimes during the 1980's, only 13.5% were violent.

Are we re-entering the era of war veteran bashing by the elitist liberal press accompanied by anti-war veterans films like Coming Home, Platoon, Apocalypse Now, and Deer Hunter. The pacifistic Timesmust despise war veterans. Surely, the prestige press does not want to march out-of-step with the tune played by Hollywood that loves to make war veterans appear to be murderous, psychologically screwed up mental idiots. The only intelligent people work for the Times and write scripts for Hollywood films . . . of course.

Too bad the N.Y. Times channel all their energy to tell the stories of our war heroes. Look at the marvelous film by Ken Burns, The War. The N. Y. Times is not capable of expressing such creativity and ability of capturing the patriotism of our boys who fought for this country.

VFW magazine suggests the Times do a story on "three Medal of Honor, at least 30 Distinguished Service/Navy/Air Force Cross and 450 Silver Star (U.S. Army) recipients of current wars. The New York Times doesn't do heroes. It shoots down heroes.

As a Vietnam veteran I salute the heroes of the Afghanistan/Iraq wars. I read somewhere that "if you can't stand behind the men and women who get on the front lines to defend our country, then stand in front of them." Standing off the side and shooting our soldiers down with mockery and slander is the way of a coward.