Friday, March 14, 2008

Obama Condemns Rev Wright Anti-American Statements

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright situation isn't breaking news to many progressive Christian bloggers, myself included. Some have warned of the danger of Sen Obama being too slow to take a pre-emptive defense on the issue. In January I posted this comment in response to a diary at the Daily Kos website:

There is a good blogpost by progressive Christian A-lister Chuck Currie explaining the swift-boating of Trinity UCC.

Last March [2007], Mr. Currie said:

If Obama is going to let right-wing blogs define for the world the theology of his church and dictate who is and isn't aboard his campaign he might as well pack-up now. The right is "Swift Boating" his church. How he ultimately responds will offer voters insight into how principled his presidency might be.

Barack Obama, after all these months, has spoken. At a Huffington Post blog today, he says,

"I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue."

Better late than never.