Friday, March 21, 2008

Chicagoans: Reports Misrepresent Obama's Church : NPR

Here is an ABC news video of the Jeremiah Wright speech that started the controversy over Obama's pastor:



You can watch Obama's speech on race here.

And NPR ran two stories that I think do a good job of helping us understand the context of Wright's speech, something that few journalists have tried to do.

Chicagoans: Reports Misrepresent Obama's Church : NPR

This whole controversy reminded me of the uproar over Jerry Falwell's remarks after the 9/11 attacks. Falwell said that the attacks were God's judgment on the US for paganism, feminism, abortion and homosexuality.

Both pastors are arguing that 9/11 was God's judgment for our nations sins. In the one case, the sins were the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, support of apartheid in South Africa, and support of Israel, in the other case the sins were were paganism, abortion and homosexuality. I'm surprised that I haven't heard the media pick up on the similarities.

What do you think? Has Obama done enough to denounce his pastor's remarks? Should voters base their judgment of Obama on those remarks? Is my comparison with Falwell a fair one?

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