“I'm not saying I'm voting for Obama because I'm not. I'm a black Republican.”
That’s good to know.
“However, with that said. I think we should be sober in our judgement of condemnation and guilt by association.”
As you know, I already did a post in which I address that very issue.
“However, with that said. I think we should be sober in our judgement of condemnation and guilt by association. ___I just listenned to two of Rev. Writes sermons. The 9/11 one as well as the G.D. America one. ___And I think Shawn Hannity took his sermons out of context. __And the G.D. America one doesn't sound so bad when one saw how it was used ans why it was said in the way it was. ___I have the links to the sermons at my blog. Or one can go straight to Anderson cooper's blog as well as Roland's blog of CNN. ___You shouldn't allow some at Fox news shape the context of those sermons. Instead, listen to them for yourself and make up your own mind about the man.”
Feel free to put the following quotes “in context”:
"We started the AIDS virus. … We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty."
"The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. The government lied."
"The government lied about Pearl Harbor. They knew the Japanese were going to attack. Government's lied."
"... what's going on in white America, U.S. of KKKA ..."
"Fighting for peace is like raping for virginity."
"Black men turning on black men – that is fighting the wrong enemy. You both are the primary targets in an oppressive society that sees both of you as a dangerous threat."
"We cannot see how what we are doing is the same thing al-Qaida is doing under a different color flag ... And guess what else. If they don't find them some weapons of mass destruction, they going to do just like the LAPD and plant them some weapons of mass destruction."
"God damn America – that's in the Bible – for killing innocent people. God damn America for treating us citizens as less than human. God damn America...”
"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing innocent people."
"America is still the No. 1 killer in the world. … We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns, and the training of professional killers. … We bombed Cambodia, Iraq and Nicaragua, killing women and children while trying to get public opinion turned against Castro and Ghadhafi. … We put (Nelson) Mandela in prison and supported apartheid the whole 27 years he was there. We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God."
And right after 9/11: "We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."
[For the record, I pulled these quotes from WorldNet Daily.]
I’d add that if Fox News has a political agenda, so does CNN.
“The 9/11 one was clearly out of context. He was quoting an American Ambassador when he said that.”
And was he quoting the ambassador approvingly or disapprovingly? Favorably or unfavorably?
“Are his sermons political? Yes__Are they to the far left? Yes”
In some cases they seem to be to the left of Noam Chomsky.
“But if we are going to judge Obama for the views of his pastor then all far right christians who run for office will also be judged by the views of their pastors.”
I don’t see a problem with judging a politician, in part, by the views of his pastor if his pastor is an outspoken representative of the lunatic fringe.
And I’m not confining this to the far left. I would include certain segments of the far right, viz. Paul Craig Roberts.
If you follow my blog you’ll be aware of the fact that I’m an equal opportunity critic.
“Thus, one shold judge Obama on what he says and what he believes........not for what someone else believes.”
That’s overstated. As I’ve said, I think there’s plenty of reason not to vote for Obama quite irrespective of the Wright connection.
But, having said that, Obama is not a known quantity to the same degree as his rivals. He doesn’t have the paper trail of Hillary or McCain. So he’s something of an inkblot. People project on him what they want to see. As such, one potential key to his true beliefs is the company he keeps.
Let’s also remember that most politicians are not distinguished by their candor. They tend to deny or downplay any impolitic sympathies they harbor.
So it would be naïve to judge them only by public statements which they’ve prescreen with pollsters or focus groups.
Hillary is a perfect example of someone who almost never says what she really believes.
And don't forget that I did review Obama's speech on race in America. So I'm judging him by his own words.