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Rev. Wright to Speak at NAACP Dinner

By Ronald Kessler
April 23, 2008

The Detroit chapter of the NAACP is featuring Barack Obama’s longtime minister, Jeremiah Wright, as keynote speaker at its annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner.

The event this Sunday is billed as the largest annual sit-down dinner of African Americans in the country. At least 10,000 people are expected to hear the Rev. Wright speak.

The question is, Why would anyone want to hear Wright make his trademark denunciations of America as an oppressor of blacks and a creator of the AIDS virus to kill them off?

“When you take the t-e-x-t out of context, you’re left with c-o-n, and we have been conned,” Detroit branch NAACP President Wendell Anthony explained as he announced the dinner’s speaker at a news conference.

Defenders of the Rev. Wright apparently think Americans are fools because they can’t be relied upon to understand what Wright is saying. When Wright shouts, “Goddamn America,” the context is clear as a bell.

Louis Farrakhan, who received a lifetime achievement award from Wright’s church in December and whom Wright praised for his “integrity and honesty,” uses the same bogus claim that his words are being quoted out of context as he makes hate-filled comments against America, whites, Jews, and homosexuals.

If this invitation from an organization dedicated to stamping out “racial hatred” is shocking, it is far less so than the fact that a man who has described Wright as a friend, mentor, and sounding board has a good shot at becoming president.

In the same vein as his association over two decades with Wright, Obama has had a “friendly” relationship with William Ayers, who has said he wishes he and the Weather Underground, of which he was a member, had done more than bomb the Pentagon, Capitol, State Department, and police stations.

“I don’t regret setting bombs," Ayers told The New York Times in a story that ironically ran on Sept. 11, 2001. “I feel we didn’t do enough.” For good measure, Ayers added that he would not discount the possibility he would do it again.

Defending his relationship with Ayers, which has included help when he first ran for the Illinois Senate, Obama said in the recent Democratic debate that he is also friendly with Rep. Tom Coburn. Obama described the Oklahoma Republican as favoring the death penalty for those who carry out abortions.

“Do I need to apologize for Mr. Coburn’s statements?” Obama asked. “Because certainly I don’t agree with those either.”

Radical as Coburn’s position may be, he was proposing legislation to be passed by Congress. That is quite different from Ayers’s admission that he bombed innocent people in violation of criminal law.

Instead of finding ways to excuse them, Obama should be denouncing both Wright and Ayers. Obama’s problem is that he does not know right from wrong.

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