Crossposted from Flopping Aces
The mentor of Obama who said the following:
Now says that it was unfair to air his statements:
In his first wide-ranging interview since video clips of his inflammatory sermons were aired, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. defended himself over the controversy, saying that his words were twisted.
Mr. Wright, Senator Barack Obamaâ€™s former pastor, gave an interview to Bill Moyers on Wednesday, to air on PBS tomorrow.
â€œI felt it was unfair,â€ Mr. Wright said, according to excerpts of the interview released Thursday. â€œI felt it was unjust. I felt it was untrue. I felt for those who were doing that, were doing it for some very devious reasons.â€
In Mr. Wrightâ€™s sermons, he suggested that Americans bore some responsibility for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, saying â€œAmericaâ€™s chickens are coming home to roost.â€ He also blamed the government for the spread of AIDS among African-Americans, characterized the United States government as corrupt and referred to the â€œU.S. of K.K.K. A.â€
He did not apologize or back away from his remarks in the interview, instead saying that people wanted to paint him as â€œsome sort of fanatic.â€
â€œItâ€™s to paint me as something â€” â€˜Somethingâ€™s wrong with me. Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with this country â€¦ for its policies. Weâ€™re perfect. Our hands are free. Our hands have no blood on them,â€™â€ he said. â€œThatâ€™s not a failure to communicate. The message that is being communicated by the sound bites is exactly what those pushing those sound bites want to communicate.â€
When asked what the people who aired the clips â€œwanted to communicate,â€ Mr. Wright said, â€œI think they wanted to communicate that I am unpatriotic, that I am un-American, that I am filled with hate speech, that I have a cult at Trinity United Church of Christ. And by the way, guess who goes to his church, hint, hint, hint? Thatâ€™s what they wanted to communicate.â€
This doesn’t shock me in the least. I never thought the man would back away from his statements because he IS a racist fanatic. What is surprising, and very welcome is this statement from him:
Mr. Wright, who has acted as Mr. Obamaâ€™s spiritual mentor and retired in February as pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, said that he has never heard Mr. Obama repeat any of his controversial statements.
â€œAbsolutely not,â€ Mr. Wright said. â€œI donâ€™t talk to him about politics. And so he had a political event, he goes out as a politician and says what he has to say as a politician. I continue to be a pastor who speaks to the people of God about the things of God.â€
Mr. Obama publicly denounced Mr. Wrightâ€™s remarks, a reaction Mr. Wright said â€œwent down very simply.â€
â€œHeâ€™s a politician, Iâ€™m a pastor,â€ he said. â€œWe speak to two different audiences. And he says what he has to say as a politician. I say what I have to say as a pastor. But theyâ€™re two different worlds.â€
He added, â€œI do what I do. He does what politicians do. So that what happened in Philadelphia where he had to respond to the sound bytes, he responded as a politician.â€
I’m sure Obama appreciated THAT soundbite from his mentor huh?
I love this one also:
I continue to be a pastor who speaks to the people of God about the things of God.
The things of God include the fact that the whites created the AIDS virus to exterminate blacks, to accuse this country of being the United States of KKK, and that 9/11 was deserved?
The man is a loon
The Violence of “Peace” Protesters
Last month, skye was assaulted while counterprotesting the Chester County “Peace” Movement.
Now, CJ brings attention to an ugly incident that happened to a family in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Not only were Jason and Carrie Swartout assaulted, but so was their 14 year old son. And what is perhaps just as outrageous, perhaps more so, is the behavior of one of the officers involved:
On April 22nd several members of the Northwest Pa. Gathering of Eagles gathered in Edinboro, Pa to counter-protest an anti-war demonstration staged by some students from Edinboro University, their professors and a few unidentified and hygienically challenged others. Initially the operation was quite innocuous with a few spirited verbal exchanges between the two sides. We were positioned across the street receiving many honks and thumbs up from passersby.
Andrew, our 14-year-old son, crossed the street to videotape the â€œtoy-soldierâ€ displays setup by the peace crowd. These displays consisted of many small plastic soldiers glued to a childâ€™s sled, canâ€™t explain that one, and a footlocker with toy soldiers, middle finger pictures and a map of Iraq. Two females began harassing Andrew as they shoved signs in his face and threatened to sue him for videotaping. Carrie and I (Jason) crossed the street to ensure Andrew wasnâ€™t hurt and to explain to the â€œstudentsâ€ that his videotaping was well within the law. The professors standing with the students goaded the entire thing on failing to explain to the students that they were wrong and out of line. It wasnâ€™t long before one of the peace protesters grabbed the sign out of my hand and threw it into the street. As I attempted to retrieve it she got up into my face. Carrie stepped between us so that I would not have to defend myself to a female. The girl and her sister then stepped into Carrieâ€™s face and swung at her. I subdued one of the girls as the other girl beat Carrie down in the middle of the street, pulled her to the ground by her hair and kicked her in the headâ€¦it should be noted the aggressor was wearing boots. Carrie is still wearing her inflatable cast which makes it easy for her to lose her balance. Andrew pulled the girl off of Carrie and she was able to get up. I was on the ground holding onto the other girl until several men attacked me, holding me while one of them hit me in the head from behind. I was telling them I was only holding her so that she wouldnâ€™t attack my wife again. I let go of her due to the punches and was eventually able to get up. During this exchange, my glasses were knocked to the ground and smashed in the street. At this time, Andrew was just videotaping when one of the two girls attacked him unprovoked landing a hard right on the side of his face. I was able to pull her back preventing any further attacks. I had to keep the two girls from attacking Carrie again as they we trying to.
We are so very proud of Andrew. He maintained a very mature and level-head throughout the entire event. He told us he had wanted to â€œdoâ€ more but due to his Tae Kwon Do training, he knows to do the least amount possible to defuse the situation and thus chose only to pull the girl off of his mom. Andrew is learning a lot from these people and understands what is at stake.
The Edinboro Police were called, two officers responded. One of the officers spoke with Carrie and me first, noting our side of things. The other officer was quite agitated and was very aggressive toward us. He said nothing to the members of the peace crowd as they shouted at me but when I said something back the officer bowed up on me, got in my face and threatened to arrest me. I sat down on the curb with Carrie until the questioning process was through. As I was there the one girl came back across the street as she had been directed by the police and spit directly at me, some hitting my leg. The officer ignored it and actually was angry with us for letting it bother us. He made the girl go back across the street with no threat of arrest!!! Andrew played the videotape for the officer and he made the decision that no one should be arrested. We pointed out that it was clearly visible we had not thrown the first blows and that we were clearly antagonized to do so. Also, we asked why, when it was clear a minor was blatantly assaulted, the girl who punched Andrew was not arrested. He really did not explain that one.
Jeff Kays, a fellow member of GOE who was present, went to the police station with me so that I could inquire about the assault on Andrew. The aggressive officer who had threatened to arrest me was the only one there. He was very agitated that I came there and told me that I should be arrested for hitting a girl, which I clearly did not do. After asking why the girl wasnâ€™t arrested he busted out of the door, got into my face and said that I was pushing it and that I had better stop or he was cuffing me. I asked the officer if I could leave, so as not to disrespect him, and he said yes. I left the station. Jeff stayed behind and spoke with the officer. Jeff said that he sat down in a chair so as to demonstrate compliance and asked the officer a few questions. The officer then relaxed a little and told Jeff that the video will have to be reviewed and the DA consulted before a decision would be made how to proceed. Now, wasnâ€™t that easy?
While we are all a little sore, we are in pretty good spirits. We are seeking legal representation and will report back soon as to the progress of the case. Carrie has retrieved the video from the police station and is working on getting it posted. The police told her today that this is â€œsimple assaultâ€ which does not warrant anyone being arrested. He explained a weapon would have had to been present to warrant aggravated assault or the intent to seriously harm or killâ€¦even on a minor. He explained that they could have crossed the street, punched my 7-year-old and not have been arrested! Carrie then asked, â€œisnâ€™t a kick to the head an attempt to seriously harmâ€, he replied that he did not see that so it doesnâ€™t matter. Carrie told him that our daughter Anna saw the kick but he said that was not admissible evidence. Our video clearly depicts the kick. You can see the girls boot fly up into the screen over where Carrie was lying. It should be noted there was an individual on their side that was videotaping. The police did not confiscate her video, which is somewhat curious. She did tell the police that she had videotaped the entire event. I wonder if she will come forward with her video due to the fact that it clearly will not make things any better for them.
Thanks to all for the emails and phone calls of support. We love you guys and hope no one has to ever again endure the ABUSE of the â€œpeaceâ€ protesters! Please keep in mind the Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall will be in this same city, Edinboro Pa, from May 1st-5th! The opening ceremony for this event is May 1st on the Edinboro University Campus at 12 P.M.
May be a good time for a â€œgatheringâ€!
CJ’s original blogpost about the incident is here.