WASHINGTON--ABC News threw a spotlight on Sen. Barack Obama's controversial minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright--reviewing a selection of Wright's sermons, highlighted his anti-U.S. rhetoric. In an increasingly tense race--Wright's words may create problems for Obama. This follows uproars over statements from Obama foreign policy adviser Samantha Power and Clinton fund-raiser Geraldine Ferraro; in this heated atmosphere, both were cut recently from their respective campaigns. Obama's "Audacity of Hope" title of his second book comes from a Wright sermon.
In the excerpt of a sermon below, Wright rallies against "rich white people" and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Wright quote from 2003 used in the ABC News report.
"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," Wright said
in a 2003 sermon. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than
human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is
Obama recently called Wright--retiring from Trinity United on Chicago's South Side--an "old uncle" with whom he does not always agree.