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Rev. Jeremiah Wright press offensive; he speaks Monday at the National Press Club

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PHILADELPHIA, PA.--The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., the controversial pastor at Sen. Barack Obama's church, Trinity United on Chicago's South Side, is going on a press offensive as he is pilloried daily on Fox News and continues to be fodder for Obama's rivals. On Monday, Wright speaks at the National Press Club in Washington.The breakfast event is sold out.

Here is how the event is described by the club: Wright's talk will touch on, among other subjects, "his pastorate, his development as a theologian and teacher, and the how the issues of social justice and global inequities have shaped his faith and his fight for those who are most marginalized in society. He will address the legacy and tradition of education in his family. And Dr. Wright will put into perspective theologically, historically and politically, his ministry and public service that has been so widely discussed in the media."


from the NPC.............

Apr. 28, 2008
Event Type: NPC Breakfast
Time: 8:30 AM
Sponsored by: Speakers Committee
Event Location: Ballroom
Details: The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., senior pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, will discuss the role of faith in the public square in a presentation entitled, The African American Religious Experience; Theology & Practice, at a National Press Club breakfast on April 28th.
Dr. Wright will also talk about his pastorate, his development as a theologian and teacher, and the how the issues of social justice and global inequities have shaped his faith and his fight for those who are most marginalized in society. He will address the legacy and tradition of education in his family. And Dr. Wright will put into perspective theologically, historically and politically, his ministry and public service that has been so widely discussed in the media.
Dr. Wright will retire from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in June, where he served the 8,000-member congregation for 36 years. While at Trinity he developed nearly 100 active ministries/outreach programs and seven separate corporations that continue to serve the greater Chicago community. He is a sought after lecturer and teacher and speaks at some of the nation's most prestigious universities and seminaries.

The National Press Club breakfast will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.
The National Press Club is located at 14th and F Streets, NW, one block west of Metro Center. More information about the Club and its programs is found on its Internet website: press.org.


THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

CREDENTIALED MEDIA MAY COVER WITH PROPER ID.

21 Comments

well, this is what wright has always craved...media attention, and he's doing it at obama's expense. it's like a greek tragedy.

This guy being in the spotlight is terrific news for Hillary and McCain.

DID ANYBODY CALL SEAN STUCK ON STUPID HANNITY?
HE LOVES REV. WRIGHT!
REV. WRIGHT IS A TRUE PATRIOT, NOT A PINHEAD LIKE O'REILLY AND
HANNITY!
DOWN WITH SOUNDBITES, LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE SERMON OR SHUT-UP!

"well, this is what wright has always craved...media attention, and he's doing it at obama's expense. it's like a greek tragedy."

Wright never asked for the attention of the media. Fox News, in an effort to castigate Obama with whatever they could lay their hands on and obtusely twist completely out of context, spun five minutes of one 45-minute sermon ridiculously out of context to propel Wright into the limelight as a racist. Pastor Wright deserves the same amount of time to clear his name as Fox and the racist Rupert Murdoch's minions were allotted to besmerch his character. Pastor Wright has served his community tirelessly and extraordinarily well for decades. He did nothing to deserve this attack but number Obama in his flock. No one knew his name until Fox News needed a whipping boy for Obama.

When are these racist media whores going after McCain and that fat hypocritical kook John Hagee?

Jeffery,
Just curious but how would you be aware of what Rev Wright always wanted? Prior to the snippets of his sermon in the media, had you ever heard one of his sermons? Did Rev. Wright personally tell you he "craved" media attention?

I hope he displays to the press his military experience shows how much he cares for the US.

I believe he will state that there has been an inequality in this country, especially before President Lincoln and even today as stated by Gov Rendell's statement recently (that over 5% of PA whites will not vote for a black person).

I hope he will show that people will pay $200 to watch a black athlete in football, basketball or baseball, but wouldn't sit with them in a bar and share a sandwich or some fries!

Rev. Wright does not crave media attention. As a man of the cloth he has always spoke the truth. He is called unpatriotic by of all people right wing republican fox news. He has served his country and his , GOD. TO TAKE A MAN 36 YEARS AS A MINISTER AND REDUCE IT TO A 2 MINUTE SOUND BITE IS STUPID BY THE SO CALLED POWER TO BE. HE IS NOT RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA IS. AS THE BIBLE SAYS ,"LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE." WHAT THE MEDIA IS DOING IS NOT JOURNALISM BUT RACE FANNING.

NUFF SAID

Wright is a hateful buffoon who loves being in the spotlight and like a two-year old, can't tell the difference between "good attention" and "bad attention." Hopefully Wright will throw in a "GD America" or two along with a Fox News rant as a bonus.

I thank God for the man of God to respond in the appropriate time. As a Philadelphian growing up in the 1960's as a toddler and a teenager of the 1970's and a young adult fatherin the 1980's, it was then that I realized the Johari window(s) of White racism. When I married a Texican from Austin, TX in the Air Force Bases of Southern Texas BOY...BOY...BOY did I learn that even in the 1980's I was not considered equal to a white life. White privilege I think so. Reverend Doctor Jeremiah Wright Jr. Yes use his reverential title...yes use his REVERENTIAL, EARNED titles. Being historically factual should not incense anyone. His credentials as Marine and Navy Corpsman aiding then President LBJ as well as being lauded by then President William Jefferson Clinton.Some politicos really left the more than capable Theologian, Great Intellectual, Inspiring, Awesome speaker in the lurch. (Proverbs 7). God Bless you Reverend Wright.

Who cares? Somebody needs to ask him (remind him) that the $1.6 million mansion he's having built, that the money would have been better served and helped a lot of the needy in his community.

jOHN. YOU SHOULD CARE. REV. WRIGHT HAS SERVED THE COMMUNITY BY BEING THERE . HE HAS FOOD KITCHENS .HIS CHURCH RAISES SCHOLARSHIP MONEY, HIS CHURCH IS ALWAYS SUPPLYING MONEY AND SOLDIERS FOR MANY DIFFERENT CAUSES IN THE COMMUNITY. THE MEMBERS VOTED TO BUILD THIS MAN OF THE CLOTH THIS MANSION FOR HIS 36 YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE FOR OUR GOD. IF OTHER RELIGIONS CAN REWARD THEIR LEADER WHY CAN'T WE. TELL THE POPE TO DO AWAY WITH POMP AND ALL HIS TRAPPINGS, TELL BILLY GRAHAM TO GIVE BACK HIS MATERIAL THINGS TELL YOUR FAITH OR PASTOR TO DO AWAY WITH THEIR MATERIAL REWARDS, OH I'M SORRY BIGOTS AND NON BELIVERS DON'T HAVE ANY FAITH. THAT'S OKAY I'LL STILL PRAY FOR YOUR SOULESS BEHIND.

NUFF SAID

I don't think Wright's words compare to Obama's own. Here's a sampling of direct quotes from: "Dreams of My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance" by Barack Obama

Words in CAPS were left out of his audiobook.

"I CEASED TO ADVERTISE MY MOTHER'S RACE AT THE AGE OF TWELVE OR THIRTEEN, WHEN I BEGAN TO SUSPECT THAT BY DOING DO I WAS INGRATIATING MYSELF TO WHITES."

"I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."

"That hate hadn't gone away, blaming white people - some cruel, some ignorant - sometimes a single face, sometimes a faceless image of a system claiming power over our lives."

"Never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, the son of Africa, that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself."

"And yet, even as I imagined myself following Malcolm's call, one line in the book stayed with me. He spoke of a wish he'd once had, the wish that the white blood that ran through him, there by an act of violence, might somehow be expunged."

"That's just how white folks will do you. It wasn't merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. It was as if whites didn't know they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you were deserving of their scorn. White folks."

"THE MINORITY ASSIMILATES INTO THE DOMINANT CULTURE, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. ONLY WHITE CULTURE SHOULD BE NEUTRAL AND OBJECTIVE. ONLY WHITE CULTURE COULD BE NON-RACIAL, WILLING TO ADOPT THE OCCASIONAL EXOTIC INTO ITS RANKS. ONLY WHITE CULTURE HAD INDIVIDUALS."

"Ray assured me that we would never talk about whites as whites in front of whites without knowing exactly what we were doing."

"Our rage at the white world needed no object, he seemed to be telling me, no independent confirmation; it could be switched on or off at our pleasure."

"REVEREND WRIGHT SHRUGGED. 'SOME OF MY FELLOW CLERGY DON'T APPRECIATE WHAT WE'RE ABOUT. THEY FEEL LIKE WE'RE TOO RADICAL."

"Black politicians less gifted than Harold discovered what white politicians had known for a very long time: that race-baiting could make up for a whole host of limitations."

"A steady attack on the white race, the constant recitation of black people's brutal experience in the country...Yes the nationalist would say, the whites are responsible for your sorry state, not any inherent flaws in you."

"IN FACT, WHITES ARE SO HEARTLESS AND DEVIOUS THAT WE CAN NO LONGER EXPECT ANYTHING FROM THEM."

How does this jive with a man who speaks about uniting "Black & White America" by transcending race? How can a man who separates himself be an agent of change? How can a man with such hateful thoughts and words fight hateful thoughts with words?

LISTEN AND YOU MAY LEARN SOMETHING FROM A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT!

Phil,
How is this man a true Patriot? He is nothing but a bigot. If you are going to use twisted beliefs in saying that you can base 35 years of service based upon 2 minutes. You are probably the same guy who screamed out loud when Jimmy The Greek made his comments about why Black prople are superior athletes.

REV. WRIGHT IS A PATRIOT!
1. HE VOLUNTEERED IN 1961 AND JOINED THE MARINES!
2. HE GAVE UP HIS STUDENT DEFERMENT, LEFT COLLEGE IN VIRGINIA
TO DO NUMBER 1.
3. IN 1963 HAVING COMPLETED 2 YEARS OF SERVICE IN THE MARINES,
VOLUNTEERED AGAIN TO BECOME A NAVY CORPSMAN!
4. HE DID SO WELL IN CORPSMAN SCHOOL THAT HE WAS THE VALEDICTORIAN
AND BECAME A CARDIOPULMONARY TECHNICIAN!
5. HE HELPED CARE FOR PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON AFTER HIS 1966
SURGERY!
6. HE WAS AWARDED 3 LETTERS OF COMMENDATION BY THE WHITE HOUSE
IN 1967!
7. A PATRIOT IS SOMEONE WHO INTERRUPTED HIS STUDIES TO SERVE HIS
COUNTRY FOR 6 YEARS!
8. AFTER LEAVING THE MARINES AND NAVY, REV. WRIGHT FINISHED HIS
FINAL YEAR OF COLLEGE, ENTERED THE SEMINARY,WAS ORDAINED A
MINISTER, AND EVENTUALL BECAME PASTOR OF A LARGE CHURCH IN
ONE OF AMERICA'S BIGGEST CITIES!
9. REV. WRIGHT IS THE RETIRING PASTOR OF TRINITY UNITED CHURCH
OF CHRIST!
NOW YOU KNOW WHAT A PATRIOT IS, HAVE A GREAT DAY!
DON'T LET FOX NEWS SHOW YOU A SOUNDBITE AND THEN YOU FORM YOUR
OWN BIAS BELIEF ABOUT A MAN WHO SERVED HIS COUNTRY WITH HONOR,
HE ISN'T A SOUNDBITE, HE IS A PATRIOT, HE IS SOMEONE TO BE
RESPECTED!
DON'T COMPARE APPLES TO ORANGES!

I would say to Rev. Wright. Naw,Naw,Naw Rev!!!
Normal evangelicals would not sit under cozy liasons with Farrakhan, Rev. Wright or the Weather underground guys. When I go to church I learn about Christ for all nations and ethnic groups. That is what an evangelical is. We are so afraid now of using the words heresy and treason when they are appropriate. Black Nationalism is treason and Black theology is heresy.

Duray, the point John is making is $1.6 million would sure have helped alot of needy people in the community near the church. And don't say the govt. or whitey isn't doing enough if you all got $1.6 million to waste on a mansion for a guy.

YOU GO REV. WRIGHT!!!!...."LET GO AND LET GOD "..SPEAK TO THE PEOPLE THROUGH YOU... STAND AND LET GOD SHOW THEM ALL WHO GET'S THE LAST SAY SO.. STAND FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN AND FOR WHOM YOU SERVE. A RIGHTEOUS GOD! A GOOD GOD! AN AWESOME GOD!....THOSE THAT DON'T KNOW "GOD" NEED TO GET TO KNOW "HIM" AND RECOGNIZE THAT YOU ARE A CHILD OF "GOD".. THEY SHOULD BE FEARFUL WHEN THEY ARE MESSING WITH ONE OF GOD'S CHOSEN ONES. "OH TASTE AND SEE THE THE LORD IS GOOD"... GOD BLESS YOU REV. WRIGHT AND SENATOR OBAMA. THE TWO OF YOU HAVE "GOD" ON YOUR SIDE. "NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST EITHER OF YOU SHALL PROSPER" ! SUPPORTING YOU AND OBAMA ALL THE WAY.... ANOTHER CHILD OF GOD! GOD BLESS AND STAY PRAYED UP!

My good white people. Everytime I read your comments, I have to laugh because you are the stuff that creates comedy. You sit on your high horses and think you know everything, and the truth shows how little you really do.

I listened to Rev. Wright preface the vast majority of his Press Club Q&A responses with grounding scripture or accepted facts of world history. My ears heard nothing I can say was factually untrue or hateful. What I heard and saw was an intelligent, well- educated teacher, sharing what he knows regarding certain facts, and explaining the nexus, or possible nexus, between those facts. I viewed this on Fox News.

When the program concluded and they cut back to the news desk I became confused. Confused by the look of confusion on the faces of the anchors as they scrambled to find and disect any of the Reverand's answers containing words that could be interpreted as negative. Before either one took a position they "trotted out" Juan Williams, a person of color, to put the negative spin on it.

There are so many issues at play here I could write a book on it. Most of the tv pundants sound like complete idiots by stating how they interpret the Reverand. Most are not idiots which tells you there are other issues involved.

How dare he, the chance of a lifetime for one qualified
African American candidate to change the color of history
and the White House. This preacher who calls himself speaking
on behalf of African Americans, when he is only speaking
on behalf of his own selfish agenda, and agenda it is. I
am insulted by this display of selfishness, and pray that
God will somehow silence him until after Obama is elected.
Then if he must redeem himself then so be it.

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