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Obama, Oprah and Wright: Why Oprah left Trinity Church.

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PHILADELPHIA—Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and wife Michelle made a point during their NBC “Today” show interview last week they wanted to move past the Rev. Jeremiah Wright story. That won’t be easy, since a lot of the weekly media is just catching up and video of Wright is still getting play on cable political shows. The latest Newsweek has a scoop: “Something Wasn’t Wright / Why Oprah Winfrey left Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church." LINK

Here’s an excerpt from the Newsweek story:

For any spiritually minded, up-wardly mobile African-American living in Chicago in the mid-1980s, the Trinity United Church of Christ was—and still is—the place to be. That's what drew Oprah Winfrey, a recent Chicago transplant, to the church in 1984. She was eager to bond with the movers and shakers in her new hometown's black community.

But she also admired Trinity United's ambitious outreach work with the poor, and she took pride in upholding her Southern grandmother's legacy of involvement with traditional African-American houses of worship. Winfrey was a member of Trinity United from 1984 to 1986, and she continued to attend off and on into the early to the mid-1990s. But then she stopped. A major reason—but by no means the only reason—was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

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Race? Rev. WRight? Let it go Lynn. We are tired of Media informing us of only Negative things, things which divide us and do nothing to help unite us as Americans. Barack is a God-gifted man, not perfect but someone Chosen at this time to help bring back some Sanity and Healing to America. And, you and your Republican-corporarte Media will not blindside us this time or brainwash us, the stakes are way too high. You won't let Race or Wright go when people are dying in Iraq. Food, Gas, are sky High! Jobs are going out of business like never before and/orleaving the US. Bridges are falling. We may go into Iran if Hillary gets elected. Corporations are stealing the people blind and you want to report on Race & Wright! Outrageous!

Wright destroyed Obama.
Wright created an empire, based on WE HATE WHITEY.
On Sunday morning.
Sure, the church did a lot of good works.
But the basis of what was because of how evil the blue-eyed monster's progeny.
Oprah had the good wisdom to leave the place after she was 'estabished' as a 'local' person in the Black community.
Obama stayed. His wife had brought them there.
She's a shark.
They're both sharks--and the media ignores their ruthlessness NOW at their own peril--at our own peril LATER.

Lynn...I have questions for you...Does Oprah attend another church? I really would like to know. Or is she too busy saving the World and endorsing products?

Did she warn Obama that Wright was bad news and he should run as as as he could from Wright and the church?

Does she still have her restaurant? What's the name of it?

That must have been the dumbest article I've read in sometime. When did Newsweek become a gossip rag?

Julie Mack--you scare me with your delusion that Obama is "CHOSEN" to 'lead us'--the man's campaign is as divisive as it gets!

Wright displayed his lunacy and hatred for all the world to see. And Oprah was smart enough to see that train coming down the tracks a long time ago. Barry had to switch into "Barack" and the Wright hate-sermons evidently didn't trump the "street cred" that Jeremiah's cash cow conferred.

And Barry, oops, Barack & Omarosa, oops, Michelle, both worked at Sidley Austin with Bernardine Dohrn in the late eighties. The MSM is protecting Barry/Barack & Lynn is part of the shell game.

I'm just wondering why Oprah didn't counsel Obama to clean his past first or association before plunging to presidential race. She did, she stopped going to church. What Oprah did to Obama is suicidal. If Oprah thinks that race doesn't matter, well she should also consider if this man has an experience. Your name alone Oprah is not enough.I like you, i watch the show, but to vote for him, sorry.

Dave in Boca--you must not read this post very often or you would not say Lynn is like the rest of the mainstream media.
She has posted things here I have not heard or seen many other places.
And Michelle Obama GOT IN HER FACE on the campaign plane and I can onlysurmise that's a good thing for a free press.
So, before you joint the Obama style bashing of the news media (never a good idea) i suggest you do a little more research.

One of the reasons the media has made a really big issue concerning Rev. Wright is that he has made strong and provocative statements against racism in this country and that his comments seemed to have been directed against white America and the practices of the U.S. Government. Wright has been largely correct. Also, the full text of his sermons over the years actually reveal a man who is quite rational and extremely scholarly and intelligent. Too bad everyone has gotten caught up in the media hype and distortions. As a society if we listened to the full text of some of Rev. Wright's sermons it would lend itself to racial healing and a better place for us collectively. But, mainstream America does not want to hear that there is a problem!

DON'T LET FOX NEWS, GLEN BECK, AND OTHER MINIONS SCARE YOU FROM
VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA!
I WONDER IF REV. WRIGHT DIDN'T EXIST, WHAT WOULD THEY TALK ABOUT?
BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT, HE'S THE ONLY ONE WITH FRESH IDEAS!
ONE IS AN EXTENSION OF PRESIDENT BUSH, AND THE OTHER DOESN'T HAVE
ANYTHING FRESH TO TALK ABOUT!
CONTRARY TO FOX NEWS,TRINITY UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST IS A GREAT
CHURCH, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE!

I am not scared of any of the news media. Anytime Obama feels the pressure, he reverts to EXCUSES. The media....he enjoyed the media and made the most of it - - and now that is over. It lasted too long anyway. Another excuse is "these are distractions". That argument will not work on McCain in the general, and certainly not with the Republican party.

Hillary in 08

ANOTHER GAME OF WHO WENT TO TRINITY CHURCH, GOING TO A CHURCH
OCCASSIONALLY AND BEING A MEMBER OF A CHURCH ARE TWO DIFFERENT
ENTITIES! TO BE A MEMBER OF A CHURCH ESPECIALLY TRINITY, ONE MUST
ATTEND NEW MEMBERS CLASS FOR ALMOST A YEAR, I DON'T THINK OPRAH
WINFREY PARTICIPATED IN SUCH A SERIOUS COMMITTMENT!
THIS IS A SPECIAL CHURCH WITH A SPECIAL CONGREGATION, DON'T LET
FOX NEWS FIND A FEW SERMONS, AND MAKE YOU THINK THIS IS THE
COMPLETE PICTURE OF TRINITY, TRINITY IS ONE OF THE TOP CHURCHES
IN THE NATION, AND I DON'T THINK ANY SERIOUS CHURCH-MINDED PERSON
WOULD DISAGREE WITH ME!
REMEMBER INDIANA AND NORTH CAROLINA VOTE FOR OBAMA AND LET'S GET
THE ECONOMY BACK ON TRACK, NO GIMICKS, JUST BRILLIANT STRATEGIES
TO MAKE AMERICA WHOLE ONCE AGAIN!
BARACK OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT, SO TRUCKERS CAN MAKE A DECENT WAGE
ONCE AGAIN!

Dont any of you find it ironic that Oprah Winfrey, a tv show host knew enough to get out of the church and someone who wants to be President of the US didnt know.

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