President Obama’s bombastic former Chicago pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, sparked controversy once again by making what many felt was an outrageous claim about Jesus at the “Million Man March” held in Washington, D.C., over the past weekend.
Though he is a Christian pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, Wright opened his remarks giving the traditional Muslim salutation, “salaam alaikum.” Wright then went on to make a case for “Palestinian justice.”
Refusing to mention the Israelis, Wright labeled the Palestinians the “original people,” despite the fact that there is no historical basis for such a nationality and that there has never been any such nation as “Palestine.”
Wright then made what many felt was his most outrageous statement of the day.
“Please remember,” Wright said. “Jesus was a Palestinian.”
Wright went on to claim that the “Palestinians” are facing a group of people who are using religion as a weapon to kill them. Again, without mentioning the Israelis directly, Wright said, “their god told them they could have somebody else’s country,” and then added it is “one of the most egregious injustices in the 20th and 21st centuries.”
Wright then insisted that the rioters in Ferguson, Missouri, and young protesters “in Palestine” are working for the same cause and should unite. Wright exclaimed that the Palestinian cause and the Black Lives Matter cause were one and the same.
None of this is new ground for the reverend. Jeremiah Wright has a long, long history of anti-American, racist, and anti-Semitic rhetoric so virulent that back when Barack Obama was first running for president, he had to disavow Wright–despite that he sat in Wright’s church listening to his radical sermons for 20 years.
Despite his disavowal of Wright, though, Obama had in the past publicly praised the reverend. Back in an interview conducted in 1995, Obama called Wright “the best of what a black church has to offer.”
Also, in 2007, Obama is on video claiming he was very close to Wright. This statement contradicts his later disavowal where Obama claimed that he was never close to the reverend Wright.