Trinity United Church of Christ (Barack Obama's Church)
Posted in the Mississippi State Forum
#1 Mar 9, 2008
After becoming weary of hearing the persistent chatter that Barack Obama might be a Muslim, I decided to dig a little deeper and take an objective look at his church and its statement of faith.
Trinity United Church of Christ is an 8,000 member congregation in Chicago that has been pastored by Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. since 1972. The church is the largest congregation in the United Church of Christ, a denomination that is widely known for its liberal political views.
Hoping to silence the Muslim rumors, Obama recently admitted that he found Jesus through Pastor Wright who is one of his mentors. In 1991, Obama joined the church in a formal ceremony, signifying his acceptance of the Christian faith and his allegiance to Trinity. Wright also performed the marriage ceremony for Obama and his wife Michelle Robinson, and baptized their two daughters.
Barack's pastor is one of the first people he thanked after his election to the Senate in 2004. Also, the title of Obama's bestseller "The Audacity of Hope" comes from one of Wright's sermons.
Barack's church has been under fire for many years. Of all the alleged racist activities of Trinity United Church, one of the most controversial issues is their adoption of the Black Value System. The Black Value System was written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee in 1981 and states:
"We believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These Black Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:
1. Commitment to God
2. Commitment to the Black Community
3. Commitment to the Black Family
4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
6. Adherence to the Black Work Ethic
7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community
10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions
11. Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System
12. Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System."
Tucker Carlson of MSNBC described Trinity United Church as having a "racially exclusive theology" that contradicts the basic tenets of Christianity. Sean Hannity of Fox News said, "If a white presidential candidate's church had a similar statement and you substitute the word black for white, there would be an outrage in this country."
In another controversial move, in December of 2007 Trinity United Church awarded Louis Farrakhan its highest social achievement award. According to the church, the award is designed to: "Honor socially conscious giants who commit their life's work to saving the lives of Africans on the continent and in the Diaspora."
Apparently, Pastor Wright has been a key supporter of Louis Farrakhan for many years.
Farrakhan has repeatedly made statements targeting America, Jews, and homosexuals. He has called white folks "blue-eyed devils." He has described Jews as "bloodsuckers" who control the government and the media.
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