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Wake Up Macon





Will Obama’s Church Be His Achilles Heel?



By Amanda Smith


Barack Obama won sweeping victories in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia on February 12, 2008, cutting into Hillary Clinton’s base of loyal voters. This added even more bad news to a week of upheaval for Clinton that included a $5 million loan to keep her campaign afloat.  Clearly, Obama has overtaken Clinton in number of delegates and is now the frontrunner in the 2008 presidential primaries. 




Obama recently spoke at Harvest Cathedral in Macon

Left to right: Obama, the Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, Evelyn Lowery, & Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease 




However, there is a buzz growing among talk radio, the Internet, and some newspapers about Obama’s membership with the Trinity United Church of Christ on the South Side of Chicago.  A fellowship of Christians that focuses on Afrocentrism, Trinity’s 10-Point Vision includes a “non-negotiable commitment to Africa” and the “historical education of African people in Diaspora.”  The church claims to be an African people that remain “true to our native land, the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.”  In fact, Trinity’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah White, Jr. routinely refers to “white arrogance” and “the United States of White America.”  Incidentally, Trinity awarded Minister Louis Farrakhan its “Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Trumpeteer Award” on November 2, 2007.  Trinity’s website is  


On the February 29, 2008 episode of Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes, guest Erik Rush, a columnist for the conservative website WorldNetDaily, questioned Obama’s Christianity and spoke about the church’s “scary doctrine” as “something that you’d see in more like a cult or an Aryan Brethren Church or something like that.”  Rush also stated that when he replaced all instances of the word “black” in the church doctrine with the word “white,” the separatism became very apparent.


Republicans may well use Obama’s affiliation with Trinity as an exploitation tactic, much like the “Swift Boat” exploitation of John Kerry, when the GOP misrepresented Kerry’s actions during the Vietnam War in an effort to thwart his campaign.


Obama joined Trinity United Church of Christ in 1991 and converted to Christianity at that time.  According to statements he made to the Chicago Tribune, Obama doesn’t understand the media’s concerns.  "I would be puzzled that they would object or quibble with the bulk of a document [the Black Value System] that basically espouses profoundly conservative values of self-reliance and self-help."


The Trinity United Church of Christ may well become Obama’s Achilles’ heel if he wins the Democratic nomination as Republicans begin their negative ads.






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