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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Another Barack Obama "Spiritual Adviser" Causing Controversy

While Barack Obama is still feeling small ripples from the recently publicized comments of his pastor of almost 20 years, Jeremiah Wright, a new video and reports have come out showing that another Obama "spiritual adviser" sounds like Wright.

As was reported previously, Barack Obama has recently had to distance himself from the words of his longtime pastor, Jeremiah Wright, which were blasted across the Internet and on YouTube, calling for his congregation to damn America, saying 9-11 was simply the "chickens coming home to roost" and a number of other controversial racial statements that at first Obama said he never heard, then later gave a speech admitting he had heard but disagreed with them.

Newer reports show that another pastor, Senator James Meeks, a man that Barack Obama told the Chicago SunTimes in 2004, "he seeks out for spiritual counsel", seems to hold the same controversial views as Jeremiah Wright.

In the video shown above, Meeks says:

"We don't have slave masters, we got mayors, but they still the same white people who are presiding over systems...."

Other controversial comments from Meeks include, "You have got some preachers that are house niggers. You have some elected officials that are house niggers. And rather than them trying to break this up, they are going to fight you to protect that white man."

Meeks has since apologized for the nigger remarks saying he wold not use that language again, yet he defended his comparison of white mayors with slave masters.

This makes the second religious person that Barack Obama is self admittedly associated with. One his pastor of almost 20 yrs and one that Barack Obama himself told the Chicago Sun Times was his spiritual adviser, both publicly shown to have made very racist statements.

Should Barack Obama win the Democratic nomination for presidency, this could be potentially damaging to his campaign for presidency.

The Wall Street Journal recently ran a piece explaining that the damage from Jeremiah Wright has not been fully contained for Obama, and this latest spiritual adviser and his controversial statements is doing nothing more than causing people to ask again, what kind of man seeks spiritual guidance from people like Wright and Meeks, and if they seek that type of guidance, can they fully distance themselves from those men and their words?

Then of course, we have the third spiritual mentor that Obama mentioned in that Chicago Sun Times article, Michael Pfleger who is the pastor at St. Sabina's Catholic Church, on the South Side of Chicago, who is an admitted "admirer" of Louis Farrakhan.

Obama has distanced himself from Farrakhan's words, after he endorsed Obama.

Although Farrakhan's praise for Obama may generate increased support from the black community, the Obama campaign's response was cool.

"Senator Obama has been clear in his objections to Minister Farrakhan's past pronouncements and has not solicited the minister's support," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.

Three pastors, three spiritual advisers and mentors, according to Barack Obama, and three men that have been the subject of great controversy.

No one knows how this will affect Obama's contest with Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for presidency, but neither does anyone doubt that these three men, their influence on Barack Obama for the last 20 years and his associations with them as well as considering them spiritual advisers, will definitely be a key aspect of the general election race if he should become the Democratic nominee.

H/T Slate for the Sun Times link.