Ever since he was a candidate, questions have followed Barack Obama around regarding his faith and the beliefs of his spiritual advisors. Remember the Rev. Jeremiah Wright? He was Obama's pastor for twenty years and spewed "hate America" rhetoric over and over again. But that was the past, right? Let's take a look at this year's Easter and see how things have (or have not) changed.
As reported in The Blaze, the full Obama family attended Easter service at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, DC. The author notes that the media covered the event and even commented on the family's outfits.
What it failed to mention are the views held by the church's pastor. And while those views have not been delivered in the same fiery manner as Obama's former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, they sound eerily familiar.
What views are those? How about him saying in 2010 that the country is still racist, that racists get programs on Fox News, and that Rush Limbaugh is the new KKK.
That's right: Another FOB (friend of Barack) who hates America.
A story by WRNO radio digs deeper into what was said on Sunday by Pastor Wallace Charles Smith.
"[Pastor Smith] talked about how his baby grandson's gurgling is actually "talking" because he is saying 'I am here ... they tried to write me off as 3/5 a person in the Constitution, but I am here right now ... and is saying I am not going to let anybody from stopping me from being what God wants me to be.'"
The pastor hears American institutional racism in a baby's gurgle? Do most people with infants hear Constitutional bigotry in their baby's gibberish? Did any mention of the 3/5 clause or racism in general make it into the Easter service you attended? Is this pastor's amazing leap from a baby bark to white oppression another coincidence to add to the list, or has he established a pattern of race baiting and white bashing in the past?
The author notes that a simple YouTube search reveals the answers to his question. Check out this video from 2010.
Hate-mongering in the hallowed halls of talk radio? What is this guy talking about? He may be calm and cool, but what he is saying is the same babble that Rev. Wright would shout. The WRNO story puts it this way:
While this pastor is a little less flamboyant than Jeremiah Wright in both tone and wardrobe, the evidence is in: Obama prefers and actively seeks out these churches, race is our President's primary motivation on a variety of decisions, and the media will actively provide cover for minority racists as long as it fits their narrative.
I believe that description is mostly correct. It's clear from years and years of history that Obama prefers these types of pastors. Is race Obama's primary motivation? I don't think so. I think it's just one part of a complex, left-wing personality that seeks to bring America and successful Americans down.
The church Obama attended on Sunday also played host to pro-Palestinian, anti-Israel conference in 2009.
In October of 2009, while [Adam Russell] Taylor was serving in the Shiloh Baptist Church and as an intern in the Obama administration, the church hosted a hate Israel conference sponsored by a radicalized Palestinian Christian liberation theology group that called the establishment of Israel "The Catastrophe" (Nakba) and has openly questioned Israel's right to exist.
But these are just Obama's associates. Surely Obama doesn't feel the same way, right? I mean... just look at the Easter proclamation put out by the White House. Oh wait... there WASN'T any.
As noted on Monday in a Fox Nation posting, "President Obama failed to release a statement or a proclamation recognizing the national observance of Easter Sunday, Christianity's most sacred holiday."
By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.
The White House also failed to release a statement marking Good Friday. However, they did release an eight-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day. Likewise, the president's weekend address mentioned neither Good Friday or Easter.
The report notes that last year, Obama's Easter message was a generic "feel good" address that "reached out to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and people of no faith at all ... about a holiday that is uniquely Christian."
When the White House released statements about Muslim holidays, no attempts were made to include Christianity or to mention a spirit of inclusivity. For example, in his 2010 statement on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, Obama made no references to Christianity or any other religion.
So... Obama goes from a generic, multi-faith Easter message (just typing that makes me roll my eyes) to no Easter message at all. What's going on here?
How's that for a response? White House Press Secretary Jay Carney can't even answer a simple question, so let's ask it again. Why isn't there an Easter proclamation? Carney notes, Obama took his family to church in a very high-profile way. Yep... all the way to Rev. Wallace Smith.
How could there not be an Easter proclamation? Don't you think Obama's team would realize that in a predominantly Christian nation, that it's kind of important to put out a message about Easter? Couldn't his advisors have whispered in his ear and said, "Oh and by the way, you might want to go to a church that doesn't host anti-Israel conferences or still rails on the ills of America."