When Sen. Obama’s preacher thundered about racism and injustice, Obama suffered smear-by-association. But when my late father - religious right leader Francis Schaeffer denounced America and even called for the violent overthrow of the U.S. government, he was invited to lunch with presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush Sr.—Frank Schaeffer
Frank Schaeffer a convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church is calling all those who are bashing Senator Obama for associating with Pastor Jeremiah Wright Hypocrites. Why? Because according to Schaeffer Whites are smearing Sen. Obama by association and they are holding his pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright to a double standard.
Schaeffer is suggesting that White people have been motivated by Racism because according to Schaeffer they are trying to keep the first viable Black candidate for President from achieving the goal of becoming president by racial means. Schaeffer also blames the right wing and Hillary Clinton for being complicit in the smearing Sen. Obama by association.
You’ve all have heard the incessant droning on about Senator Obama’s Pastor and why Senator Obama’s attendance at his church makes Obama a racist.
You all know of the hours upon hours that Rush, Fox News and my fellow Conservatives have put into this story dubbed pastorgate.
Yet, according to Schaeffer white Republican preachers cursed American all the time in the 1970s and 1980s, and he and his dad, Francis Schaeffer, crisscrossed America with a message denouncing our nation’s sins, but contrary to Rev. Wright’s experience, instead of getting in trouble they became darlings of the Republican Party. It was never called hate speech or anti-Americanism then. It was called a wake up call to the nation. Just what I’m I talking about?
Frank Schaeffer has recently come forward and argues that "right-wing preachers as his dad often did, preached that we are, 'under the judgment of God.' They call America evil and warn of imminent destruction. By comparison, Schaeffer says, Obama's minister's shouted 'controversial' comments were mild. (Can you imagine that?)
Every Sunday thousands of right-wing white preachers (following in my father’s footsteps), says Schaeffer, and rail against America’s sins from tens of thousands of pulpits. They tell us that America is complicit in the “murder of the unborn,” has become “Sodom” by coddling gays, and that our public schools are sinful places full of evolutionists and sex educators hell-bent on corrupting children.
What’s so amazing is that so many whites have feigned as if they never heard such preaching as Rev. Wright’s, as if his preaching were an anomaly that just comes out of the Black churches.
Which is surprising to Schaffer because he states that this type of America condemnation, this type of social commentary from the pulpit has its roots in the heart of the rock rim conservative sanctified and holy white churches of America of the 70’s and 80’s. How quickly we forget, Amen?
For those of you that read this blog you know that I said that this type of attack on Sen. Obama would come back to haunt Conservatives. And now the stench of Conservative hypocrisy is wafting through the air as this new revelation is unfolding.
Instead of asking the germane questions, who leaked the sermons of Rev. Wright, and for what purpose, we have been willingly lead down the path of 50’s and 60’s racial divides without putting up the slightest form of resistance. So what does that say about us?
The whole national narrative changed from Hillary’s red phone and lack of real foreign crisis experience to Sen. Obama’s pastor and race.
Here I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Sen. Obama did not use his race as Sen. Clinton used her gender in this campaign but Sen. Obama’s race was always brought up by President Clinton, Sen. Clinton surrogates and the media.
The leaked sermons of Rev. Wright made it virtually impossible for Sen. Obama to avoid discussing race any longer, so the Senator from Illinois spoke as honestly about the subject as any politician has in recent memory, he offered hope and suggestions than would once and for all heal this nations wounded racial torn past.
Yet haters call Sen. Obama a reverse racist for his efforts. And in addition to that Sen. Obama was called un-American for attending a hate mongering, anti-American church.
Now it is revealed, according to Frank Schaeffer, that white churches all across America sermonized in this America condemnation kind of rhetoric all thorough the 70’s and 80’s and Schaeffer knows of which he speaks because he claims that he and his father were apart of it.
Now that the self-righteous and the holier-than-thou Obama bashing is slowly subsiding maybe we can have a mature discussion about the direction that this country is going in and about who we will chose to lead us in this confusing and volatile time in America.
To be sure, if we continue to allow the politics of the racist past to dominate the politics of our present we will continue in the back to the future attitudes of divisiveness that our Grandparents knew.