Here’s a link to Barack Obama’s church.
One short quote from the church site:
“We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.”
Would a caucasian candidate (of any political persuasion) in this day and age get anywhere near the whitehouse if they attended a self-proclaimed unashamedly white congregation? I’m seriously asking this.
I have black siblings so a candidate who attended an unashamedly white church would be absolutely unstomachable [new word!] to me… I feel equally skittish (to say the least) about anyone who has a special and stated committment to one race over any others. I think a president ought to have a special committment to people of all races that are under his authority.
I don’t know enough about Mr. Obama to have a real opinion of him, though I’m sure I disagree with him on plenty just based on his political affiliations. Still, this is an honest question. Not a pot shot.