Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Another racist preacher linked to Obama's campaign

Barack Obama has yet another problematic political advisor, spiritual mentor and friend: the Reverend James Meeks. A few days ago, WJYS in Chicago broadcast some of Meeks' more outrageous statements, captured during the heated frenzy of a --uhmm-- sermon.

We don't have slave-masters, we got mayors, but they['re] still the same white people! ...

...we got some elected officials who are house n*****s... they gonna fight you to protect that white man!

Meeks is also feared and despised in the gay community.

In February, Queerty highlighted the LGBT community's serious concerns with Obama vis a vis Meeks.

Rev. James Meeks is a close friend and spiritual consultant to Sen. Obama. Rev. Meeks appeared in TV ads for Obama’s US Senate campaign; Obama campaigned at his church; and went there for prayer the night he won that primary. Meeks was on his exploratory committee for the Presidency, and his church choir performed at a rally for Obama the night he announced...

Rev. Meeks is also an Illinois state senator who has aggressively campaigned against gay rights and complained about “Hollywood Jews for bringing us ‘Brokeback Mountain’.” He ran for governor on an antigay platform. He calls being gay an “evil sickness,” and his gigantic church is one of those which sponsors a Halloween fright night in which, according to the “Chicago Sun Times,” among those “consigned to the flames of hell” were “two mincing young men wearing body glitter who were supposed to be homosexuals..."

...I asked former Edwards/now Obama supporter Eric Stern at why Obama, unlike Edwards in his own multipage manifesto, as it were, left us out—why in the 64-page “Blueprint for Change—Barack Obama’s Plan for America” you cannot find one sentence, one word, one syllable relating to LGBT issues. Nothing about DOMA, DADT, civil unions, gay adoption, ENDA, hate crimes, immigration, even AIDS.

I got no answer

The LA Times' David Ehrenstein had similar questions in 2007.

I'm not sure what brand of tolerant and loving Christianity Obama practices, but I hadn't come across it until hearing the sermons of Wright and Meeks.

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