I've avoided writing on Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's former and retired pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, a Chicago megachurch, because I wanted to let the smoke clear so I could see better. It still isn't possible to get a clear picture. Nevertheless, from what I've read, the only things that Jeremiah Wright has said that have been widely repeated and that are more than questionable, or worse, concern 1) damning America and 2) stating as fact that the U.S. government created HIV.
First of all, no Christian is to damn anyone, period. Second, it is certainly understandable that Jeremiah Wright questions whether or not the U.S. government created HIV. He doesn't though have any evidence that it did. He has only a pattern of behavior that suggests that morally, the U.S. government certainly wouldn't be above creating HIV. It wouldn't be inconsistent with the character of the government.
Other than those two observations, I must say that Jeremiah Wright has spoken many truths (ugly truths) about the U.S. government which government is and has been a direct reflection of the mainstream of Americans (in general).
Fortunately for America and the world, there is a huge number of Americans who know about those ugly truths and are standing up against them. They are being properly radicalized by them, just as Jesus was the radical of radicals (for root change), still is, and will remain so until Shiloh comes.
[errors in this blockquote are Wikipedia's] We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye...and now we are indignant, because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought back into our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost.
Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. And terrorism begets terrorism. A white ambassador said that y'all, not a black militant. Not a reverend who preaches about racism. An ambassador whose eyes are wide open and who is trying to get us to wake up and move away from this dangerous precipice upon which we are now poised. The ambassador said the people that we have wounded don't have the military capability we have. But they do have individuals who are willing to die and take thousands with them. And we need to come to grips with that.
Where governments lie, God does not lie. Where governments change, God does not change.
And the United States of America government, when it came to treating her citizens of Indian descent fairly, she failed. She put them on reservations. When it came to treating her citizens of Japanese descent fairly, she failed. She put them in internment prison camps. When it came to treating her citizens of African descent fairly, America failed. She put them in chains, the government put them on slave quarters, put them on auction blocks, put them in cotton field, put them in inferior schools, put them in substandard housing, put them in scientific experiments, put them in the lowest paying jobs, put them outside the equal protection of the law, kept them out of their racist bastions of higher education and locked them into positions of hopelessness and helplessness.
The government gives them drugs, built bigger prisons, passes a three strike law, and then wants us to sing God bless America. [It is at this point that he damns America.] No, no, no, not God bless America, God damn America, that's in the Bible, for killing innocent people. God damn America, for treating her citizens as less than human. God damn America, as long as she pretends to act like she is God, and she is supreme. The United States government has failed the vast majority of her citizens of African descent.
The government lied about the Tuskegee experiment. They purposely infected African American men with syphilis. Governments lie. The government lied about bombing Cambodia and Richard Nixon stood in front of the camera, 'Let me make myself perfectly clear...' Governments lie. The government lied about the drugs for arms Contra scheme orchestrated by Oliver North, and then the government pardoned all the perpetrators so they could get better jobs in the government. Governments lie.
The government lied about inventing the HIV virus as a means of genocide against people of color. Governments lie. The government lied about a connection between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein and a connection between 9.11.01 and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Governments lie.
We started the AIDS virus... We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty....
Wikipedia article on Jeremiah Wright last accessed: Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 6:09:46 PM PST
If you look at the rest of what he said and not just focus on his damning America and stating as fact that the government created HIV (which it may have), what remains is highly accurate and, well, damning. It speaks for itself. How can anyone who remains unrepentant concerning all those diabolical facts escape damnation?
We as Christians though are not to damn or to call down the wrath but rather call to repentance and atonement. All have sinned. All need forgiveness. None need damning but rather blessing. Call for blessing, for in being blessed, all will see the real light and act accordingly thereby never doing again any of the evils rightly listed by Jeremiah Wright.