Rev. Wright is Back in the News
It seems we haven't heard from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama's former pastor, for quite some time. After the media frenzy that surrounded a number of his offensive and controversial past remarks, he mostly fell off the campaign season radar and had yet to return.
In a recent interview at the annual Hampton University Ministers' Conference, Rev. Wright said, "Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter that he'll talk to me in five years when he's a lame duck, or in eight years when he's out of office ... Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing (by) the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don't want Barack talking like that because that's anti-Israel."
Mark Pelavin, Associate Director of the RAC, put out a statement today condemning Rev. Wright's remarks, which displayed a clearly anti-Semitic bent. The statement reads, in part:
Yesterday's events at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum demonstrate that hateful speech can spiral into tragedy and thus cannot go unanswered. Words have consequences, and Rev. Wright has contributed to a dangerous culture of anti-Semitism. Legitimate disagreements about policy differences can never be allowed to spill into ugly religious or ethnic characterizations. As the Rev. John H. Thomas, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ, wisely noted in his response to Rev. Wright's comments, we must remember the importance of respectful disagreement and maintain vigilance against that which diminishes or caricatures others.