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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
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Date:  April 2, 2008
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The Obama as Savior and Unifier Myth

Query, was the absence of any reference to Rev. Wright in Obama’s The Audacity of Hope the result of a tendency to plagiarize, a sudden lack of gratitude…or a desire to distance himself from Rev. Wright because he figured that he had to if he was going to be a viable presidential candidate?

Do you think that a man who thinks of pregnancy and the birth of a baby as punishment is a person who will save America and bring Americans together?

If you answer yes to that question, you are an Obamamaniac.

Do you think that a lawyer who wants to deny the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment to babies born alive as a result of botched abortions is fit to be the President of the United States?

If you answer yes to that question, you are an Obamamaniac.

Do you think a rookie United States Senator running for President of the United States without any executive or military experience or significant legislative accomplishment should be elected because he promises change?

If you answer yes to that question, you are an Obamamaniac.

Do you think that a woman who puts “the Black Community first and foremost” is fit to be the First Lady of the United States

If you answer yes to that question, you are an Obamamaniac.

Do you think that a man who attended the church of Rev. Jeremiah A. “God damn America” Wright, Jr. for about twenty years and brought his young daughters to hear Rev. Wright’s sermons is fit to be President of the United States?

If you answer yes to that question, you are an Obamamaniac.

Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. telling the panelists on ABC’s “The View” about his church, Trinity United Church of Christ inChicago, Illinois: "The church itself… is a wonderful, welcoming church. And if you guys went there on a Sunday, you would feel right at home. You would see people talking about Jesus, and mercy, and sin, and family ... and forgiveness."

Reality: S.A. Miller’s illuminating article titled “Obama’s church founded on radical creed” was published on April Fool’s Day 2008, but it was not an April Fool’s joke.

The article:

“The church where Sen. Barack Obama has worshipped for two decades publicly declares that its ministry is founded on a 1960s book that espouses ‘the destruction of the white enemy.’”

If a wholly white presidential candidate had a similar connection to a racist white church, how mamy people would think of him (or her) as presidential material?

Some, unfortunately, but nowhere near enough to make him (or her) a viable presidential candidate.

The article:

“Trinity United Church of Christ's Web site says its teachings are based on the black liberation theology of James H. Cone and his 1969 book ‘Black Theology and Black Power.’

"’What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love,’ Mr. Cone wrote in the book.

“Mr. Cone, a professor at the Union Theological Seminary in New York, added that ‘black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy.’”

Rev. Wright stated in his tribute to his spiritual mentor, Samuel DeWitt Proctor, delivered at a conference in 2004 and included in a book published in 2005, that at college he grew “to hate” “’honkies’” “with each passing day” and that currently “American oppression…keeps Africans in economic bondage.”

Oprah Winfrey was smart to leave Rev. Wright’s church.

Obama chose NOT to leave.

To be sure, the article reported Obama’s position:

“Mr. Obama's campaign, which for weeks has weathered criticism about inflammatory racial language by the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. at Trinity, said the candidate ‘vehemently disagrees’ with those tenets.

"’It's absurd to suggest that he or anyone should be held responsible for every quote in every book read by a member of their church,’ said Obama spokesman Reid Cherlin.

“’Barack Obama is not a theologian, and what he learned in church is to love Jesus Christ and work on behalf of his fellow man, regardless of race, class or circumstance. This is a faulty and disingenuous approach to a church, and a flawed way to judge a candidate,’ he said.”

Translation: Obama realizes that he can’t win if he’s held responsible for Rev. Wright’s anti-American, anti-white views, but he chose to stay instead of leave, and not to take exception to Rev. Wright’s hateful remarks, so he’s trying to equate Rev. Wright with a “crazy” relative (even though people choose their pastors, but not their relatives) or with pastors or preachers who say something with which a parishioner disagrees but does not dispute and does not treat as reason to change pastors or preachers (even though, I believe, the list of pastors and preachers of all colors who ask God to damn America and claim that America invented the AIDS virus to exterminate black people, for examples, is mercifully short and Obama has been an elected public official for the last half of his twenty years with Rev. Wright).

The article: “Mr. Obama has been a member of Trinity, on Chicago's South Side, since finding religion there 20 years ago under Mr. Wright's mentorship. Mr. Wright married the Obamas and baptized their children, and a sermon of his inspired Mr. Obama to title his book ‘The Audacity of Hope.’”

Interestingly, Obama in his first book (written long before he ran for any public office) wrote extensively about his relationship with Rev. Wright and being brought to tears by his “Audacity of Hope” sermon, but did not even mention Rev. Wright in the book, a presidential campaign book, even though he took as title for the book the title of Rev. Wright’s sermon.

Query, was the absence of any reference to Rev. Wright in Obama’s The Audacity of Hope the result of a tendency to plagiarize, a sudden lack of gratitude…or a desire to distance himself from Rev. Wright because he figured that he had to if he was going to be a viable presidential candidate?

The article: “There is no evidence to date in any of Mr. Obama's public comments or speeches that he espouses the radical features of the black liberation theology practiced at his church.”

But what do we know about the private Obama and his “Black Community first and foremost” wife Michelle?

Why would they choose Rev. Wright and stay with him for years if they repudiated his “radical” views?

The article: “Critics say Trinity's message verges on separatist philosophy and at the very least advocates exclusively for blacks.”

Read Rev. Wright’s sermons and about Black Liberation Theology.

The article: “’The liberation theology and the black-values system to which his membership ascribe is a clear commitment to the social and spiritual enhancement of only the black race,’ the Rev. Corey J. Hodges, who is black, wrote last year in the Salt Lake Tribune. ‘Even more troubling is Wright's use of the pulpit to perpetuate racial division.’”

It does not make sense that a man who purports to want to unify America would stay in such a church for any length of time, much less twenty years, at least without publicly separating himself from its radicalism and racism.

The article: “For years, Mr. Wright delivered sermons and endorsed articles in the church bulletin that called the United States and Israel racist regimes.”

That would suggest that Obama is a calculating political opportunist who “disinvited” Rev. Wright to his presidential candidacy announcement event…or that Obama is much too oblivious to be entrusted with the Presidency of the United States of America.”

The article: “The bulletin's ‘pastor's page’ included essays that said Israel and South Africa ‘worked on an ethnic bomb that kills blacks and Arabs,’ compared Israel to Nazi Germany and quoted leaders of the terrorist group Hamas calling Israel a ‘deformed modern apartheid state.’”

Obama supposedly didn’t read those bulletins religiously and apparently neither his wife Michelle nor anyone else every read them and brought such repulsive remarks to Obama’s attention.

The article: “In a bulletin last year, Mr. Wright lashed out at the news media for scrutinizing the church, blaming ‘racist United States of America’ and ‘white arrogance’ for distracting the country from more important issues, such as the Iraq war and Hurricane Katrina victims.”

Obama apparently is much more comfortable criticizing white racism that he is in dealing with black racism.

The article: “The church declined to comment for this article, but the Rev. Otis Moss III, the church's junior pastor, who took over for Mr. Wright, wrote in the bulletin in October that media conglomerates ‘operate with contempt and disdain for the black community, women, and people of the African Diaspora.’”

Apparently Rev. Moss did not notice that the media was vigorously promoting the Obama campaign instead of scrutinizing Obama.

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Biography - Michael J. Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.

The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.

Gaynor currently contributes regularly to,,, and and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.

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