Georgia Senate candidate Raphael Warnock’s support of Barack Obama’s ex-pastor — Rev. Jeremiah Wright — has emerged as a campaign issue in a run-off election for Senate in Georgia.
Warnock, also a preacher, praised Wright after his controversial “God Damn America” sermon surfaced when Obama first ran for president in 2008, Fox News reports.
At the time, Obama advisers fretted the replaying of Wright’s fiery sermon might cost him the presidency.
“No no no, not God bless America, God damn America, that’s in the Bible, for killing innocent people,” Wright thundered in the videotaped sermon.
“God damn America for treating her citizens as less than human, God damn America as long as she tries to act like she is God and she is supreme,” Wright had said.
Warnock said he was “dispatched” to defend Wright after a tape of the 2003 sermon went public.
Warnock is senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the pulpit where civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once preached.
“We celebrate Rev. Wright in the same way that we celebrate the truth-telling tradition of the Black church, which when preachers tell the truth, very often it makes people uncomfortable,” Warnock said in a 2008 appearance on Fox News.
“And I think the country has been done a disservice by this constant playing over and over again of the same soundbites outside of context,” he said, before noting Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “America is the greatest purveyor of violence today.”
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