If youâ€™ve found much to dislike in Barack Obamaâ€™s association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Donklephant hasnâ€™t said a lot with which youâ€™re likely to agree. Justin Gardner has defended and praised Obama. Iâ€™ve more-or-less given Obama a pass as Iâ€™ve tried to grasp the complexities of this matter and not politicize religion.
However, I think there are good political reasons to be concerned about Obamaâ€™s membership in Wrightâ€™s church. I donâ€™t think the matter should be a central theme in opposing Obama but I do think the situation needs a critical eye. The best, most reasoned criticism Iâ€™ve read comes from The Iconic Midwest.
The post is here and I encourage you to read it. Itâ€™s not a piece I can excerpt but must be read in its whole.
If Rev. Wright were not a man of the cloth but a political mentor, Iâ€™d likely be as critical as anyone of Obamaâ€™s association. As it is, I find myself held back by a sense of Christian mercy and a long-standing desire to stop using religion as a political weapon. But that doesnâ€™t mean I think the matter is unimportant or easily dismissed. I donâ€™t necessarily agree with the post I link to but I do agree it needs to be said.