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Tucker Carlson: Obama's church is "wrong"

Monday, February 12, 2007

It's seems that the United Church of Christ ~and specifically Trinity UCC~ will become a bigger issue in Barack Obama's campaign to be President. From Tucker Carlson's show on MSNBC last week via YouTube:

Here's a copy of the transcript in case you cannot see the video (from MSNBC):
TUCKER CARLSON: So Barack Obama is a member of a church called Trinity United Church of Christ. It‘s a predominantly black church in Chicago, that espouses something called the black values system, which includes calls for congregants to be soldiers for black freedom and a, quote, disavowal of the pursuit of middle classness. Now, it would seem to me, Tom, not to make a broad sweeping statement here, but a racially exclusive theology, a theology that ministers to one group of people, based on race, kind of contradicts the basic tenants of Christianity, and is worth talking about. Wouldn‘t you say?

TOM ANDREWS: Well, let‘s look at what those values actually are. We‘re talking about hard work, self-reliance, belief in god, and if you have made it to the middle class, you have an obligation to those who have not. Now, those sound like pretty good values to me, black, white or whatever, and I think that Barack Obama should not be ashamed of having those values and being part of a church.

TUCKER CARLSON: Again, those are great values, that I hope I embody. However, it‘s the word before them, black. It‘s making them racially specific. Again, Christianity—this is a subject that I am actually qualified to discuss—is, it seems to me, almost explicitly anti-racial. The idea is that we are all equal in the eyes of god. When you espouse a theology that is racially exclusive, as this appears to be, it‘s hard to call that Christianity. I think it‘s pretty easy to call it wrong.
posted by UCCtruths, Monday, February 12, 2007


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