Obama Quits Trinity
Then this week, Obama had to distance himself from another minister, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who last Sunday made comments that seemed to accuse Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) of acting â€œentitledâ€ because she is white.
On the brink of the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) has left his controversial congregation, Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago, campaign spokesman Bill Burton said Saturday.
Inflammatory sermons by the church’s longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr., forced Obama to initially defend – then denounce – his former spiritual mentor.
Then this week, Obama had to distance himself from another minister, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who last Sunday made comments that seemed to accuse Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) of acting “entitled” because she is white.
Obama has not attended lately and resigned by letter, Burton said.
The decision, which will momentarily provoke heavy coverage of an issue the campaign would love to forget, represents an effort by Obama to put a nagging impediment behind him as he heads into head-to-head combat with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
Comments by Wright, repeatedly replayed on television, were criticized as anti-American by conservatives and hurt Obama with some of the disaffected Republicans who had been attracted by his historic candidacy.
Obama could clinch the nomination as soon as Tuesday.
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