Tina K. Russell

March 20, 2008

The Bullied Pulpit

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Tina Russell @ 1:53 pm

Obama Challenges the Racial Divide – New York Times

To the Editor:

The flap over whether Barack Obama should denounce his minister for saying divisive things from the pulpit strikes me as ridiculous. If parishioners thought they were required to believe every word their pastors uttered, I suspect the churches would empty.

What was the pastor’s offense? He’s a black man who gets stirred up over social injustice. Why is that divisive?

Even if the minister did cross some line, the world is full of flawed messengers who manage to inspire in spite of themselves.

Constance Emerson Crooker
Portland, Ore., March 19, 2008

Thank you. I go to a church, and my pastors, whom I love and adore, are flawed human beings. So am I, so is Wright, and so is Obama. It’s time for a little perspective, and a little understanding.

(Also: Portland repre-sent!)


  1. Agreed.

    Here is a great quote from another blog I frequent:

    NCallahan Says:
    March 20th, 2008 la 2:43 pm

    Maybe people are waking up to the fact that, love him or hate him, Obama really is an exception to the rule about politicians. I mean, outright admitting that even if he disagrees with Wright’s statements, he could never distance himself from a man he considers family? Balls, man. Solid brass balls.

    Comment by fullbodytransplant — March 20, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

  2. ☺ Thanks.

    I looked at your blog; you like comic books. I like comic books, even if I haven’t written about ’em much lately (I’ve been separated from Portland’s glorious library, my source for wonder in panels). For instance, you have Longshot in your sidebar, and my friend let me borrow the Longshot graphic novel last year or so and I loved it…. aaaaahh…

    Comment by tinarussell — March 20, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

  3. Oh yeah, that TPB is awesome. Longshot is such an intense example of a conflicted soul.

    Comic book myths for the win!

    Comment by fullbodytransplant — March 20, 2008 @ 4:44 pm

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