March 26th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama pastor cancels scheduled appearances

Video clips of some of Wright's sermons have caused an uproar.
Video clips of some of Wright's sermons have caused an uproar.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's controversial former pastor, has canceled his plans to speak at church services in Houston, Texas, this weekend in the wake of the recent uproar over portions of his past sermons.

Video clips of those sermons caused a public stir this month after being widely circulated on the Internet.

The clips in question include several racially charged statements and accusations the U.S. government has adopted policies to systematically oppress African-Americans.

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  1. ICL

    To all Bloggers!

    Guys do you realize how this tends to portray the great United States of America?

    Maybe we should all boycott these requests for comments completely.

    March 26, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. MW, CA

    Let me try again! For some reason my comments almost never get posted! As I wrote almost 1 hour ago – Rev. Wright is wrong to preach such hatred. I certainly would not attend a church where my pastor was not helping me to feel uplifted after my worship there. Anyone who continues to attend such a church is obviously in agreement with the hatred coming from the pastor – friend or not.
    As a Black woman, I wish that us Blacks would try to unite instead of pulling the races apart. Too many of us believe that the white man owes us something, that we should sit on our butts and have it handed to us. Hatred in church is a disgrace – plain and simple and anyone who listens and claps, as is typical in Black churches, are condoning the message. We will get nowhere with this kind of thinking – it needs to stop! Senator Obama, your presence in such a church means that you agree with the message.

    March 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Atty. K.

    White America, calm down. Listen to the entirety of Rev. Wright's speeches as I have done. He is right in some respects. America has reaped what it sowed around the world; i.e. hate, death, destruction, war. We have to come to grips with this. God is not pleased and will not be mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
    Remember that America.

    March 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. jAYjAY

    A Statement on Wright from the Clinton's Presidential Pastor

    A STATEMENT CONCERNING THE REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT

    The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream. To evaluate his dynamic ministry on the basis of two or three sound bites does a grave injustice to Dr. Wright, the members of his congregation, and the African-American church which has been the spiritual refuge of a people that has suffered from discrimination, disadvantage, and violence. Dr. Wright, a member of an integrated denomination, has been an agent of racial reconciliation while proclaiming perceptions and truths uncomfortable for some white people to hear. Those of us who are white Americans would do well to listen carefully to Dr. Wright rather than to use a few of his quotes to polarize. This is a critical time in America's history as we seek to repent of our racism. No matter which candidates prevail, let us use this time to listen again to one another and not to distort one another's truth.
    Dean J. Snyder, Senior Minister
    Foundry United Methodist Church
    March 19, 2008

    March 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. AL in FL

    To All Clintionites,

    Clinton\Powell'08
    or McCain\Whoever or Bust

    No
    Barrack Huessein Obama \Osama Bin Laden '08

    March 26, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  6. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I really wish that all of these talking heads and supposed experts (including some of the self-appointed ones who have posted here!) would actually take the time to READ and LISTEN to the full sermons in question instead of the 5 – 10 seconds clips being shown over and over again. When I first saw the clips,I couldn't belive how vile they sounded and decided to look for the whole text to see what else may have been said. Surprisingly, when taken in the full context, they are not as inflammatory as they may seem otherwise. Roland Martin has poseted a few of them on his blog, it would be worth everyone's time to read them and then post intelligently from there.

    March 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. honest

    WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THE LIES OF THE CLINTONS??????
    THEY LIE FREELY AND PEOPLE ARE QUIET ON THAT BUT RATHER ATTACK OTHERS WITH EASE????
    THIS IS WHAT WE CALL BIASED BECAUSE OF **** FILL IN YOURSELF. WHETHER YOU AGREE OR NOT WE ARE ALL THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
    EVERYBODY DIES....RICH, POOR, BLACK, WHITE,POWERFUL,WEAK. ANY EVIL WILL BE JUDGED BY GOD ONE DAY , REMEMBER THAT !!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  8. Harvey in Va.

    Please !!!!!!!! cancel the schedule for april 13 visit to Norfolk, Va. Pastor Wright is better off speaking in Chicago...I cannot imagine him to stop preaching at his church and then tour the US various states with all this hate going on......

    March 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Paul

    Please Mr. Obama, just explain to me why you stayed in that church for 20 years, with your wife, took your children to the same church and still consider Mr. Wright "like family". Where is your explanation, sans the flowery rhetoric, to these questions. Unless you can explain this in plain English, you have lost this Democratic vote. Without a good explanation, I just don't trust you.

    March 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. Leonard

    I just do not understand. For the last two weeks the Wright comments have been spun on the news. Why is it that we will not spend two weeks straight discussing why Hillary had to lie about her experience in Bosnia? Why is it that for two weeks straight we will not discuss McCain's misunderstanding of the economy or malitia warmen? Why is it that we will not spend two weeks straight discussing Hillary's ability to run her own house when it came to the unfortunate case of Bill and Monica and the expectation of how she will run the White House.

    We have got to keep our eye on the ball America. This is too important.

    March 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. BAKERSFIELD

    was he in the virgin islands with obama

    March 26, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. peter

    I am still voting for Obama. NOTHING will distract me from doing so and I speak for a lot of people.

    March 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. AL in FL

    Ronda,

    All I wanna know is…what's this I'm hearing that Sen. Clinton's pastor PRAISED Obama this morning?

    Good For Him,

    Guess Sen. Clinton won't be going a church where the pastor support a racist Pastor.

    Clinton Supporter are Like me Moderate, Convservatives Dems.

    Blue Dog Dems.

    March 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. Time 4 Action

    Did Barrack Obama cancel any of his speeches or appearances???

    Is White America that upset with Rev. Wright telling the truth about our society?

    Do people continue to cover their eyes and pretend that everything is suppose to be okie dokie regarding race in America?

    Barrack is an individual just like each of you.

    March 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. linda in cincinnati

    Linda March 26th, 2008 2:30 pm ET

    People should really think about how half truths can hurt people. If you listen to Wright's whole sermon, you find that he is not Anti-America. You can take snipets of anyone and do damage. I'm sadden by the fact that the media is not completing the story and talking about the rest of his sermon.
    _______________________________________________

    A half truth is far more dangerous than a bald faced lie but what Wright said does not in my opinion qualify as a half truth. What he said was not difficult to understand by most any American. We are known by the company we keep so if you lay down with dogs you are bound to get fleas. Wright is the worst kind of low down dawg and oddly, he enjoys the same rights as any other patriotic American. Who wants to hear more of his "sermon"? If Obama continues to support this mongrel he won't have a chance against McCain and rightly so.

    March 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Gregory

    The Rev. Wright no matter what spin Obama puts on this..I am very cautious about his being the "spiritual mentor" of Obama. The three days away from the heat of this issues as a vacation only adds to the fact the Obama cannot take the heat and is not yet ready to be the President of the United States.

    March 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Wayne

    OBAMA – WRIGHT – BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER

    March 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Karin

    People...Please.....get real.......We as America need to grow put.....We are acting just like little kid in school....get half the story and run with it ....then turn around and find out the complete story and then feel bad about the way we act ......for not checking things out for yourself.....SO GROW UP AND LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL BEHIND ......AND CHECK THE COMPLETE STORY OUT ....BEFORE YOU JUST RUN WITH WHAT HALF THE MEDIA IS SHOWING YOU.... CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF....GO CHECK OUT WHAT THE PASTER REALLY WAS TALKING ABOUT.....FOR YOURSELF AND STOP ACTING LIKE KIDS...GOING OFF HALF OF WHAT YOU KNOW.....

    March 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Linda

    Finally...Obama has shown some common sense and shut up his anti-semetic full of hate Reverend!

    March 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. V Independent

    To the person who stated they attended the same church Senator Obama and white ought to be outraged. I agree with anyone who is
    against racist statements I don't give a hoot what color you are...and for Senator Obama to put it on a generational and historical factor is not a REASON for such words or behavior from anyone especially a pastor. I attend a Catholic church and when the minister begain speaking against LGBT folks and sin all in one phrase I never returned until he left. We all have choices and some not so good.

    For example Senator Obama did not make the best choice around buying his house with the Rezco situation while Senator Clinton do not make a good choice in her recollection of Bosnia trip. Please folks we are all human.

    Will the first person who has made not very good choices in their lives throw the first stone!!!! I think not.

    March 26, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Joei

    From Senator Clinton's point of view, she would reject the pastor and leave the church. But, I wonder: Why wouldn't she reject and leave her husband ( President Clinton) after he cheated her so many times with many different weman? It's very strange!

    March 26, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. John in PA

    One speech about 9/11 was out of context, all of the others like how white people created aids as a genocide of black people are in context.

    March 26, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. dp

    I'll Pray for him, maybe the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob can touch his bitter soul.

    March 26, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. captaindollar

    BARRACK --HUSSEIN--OBAMA-- PLEASE BOW OUT NOW--–YOU ARE UNELECTABLE --THE RACISTS ARE COMING OUT OF THEIR CLOSESTS.-–YOU DON'T STAND A CHANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. So Peck

    I wonder what did he say about Asian? I Black and slavery is too old, I hate to heard back poeple always B/C I'm Back get over it. It you don't like White Country, move back to Africa. Thats all I have to say.....

    March 26, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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