March 27th, 2008
03:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Controversial Rev. Wright bulletins surface

(CNN)—Over the past year, bulletins from Barack Obama’s church have appeared online that included writings from controversial figures like Louis Farrakahn of the Nations of Islam and Hamas leader Mousa Mohammed Marzook.

One of the articles, reprinted on the Web site’s “Pastor’s Page,” was originally printed in the Los Angeles Times as “Hamas stand.” Pastor Wright added a new title, “A Fresh View of the Palestinian Struggle.’

The article defended and justified terrorism and refused to recognize Israel’s right to exist. The LA Times came under fire for giving a platform to an alleged terrorist.

The pages appear to have been removed from the Church’s website.

This week, Obama denounced the articles, telling the Jerusalem Post that the church was “outrageously wrong” in reprinting the pieces. "Hamas is a terrorist organization, responsible for the deaths of many innocents, and dedicated to Israel's destruction,” said the Illinois senator.

Obama’s former minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, also came under fire this week when reports surfaced that he had written an article for Trumpet Magazine, run by his daughters, in which he said that “white supremacy is clearly in charge in America.” The article also quotes him referring to Italians’ “garlic noses,” and characterizing Jesus’ crucifixion as “a public lynching, Italian-style.”

Similar remarks from Rev. Wright prompted Obama’s public address of race last week. Recent polls suggest Obama has recovered politically after that address.

On Wednesday, Rev. Wright cancelled upcoming guest appearances in Florida and Texas, citing security concerns.

–CNN's Emily Sherman


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