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

Obama pastor cancels scheduled appearances

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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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- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (331 Responses)
  1. wwf

    I would be prudent for those of you who keep bring up the Rev. issue is to read the whole, yes the whole sermon. As to the democrats wanting to stay in Iraq for another 100 years, you might want to get your facts straight. It is McCain. Must be for Hillary. Or did you misspeak?

    March 26, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Independant

    SO WHAT!!!!!
    What the hell... Is man going to help my disabled mother! First we say the government do listen and now we stop speak. If we don't get our head screwed on right we'll be in the same situation or worse. DO the American people care about the homeless, poverty stricken, sick folks, their children? Shame on you America! You deserve the president you elect. You deserve Bush and anyother idiot if the is how you elect your leader.

    March 26, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. Kevin

    Hey I heard that Rev Wright (that crazy fouled mouthed commie) counselled Bill Clinton after the Monica Lewinski affair. I know I'm not allowed to bring that up for fear of angering Clinton supporters. Is it true?

    March 26, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Wayne

    If the Super Delegates over turn the pledged delegate winner doesnt that weaken the nominee? I mean, Republicans could say not even a majority of Dem voters voted for you. Your party didnt select the person the people wanted. Isnt the strength of a candidate determined by that candidate's ability to get Kucinich is considered a weak candidate because no one voted for him. That being said..the strongest candidate is probably the one with the most votes at the end of the primaries and caucuses.

    Oh..and Clinton cant run as the anti war candidate..she voted for the war and McCain will claim that she is changing her view for political gain...flip flop defense worked against will work even better against the even more unpopular Clinton

    March 26, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. John J

    What strikes me funny about both you, alegged HRC supporters and BO ones are, Why not join together? It's clear that many that post in the these comment sites saying HRC 08 (And some say racist comments) and Obama 08 (And some say racist comments) are not true democrats! These are republicans who want you to think they support HRC or BO! They want to cause trouble and get these supportes hating each other!

    IF? You are a HRC and BO supporter saying those types of thing's then you really need to get a life, because when we get to are convention we will unite and defeat McCain! I like HRC & BO we need to unite and press on.

    March 26, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Wayne

    CNN and the media love conflict. The worst thing that could happen for them is for this conflict to end so they present the illusion that this race is close....ITS NOT..its over and Obama has won...

    Thank God

    March 26, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Sharon

    I want CNN to start reporting the what Hillary's pastor said about Rev. Wright. He praised the man that she said she would not have as her pastor. Report on that over and over and over and over and over. PLEASE!!!!!

    March 26, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. fred

    Hey Ronda, why would anyone praise Obama????

    March 26, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Cheryl Wilson

    How can Catholics continue to attend their churches when priests are still molesting little boys and the church, as well as the Pope, has done nothing about this centuries-old tradition? I am a Catholic and just pray to God that the media would give as much attention to these pedophile priests, as well as the Catholic Church, as they are giving to Rev. Wright, who merely uttered words.

    March 26, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. DC

    Wright's cancellation due to "security concerns" is a sham. The only security concern here is the security of Obama's candidacy. Mr. Wright has the freedom to say whatever he wants and he availed of himself of that liberty unfettered for decades. Mr. Obama had the freedom to get up and walk out of that church. A freedom he did not avail himself of for decades. Having sat in silence for 20 years, Mr. Obama shows that he is not a leader and does not have the judgment or character to lead this nation. I ask you, how exactly can Mr. Obama challenge world leaders such as Chavez when he did not challenge his pastor when he made statements very like those made by Chavez and other sworn enemies of our country?

    March 26, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. rl

    If America is such a bad place to leave why not move out??????There are flights leaving this country. If you don't like American GET YOUR SORRY BODY OUT....What would be happening if this so called bastard-i mean pastor was white????????????????

    March 26, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. Who Will Talk For Me

    To all the hatters of Obama, I would like to extend a challenge flag you must follow these instructions:

    1. Go to

    2. Type: P2 of 4-What FOX won't tell you about Rev. Jeremiah Wright

    3. listen to the sermon and tell me if fox mess you your mind on the sermon.

    March 26, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Linda K.

    What kind of civilized country do we live in? You and I don't have to agree with Rev. Wright in order to respect his right to free speech. His family has been threatened? Yes, that's showing the greatness of America.

    March 26, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Liz

    This man is a threat to christianity. He does not deserve to be called "Pastor". He does not respect the sanctuary of the church with the way he preaches. If Obama is such a strong man, he should have been able to walk away from these types of sermons. I believe Obama feels the same way as Wright but just that he is not verbally saying it but his actions in staying as a member of this man's church and he is still acknowledging him as his mentor. The new pastor is just the same as Wright so if Obama stays in that church then he is indirectly saying that he believes in what they are preaching. Is Obama really an American????? Should he be even running for the nomination for presidency if he feels this way about America?

    March 26, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Renee

    I just think it is unfortunate that this man and his church have been reduced to these few video clips. This man was pastor of this church for 30 years, and this is NOT what he preached every day. I am from Chicago and I have family members who attend this church and it is a good church, involved in the community and these few comments made by Rev Wright is NOT the message of the church.

    I wish people would stop asking how Mr. Obama could "sit and listen to this for 20 years"....please understand these few comments were NOT preached on the majority of Sundays and other services. It was not 20 years of this type of sermon, these type of sermons were far and few between. Please take it from someone who knows. We should be admiring Mr. Obama for not dismissing this man with whom he has had a close relationship with just because it was politically in his best interest. Talk about courage!

    March 26, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. Mary

    Jeremiah Wright is STILL the pastor of the church Obama is STILL a member of. What does that tell you about Obama? You have to admit that Hillary is our best chance

    March 26, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. E1944

    Senator Clinton has a pastor? He must constantly pray for forgiveness
    for the monster.

    March 26, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Doom.

    religion is simply the most accepted form of mental illness. So what if this particular pastor ran his mouth off in front of a camera?

    March 26, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. David, Gilbert Arizona

    I'm not voting for Rev. Wright nor is Rev. Wright running for public office. I don't condone what Rev. Wright has said in his sermons but I don't condemn him either.

    There are white religious leaders who have, over the years, made the same sort of hateful statements and yet politicians fall over themselves to get endorcements from these leaders.

    March 26, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. Loopy americanos

    So much for Free Speech, and separation of church and state! In this country you can be hated by all for just attending a sermon of "free speech" in church!

    OBAMA '08

    March 26, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Chris In California

    I think Wright's "personal reasons" for canceling his sermons this weekend include his desire to see Barack Obama in the Oval Office and as the leader of the free world. After that happens, Wright can go back to doing and preaching what he wants to do and preach, even if it is hate-filled, racist, or anti-American.

    March 26, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. E. C., Houston, Texas

    Probably be a better idea if he left the country, because Voters are so angry with both he and Obama.

    March 26, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. BJ

    It's funny that so many Hillary supporters talk about voting for McCain yet she's supposed to be about the issues. IF you support Hillary and vote for McCain, aren't you voting against the issues that Hillary is SUPPOSED to stand for? Universal Healthcare, helping to repair the economy, ending the war in Iraq? These are issues that both Clinton and Obama support. In fact, the only reason things have gotten dirty is because Hillary needed to try to highlight some differences. Those differences don't exist based on the "kitchen table issues that Americans care about." Those differences exist in their ethnicity, religious views, value of true transparency, and Hillary supporters would say experience (that experience/ "ready on day one" argument has been taking sniper fire of late)

    I say go ahead and vote for McCain if you want. You will simply follow in the footsteps of your favorite Democratic nominee. This is not just a contest to be won. It's not just a chance to be the first woman/ minority to be nominated by a major political party. If you want to win as all costs, still lose, then try to make the other Democrat lose, that's foolish and hypocritical.

    March 26, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Tracy

    Wright is a racist. Obama is a member of a racist church (period).

    March 26, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Linda K.

    What kind of civilized country do we live in? You and I don't have to agree with Reverend Wright in order to respect his freedom of speech. His family has been threatened? That's a fantastic way to show the greatness of America.

    This comment will probably be censored by CNN, but I have to say it.

    March 26, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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