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. kathe oakland, california

    Why in the heck does CNN think we want to hear anything about wright – he is not running for anything so I do not care where he is speaking, why, how, whatever. He is not of any sustance to me, I have heard all I care to hear about this minister period.

    I am an african american female and all I want you news folks to report with fairness and honest reporting is about Senators Obama and Clinton on issues WE THE PEOPLE are dealing with every single day – economy, education, heatlh benefits, immigration, senior benefits, ending this LIE BUSH/CHENY/RUMSFLED Iraq war. That is is. What the rev does is not my business, not my concern, not even my problem OK SO get off this CNN – report the news.

    And since you have already closed comments on little Miss Clinton. At first thought after her comment, "it is none of your business" – I said this is a CLINTON. Does not care about responding to real issues of day but goes on the defensive. And guess what Missy, it is our busines, we are the American people who are going to vote for Hillary, so to know what affect her husband's deeds will and is having on her campaign – guess what it is my dam business. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America – where have you been. ANd now Hillary is running for that honor so unfortunately, it is WE THE PEOPLE it is our business to ask and know who we are voting for.

    I am not a Hillary fan or Bill fan. I am an african american female who never ever in my wild imagination thought of Bill Clinton as the black anything.


    March 26, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. California Independent

    I'm guessing the Obama campaign had something to do with this.
    I liked McCain's speech today.

    If it isn't Clinton, McCain '08

    March 26, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Steph

    Zia – Who do you think you are trying to tell people who they should vote for? This is a free country. People don't have to meet certain criteria (yours) to be privileged enough to support a candidate. This is a free country!

    March 26, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Hank in PA

    I'm glad he is canceling things - he needs to reflect on how his public comments have served to stir up the slowly settling racial pot. America needs a permanent break for this type of person, and from teh type of people who spend 20 years endorsing him with silence . . . . . . . . .

    March 26, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. JA Cook

    What a shame that our democracy and the exercise of our right to vote has come to this.

    We live in a nation dedicated to freedom of speech and freedom of religion and just look at the overall tone of this blog. Those who hold an opinion different than ours are called idiots, bigots and worse.

    Whether you agree with his words or not, it's a true shame that churches have to fear for their security if they allow him to speak.

    We might as well live in Iraq.

    March 26, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Linda Lewis

    I have watched and trusted CNN for decades. I have depended on and felt confident that I could trust your news personnel to report news in an unbiased and fair manner. I am totally disappointed in your coverage of Rev. Wright and his so-called controversial remarks. First of all, I have to ask, has any of your anchors, researchers, reporters, etc listened to Wrights' sermons in their entirety? Secondly, I conclude that your organization is running neck and neck with Fox News in it's attempt to undermine Rev Wright, thereby undermining Sen. Obama. Before you allow analysts to appear on your various programs who refer to Rev. Wright as a hatemonger, a racist and anti-american, you should play Rev Wright's full sermons and you will see that the 60-90 seconds of sound bites that you have been playing do not portray Rev. Wright fairly.

    March 26, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. jr.

    Dear MR. wolf yesterday you was attacking Mrs. Hillary speaking out late,when saying she wuoldn't choose a Minister like Mr.Wright. Now today Mr.Obama is still defending Minister Wright.I think his words were offensive Anti American. I guest Mr.Obama's speech about race ,didn't mean a thing since he still defending minister Wright.What a liar Mr. Obama is.

    March 26, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Christina

    We all know that Wright cancelled these events to let the story die down for Obama.

    Obama can give excuses in a speech, but Wright is likely to tell the media just how he really feels. This would ultimately hurt Obama by keeping this story alive.

    I wonder how long Obama will kepp Wright locked away in a closet?

    March 26, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Brian Ford

    HE DID NOT CANCEL, the church he was coming to canceled him... He was told not to come on the behalf of the pastor of this church. Smart move on their part...Get the story right!!!

    March 26, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. Me

    Rev Wright needs to go and retire somewhere outside the goodoldUSA, since he think that America is sooooo bad.

    March 26, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. Nik

    Do you vote for someone that knows a crazy person, or just vote for the crazy person?

    March 26, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. D.C. Mataya

    Americans who do not understand why Obama would not leave his church- are themself, not grounded in their church's religious beliefs.

    Most Catholics stayed in their church because of their religious beliefs- not in who preached the sermon- while molesting their children.

    If you have never disagreed with your Pastor's sermon- you haven't attended many sermons.

    Am SURPRISED and discusted over the intolerance of others- when it comes to religion or race.

    March 26, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Ed Barczak

    Rev Wright, a man of the cloth, one that supposedly is taught to teach the golden rule, teaches hate. To me, it is now clear how the young men and women of the black community are so defiant and so violent to their white peers. Rev Wright would be well to leave the church.

    March 26, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  14. CN

    "Tim" is a Republican hater, using this ticker to present himself as a democrat.

    March 26, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. Ralph

    I can't be the only critical thinker who finds it interesting that every comment from those who have seen the whole sermon do not find it anti-patriotic, and most of those who have been spoon-fed sound bites of the sermon by the media, think the Rev is evil. Hmmm, this must mean something. Wait, it does, the typical citizen/voter is too lazy to do the most basic research so their opinions are based on what is rather than what you were told to think. Sad, but then again, some things never change, do they?

    March 26, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Moshe

    What does it show us about Nobama Judgment?
    that is right, very poor judgment. Nobama hates white people, that what it says to me. N

    March 26, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  17. boisei

    "Rev. Wright is a sinner and anyone who supports him or Obama are also sinners in their own right. Please repent and turn away from hate towards white people. We are really nice people. No need to fear us."


    March 26, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Chris

    Why is religion even important in a presidential race?? What a JOKE! What I want to know is where do I sign up for HRC's government buyout of unwanted mortgages?? I dont want to pay mine anymore.

    March 26, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. vickie

    Rev. Wright is understandably seeking shelter as the disciples did followng the death of Christ, but those of us who were awaiting his arrival and messages are sorely upset. There is no need for threats to this man once the whole story/sermon is heard; only those who are haters of the truth.

    March 26, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. F.Galvanston, PA

    . . . .To the Clinton Supporters who say they will vote for McCain if Hillary is not the nominee, Why don't you just cross over now and stop tainting the REAL democrats chances of winning. You and Hillary are both on McCain's side so stop being spoilers to senator Obama and get out of the Democratic party anyway. Racists and bigots don't belong in the Democratic party. Form your own party and stop hiding out in the party of people who don't care what someone's race is. I would respect you more if you came out as the racist separatist party. At least then we would be able to not be poisoned from the inside. How pathetic.
    Obama 08.

    March 26, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Leila

    Wright is wrong and so is Obama. The reason HRC needs to stay in this race is because we are just now learning who the real BO is and he is not someone who we want to run our country. As we learn more, Superdelegates can realize what a danger he is and vote for Hillary. There is still time to save the Democratic party.
    The latest news about Obama giving money to the extremist Khalidi may be the next big story about BO that will change voters' minds. The issues against Obama are starting to pile up and the pile is getting larger and larger.

    March 26, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. CARRIE

    Where were all the indignant white folks when Martin Luther King Jr. was trying to awaken your consciousness regarding the evilness of racism. It's like the war, collateral damage isn't that bad, unless it's our kids. Repent you hippocrits

    March 26, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  23. Norman

    Reverend Bigot and his pal "Minister" Farrakhan won't cost Obama the nomination.The Democrats aren't smart enough for that. But the 40 state blow out in November will be nice.

    March 26, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  24. Ash

    I am confused ... Obama is not providing special security to his old uncle 🙂 ...?? does it mean that he does not care about his fraternity any more ? Why do the reporters not ask Obama about this and see what he has to say ?

    March 26, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  25. J

    Why is that we can talk about Pastor Wright's ill-spoken words and his bad judgements and expect a response from Barack and his political surrogates?

    Chelsea Clinton, speaking on behalf of her mother, snobishly and defiantly (rather nastily) refuses to answer questions about Bill Clinton's missteps as a both a husband and father. What a pity. Dad lies under oath and sleeps around with her thing in a skirt and mom lies, with her daughter at her side in Bosnia, about braving sniper fire and running for cover. How very sad!

    Another thought...It is the Republican children who are suppose to be snobby and elitist. But think about it. Doesn't Gore's children and Chelsa seem like the ultimate snobs, while the Bush, Regan and Nixon children seem so likeable. We really can't judge goodness on party lines.

    March 26, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
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