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. Esteban

    Good, Please step aside and take you candidate with you. Racists!!!

    Hillary '08

    March 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. K

    wright is an idiot. but, obama has supported him for a number of years. what does that say about his character?

    March 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Brian

    people are afraid of Wright's comments because some of them are true. The U.S. government has oppressed blacks. Look at Slavery and the need for an equal rights amendment!

    March 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. @americans

    get used to it – this was also Bill Clinton spiritual mentor during his 'monicagate' hours of need. Billary can no more disown rev. Wright than Obama did. take that, Hillaryheads!!!

    March 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Isaac, Wisconsin

    Rev. Wright hateful speech has no place in the discourse of American politic. Barrack should denounce and reject this man but still remain in his church since he is no Pastor.

    March 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Dan , TX

    The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.

    -MLK Jr.

    March 26, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  7. California Voter

    Quit deleting my comments CNN. I notice you are particularly prone to do so if I criticize any of your so called reporters. What's happened to free speech?????

    March 26, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. BL-NYC

    Did Senator Obama put him on hold much like taking his wife out of the spotlight when she slandered America?
    These people make me sick and there is no way that our Government should be run by people like this!

    March 26, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  9. Linda

    I can't help but wonder how Senator Obama could listen to these sermons time after time and not be influenced by them. The same goes for his wife and other members of Rev. Wright's congregation.To me this dosen't make sense.

    March 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. kevin from alaska

    This guy speaks more truth in one Sunday morning than John McCain and Hillary Clinton combined have spoken on the campaign trail thus far.

    March 26, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Leslie Somerville, Seattle, Washington

    GOOD–stay away, far away Wright, you bigot freak. You are a disgrace to the black community and all black history stands for.

    Hillary 08

    March 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  12. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    On your home page the link to the ticker is Clinton yet your first article is on the Rev Wright.

    March 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Tex

    You really have to wonder about all the so-called Christians in this country and their Christian tenets of love, brotherhood, forgiveness and being judgemental.

    March 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Mike

    Mr. wright preacher is not different as what Osama bin Laden ble who is behind the 9-11 mater mind. He should have no place to preach in this land unless he apologize for his remarks. Dr. Wright you deserve it. You should just pack your stuff and get out from this land.

    March 26, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  15. Kimberly in Texas

    CNN, give it a rest already!
    Please, enough.... move on to real issues.

    I know that this is Wolf's favorite subject, but enough.

    March 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  16. anita


    March 26, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  17. Libby

    That question was totally out of line.
    How sad we live in a society where we expliot someone's pain so we can watch them squirm.

    March 26, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. Sun

    The problem is: Wright is not only Obama`s pastor, but also his campaign`s religion advisor !!!!

    Only after the video spred on the website, he left his camp.

    March 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. Tami

    Everyone single one of you positively hate-filled and disgusting individuals should not be allowed to call yourself Americans.

    No wonder the world hates us.

    March 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  20. Dan , TX

    Rev. Wright is being treated just the same way we used to treat Martin Luther King Jr. - Until we decided to listen to the full context of Martin Luther King Jr's sermons.

    "The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom, and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism. "

    MLK, Jr.

    March 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. educated_brutha

    it's a shame that this Rev Wright is getting death threats regarding a snippit that was shown on YouTube..Has anyone actually listened to the entire sermon. I am so happy that we have Roland Martin who actually listened to the entire speech and reported on it. People are afraid to hear it because they are afraid that he is actually telling the truth. Black people have not always been treated right in America. Matter of fact, Wright's generation was segregated and beaten. Police dogs being thrown at them. So, why should Wright be so patriotic. He never said that he HATED America. America has some problems that need to be corrected if everything is going to be fair and consistent. I applaud Rev Wright for standing up and saying what America needed to hear. Obama has nothing to do with what his Pastor said in his sermon. Obama is his own man. Stop crucifying this man because of his Pastor's sermon. Obama is a lot better than that liar Clinton...Oh, I forgot she "misspoke." She is a joke!!

    March 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Pam

    Taken out of context? Are you kidding me? What kind of context is that type of racist, disgusting talk ok? I'm a true Democrat and, apparently a "rich white person"...who knew? It seems to me that all the "rich white people" I know are struggling to make ends meet. Look, I am no fan of Obama, but if it comes down to it, I'll HAVE to vote for him. But no way can he win. Look what they did to Kerry and he was a Vietnam vet! All the repubs have to do is play Wright's "sermons" over and over and over again. Another loss snatched out of the hands of victory. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    March 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  23. Phil Buffalo NY

    Unfortunately, people will always wonder just how much his pastor has infuenced Senator Obama.

    March 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Michelle Is Patriotic

    Michelle never slandered America, but if Hillary's henchmen want to keep saying that, it's fine. I do think she should speak more, because she did and said nothing wrong.

    Barack & Michelle Obama/ 08

    March 26, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Adam

    GOOD. No one needs to hear your hate. I dont care how you or anyone trys to find the good in your services, you still speak with hate.

    March 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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