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. obamamama

    Looks like he is back to doing what he does best,saying everything without meaning anything.The deal breaker for me was not the fact that he is an empty suit or that he was being coddled by the press to prevent him from answering any pertinent questions.As a former New Yorker> I was greatly offended that he sat through 20 years of Racial hatred sermon.And that he still refuse to denounce the man that blamed america for 911 while the remains of the brave civilians and firemen were still in Ground Zero.And as a father,I can't imagine exposing my young impressionable children to the kind of racial hatred speech that the pastor was preaching.I know it took me 2 seconds to tell my son not to listen to our guest pastor when he preached something offensive against another religion.Don't let this bigot lead this country,Vote Hillary,McCain(vote democrat for senate.)or stay home. I know that is what I will do.

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

    Hey, CNN! Get it right. You are referencing Obama's *former* pastor.

    This is about 6 times I've tried to leave comments!

    March 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Leah DiMarco, TX

    FoxNews and America owe Rev. Wright an apology for reducing his 40 years of community service down to a 30 second sound bite. America should be ashamed of the injustice it has done to an ex-marine and a fellow human being and American.

    March 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. An American


    All black people do not think a like nor do all church goers.

    It is possible for Senator Obama to go to a church and not stand for all that that church stands is possible.

    It is possible to be friends with someone and not believe in or agree with everything that friend believes or agrees is possible.

    Let's stop all the hating...please!

    March 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. The truth hurts

    Hillary's pastor personally supports Rev. Wright. What does that say about him?

    March 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |

    If you think he is bad, you should listen to yourselves. What a mess this country is, and that includes the lady whowas met w/ sniper fire and ran to her car with her head down...

    March 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  7. Eve

    If Mr. Obama wins the election. Will Rev, Wright be the spiritual advisor to the president? God help us!!
    Where will this leave ole Rev. Jess Jacksone and Rev Sharpton?
    What role will they play?

    And good for Chelsea!! It isn't anyone's business.

    Eve, Mi

    March 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. tant

    Rev Wright is not running for the office, Obama is-people how is this Obama's issue. When do we start holding people accountable for someone else sin? Very shameful CNN has nothing else to show...
    Wake up America from ignorant slumber...

    March 26, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Kidding

    Paulinus, Canada

    Your, poem? seems not a real one, literaly.

    On the contrary, you seem like a ...

    March 26, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. Garrett, former obamaite... Now a hillary08er

    A man who mentiors him in the face of adversity backs down.... A shade of things to come if obama is elected.

    March 26, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  11. Sherri

    Thank you, Mike Huckabee, for your considerate evalutation of the situation and support of Rev. Wright. I am not a Republican, but I do have respect for you.

    Mr. Huckabee's words regarding Rev. Wright:

    “I grew up in a very conservative south, and I think that you have to cut some slack, and I think I’m probably the only conservative in America who is going to say something like this, but I’m just telling you, we’ve got to cut some slack to people who grew up being called names, being told you have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie you have to go in the backdoor when you go the restaurant,” he continued."

    March 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  12. Debby

    This old man should stay in retirement, he isn't doing Obama any favors by going up on the pulpit again.

    March 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Jeffrey, Apoka FL

    I don't know why he should cancel, he is the only person left in this country who is willing to tell the truth. I am looking forward to hear more from this man. I will buy more of his videos. Because after watching the full video of the edited sound bites, I think he is a man with much truth and knowledge.

    March 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  14. Shana

    I am not wondering at all about Obama's patriotism nor am I questioning Wright's undying love for the U.S. The furor surrounding the Wright snippets is nothing more than racism cloaked in patriotism. Wright served this country honorably in the Marines and the Navy. His words have been taken out of context by the various news mediums. This whole situation is a sad reminder the U.S. is in bad shape. My heart goes out to Wright, his family, and his church which he has dedicated a large chunk of his life to.

    March 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Mike

    Is Obama still here. I thought this sealed the deal on his character. Or was selling out his own grandmother not enough either.

    March 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Iowa Voter

    Freedom of speech – how great it is – except for an election year. Be it Clinton's Staff or Obama's – you are not to speak on issues the way you may really feel. Going to cross over and vote for McCain. There is always 2012.

    March 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  17. Uncle Sam

    The problem of Senator Obama's relationship with his controversial pastor and church is not so much about race or even patriotism. It is a matter of trust. A virtual unknown, Sen. Obama's charismatic ability to deliver a message of change and unity has spread like wildfire across the political landscape. Upon closer examination, however, it becomes clear that Mr. Obama's rhetoric does not match his record. In neither his public nor private life has Sen. Obama demonstrated evidence of any such promise.

    March 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Fight 4 Hillary

    Who cares about this person..He insignificant to the democratic race.

    Penn will be a landslide for Hillary..

    Hillary will be the nominee..
    She will close the gap and have many more superdelegates go her way..

    They want Barack Obama for the vice president..He is ill-prepared for this command..

    Hillary 08!!

    March 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  19. Winton

    Now that he has done his damage to Obama's campaign, Wright now decides to take the "speak no evil" route. Anything this man says for the rest of his life will never repair the damage he has done to racial relations in this country.

    March 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  20. Ryan - Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Rev. Wright does NOT deserve an apology...he threw his 40 years of service and his time in the Marine Corps in the Trash when he decided that the United States wasn't good enough for him anymore

    what an the pastor doesnt want to show up at Sceduled Appearences??? I thought he had enough to say about

    Obama owes ALL AMERICANS an apology for being affiliated with this horrible individual, i mean to say that the US created AIDS to kill off blacks its Terrible!!! Shame on Barack Obama AGAIN

    least now we all know what type of Judgement Obama has when he decides to be friends with an Anti-Semitic, Racist Nut

    March 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Linda

    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.

    March 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Obama Pelosi

    Yes, Hillary's own pastor has endorsed Rev. Wright.

    President Clinton supported Rev. Wright and invited him to the White House.

    Rev. Wright is getting invited to attend and preach in many different other churches.

    Clearly, Rev. Wright is being demonized by Hillary and the Republicans to tear down Obama and pit black versus white.

    Oh, it's 3am and the red phone is ringing ... it's Karl Rove – he wants his playbook back from Hillary because she is giving him a bad name.

    Obama/Nancy Pelosi '08

    March 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  23. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    I applaud "the Reverend" Jeremia Wright since he will make the history books.

    He will be listed as the man who lost the 2008 presidential election for Barack Obama.

    March 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Gail

    Yes it should cancel is apperance ...

    Shame on him for say those types of things in a house of god.

    I will never vote for Obama .

    I am a dem. and if hillary dosn't get the nomination I will vote for the Republican nominee.

    March 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  25. kelly

    This reeks of a political stunt to seek empathy/votes! Security concerns? Obama cronies have tried this tactic already.

    March 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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