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. Vig

    What a disgrace.

    March 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Voice that matters.

    Why not put this issues behind CNN. You have made this man famous.

    You have threwn people to this man church by criticizing him with only 3 seconds clips.

    He is now a celebraty.

    March 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. RR

    Didn't anyone pay attentions to Obama's speech on RACE....Guess not! It's sad to see that racism is still "alive and well" in this country....

    March 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. Robert NYC & Miami

    Hillary 2008!

    March 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Amy in Iowa

    CNN, Obama addressed this in his rally today. Why no coverage? In fact, why no coverage of Hillary's lies and her refusal to show her joint tax returns for the past 6 years? What is Hillary hiding?

    March 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. boisei

    "I hope the next time Rev. Wright stands before a congregation and speaks… he apologizes for his duragatory remarks against our Nation! We, as U.S. ciitizens deserve an apology!"

    Dude shouldn't even preach....He should alos apologize to God for being an idiot and a hypercrite.....

    March 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  7. M. Hightower, PA

    . . . .Hillary is in campaigning in Pennsylvania. Time to pander to the

    March 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Another Typical White Woman

    Ummm, to all of you people that don't think this is a major campaign issue...'re wrong.

    March 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Leah DiMarco, TX

    People need to STOP saying that Senator Obama sat in a pew for 20 years. During that 20 years he spent time raising a family, 8 years in the Illinois senate in Springfield, and in the U.S. senate in D.C. He probably is like alot of people and only made it to church once a month or even a lot less than that. Betcha his average church attendence was more alike a few times a year! Not all people go to church twice a week like the Southern Baptists!

    March 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Kevin, fl

    I want my vote back. If I would have known about Obama's judgement I would have never voted for him. I'm glad Hillary stayed in the race. Obama will be unelectable

    March 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. danny in califas

    Hey "truth hurts," Too bad YOUR truth is based on your own stupid ideology! Bin Laden committed a great crime because of HATRED towards the U.S. and Christians. How sad that you agree and condone Wright's and Bin Laden's actions/words.

    March 26, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. MarySue22

    No story about Hillary the Liar ... LOL!!!

    March 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  13. Paul

    Based on Hillary's campaign, I will never vote for her. I am switching to Independent based on how the DNC has allowed the Clintons to run down the party. If the nomination is stolen from Obama in anyway but the majority delegate count, I will vote for the GOP candidate. I will not be taken for granted.

    March 26, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. CARRIE

    So what is McCain's healtcare plan? Well, this morning I heard him say on CNN "It would cost too much" Well I've got news for Senator McGreedygut, we deserve the same healthcare that you and the other public SERVANTS have. A vote for McCain is a vote for the elitist. Hey Mr. McGreedygut my kids and grandkids are just as good as you. Remember that good ole' quote, "all men created equal," Are you saying except in the good ole' USA??????

    March 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. Pluto

    Obama should quit race. There is no place for anti-americanism, including CNN.

    March 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Floridian

    How is this news?

    March 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  17. Its True

    Its funny how people are so easily willing to chastise Rev. Wright when in fact, he probably has done more to better this country then any of you CNN couch potatoes commenting have ever done for this country. The man spent 20 years of his life serving the community, helping with the poor and Aids care.

    How disapointing America can be, when they are on a witch hunt. Actions do speak louder than words. So go out and do something positive for your country instead of attacking a retired reverend.

    March 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. gloria

    The damage is done.

    I watched Senator Obama when he said that he could not attend church . It is hard to believe that Pastor Wright has made such an impression on him that he could not attend another church albeit he was in St. Thomas Virgin Islands. But I am sure that there would have been many churches that would have welcomed the senator and his family to share in the Easter Services.

    Pastor Wright is wrong and now it is time for him to exit as gracefully as he can.

    March 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  19. CW in Dixie

    Where were the Obama children when this man was slinging hate?

    March 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  20. Uncle Sam

    The problem here is less about race and patriotism and more about trust. Upon closer examination, it has become clear that Senator Obama's rhetoric does not match his record. In neither his public nor private life has he demonstrated evidence of any such promise. The presidency is too important to be taken lightly.

    March 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  21. Curious

    Hey CNN how about running a ticker on TAX RETURNS for the PAST 6 years????? Now There's a story... Like how common is it not to have this disclosed this late in a campaign?

    March 26, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. Wayne, Greenville TX

    I'm sure it was good Christian Republicans who phoned in those death threats against Rev. Wright.

    March 26, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Rush Goebbels

    You never mention the hate Rush spews to his congregation of dittoheads.

    March 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  24. Michael Guinn Ventura, CA

    The Clinton Hate Club is well represented-Obama will be the nominee-and all your racism and hate won't change that- you should switch to the Republican Party since hate and fear are welcomed there!

    March 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  25. jane e allen

    in response to Hillary Clinton's memory of landing in Bosnia is nothing but another embellishment of her being involved in foreign policy . She trying to push more stories than actual events from her husband's presidency to her time in the senate..She has nothing more or nothing new to add to her campaign speeches. She is trying to avert questions in regards to her memory by trying to attack Sen Barack Obama 's campaign. Thank god Obama is not as desparate as Hillary is!!!

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