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. Mark

    This man has single-handedly destroyed Obama's chance in the general election. Democrats will vote for anyone, even a racist, against the republicans. Independents will decide this election, and they are completely turned off by Wright's obvious racism and hate speech.

    March 26, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. No Hillary

    Teh pastor made some controversal comemnts and Obama set the records straight what he thinks and what is his position on this issue. For me this chapter is closed. So people stop arguing about that – go and find a different subject to discuss. Hey CNN... is it a slow day for you?

    March 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. deroy

    rev WRIGHT had to cancel since OBAMA was not available to write his speeches.

    OBAMA leads a double life.

    March 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  4. Trev


    I agree. I am a Clinton supporter, but of course I am concerned for Rev Wrights safety. There are a lot of nutjobs out there who forget that the point of politics is to solve problems POLITICALLY.

    March 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. AJ, IL

    Why is the media even reporting on Rev. Wright anymore? He's not apart of the Obama campaign. He's not a spokesman for the Obama campaign.

    I am sure if someone looks hard enough we will find similiar elements of the 1960s Civil Rights and Vietnam War era mentalities in the older general public right now.

    How sad.

    March 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. akaDoug

    Clintonazis, so glad that you have chosen to follow the media's command! The media says this guy is bad, you blindly agree, when the media says Obama's wrong you blindly agree...PATHETIC! No wonder the uneducated are voting for Hillary!

    BTW you are filled with as much hate as Rev. Wright...threatening to bomb his church, threatening his life...VERY SAD!

    March 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Mary in CT

    "Just a snippet taken out of context".....yeah....and you could say the exact same thing about Imus.....TYPICAL DOUBLE STANDARD

    March 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Go Hillary

    Hey CNN and BO what were you doing 12 years ago?

    March 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. Sharon

    TO: The truth hurts

    You are asking what the Rev said that was "degrading"....please listen to what he said about Hillary and Bill Clinton.......if you don't hear degrading, then you are not listening. BTW....glad Hillary finally responded to the Reverend thing...She AND her husband were talked about by the reverend in extremely nasty terms....something Obama never even discussed....

    March 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Bonheur

    I am so amazed at the racist comments on this blog. Obama gave a very enlightening speech on race and it's like nobody listened. This Reverend is not a hateful man, he just grew up in a time that apparently hardly anyone submitting on this blog would ever understand.

    I attended a church many years ago where the pastor spoke not so nice about homosexuals, and I am gay. I stayed in that church anyway because he had other qualities that I admired. Although he didn't accept my lifestyle, he accepted me as a human being.

    Obama is still our best choice!

    March 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Summer

    I would think that Obama's campaign had encouraged Wright to tone down his rhetoric, since it's obvious the media would be watching his sermons. Wright must not have been willing to do that. People like Wright deserve to be marginalized. I hope he packs up and moves to Africa permanently. We don't need this kind of divisive message in the 21st century. Jeremiah Wright is educated, rich and in a position of power, a story of "yes, you can". Yet, he told his parishioners every Sunday, "No, you can't". He made a fortune off keeping his own people down.

    March 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. MCS

    CNN once again telling the public what to think about

    March 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  13. Monte

    Rev. Wright was not talking about race, it was a true HATE speech against my country. Obama managed it turn it into a race issue, knowing that white people are afraid to talk about race for fear of being labled a racist. Blacks can say anything they wish about whites, but we are suppose to keep quite. Sorry, but American is also my country!

    March 26, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Steven/Kentucky

    What ever happen to separation from church and state? You could investigate Senater Clinton's church history and McCain's. All Christians have set under poison doctrine from time to time. If Christians up and ran everytime our Pastor's speak something wrong then the Church houses would be empty. I think it is a shame that we are talking about this when there are more important topics.


    March 26, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  15. @americans

    rev. wright maybe right after all. get used to it america!!!

    March 26, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  16. Talulah

    This is better than the comics! And again we tend not to focus on the real issues that could bring us together and not divide. Way to go, America!!!! Go Obama!!!

    March 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. Amy in Iowa

    It is over for Hillary. She is in denial but her supporters don't have to be. Join the Obama campaign in the general election. Hillary fought a good fight but it is done.

    March 26, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. Anne E.

    To G. Morganroth of IL: I salute you! You have a great deal of courage and integrity. A high-five to you!
    To hear and read the comments from people since this surfaced just boggles the mind.
    OBAMA '08.

    March 26, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. Alice

    will you all please leave this man in peace? people spewing the same hatred we see on this board are now threatening Rev. Wright's safety. whatever you may think of his statements, he is entitled to make them without fearing for his life

    March 26, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Marj,Paso Robles, Cal

    Wright should crawl back to wherever this rascist came from. Mr. $1,000,000 a year BO should quit lecturing about race and stick to the issues.

    March 26, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Joy

    Obama already sharply condemned his pastor, but you Obama supporters are still trying to find excuses for his anti-America preaching. Looks to me you Obama supporters will support Obama no matter what. Sigh...

    March 26, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Robert in Toronto,ON

    Wasn't this arguement presented earlier from Clinton fans to "move on and stick with the issues?"

    So DO IT and stop all this Rev. Wright comments. The issue has already been addressed so now it's time to move on!

    March 26, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. Tim, Cincinnati, OH

    His chickens will come home to roost.

    March 26, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. jp/michigan

    Note to Rev. Wright," you reap what you sow".

    March 26, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. BSY

    Is CNN's Comment Policy "code" for a certain type of censorship? I asked a question about Hillary Clinton's spiritual advisor based on some pretty extreme comments I heard on a different news station. I made no controversial statement, requested clarifying information, and used no profanity or suggestion of profanity. I'm amazed at the hatred and ugliness of some of the comments on this site ~ yet my question is not addressed. I am new to this, so perhaps questions are not permitted ~ only opinion?

    March 26, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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