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. Linda Li

    Yes, because chanting "God bless America!" is the only way people can show how much they love the country.

    Out of all the idiotic things Americans do, calling each other "unpatriotic" and "un-American" is by far the most pathetic.

    March 26, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Walt, Belton,TX

    I just don't understand why so many people are upset by what an insignicant doofus has to say. Jay Leno and Dave Letterman very aptly put this self proclaimed wonder into proper perspective.

    March 26, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Ed

    CNN- do you edit out anything , like my last comment, in which someone says they are not christian??!!

    Again, I am sick of the arrogance Christians display about the importance of their religion in our politics!

    Obama has been chastised for what his preacher said, it turns my stomach that it may end his candidacy.

    I mind my own business regarding my personal religious feelings, and I am sick of hearing that being Christian or going to this or that church should have anything to do with government in the United States.

    March 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    I am appalled by some of the comments on this news piece.

    The Reverend Wright is a Christian pastor who should be respected for his faith. Certainly some of his remarks were ill-advised, but that he and his family should be threatened in our free country is disgraceful.

    March 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. boisei

    "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."

    what? dude brought this upon himself......yes he is entitled to act and talk like a fool....

    March 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Amy Jacobson

    So now you want Americans to listen to the whole sermon to get the "facts" while both Democratic candidates have been touting "stay in Iraq for a 100 years" since the first day of the elections? Seriously pathetic people!

    It does hurt to take things out of context, doesn't it? 😉

    March 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Floridian Voter

    Maybe Rev Wright was afraid of sniper fire! LOL

    HRC made several references to that story including February 29th speech, yet CNN allows her to simply say she mispoke last Monday?

    March 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Shana

    I am saddened by the racist comments on this blog. What is happening to the Democratic party? Where are the moderators to weed out the hate-filled comments?


    March 26, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Baker

    Leave this man alone, if you are christian and typing these hateful things, you need to go pray and read the bible again !!!!!

    March 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. Paul

    Hillary will not just be our Nominee, but the next President of The United States of America

    OBAMA is the one playing dirty politics. He is the one telling one thing about NAFTA to the American public and a complete different story to the Canadians. Did not he say that his position on NAFTA does not actually respresent change in policy but actual political maneuvering through his surrogates.

    Obama, you know you are no longer electable thanks to your antiAmerican pastor. What change are you talking about when you bring your children to church every sunday to hear to the hatred of such biggot.

    HILLARY 08!

    March 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Carl

    I find the negative comments on here shocking. Are they truly genuine? Or just people who would like to see Obama fail spouting lies? If it's the later I've got to warn you all it won't work. Readers like myself can see through all the half-truths and downright lies that some posters (Pro-Clinton, mostly) are working diligently and DESPERATELY to spread.

    Independent thinking in 2008

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

    The Sermons were from 2003, they were taken out of context and it's so small in the scheme of things....

    The media is doing what it does Best Getting away from the point. Jeremiah Wright is not running for any office, Obama is.

    The question is can this man run our Nation, NOT do we like his what his pastor said FIVE YEARS AGO.

    March 26, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. In Our Last Days!!!!

    This has gone too far!!!! How is threatening to harm Rev. Wright, his family and/or do something to his church justified? Hillary and McCain supporters...are you happy now? What if it was your family being threatened? So people are trying to instill fear in Rev. Wright, like the you know who did many decades ago.

    Life is bigger than Obama, Hillary or McCain. Rev Wright has said some out of line comments, but for his safety to be compromised is ridiculous.

    If something was to happen to Rev. Wright, I think that there would be an outrage across America. For those who are threatening him, you are no bigger than Rev. Wright.

    I just pray that GOD continures to have mercy on our soles.

    March 26, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Anita

    "Man is known by the company he keeps" – does anyone remember that saying?

    March 26, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. JC

    This is just one more reason that Obama cannot be trusted...we don't know enought about him... He talks a good game but the character he displayed with this singular event. Speaks volumes of his character.

    If Obama gets the nomination...I'm voting for McCain...and I've been a democrat my entire life.

    March 26, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. CNN

    You are completely biased.

    Well, leaving someones comments out is not going to make Obama the nominee, so knock yourself out. Someone sould censor CNN.

    March 26, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Brent Stevenson

    Come one CNN. This is tabloid material.

    March 26, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Tex

    And we pride ourselves on being a Chritian nation. Shame on CNN and all the so-called Christians attacking this or any man or woman.

    God is watching us!

    March 26, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Jan E

    The sad thing is that Hillary has already LOST. Her supporters are delusional about where we are in the race. They are seeing a mirage in the desert by attacking Rev. Wright and they think this will save them. Let go gracefully folks... let it go.

    March 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Kathy L Jackson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    My third submission of this. Please Print !!!
    I can't believe the ignorance of some of our fellow dems. If I had a nickel for every time I've heard the phrase" why didn't he just leave?" I could take a day off. Those of you with the deer in the headlights experience after hearing the spliced together snippets of several powerful sermons in which Rev. Wright mostly quoted others, including a former caucasian diplomat named Peck, I have one thing to say to those excluding the staunch bigots: "be ye seekers of the truth". locate these sermons and listen to them in their entirety. Then just TRY to imagine your existence as the "other" person: supremely gifted with God's blessings, yet thwarted at nearly every juncture of life. Educate yourself on the history of this country and it's policies toward its citizens of 'other" ethnic backgrounds. We all know that what the Catholic church has done concerning some of its priests is criminal!! Though some left in disgust, others stayed for the principles of their faith. Ethnic difference is a tough subject to brooch. We simply must put into practice every cliche we've learned about putting our best foot forward, unite, or perish together as fools. If you haven't noticed, we're halfway there. Hillary's campaign is a trainwreck! But don't cut off your noses to spite your faces. MCCain is simply NOT a viable candidate. At this Easter season, I've observed many parallels with Jesus' and Obamas stories, yet some of us would rather wander and continue to sin in the desert than to recognize and accept our apparent deliverer. Barack the Vote!!!

    March 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. robin

    It's sad that America cannot tolerate the freedom of speech. Whatever Wright said is not against the law. People are so blindly patriotic. Anything can be mis -interpreted as anything, even remotely irrelevant. No wonder Americans can be supportive of the cruel and immoral war, even the truth came out contrary to Bush's war excuse.

    March 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Vega, Celso

    Wake up democrats, a vote for Obama is a vote for Mc. Cain, only Hillary Clinton is the candidate who can overcome Mc. Cain and the Republicans, please don´t play a loser game. America need a real turn round.

    March 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Obama Mama

    CNN you are encouraging, and inflaming the racist rhetoric by harping and replaying news about Reverend Wright. Whoever owns your station must subcribe to the "double standard" that exists in America where a black man's words are interpreted differently than a white mans. But that's news to matter who it hurts

    March 26, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Lostfigs

    I support Obama but I need to hear why he chose this guy as his campaigns religious advisor? Is Wright going to be visiting the White House if Obama is elected? Will he give invocations at events?

    March 26, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. Billy J Austin,TX

    Why are posting peoples complaints about censorship instead of their posts? you have my email address... feel free to explain your criteria for posting to me. I would like to think that all my typing is not just finger excercise.

    March 26, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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