Obama Preacher's Words Keep Resurfacing

Inflammatory comments from past may haunt candidate
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2008 11:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – In the latest campaign preacher flap, TV networks are airing clips from sermons in which the former pastor of Barack Obama's church condemns "racist" US society and compares the candidate's experiences to Jesus' struggles, the Guardian reports. "God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human," said the fiery pastor who presided over Obama's marriage, baptized his kids, and provided the title of his biography. He also once described the 9/11 attacks as "America's chickens coming home to roost."

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright praised Obama from the pulpit as recently as January. But the candidate hasn't endorsed the preacher's comments. "Like a member of his family, there are things he says with which Senator Obama deeply disagrees," said a campaign statement. In another preacher controversy, a pastor called a "spiritual guide" by GOP rival John McCain has called on Christians to "destroy" Islam.