…is anyone concerned about the amount of influence Sen. Obama’s spirital leader would have over him in a higher office?

At the core of the Democratic front-runner’s faith —
whether lapsed Muslim, new Christian or some mixture of the two — is
African nativism, which raises political issues of its own.

What is this claimed based on?

In 1991, when Obama joined the Trinity United Church of
Christ in Chicago, he pledged allegiance to something called the Black
Value System, which is a code of non-Biblical ethics written by blacks,
for blacks…Such racial separatism is strangely at odds with the media’s
portrayal of Obama as a uniter who reaches across races.

That’s sure true, and it’s not just the media’s portrayal of Obama
as a uniter that projects that identity for him. It’s the Obama
campaign and the senator himself talking about it, and running on that
theme.

So, one may think, it was part of his past. How about now?

In short, Obama’s “unashamedly black” church preaches
the politics of black nationalism. And its dashiki-wearing preacher —
who married Obama and his wife and now acts as his personal spiritual
adviser — is militantly Afrocentric. “We are an African people,” the
Rev. Jeremiah Wright reminds his flock, “and remain true to our native
land, the mother continent.”…

Wright makes the Rev. Jesse Jackson look almost moderate and
patriotic. Yet this is whom Obama picked to baptize his daughters, plus
to act as his “sounding board” during his presidential run.

That’s the part that should prompt some questions, and fair
ones at that. America has come a long way in race relations and made
great advancements. We need to know if a presidential candidate is
informed by any principles of discrimination, even reverse. The
Congressional Black Caucus is sponsoring a South Carolina Democratic
debate on January 21, five days before the Democratic primary in that
state. The question of this minister’s influence on Sen. Obama should
be asked, and answered.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....