Obama is now the Democrat's choice for the presidency. I note that just before he announced that he would run, his Reverend Wright prayed with him. He had chosen the president of a Moslem group, a woman who wore head covering, for the convention's opening, but I heard a Rabbi, instead, much to my surprise. Perhaps others were as shocked as I was, due to Obama saying that he is a Christian. Having a Muslim speak would have caused people to really question that.
Wright was a family friend that Obama did not want to drop, as he said it was like dismissing a family member. Wright is a scary guy. He was best friends with Louis Farrakhan, a Muslim with an attitude against Jews that Wright probably shares.
Last year the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award was given to Louis Farrakhan, a man who "truly epitomized greatness, " they said. To me, he epitomizes racism, mainly anti-Semitism. He has made many statements that are offensive to Jews. He has denigrated the Holocaust by saying we cooperated with Hitler by getting the Third Reich on the road. He tells so many lies, and no one checks him.
Obama and Wright may not agree with Farrakhan on all points, but praising an anti-Semite demagogue is not proper when his views are so widely known. What does that tell people? They wiggle out of this by saying tht it was the magazine who gave the award and not them. I wouldn't want an award given out in my name to someone so hateful.
Farrakhan's lies abound. He shies away from the true facts. Jews marched for civil rights for Blacks, and died for this cause in Mississippi. Both men besmearch the names of Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and their black friend, James Chaney by their lies. Farrakhan hates whites and blames Jews for every sort of crime. He has said we played a dominant role in the slave trade. He speaks of Jewish conspiracies in the media. He rants and raves against us like Hitler.
Farrakhan's attitude cannot be shrugged off by anyone. History reminds us that anti-semitism can grow at anytime, usually the rough periods. We're in one right now.
How strong a president would Obama be when in the Illinois legislature, he only voted "present" when trying to decide on tough issues. When Israel is in a tough position, as it is right now, will he just pass on any decision, or will the words of Farrakhan come to mind. This is what I worry about.
On the other hand, Martin Luther King's dream was that all of G-d's children, black and white, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, can join hands and work together. How can this happen if people like Farrakhan are running around telling damming lies about Jews?
Reference: Richard Cohen Op-Ed: Obama's Farrakhan Test, Jan. 15, 2008 Page A13.