This was posted on a message board I frequent. I found it sickening and sad and just had to respond.
Please read and go to this church's web site and read what is written there. It is very alarming. Barack Obama is a member of this church and is running for President of the U.S. If you look at the first page of their web site, you will learn that this congregation has a non-negotiable commitment to Africa. No where is AMERICA even mentioned. Notice too, what color you will need to be if you should want to join Obama's church... B-L-A-C-K!!! Doesn't look like his choice of religion has improved much over his (former?) Muslim upbringing. Strip away his nice looks, the big smile and smooth talk and what do you get? Certainly a racist, as plainly defined by the stated position of his church! And possibly a covert worshiper of the Muslim faith, even today. This guy desires to rule over America while his loyalty is totally vested in a Black Africa! I cannot believe this has not been all over the TV and newspapers.
This is why it is so important to pass this message along to all of our family & friends. To think that Obama has even the slightest chance in the run for the presidency, is really scary. Cut and paste the link below into your browser:
This is the web page for the church Barack Obama belongs to: www.tucc.org/about.htm
What I find "really scary" is that this message would even be forwarded to the "Universalist" board I participate in. But, it just goes to show how deeply seated racism and ignorance remains in our society. Here is my response:
I find this almost laughable. But, now that it's come up, let me point out something to you guys.
Sunday morning is probably the most segregated time of the week in America. Most churches are either Black or White. I've always hated that. But, it's a fact. Many (most) Blacks feel unwelcome and very uncomfortable in most of the Lilly White churches in America. There aren't people like us leading the choirs, leading the prayers or in the pulpits. The music doesn't suit most of our tastes. The cultural references aren't from our community.
As a UCC attender myself, I've been aware of Obama's church for about a year now. It's not my personal cup of tea. Personally, I try to remain an "idealist". I've made a conscious effort to jump across the color barrier and haven't been a member of a Black church since I was a child. But, it's a difficult thing to do. We have often been the only Blacks in a church (we are now). We have to listen to all kinds of stupid, ignorant racist remarks. We're constantly having to educate people on what it's like and what it's not like to be Black. For many of our friends at church we have been the spokespeople of the Black community. Some people don't have that kind of fortitude. Since a lot of Blacks have to put up with this alienation every day of the week in the jobs and in the community at large, they don't really want to put up with it on Sunday morning. So, they attend Black churches. Also, since Black people are at such a disadvantage in this country, many Black people feel we should band together to help each other like a lot of other people do in this country. Our lack of ability or willingness to work together has held us back. And, when we do try to, cries of reverse racism rain down on us. I'm not going to criticize the Trinity United Church of Christ for focusing on an issue that is of a great interest to its members and trying to correct social injustices.
I don't see people here being shocked that Romney is part of the Mormon church (which up until a few years ago said Blacks were cursed). I don't see people criticizing any of the other candidates for attending what I'm going to presume are mostly White churches. I could be wrong. I don't know, don't care about the racial makeup of their churches. It's not an issue for me.
Yes, Obama is part of the TUCC. It's is an Afro-Centric church. In case anyone hadn't noticed, African-Americans sometimes get a pretty rough go of things in this country and some people feel we need to band together to support each other. That doesn't mean the church is anti-American or racist. And because Obama is a part of this congregation certainly doesn't mean he favors Blacks over Whites. Given that half of his family is White (his mother), that would be pretty self-defeating. It's ironic this is spreading at the same time a lot of Blacks won't vote for Barack because he isn't "Black enough". Yes, his father was a Muslim. But, clearly Obama is not today. The author of the email alleges Barack is "possibly a covert worshipper of the Muslim faith". That would be funny if it weren't so sad.
p.s.- Drew shot this link to me from FactCheck.org.