At various stages of the campaign, some commentators have called me “too black” or “not black enough”. We have seen racial tensions explode on the surface during the week before the South Carolina primary. Why would you join Reverend Wright in the first place, they might ask? Why not enter another church? And I confess that if all I knew about Reverend Wright were the snippets of those sermons that ran in an endless cycle on television and on You Tube, or if the Trinity United Church of Christ were compliant with the caricatures that were being propagated by some commentators, There is no doubt that I would react more or less the same way And next week, we will also hear of the occasions when it is broken with your party as evidence that it is able to provide the change we need. We do not look for military bases there. But this is clear: governments that protect these rights are ultimately more stable, successful and secure. Among some Muslims there is a worrying tendency to measure one’s own faith by rejecting another.
I hope in the face of the difficulty. Because, whether it’s poverty or racism, uninsured or unemployed, war or peace, the challenges we face today are not simply technical problems looking for the perfect ten-point plan. And then another. In fact none of us should tolerate these extremists. This story is well known.
The hope of a young navy lieutenant who courageously patrols the Mekong delta. This is the compromise.
It was not until after college, when I went to Chicago to work as a community organizer for a group of Christian churches, that I faced my own spiritual dilemma. And if we can do it – if we can embrace a common destiny – then I believe we will not only help bring a more hopeful day to America, we will not only take care of our souls, we will do God’s work here on Earth. The strong ties of America with Israel are well known. But it was not violence that won full and equal rights.
The king has delivered his prayer for our country. I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that caused this controversy. But the same principle must apply to the Muslim perceptions of America.
Thank you very much, everyone.