Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Compare and contrast. 


"Given all that we have heard and seen, he would not have been my pastor," Clinton, of New York, said Tuesday of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright Jr., at a news conference in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She made similar comments earlier in the day in an interview with The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "While we don't have a choice when it comes to our relatives, we do have a choice when it comes to our pastors or our church." (Source.)

Hillary's pastor from her and Bill's time in the White House:

"The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream. To evaluate his dynamic ministry on the basis of two or three sound bites does a grave injustice to Dr. Wright, the members of his congregation, and the African-American church which has been the spiritual refuge of a people that has suffered from discrimination, disadvantage, and violence. Dr. Wright, a member of an integrated denomination, has been an agent of racial reconciliation while proclaiming perceptions and truths uncomfortable for some white people to hear. Those of us who are white Americans would do well to listen carefully to Dr. Wright rather than to use a few of his quotes to polarize. This is a critical time in America's history as we seek to repent of our racism. No matter which candidates prevail, let us use this time to listen again to one another and not to distort one another's truth." (Source.)

Clinton could not more strongly advertise her stance as a "business as usual" politician if she actually adopted that phrase as her campaign slogan.


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