The Audacity of the Media’s Coverage of Obama’s Church

Or lack thereof

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Illinois Democrat Senator Barrack Hussein Obama is, of course, the Media Darling for President this next go ‘round, at least du jour and for the moment.

After six months (years?) of their extended coronation of Hillary Rodham Clinton, they chose to depose her after but one loss -- in Iowa, the Ethanol State.

The Queen is dead, long live the King.

Having won the Iowa caucuses, and having placed second in the New Hampshire primary, Obama is unquestionably a Top Two contender for the Democrat nomination, and is the media's new Donkey heartthrob.

He is a man of inordinately limited experience, but that by no means serves to dampen the enthusiasm and in fact could not matter less to the Jurassic Press charged with providing the information We the People are to use in doing the choosing.

He is, however, a man of much ballyhooed heritage, being the progeny of a black Kenyan father and an Irish mother. Lacking a substantive political past, it appears the Media has chosen to instead focus on his biological one.

Obama is undoubtedly more than happy for the distraction. Though he repeatedly proffers at the inception of his stump speeches, in an attempt at immodest diffusion, that "(t)here is a certain audacity" to his candidacy given his but two year tenure at the Washington trough, anything that serves to divert us from his extraordinarily limited resume, undistinguished in its utterly conventional Liberalism, is just fine by him.

Obama, of course, pretends to be exhausted by the subject, rolling his eyes and sighing as if to say, in Rodney King fashion, "Can we not all just get past this?". But being a rank and file Leftist, Obama actually loves and can not help wading into the racial waters whenever afforded the opportunity, as he was again by Steve Kroft on February 11th 2006's 60 Minutes.

Steve Kroft: "Your mother was white; your father was African. You were raised in a white household. Yet at some point you decided you were black."

Obama: I'm not sure I decided it. Uh, I think, uh, you know, if you - if you look African-American in this society, you're treated as an African-American, uh, and, uh, when you're a child in particular, uh, that is how you begin to identify yourself.

So Obama is not the Decider, even on something as individual and personal, not to mention realistically irrelevant, as his melanin-based classification.

Once this assessment was made for him, however, Obama had no problem settling right in to the racial identity mindset that in no small part led him to the Democrat Party once his fancy late in life lightly turned to politics.

It also must have led him to choose the church he attends when back in his home state. The Trinity United Church of Christ of Chicago is certainly not shy about expressing its immense pride in something over which they had no control; that being its assemblage's skin color.

It revels in it, and from all appearances it is race, rather than God and His worship, for and about which this congregation has been convened.

It exhibits that for some Liberals, even God is of secondary import to ideology, racial or otherwise. It exhibits that for the media, highly questionable matters in a Democrat's life are unworthy of questioning.

Remember this the next time a member of the press excoriates Republican candidate Mitt Romney for the Mormon Church's less than stellar past with respect to race. Obama's house of worship's racial deficiencies exist in the here and now, and remain heretofore unexamined.

So we shall. From Trinity United's About Us page:

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian...

Please note that "Black" comes before "Christian".

Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent.

We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization.

We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the Black Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. We believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These Black Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever Blacks are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:

(1) Commitment to God

At least He comes first here.

(2) Commitment to the Black Community

(3) Commitment to the Black Family ...

(6) Adherence to the Black Work Ethic

(8) Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"

Leftism as punctuated by fabricated words to represent fraudulent issues.

(9) Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the Black Community

(10) Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting Black Institutions

The tithe, reconfigured and reconstituted for Liberalism and the New Black Age.

(11) Pledge allegiance to all Black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System

Does this mean Obama? Does he "espouse and embrace the Black Value System"? Should we even be considering for the Presidency someone who does?

(12) Personal commitment to embracement of the Black Value System.

The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:

(3) A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.

Code word for "reparations", per chance?

(4) A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.

Who says multiculturalism is divisive?

(7) A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.

(8) A congregation committed to LIBERATION.

"Liberation" from what, exactly? Could this mean ridding oneself of the yoke of American freedom and prosperity for a return to the Mother Continent, for the most part rife with poverty and ruled by thugs?

(10) A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.

This is a comprehensive website for a wide-ranging liberal and Black agenda church, and there is very much more to be mined therefrom. The many other electronic offerings are all variations on this theme.

The selection of one's place of worship is a very personal, and sometimes painstaking, decision, and it is by no means my intention, or anyone's proper place, to question the nature of someone's faith.

But it is certainly fair to say that the purpose of religion is to transcend, and gird us against, the petty difficulties and differences of this world and unite us all in a devotion to something higher than ourselves. Faith is not to be used to ensconce this earthly divisiveness in pseudo-sacrosanct dictum, and twisted into just another wedge item to further one's secular political or racial causes.

This is exactly on what the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have been dining for decades. Trinity United, with lesser fanfare but no less success, has done the very same thing. And Obama proudly proclaims himself a member of this political congregation guised as hallowed gathering.

A commitment to Unashamed Blackness, remain true to (his) native land (that would be Africa, as per Trinity United parlance) and the embrace of the Black Value System certainly seems to stand in diametric opposition to Obama's potential upcoming oath to faithfully execute the office of President of the United States and his doing his very best to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Our prohibition on the Presidency for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has chosen fidelity to the United States but whose loyalties are called into question merely by the matter of his place of birth, could reasonably be extended to Obama, who had the good fortune to be born in America, but who chooses to pledge allegiance elsewhere as an article of faith.

All of these are questions worth asking. So why are the media not?

Seton Motley
Seton Motley
Founder and president of Less Government.