Last year Barack and Michelle Obama earned almost a million dollars and donated $60,000 (6%) of their income to charity. Not quite tithing in the face of exceptional prosperity, but nonetheless commendable charity. Judging by this Los Angeles Times report, the largest target of their charity was Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, headed by Pastor Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. On the surface this is commendable.
Pastor Wright is also a supporter of Louis Farrakhan, and in 1984 traveled with him to visit Col. Muammar al-Gadaffi, an archenemy of Israel's and America and a firm supporter of terror groups.
Wright has also been a severe critic of Israel. In his own words,
The Israelis have illegally occupied Palestinian territories for almost 40 years now. It took a divestment campaign to wake the business community up concerning the South Africa issue. Divestment has now hit the table again as a strategy to wake the business community up and to wake Americans up concerning the injustice and the racism under which the Palestinians have lived because of Zionism.
The Divestment issue will hit the floor during this month's General Synod. Divesting dollars from businesses and banks that do business with Israel is the new strategy being proposed to wake the world up concerning the racism of Zionism. That Divestment issue won't make the press either, however.
Once this history came to light, Obama started publicly distancing himself from his spiritual mentor, disinviting Wright from various Obama campaign events. Wright rationalized his current persona non grata status by stating that otherwise
"a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell"