Obama finally quits his church - About time?
"We don't want to have to answer for everything that's stated in the church," the Democratic front-runner said. "We also don't want the church subjected to the scrutiny that a presidential campaign legitimately undergoes."Obama said he was resigning "with some sadness.""This is not a decision I come to lightly," he said. Watch Obama discuss departure »The resignation comes days after the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a visiting Catholic priest, mocked Obama's Democratic rival during a sermon at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois.In the sermon, Pfleger wipes his eyes with a handkerchief and suggests that Sen. Hillary Clinton wept because she thought that as a white person and the wife of a former president, she was entitled to the presidency.Pfleger is a Catholic priest at St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church on Chicago's southwest side. He is also a friend of Trinity's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, from whom Obama distanced himself in April.Obama said the Pfleger controversy made it clear that, as long as he remained a member of the Trinity congregation, remarks from the pulpit would be "imputed" to him, even if they conflicted with his personal views.
In addition to being friends with Wright, Pfleger is also a long time friend of Barack Obama, a relationship that goes back almost as far as the candidate's relationship with Wright. While in the state senate, Obama steered around $300,000 to various programs headed up by Father Pfleger while the bigot priest gave Obama $1500 in political contributions over the years. Obama has also claimed Pfleger as one of his "spiritual mentors" and the priest has been hanging around the campaign off and on over the past year, offering his "mentoring" whenever the candidate has hit a rough patch.
Obama is a political coward. And how he is going to square that obvious fact with his mantra of "change" is a huge question. In order to affect the kind of radical change Obama is talking about, you are going to need all sorts of political courage to go against the entrenched interestes in Washington.
So far, Obama has shown the courage of the Cowardly Lion - he runs away at the first sign of trouble.