Jeremiah Wright teaching at Univ. of Chicago (updated)

The institution which found Barack Obama capable of teaching constitutional law, also finds Rev. Jeremiah Wright classroom-worthy. Maureen Callahan of the New York Post reports on some of what the Rev is teaching at the Chicago Theological Seminary, on the U of C campus:

During a five-day seminar Wright taught last week at the University of Chicago, he was back at it, claiming that whites and Jews are controlling the flow of worldwide information and oppressing blacks in Israel and America.

"White folk done took this country," Wright said. "You're in their home, and they're gonna let you know it."

The course, advertised as focusing on politics and public policy in South Africa and America, was taught in a small, ground-floor room at the Chicago Theological Seminary on the university campus, where Wright's voice echoed out an open window. The class was composed of about 15 to 20 students, mainly older African-American women who would arrive early and giddily linger during lunch breaks and after class, looking for the reverend's attention. (The course cost a little over $1,000 if taken for college credit and $300 if taken without.)

The absence of young people was telling: The lectures seemed ossified, relics of a pre-civil-rights America

Contrary to what was said by him and his handlers in 2008, Barack Obama said in 2004 in a Sun-Times interview that he went quite often to hear Wright speak.
These days, he says, he attends the 11 a.m. Sunday service at Trinity in the Brainerd neighborhood every week -- or at least as many weeks as he is able. His pastor, Wright, has become a close confidant.

Obama also called Wright his mentor, his moral compass, his sounding board on matters of politics. The only "charity" he gave money to before becoming a US Senator. The inspiration for the term "Audacity of Hope"; has his young daughters listening to Wright since they were toddlers.

Wright's anti-Israel, anti-American, and ant-white views were well broadcast in 2008. He later made outright anti-Semitic statements when he accused the "Jews" surrounding Obama from keeping him away from President Obama. 

Where was the media then and where is the media now?

Hat Tip: News Alert


Clarice Feldman writes:

The article suggests that Wright's students got college credit from the University of Chicago  on whose grounds the seminary is located. I am not sure this last part is correct. A University professor of my acquaintance reports:

I  find it appalling that anyplace would invite Wright to teach.  Appalling.

The specifics of what he said about Jews and about America more generally fully deserve the disgust with which they have been greeted by the American public, at least those who don't teach in the more fashionable liberal arts.

The Chicago Theological Seminary should be ashamed of inviting him, and, if the report about the content of his talks is correct, they should be held to account for welcoming such vile anti-Semitism to their campus.

But the NY Post report is not correct to say that the Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) is part of the University of Chicago.

It is a separate, free-standing seminary, affiliated with the United Churches of Christ.

The CTS building is next door to the University of Chicago campus, and, in fact, the University just bought the building and is constructing another building for them a few blocks away as part of the purchase agreement.

CTS, like the four or five other independent seminaries around Hyde Park, has some technical cooperative arrangements with the university, such as the right to use our libraries and to use some other services, including health care, if they purchase the proper insurance.  But CTS is not part of the University of Chicago and makes its own decisions about faculty, admissions, course offerings, speakers, tuitions, etc.

The one area I don't know about is whether the multiple seminaries around Hyde Park and the University of Chicago exchange credit for courses taken at the other institutions.  I assume (but don't know) that they have some arrangements for giving cross-credits.  And that may mean that Wright's course would have been eligible for some credit if it was taken by University of Chicago students.  (In my department, where I handle many of the credit questions, students can petition for credits for courses taken at any university, up to a certain total, but the credits must first be approved by the U of C before I consider them at the department level.)  Again, I don't know what the arrangements are involving cross-credits among the seminaries and the University.

So, Wright is vile, and CTS should explain why such vitriol is acceptable course content at their school.  But CTS is separate from the University of Chicago.

Doug Ross tells us that the Shore Bank which lent the Reverend money for his palatial residence in a gated community and a ten million dollar letter of credit is in financial difficulty and we taxpayers will probably be hit up to bailout this Dem piggy bank.

[quote][W]hile other banks in ShoreBank's boat have been permitted to fail, the Obama administration allegedly pressured Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and others to prop up the bank. According to news reports, this infusion would permit ShoreBank to receive an additional $75 million in TARP funds. The Central Illinois 9/12 Project has described the bank's ties to the president and his associates, including Rev. Wright and Obama's self-described "Communist" associate Van Jones. In fact, according to RepublicanCongressional candidate Joel Pollak, incumbent Illinois Democrat Rep. Jan Schakowsky -- one of Nancy Pelosi's favorite far left House members -- has strenuously argued for the bailout of the bank.

Hello, taxpaying suckers!!

Clarice Feldman
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