Jeremiah Wright Sermons Transcripts: Context Doesn’t Help

I found a partial transcript of several of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s controversial remarks in fuller context in the Chicago Tribune. I probably don’t need to say that the Chicago Tribune would tend to be as friendly toward Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright as any paper in the country.

By and large, reading the context pretty much reads just like the “out of context” sound bites.

They have his “chickens coming home to roost” bit from 16 September 2001; his July 2003 “God damn America” tirade; and his “Bill did us just like he did Monica Lewinski. He was riding dirty.”

Too bad they didn’t have his sermon that blamed white Americans for creating the AIDS virus as a genocide against black people. I would have really liked to have heard that one in context.

From the interview with PBS’ uber-lib Bill Moyers, I understand that Rev. Wright believes he was taken out of context and that everyone in the media should feel very, very bad.

Let’s try to get past the blatant fact that Bill Moyers is – and always has been – a liberal hack with a taxpayer-funded power-base which he uses to rip at Republicans and conservatives (check out this link and then this one for speeches in his own far-leftist words [but WARNING: they are long, boring, and dripping with sanctimonious self-righteousness!]). Yes, Moyers does his liberal, Obama-loving best to help Wright whitewash his comments without raising the type of objections fair-minded journalists would be inclined to raise. In spite of all that, it was still interesting to hear Wright’s “woe is me for I have been wronged” remarks regarding his racist, anti-American rants.

Jeremiah Wright is a man who believes America is a terrible place, but – to his credit – at least he’s consistent: he believes America has ALWAYS been a terrible place. Reading these transcripts from the Chicago Tribune, and listening to several other remarks that have become public, Wright pretty much rips America upside-down from day one. Our founders were immoral slave-owning hypocrites, we have always been a racist country from day one, that sort of thing.

That’s the context, folks. There is simply no getting away from it. More context simply reveals more anti-Americanism and racism. Does the fact that he finds a quote from some former ambassador named Edward Peck in any way distance himself from the message he is presenting on 16 September 2001? Absolutely not. It is a fool’s argument. Wright simply found a quote to use as a leaping-off point – and believes me, he LEAPS OFF.

Let’s agree that America is not a perfect place (and keep in mind that if it is, you’d better leave, because YOU WOULD RUIN IT!). We’ve done bad things. And black people have been the victims of a number of those bad things that America has done. Just in case some of you didn’t know that, okay?

But this is a man who does not say ANYTHING good about America. Not a (to put it terms that Wright likes to use, “Not a G-D thing”). Listening to Wright – in context – you learn that the United States of AmeriKKKa is vile, it is hateful, it is racist, it is immoral, it is corrupt, and on and on and on.

More context only serves to reveal more of his blatant hostility to America.

It is because of the tutelage of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright that Barack Obama’s wife Michelle has never been proud of this country in her adult life, and believes “America in 2008 is a mean place.”

I read more of his sermon from FIVE DAYS AFTER INNOCENT CIVILIANS WERE ATTACKED BY MURDEROUS TERRORIST COWARDS, on 16 September 2001, and I frankly want to puke all the more. He goes back to World War II to prove how we bombed Japan and killed women and children to drive his point home. He omits the fact that the United States was simultaneously fighting the two most despicable regimes in the history of the planet, and had to go to the bloody mat to defeat enemies who were far too full of hate to ever surrender. World War II was our greatest hour: but for Jeremiah Wright and his followers, it is our greatest shame.

Read about the Holocaust, where 6 million Jews perished, the slave labor, the rape of Nanking, the Korean women forced into prostitution, the despicable medical experiments performed on human beings, and so many other ugly, ugly facts about these enemies, and draw your own conclusion. We live in a dark and terrible world, and we have often been called upon to stand up and fight; to fight for freedom, for what is ours, for what is right.

As for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese would not surrender.  Period.  American intelligence estimated that an invasion of Japan would consume four million lives – and that fully one million would be ours.  After we destroyed one city, we gave Japan an opportunity to surrender; they refused.  It took a second city to shake them out of their confidence that they could never be defeated.

Allow me now to respond to Jeremiah Wright’s self-serving exegesis of Psalm 137:9 and put IT into context. Remember, this is the Bible. It’s the story of God and His people. You don’t just read one verse and think you understand the whole story. So let’s look at the greater story:

In Genesis 13, God promises the land of Israel to Abraham’s descendants [Interestingly, Israel is the ONLY land that God ever gave to a people as an “everlasting possession” (Gen 17:1-8); and yet it is the land whose possession by that people is most reviled and most doubted. Just a little food for thought]. In Genesis 15:13-16, God tells Abraham that his descendants will one day inherit the land – but not for another four generations, because “the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.” After those four generations had passed (and the iniquity of the Amorite WAS complete), God commanded Moses and Joshua to take the land. He commanded them to conquer it, to drive out the inhabitants and kill them.

Missionaries talk about “power encounters.” In the time of the Old Testament, every people had their own gods. And if one people defeated another, it was because their god/gods were stronger. When the Amorite was as depraved and wicked as they could get, God sent His people into the land, and God played the game of “power encounter” with those people, and the God of the Bible demonstrated that He and He alone was the God of gods. These people were evil beyond persuasion. They could and would only understand violence. And so, in Exodus, Joshua, and in other sections of the Old Testament, God revealed Himself to all the peoples around through violence and war. And these wicked people got Jehovah’s message the only way they could understand it.

So when I read Rev. Wright’s exposition of Psalm 137:9, I see a man who is quite literally characterizing the VERY GOD HE CLAIMS TO WORSHIP AS BEING AS TERRIBLE AS HE SAYS THE UNITED STATES IS. There’s no such thing as a “just war” for Wright. America CAN’T be “just” for Wright. America is just – to again quote Michelle Obama – “a mean place.”

For Jeremiah Wright, there is no good in America. None whatsoever. There is no coming to the defense of his country. Even World War II was an example of an immoral United States of America for him. He is simply too bitter and too full of hate to see the good in this country.

Jeremiah Wright wants us to see how – in context – he’s really not such a bad guy. But he won’t give the United States that same basic privilege. He won’t allow any “context” to color his anger and bitterness against America, or against the white people who live in it.

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19 Responses to “Jeremiah Wright Sermons Transcripts: Context Doesn’t Help”

  1. goodtimepolitics Says:

    I haven’t figured out yet where it matters that you take the words where he took God’s name in vain out of contexts, he still said them and what does the bible say about taking God’s name in vain! Obama has to many friends in low places!

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  3. Slowdownbob Says:

    Sorry, I was just looking for the author to the above comentary. Can you direct me to that? Forgive me if it’s right under my nose.

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    Michael Eden is the author, and I’m wearing his underwear. I’m just beginning this “blogging” thing, and know I still have bugs to work out. I’ll check to see if my name appears properly.

    The more Jeremiah Wright talks, the more people get a chance to realize just how warped his worldview (the view Barack Obama listened to for 20 years without complaint!) really is.

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  11. Freedom of Bleep Says:

    Have you been able to find any full transcripts of Wright’s sermons?

  12. Michael Eden Says:

    I haven’t. And it WOULD be interesting. I think it comes down to the fact that neither Wright’s church, not Democrats, nor their media lackeys, want such to get out.

    In the case of my church, we not only have access to the full audio, but also his full sermon notes. Big difference.

    But frankly, I’ve heard enough. If my pastor had EVER said any of the things that Wright said, I would have walked out of that church and never come back until he was fired.

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  15. BUSTA FLOW Says:

    JEREMIAH WRIGHT WAS RIGHT BUT YOU RACIST [profanity deleted by moderator] WON’T ADMIT TO THAT!

  16. Michael Eden Says:

    Busta flow is a naked racist; but he or she is fine with racism. As long as his/her group and ideology benefits.

    Jeremiah Wright is a racist. That is now a documented fact. And busta flow’s soul swims in that same ocean of racism.

    It’s interesting. The old Darwinian-based “science” privileged the white races; and the new political correctness based “science” privilege the nonwhite races.

    In 1859 Charles Darwin wrote his “The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life.” And of course the Nazis’ entire project centered on preserving “the favoured races.”

    Now we have a new crop of racists. Jeremiah Wright is certainly one of them, and busta flow is another.

    It doesn’t matter which race is affirmed and which race is criticized. During WWII, which was “the master race” differed in the minds of the most fanatic racists we’ve ever seen. It was the Aryans for the Nazi fascists; it was the Japanese for the Japanese fascists.

    The bottom line is that the centrality of race meant pitting one’s own race against others. That was the Nazis’ and the Imperial Japanese’ project. It is Jeremiah Wright’s project as well.

    You’re clearly not smart enough for me to point this out, busta flow. But I’m not saying the following for your benefit.

    What is missing in the postmodern multiculturalism of a Jeremiah Wright or a Jim Cone is any acknowledgment whatsoever of any kind of realm that transcends culture or race, any kind of overarching sense of universal humanity which people of all cultures have in common. Before the Darwinists hijacked science, and the postmodernist liberals hijacked education, science and reason used to be thought to offer objective truth no matter what culture one came from. For instance, a black scientist from Africa could conduct the same experiment and produce the same result as a white American scientist. Thanks to people such as Jeremiah Wright, those days are long gone.

    That’s not an assertion on my part. You can go to that article and see it in Wright’s own words. Not that Busta Flow gives a damn. He loves Wright’s race theories.

    The father of the “cultural relativists” that Wright or Cone embraces was a proto-Nazi theorist named Johann Gottfried Herder. When France was in its heyday and Germany was seemingly in decline, Herder dealt with Germany’s alleged inferiority to France by insisting that each culture must be judged in its own terms. He said that no culture was any better than any other; just different. And Herder’s writings on culture were enormously important to the rise of German nationalism which developed into National Socialism, i.e. Nazism.

    For the record, it was also Nazis who developed and acted on the notion embraced by Jeremiah Wright that someone must think a certain way because of his race. That’s why I hear blacks talking about “Uncle Toms” and “race traitors” and I just want to puke. You’re no different than the Nazis, who thought the same damn crap before you and if anything had better arguments than you do.

    People like Jeremiah Wright and Jim Cone and Busta Flow are not a scintilla different than the Neo-Nazis who demand “white justice” today. They are merely mirrors of one another, making the same hateful arguments for their perspective race.

    If I’m a Jeremiah Wright with a commitment to “black values,” or if I’m a Neo-Nazi with a commitment to Aryan values, I’m the same despicable racist piece of moral filth. You just hate the races you want to hate instead of the races they want to hate.

    So you can take your “but you racist [profanity deleted] won’t admit to that!” and shove it right up that place you referred to in your drive-by attack, busta flow.

  17. Ja'sin Says:

    IMO when I heard his full speech it made perfect sense. In a nutshell I gathered how some people treat the US as perfect and God-Like when in fact it’s history has showed it’s been anything but and the fact that Governments go back and forth on policy…but God does not I agree with Wright when he said “God Damn America” since it pretends to be God

  18. Michael Eden Says:


    I agree with your premise that whenever a government pretends to be God, it is on the verge of being smacked down.

    As long as you have the basic integrity to recognize that NO government has thought itself more “God-like” than Obama’s government, I won’t fault you for your reasoning.

    But if you’re a liberal and you come across an Obama statement like this:

    “I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth.”

    And you refuse to recognize the malignant narcissism and assumption of deity of the wicked man who said it, then I’ve got a huge bone to pick with you.

    But at this point, I cannot disagree that the United States has so massively abused privileges that it rightfully deserved at the end of World War II that it’s frankly disgusting.

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