Some more controversial, even offensive, material emanating from Sen. Obama’s church, Trinity United Church of Christ in the South Side of Chicago, and Rev. Jeremiah Wright. This material attacks Israel, Italians, and the US government.
1) ISRAEL BUILT AN ETHNIC BOMB TO KILL ARABS
The June 10, 2007 church newsletter on the Pastor’s Page includes some rather incendiary charges — made by an Arab-American activists — claiming that Israel worked with South Africa to develop an "ethnic bomb that kills Blacks and Arabs."
2) SLURRING ITALIANS
New York Newsday reports that in the Dec. 2007 edition of the Trumpet magazine, published by Rev. Wright’s daughter, the pastor in a eulogy for Asa Hilliard wrote that Jesus’s "enemies had their opinion about Him… The Italians for the most part looked down their garlic noses at the Galileans." He calls the crucifixion "a public lynching Italian style" executed in "Apartheid Rome."
3) THE US GOVERNMENT IS RUN BY WHITE SUPREMACISTS
In that same eulogy Wright says that the US "government runs everything from the White House to the schoolhouse, from the Capitol to the Klan, white supremacy is clearly in charge, but Asa, like Jesus, refused to be defined by an oppressive government because Asa got his identity from an Omnipotent God."
3) HAMAS OP-ED
Bizzyblog has published the July 22, 2007 church newsletter in which Wright reprints an article by Mousa Abu Marzook, deputy of the political bureau of Hamas, which the US government named a terrorist organization in 1995. (UPDATE: The full Bizzyblog post on this can be read here.)
Marzook was named a Specially Designated Terrorist by the Treasury Department In 2004, the Justice Department indicted Marzook for conspiring to violate U.S. laws that prohibit dealings in terrorist funds.
The op-ed was first published on the Los Angeles Times op-ed page.
Sen. Obama in an interview to air Friday on ABC’s "The View" says he did not read the bulletins in his church. "I don’t purchase all the DVD’s and I didn’t read all the church bulletins," Obama told the ladies of "The View". "People are mixes of good and bad. I saw mostly the good, there were some things that I disagreed with. But I didn’t see some of the things that were said that I would have taken offense to."
Obama also said he’s spoken to Wright since the controversy erupted. "I talked to him after this episode; he had come back from a cruise. I think he’s saddened by what’s happened, and I told him I feel badly that he has been characterized just in this one way, and people haven’t seen this broader aspect of him."