Wright Defends His Patriotism

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Barack Obama's former pastor says criticism of his sermons is an attack on the black church. And he's delivering that message to the Washington media.

In a speech to the National Press Club, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright also defended his patriotism. He said he and members of his church, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, have served in the military while some of his critics have "used their positions of privilege" to avoid service.

Wright also said he hopes that the controversy surrounding him will spark an honest dialogue about race in this country.

Video clips of Wright's sermons have been widely shown on television and the Internet. They also proved damaging to Obama's presidential campaign.

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  • by Ron Location: C/S on Apr 29, 2008 at 04:24 AM
    This guy makes a fool of himself everytime he opens his mouth.
  • by db Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 28, 2008 at 04:38 PM
    This guy is about as open minded as the klan. Bigotry goes both ways. You cannot blame whitey for everything.
  • by j Location: p on Apr 28, 2008 at 03:11 PM
    Why does it have to be a BLACK church? I do not think God sees color.
  • by Paul Location: Ft. Carson on Apr 28, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    Contrary to popular belief, white people are not the only ones guilty of racism, there are racists of all color, creed, and race. And just because the pastor "got caught" does not mean he can blame what he said on white people being racist.
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