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The Good Rev. Jeremiah Wright

December 18th, 2008 by selise

With the announcement that Rick Warren has been invited to give the invocation at Barak Obama’s inauguration, I thought it was a good time to give the Good Reverend Jeremiah Wright another listen.

Thanks to Roland Martin for posting these audio files:

Rev. Wright’s 9/11 Sermon – This sermon was delivered on Sept. 16, 2001 and is titled, “The Day of Jerusalem’s Fall.”

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Rev. Wright’s "God Damn America" sermon – This sermon was delivered on April 13, 2003 and is titled, “Confusing God and Government.”

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Thanks also to lokywoky for this:

If you want an interesting contrast, read Dr. King’s speech on the Vietnam war that he gave about three weeks before his death. It’s only available in transcript, there doesn’t appear to be a recording that anyone can find. But just close your eyes and imagine his speech patterns and the way his voice sounded – and then read that speech. Here’s a nice chunk of it:

And I come by here to say that America too is going to Hell, if we don’t use her wealth. If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty, to make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she too will go to Hell. I will hear America through her historians years and years to come saying, “We built gigantic buildings to kiss the sky. We build gargantuan bridges to span the seas. Through our spaceships we were able to carve highways through the stratosphere. Through our airplanes we were able to dwarf distance and place time in chains. Through our submarines we were able to penetrate oceanic depths.” But it seems that I can hear the God of the universe saying, “even though you’ve done all of that, I was hungry and you fed me not. I was naked and ye clothed me not. The children of my sons and daughters were in need of economic security, and you didn’t provide for them. So you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness.” This may well be the indictment on America that says in Memphis to the mayor, to the power structure, “If you do it unto the least of these my brethren, you do it unto me…

And then imagine what all the wing-nuts said about him…

http://www.aft.org/topics/civil-rights/mlk/memphis-speech.htm

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