Christopher Hitchens on James Meeks

Obama Gets Away With Everything

New York Times Syndicate

March 29, 2008

“And this clerical vileness has now reached the point of disfiguring the campaigns of both leading candidates for our presidency. If you think Wright is gruesome, wait until you get a load of the next Chicago “reverend,” one James Meeks, another South Side horror show with a special sideline in the baiting of homosexuals.   An Illinois state senator, he, too, has been an Obama supporter, and his church has been an occasional recipient of Obama’s patronage. And perhaps he, too, can hope to be called ‘controversial’ for his use of the term ‘house nigger’ to describe those he doesn’t like and for his view that it was ‘the Hollywood Jews’ who brought us Brokeback Mountain.'”

Obama is no King, and Neither are his Spiritual Mentors

New York Times Syndicate

April 8, 2008

The thing that this gaggle of cranks and parasites has in common is the extreme deference with which it is treated by the junior senator from Illinois. In April 2004, Barack Obama told a reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times that he had three spiritual mentors or counselors: Jeremiah Wright, James Meeks, and Father Michael Pfleger-for a change of pace, a white Catholic preacher who has a close personal feeling for the man he calls (as does Obama) Minister Farrakhan. This crossover stuff is not as “inclusive” as it might be made to seem: Meeks’ main political connections in the white community are with the hysterically anti-homosexual wing of the Christian right. If Obama were to be read a list of the positions that his clerical supporters take on everything from Judaism to sodomy, he would be in the smooth and silky business of “distancing” from now until November. And that is why he hopes that his Philadelphia speech, which dissociated him from everything and nothing, will be enough. He seems, indeed, to have a real gift for remaining adequately uninformed about the real beliefs of his “mentors.”

 

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