Home Exclusive: Obama's Religious Leadership Committee Packed with Farrakhan Associates
Home Exclusive: Obama's Religious Leadership Committee Packed with Farrakhan Associates

Exclusive: Obama's Religious Leadership Committee Packed with Farrakhan Associates

At the end of 2007 Obama's campaign unveiled a coalition of black leaders heading Obama's nationwide African American Religious Leadership Committee. The press release read;

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign today unveiled its African American Religious Leadership Committee at both the national and statewide levels. Together, they represent two groups of key national and South Carolina religious leaders who are supporting Obama’s bid for the Democratic nomination. These groups are truly without equal and reflect the belief among clergy that Obama has dedicated his public life to living the values of his faith outside of his house of worship.
Taking a closer look at that African American Religious Leadership Committee may reveal just what values Obama has dedicated his public life to living.

The Reverend Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright was on the Committee of course. Willie Barrow, whom I'm written about in far more detail, appears there as well. Both are close supporters and associates of Louis Farrakhan.

Wright's ties with Farrakhan are long a matter of public record, with Farrakhan being honored by Wright and Farrakhan praised from Trinity's pulpit. Farrakhan's thugs have even provided security for Wright.

Willie Barrow meanwhile has said, ''I love my brother, Minister Louis Farrakhan. The devil don't like it, Chicago don't like it the world don't like it, but we love it.''

But that's just the beginning when it comes to Obama's African American Religious Leadership Committee. For starters it is quite instructive to compare the list of names on Obama's African American Religious Leadership Committee and the "Millions More Movement" coalition list commemorating Farrakhan's Million Man March.

The figures listed in both places include

Bishop Vashti McKenzie,

Bishop Larry D. Trotter

Dr. Major L. Jemison

Dr. Joseph E. Lowery

Rev. John Hunter.

These men and women were the official co-conveners with Farrakhan of the Millions More Movement. They're also all members of Obama's national African American Religious Leadership Committee. And those who attended in person shared a stage that showcased not only Farrakhan himself, but such bigots as

* Malik Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party, well known for his racism and antisemitism and claimed Israel carried out the attacks of September 11,

* Leonard Jeffries who claimed Jews were behind the slave trade, white people are an inferior race and celebrated the Challenger Shuttle disaster as it "would stop whites from spreading their filth through the universe."

* Al Sharpton, whose hatefilled rhetoric against Jews, Asians and white people helped lead to riots and murders in Crown Heights and Harlem.

* Dr. Maulana Karenga who spent time in jail for torturing two women with a soldering iron

These among others were the co-conveners of the Millions More Movement. The rally of which itself was controversial for its rejection of a role for a black gay leader by the Millions More Movement's executive director Willie F. Jones, who had previously claimed that black women getting good jobs led them to become lesbians and that his son couldn't get a date to the prom because all the girls in his class were lesbians. The rejection resulted in a rally protesting against the Millions More Movement.

(An interesting side note is that a number of the co-conveners including Shabazz and Barry were there for Wright's God Damn America number)

...but of course we're sadly just getting started with these seven.

The The Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr. is one of the first names listed on Obama's African American Religious Leadership Committee. Grainger Browning invited Farrakhan to speak at his Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church.

There Farrakhan proclaimed, "White America is now attempting to "put a balm on our pain... He’s offering you false friendship as a balm for your pain. He’s offering you his daughters... and his sons, too. But to heal your condition of self-hatred, he has not offered you his mansion."

The latter of course is a notable jab at racial intermarriage, which Farrakhan opposes. The Pulpit Pimps blog denounces Grainger Browning for it in no uncertain terms.

In attendance too were Rev. Vashti Murphy McKenzie, also on Obama's National Committee, as well as Bishop Larry D. Trotter, again. Murphy McKenzie has also appeared at Wright's Trinity speaking in defense of Wright after the scandal.

Freddie Haynes, another member of Obama's African American Religious Leadership Committee, who allowed Farrakhan to use his Friendship-West Baptist Church, who regularly hosts the Nation of Islam's Black Marriage Day and who also played host to Wright after the fallout and praised Wright for his statements which is unsurprising as the two men are friends.

It doesn't end there though, because Freddie Haynes is a member of Al Sharpton's National Action Network board and is the President of the NAA Dallas Chapter. And as we've seen Haynes is far from atypical of the sort of black leader on Obama's African American Religious Leadership Committee. Racism, ties with radicals and bigots, all serve as a common thread across the committee.

The Reverend Gerald Durley, also on the committee is on record as endorsing the original march. Durley also joined a Nation of Islam effort in Atlanta.

Another member is radical black liberation theologian Obery M. Hendricks. On March 17th on an NPR broadcast about Wright, Hendricks defended Farrakhan as a "consistent speaker against racism" and argued that if Farrakhan had to be disavowed, Ronald Reagan would have to be disavowed too.

Obery Hendricks also spoke at Al Sharpton's National Action Network's Birmingham meeting

Committee member, Arthur L. Hilson teaches a course on black nationalism that culminates with Farrakhan.

Another member of the Committee, Barbara Williams Skinner worked to promote the original Farrakhan led March. She was a co-convenor of the Millions More Movement

Even with Wright and Pfleger, another FOF, Friend of Farrakhan, tossed under the bus... Obama is still surrounded by clergy who have ties of affinity to that vile racist group Nation of Islam led by Louis Farrakhan. Those are simply ties that few have looked into in any detail in part because they are so positively ubiquitous in Obama's circle.

It is actually harder to find non-radical clergy affiliated with Obama than it is to find radical clergy. It is harder to find clergy surrounding Obama who will disavow Farrakhan than to find clergy surrounding Obama who will disavow Farrakhan.

That alone should be a bracing wake up call of just how ugly the atmosphere surrounding Obama really is and what his brand of religion really looks like. Wright was simply the loudest most obnoxious tip of a very deep iceberg that shows how intertwined radicalism and bigotry are with Obama's religious identity.


  1. Anonymous2/11/08

    Mr Hatrack Who's Sane Obumbutt has his Marxist play book handy at all times so he can get the divisions right and so he can ruin things for as many as possible in America.

  2. Fabulous article, Sultan. Obama certainly does have a lot of shady "men of god" circling around him.

    G-d help our country--and the world if this man is elected tomorrow.

  3. And G-d help Brooklyn if the socialist/communist/muzlim wins because all hell is going to start breaking loose.

    When I was in CH recovering from my strokes, I'd pull my wheelchair out and sit on the front green patch of the Yaffee's. Smart&*&^ black school kids would yell anti-semitic crap at me from the bus windows as they passed by.

    I sat mumbling yiddish curses right back. Anyway, imagine what it will be like if the commie wins. Right now, they can only yell threats, but what happens when muzlim-butt forms his brown shirts? They can assault any Jew they want and no one is going to stop them.

    Not a happy thought.

  4. I noticed last night that at some time yesterday, at a rally, Obama mentioned Otis Moss, the new Pastor at TUCC. He said Moss was the wisest man he knew (I think he said close to the same about Wright). Anyway, he introducted Moss, who appearing on a huge video screen, shouted out a "welcome" to Sean Hannity.

    Moss is of the same Black Liberation Theology as Wright. Obama would not have done this if he wasn't completely convinced that he has this thing won.

    This line-up is no longer shocking to me. I've become so jaded...but a man who used a soldering iron on two woman?...The Black Panthers?...and Leonard Jeffries?

    I do not think America will stand for it. I will be praying tonight and tomorrow.

  5. It is a shame and a disgrace and certainly does not speak well of America that a man like Obama is even a senator let alone running for president.
    The fact that he is being used to run for president shows how little respect or regard his handlers have for the country.
    G-d help America.
    We have sunken so low.

  6. Anonymous3/11/08

    Great article-Thanks for your insight and research.
    Many here in Oblahblah land are getting ready...main traffic arterties will be closed to accomodate the throngs of fans coming to celebrate oblahblah and members of the Chgo combine..nothing new in the land of Lincoln.
    Go McCain-Palin


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