Much to the chagrin of Obama supporters, as well as to the scorn of most normal people everywhere, Reverend Wright seems to be on some kind of speaking tour. It must be Christmas for the GOP because this is the gift that keeps on giving.
When asked by a smirking Donna Lienwand, VP of the National Press Club, about his now famous post 9/11 sermon, he tried to explain that he was taken out of context. The "chickens coming home to roost" comment, he said, was quoting the Iraqi Ambassador, as if that made repeating it in a religious fervor following the 9/11 attacks okay. He then said:
...to quote the Bible, 'Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever you sow that you shall also reap'. Jesus says do unto others as you would have them do unto you. You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you. Those are biblical principles, not Jeremiah Wright bombastic principles.
Not quite backing away from his post 9/11 sermon, is it?
Asked whether he was unpatriotic, a question that for some reason, seemed to elicit giggles from the NPC audience, he suggested the accusation was unfair and that those who thought that only listened to sound bytes. He then cited his military service as compared to Vice President Cheney.
Asked, "What is your relationship with Louis Farrakhan. Do you agree with and respect his views, including his most racially divided views?"
His meandering response started by trying to parse the difference between Zionism and Judaism:
Where Louis said twenty years ago that Zionism, not Judaism, is a gutter religion, he was talking about the same thing United Nations resolutions say, the same thing now that President Carter is being vilified for, and Bishop Tutu is being vilified for, and everybody wants to paint me as if I am anti semitic because of what Louis Farrakhan said twenty years ago.
There are multiple layers of offense associated with this comment alone. Zionism is the belief that Jews should return to their ancient homeland of Israel. To suggest that the desire for a Jewish Israel equates to some separate religion, not to mention a "gutter religion," is highly offensive, especially considering the environment during which the creation of the state of Israel occurred.