The East Coast media establishment—both “conservatives” and “liberals”—continue to ask the same question about Senator Barack Obama: why did he keep his membership at Trinity United Church of Christ, where the Reverend Jeremiah Wright was the pastor? The question is asked as though Obama is naïve and Wright is a madman, neither of which is true. But what I find rather more amusing, or perhaps alarming—at least from a religious perspective—is that most of the media personalities who ask this question appear to have never belonged to any kind of religious community themselves. And this is, to a large extent, why there is so much misunderstanding about the relationship between Obama and Wright. […]Read the rest of Obama, Wright, and Trinity.
Randal Maurice Jelks is Associate Professor of American Studies with a joint appointment in African and African American Studies. Professor Jelks is currently writing a volume on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s intellectual mentor, entitled Benjamin Elijah Mays, A Religious Rebel in the Jim Crow South: An Intellectual Biography.