Pastor at Obama's Old Church Closes Book on Wright Controversy

Monday, 05 Nov 2012 12:04 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The pastor at President Barack Obama’s old Chicago church Sunday urged worshippers to move past the controversy of the 2008 campaign surrounding comments made by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and to vote Tuesday in what's expected to be a close election.
The Rev. Otis Moss III, now the senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, encouraged his church members to go to the polls, but without telling them which candidate they should support, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.
Moss said there was no plan by the church to reach out to Obama if he wins, other than to congratulate him on securing a second term.
Moss said in his remarks timed to coincide with the election that Trinity church members handled the controversy over former pastor Wright with grace after a video surfaced in the 2008 presidential race of the reverend screaming, "God damn America," during a sermon on fighting racism.
The video prompted tons of media attention and even death threats. But Moss said the church has moved on since by refocusing its efforts on growing its youth outreach programs and its prison ministry.
Obama disavowed Wright's comments and left the church, where he and First Lady Michelle Obama were married, shortly after the video surfaced.
Despite the controversy, the Tribune noted the Trinity congregation plans to honor Wright later this month through an event sponsored by the Black Religious Scholars Group.

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