In "Reverend Wright's Wrongs" [May 12], Mortimer Zuckerman takes Rev. Jeremiah Wright to task for his views and their effect on Sen. Barack Obama's campaign and the issue of race.
It seems to me that all of this has also revealed some things about Sen. Obama that the nation's voters should know about. I speak of the people he chooses to associate with and the views they hold about the country and that Sen. Obama claims he is qualified to lead as president. What else is there that we don't know about him that we should? The Democratic Party has rushed to embrace someone they seem to know relatively little about. These revelations certainly give me pause about wanting Sen. Obama as my president.
John E. Quiggle
Mr. Zuckerman has misused the stroke of his pen. What would Jesus do? Of course he would have stayed in that church. There is where real work could be done. God's biggest disappointment is when people run from Church to Church, town to town, street to street, to be with people that agree with themselves. What does that solve? The sound bites we don't have is from the fellowship hall where Obama could influence Wright's Church instead of the other way around. God bless him for trying not to distance himself from his Church, a marriage for better or for worse. For the better, Reverend Wright is a man of god. For the worse, he is a human being whose shortcomings are not a blessing to a great man.
I consider the Rev. Wright's so-called controversy a non-issue. Although I disagree with some of his statements, I'm clear-headed enough to know that Obama didn't make those statements, so I can't in good conscience attribute them to him. Obama has elevated the political discourse and we seem to be uneasy with it. Negative, divisive discourse is what sells. It's what some of the public clamors for. To Obama's credit, he has not wavered in his efforts to unify this country, to change the way campaigns are run and to refuse the personal attacks. I predict Obama will win out in the end. Positive, authentic and truthful campaigning is catching on.
If truth be known Wright did right! While his words are hard on the ears, he defined Obama. A soiled politician who will tell you what he thinks will elect him no matter his true beliefs.
El Granada, Calif.
I can't help but be amazed at the hubris of Rev. Wright as cited in "Reverend Wright's Wrongs." In it, Zuckerman writes about Wright's rants about America. Wright complains about the "genocide" on African-Americans, compares our fine Marines to Roman soldiers and refuses to apologize for his invocation "God damn America." I can't help but wonder what would happen if he were a citizen of Iraq, Iran, China or any other dictatorship and said "God damn" any of those countries. He would surely be imprisoned and/or executed for treason. He should be thankful that this wonderful country allows him the freedom to make such statements. I have always felt that it is that very freedom that makes this country great because it allows people like Wright to vent their emotions and show how truly ridiculous they are.
Robert Dean Mix
West Hills, Calif.
I am a Southern Baptist. If I left my church every time one of my pastors said something I thought stupid or unchristian from my perspective, I might never be around to properly warm my pew seat. The last I knew we go to church to worship God not the preacher. I do not desire to condone or condemn Obama's decision to not abandon Wright in the past or to choose to do so now. These are very personal decisions. Surely, this is a matter of little significance for this presidential race or the country.
Union City, Tenn.