Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 4, 2008
Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, wrote a letter to Trinity United Church of Christ's new pastor, Reverend Otis Moss III, to announce their resignation from the church on May 30, 2008, according to Obama2.com.
The following day, Senator Obama commented on his decision to leave his church of 20 years.
The decision was in no small part due to controversial and offensive remarks made by Obama's close friends and spiritual advisers, longtime Trinity pastor Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. and Father Michael Pfleger.
"It was going to be very difficult to continue our membership there as long as I was running for President. The recent episode with Father Pfleger just reinforced the view that we don't want to have to answer for everything that's stated in a church," commented Obama.
"On the other hand, we also don't want a church subjected to the scrutiny that a presidential campaign legitimately undergoes," continued Barack Obama.
When Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. assumed leadership of Trinity in 1972, he steered the church toward Black Liberation Theology.
Black Liberation Theology is centered on the liberation of African-Americans from white oppression.
The Obamas are now members of the Church of Liberalism.