Why Obama’s relationship with Rev. Meeks is so troubling

April 2, 2008, 9:56 pm


By Andrew L. Jaffee

Senator Barack Obama “seeks spiritual counsel from” Rev. James T. Meeks, a racist and homophobe. Some would say this is a personal thing for Obama (even though I find the relationship troubling). But Meeks has been actively involved in Obama’s political activities, and is now involved in Obama’s presidential bid:

… James Meeks, who will serve as an Obama delegate at the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver, is a long-time political ally to the democratic frontrunner.

When Obama ran for the U.S. Senate in 2003, he frequently campaigned at Salem Baptist Church while Rev. Meeks appeared in television ads supporting the Illinois senator’s campaign. Later, according to the same Chicago Sun Times article, on the night after he won the Democratic primary, Sen. Obama attended bible study at Meeks’ church ‘for prayer’ and ‘to say thank you.’

Since that time, not only has Meeks himself served on Obama’s exploratory committee for the presidency and been listed on the Obama’s campaign website as one of the senator’s ‘influential black supporters’, but his church choir was called on to raise their voices in praise at a rally the night Obama announced his run for the White House back in 2007. …

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