Aiken church leaders tight-lipped about Rev. Wright visit

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News 12 at 11, May 6, 2007

AIKEN, S.C. --- Aiken is preparing for a visit from Reverend Jeremiah Wright. He'll be at a local church next week for a revival.

Reverend Jeremiah Wright. It's a name we've heard a lot lately.

"God damns some practices and there is no excuse for the things that the government, not the American people have done. That doesn't make me not like America or unpatriotic," Rev. Jeremiah Wright said.

Reverend Wright is Senator Barack Obama's former pastor at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Barack Obama said Wright's comments have been a distraction to his presidential campaign.

"I mean we spent a lot of time talking about Rev. Wright instead of talking about gas prices, and food prices and the situation in Iraq," Sen. Barack Obama said.

Senator Obama said he's still a member of the church.

"I think the American people understand that when I joined Trinity United Church of Christ, I was committing not to Pastor Wright but I was committing to a church and too Christ. And it is a wonderful church," Sen. Obama said.

But Obama could not stay as close to his former pastor.

"We both know if Senator Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected," Rev. Wright said.

Reverend Wright is coming to Aiken to preach at the Second Baptist Church.

The church would not talk to News 12 on camera. But they did say this will be an open revival for anyone who wants to come and hear Rev. Wright preach.

It's part of their annual spring revival. A time of renewal for a church, and possibly even a presidential campaign.

The Second Baptist Church in Aiken said Reverend Wright will be speaking May 12th through the 14th at 7pm.

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