Aiken church leaders tight-lipped about Rev. Wright visit

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

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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  • by Jose Location: Augusta on May 7, 2008 at 02:28 PM
    The media spreads more hate than ever. If we had this type of media in the 30 -60s, there would have been a lot of death and destruction done in the human race here in the USA. Media, your job is the report the news and not acting like an old dried up has been trying to create something to get somebody's reaction. Careful, you may not like what the end result may become. Since there are so many unknowns, just let it go because you place everybody at risk with these types of stories. I don't understand why you as the media, can’t see this picture. Please act responsible.
  • by Debbie Location: Augusta on May 7, 2008 at 12:17 PM
    I really hate to say it and I hope I am wrong, but I believe that this pastor is only looking for fame and recognition by coming here to preach. If he really is a man of God, then he should know better than trying to encourage people to judge Barack Obama. He should be putting more of his efforts on pointing people towards Christ than pointing people away from Senator Obama. This is why so many people don't believe in God and the church anymore. It's become more like show business than teaching God's word. Senator Obama, my prayers are with you. The devil is everywhere....even at revival.
  • by Darryl Location: Evans on May 7, 2008 at 08:24 AM
    This is supposed to be a story about Rev Wright coming to Aiken to preach but over 75% of the story is about Wright and his connections to Barack Obama and Obama's presidential campaign. The title of the story should be changed since this is just more about hurting Obama than anything else.
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