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Many people have voiced their opinion about Senator Barack Obama and his historic presidential candidacy, his unique fundraising campaign, his background, his religion, and even his personal life. But most people have confined their praise and/or criticism, differences and disagreements to the issues and not the candidate personally. One exception is the pastor of Atlah Worldwide Ministries located in Harlem, New York.
As the leading candidate vying to be the president of the United States, the most powerful office in the world, Senator Barack Obama has attracted lots of praise and criticism—some valid and some not so complimentary. That is expected in a democratic system where rivals carry on political warfare in a rather civilized manner, unlike other countries and other systems. Elective politics in the U.S. is warfare; words and images are the weapons of choice. With the advent of Internet technology, the candidates, their supporters and their critics use the Internet even more effectively than television, and somewhat exclusively to reach the most people all day, every day.
James David Manning is the pastor of a church in Harlem, New York and he has spewed some of the most heinous diatribe about Obama imaginable, while at the same time lambasting Black people in general, who apparently do not view the world through the same lens as he does. Manning has made some statements that are not fit to print and are even more disgraceful to print verbatim except by reference. The internet caption of Manning’s diatribe states “Pastor of Atlah James David Manning Insults Obama, his Congregation ......” and it goes on to report “James David Manning, the pastor of Atlah Worldwide calls Barack Obama dirty names while insulting his own congregation for supporting Obama.”
He has said, “Obama pimps Black women and White women.” Whenever a man who purports to represent the word of God and then says some of the words Manning had said about Obama, Obama’s mother and Obama’s father, the public needs to examine the messenger more than the message. Look and see the gutter from which the trash emanates, and call it what it really is—garbage from the pulpit.
Intelligent men and women do disagree, especially in politics and religion. But those in positions of leadership should and do disagree without becoming disagreeable. That is one of the bases of an intelligent society: the churning of differing opinions in a civilized manner.
Manning carried on his imbecilic rhetoric accusing Obama of starting his campaign by putting his name on “women’s tits. That’s where I first saw it, on two great big ole tits,” raged Manning. Just the tone of the language seems unbecoming for the pastor of a church.
Acceptance of one’s parents has always been an unspoken, universal tradition. No one chooses their parents: they are either accepted or not. But people never have a choice as to who bring them into the world. However, Manning seems to think differently because while referring to Obama as “a long legged mac-daddy,” he goes on to add, “I haven’t trashed Obama; his African in-heat father went whoring after a trashy White woman. He was born trash.” So the unsavory way in which Manning described Obama’s parents apparently resulted in his conclusion that he was born trash. He then went on and on for about ten minutes berating Obama on a segment of “You Tube.”
So far, the Obama campaign has not dignified the pastor’s insidious comments with a response because Obama apparently believes that the vile words being spoken by Manning say more about the measure of Manning’s character than about the Senator.