Barack Obama's Trinity UCC: The Blackest Church In America?
I had been meaning to do a little research on the United Church of Christ ever since I found out that they were the direct descendants of the "Trinitarian Congregationalists", the Church that spun off from the Unitarians when the Unitarians pretty much decided they weren't Christian. I figured, that being the case, perhaps the United Church of Christ would therefore be considered the second most liberal large church in America.
I talked to my little teeny-tiny professor friend, who has written who dissertations on the topic, and she told me that, yes, pretty much the United Church of Christ IS the most liberal large church in America that describes itself as exclusively Christian.
Interesting indeed that this major contender for the Democratic Party Presidential nomination, happens to be a member of a United Church of Christ.
Of course, taking a look around the web site of Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ, one is not so much worried about it's Christian exclusivity but rather its AFRICAN exclusivity.
Apparently there has been a great deal of discussion on the Sean Hannity Show on the Fox News Network about this topic. He points out that, at first read, the "Black Value System" developed by the congregation a couple of decades ago could almost be interpretted as racist. The senior pastor at that time, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright attempted to explain the thing in the context of the "Liberation Theology" movement of a couple of decades ago, but, I have to admit, it still tends to worry a person a bit.
On the other hand we know where Mike Huckabee goes to church and that's enough to scare someone to death.
John McCain has been hanging out with the Episcopalians AND the Baptists apparently.
Mitt Romney of course is mixed up with a bunch that claim to have gotten their start from a set of mysterious gold plates and have an annoying fascination with underwear.
Hillary Clinton is listed as being a member of the United Methodist Church - same as my mother's father and step-mother - and y'all know how highly I think of THEM.
So, well, you know what ... given the current slate of choices maybe Obama and his congregation of potential separatists is the least of many evils ...