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FOX News Tries To Paint Obama As Black Militant Pagan

Reported by Ellen - March 1, 2007 -

It would be funny if it weren't so despicable. But Sean Hannity and World Net Daily colunnist Erik Rush teamed up to question whether Obama was really a Christian, whether he was too “Afrocentric” and whether he’s an African separatist. All because a page on his church’s website references and adopts the precepts of something called the “Black Value System.” Updated with video.

The “controversial” page is in the “About us” section of the Trinity United Church of Christ website. It begins, “We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian…” But for Sean Hannity, the “black” overshadowed the “Christian.” At the beginning of the discussion he said, “Trinity Church's congregation subscribes to a ten-point list which they were refer to as, quote, (said with a sneer) Afrocentric. Now a closer look at the church's vision has led many to call them 'separatists’ and in some cases even drawing comparisons to a cult.” Noting that one of the items on the list is commitment to the black community, Hannity wondered, “What if it was a commitment to the white community?”

Rush said that he "interpolated" the words "black" for "white" and "Suddenly, I was looking at this really scary doctrine. You know, it was something that you'd see in more like a cult or an Aryan Brethren church… I would go beyond saying they're Afrocentric. They're African centric. They refer to themselves as an African people and that somewhat disturbs me from the viewpoint of well, do they consider themselves Americans? Do they consider themselves Christians? Are they worshipping Christ? Are they worshipping African things black?"

That brought Hannity to his favorite aspect of race relations: whether or not black people have an advantage over whites. “Beyond what we just mentioned – commitment to the BLACK (his emphasis) community, the BLACK family, the BLACK work ethic they mention in this document, the BLACK community… If there were a (white) presidential candidate and they were part of a church… you substitute for the word ‘black’ the word ‘white,’ there would be an outrage in this country… Will this even be a controversy?"

Comment: Note that Hannity never says that this is wrong, just that blacks might be doing something whites can't do!

Alan Colmes seemed stunned at Rush’s accusations. “Are you questioning Barack Obama's Christianity?” Colmes asked.

“Ummm, yeah,” Rush answered.

“Who are you to do that? …What right do you have to question somebody else's faith?”

“Look, he can worship in a coven if he wants to. My point is that their doctrine is divisive. And if he's going to be a member of an African separatist sort of a movement…” Rush said.

“Are you suggesting Barack Obama's an African separatist?”

“Um, if he's not, he's missing out on a darned good chance to be one.” Rush later claimed he was not accusing Obama of being such.

Colmes asked, “Then what's the point? …I think it's quite presumptuous and arrogant for anybody to question somebody else's faith. And you've never been to that church so you don't even know what they do there. You're basing this on a website that you've read, never having actually been at the actual church. Or ever having asked Barack Obama about his faith.”

Oops, time up! Even though Colmes should have gotten another 30 seconds or so, given that each host is supposed to get the same amount of time.

But there was still enough time for Hannity to interject "It's the church's stated values which are very controversial. I think we're going to hear a lot more about this. And I think it's important. I think we need to flush this out. I really do."