Rev. Jeremiah Wright to be guest preacher at Nashville revival

Monday, April 23, 2012 at 5:48pm

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the retired former Chicago pastor of President Barack Obama whose history of impassioned sermons created a firestorm during the last presidential election, is said to be visiting Nashville for a church revival next week.

According to a flyer found on the website of Ray of Hope Community Church, Wright, pastor emeritus at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, will be the guest preacher at the East Nashville church for a three-day consecrated church revival from April 30 through May 2.

Ray of Hope has billed the event as “three nights of empowering worship.”

The City Paper was unable to reach Ray of Hope pastors the Rev. Martin Espinosa and the Rev. Renita Weems to learn additional information about the event.

Ray of Hope has advertised Wright’s attendance on a church sign at the corner of Meridian and Cleveland streets.

Wright, Obama’s pastor for two decades who also presided over the would-be president's marriage, took center stage in the 2008 presidential election when media outlets discovered several inflammatory comments made during his 36-year run as Trinity’s senior pastor. Trinity, a predominantly African-American church, subscribes to black liberation theology.

In March 2008, ABC News was the first to report on Wright’s statements in the context of Obama’s presidential election. Five days after the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Wright told his congregation, “America’s chickens are coming home to roost!”

In 2003, Wright told his congregation they should not be singing “God Bless America” but rather “God Damn America.”

Obama denounced the comments, and later addressed his relationship with Wright and the issue of race in a speech in Philadelphia called “A More Perfect Union.” The speech is regarded as a turning point in the campaign.

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19 Comments on this post:

By: hattrick3 on 4/23/12 at 4:19

Not God damn American, God damn Jeremiah Wright.

By: nature on 4/23/12 at 5:27

hattrick3, thank you. Simple. I'm a 100% disabled vet. I could be angry at my country for my injuries I recieved through non-combat injuries, or let hate rule my life. God, bless our country. God, damn Jeremiah Wright to the horrors of his hate in hell.

By: yogiman on 4/23/12 at 6:35

You beat me to it, hattrick3, so THANK YOU!

By: willtw on 4/23/12 at 9:00

Does Nashville really need this at this particular time? To the sponsoring church planning this event.....have you considered everything that Rev Wright represents? Does your Nashville church support racial hatred and verbal poison? If so, then you might consider all the issues by bringing to town a hate mongrel, someone who could not possibly be a Christian!

By: parnell3rd on 4/23/12 at 9:21

What did we Nashville do to deserve this? We helped each other recover from the flood. Now someone has went and invited a racist/USA hater to our town. Shame on you!

By: spooky24 on 4/24/12 at 4:37

Perhaps he can dig up some old white on black crime and invite Al and Jessie. Or just blame everything on 'whitey and Jew'


By: Rasputin72 on 4/24/12 at 6:11

The people who will welcome this man and his rhetoric provide more danger to the United States of America than Iran and North Korea combined.

By: govskeptic on 4/24/12 at 6:14

Needing publicity and parishioners is one thing, but bringing this
divisive character to gain either is a short term disaster. The entire
church purpose would have to be questioned as to what religion
or principles they hope to establish in our good town!

By: Kosh III on 4/24/12 at 6:41

Clearly none of the previous posters ever bothered to hear his entire sermon nor his follow-ups; they probably just took what Fox said about it and no more.

His point was that America should be dammed by God for the many many evils this country has done, mostly by those who claim to be Christian.
What evils? Just ask the Cherokee, Kumeyaay, Seminole, our rampant Imperialism such as the failed conquest of Canada or the unprovoked wars(Mexico, Spain, Iraq) and especially slavery.

But we'd rather avoid the issues instead of admitting them, rectifying the errors and doing better the next time.

By: fallwheretheymay on 4/24/12 at 7:08

Kosh, justifying the sin is as bad as committing it. This man has a long history of hate speech, not just one isolated incident.

Ray of HATE?

By: pswindle on 4/24/12 at 8:17

If President Obama had been a member of this Baptist Church for decades, this should lay to rest about him being a Muslim. Right! I agree that Fox News will take a work or phrase out of a speech or comment and make a mountain out of a mole hill. The GOP forgets that they have nuts in their party such has Ted, Grassley, Bush, Cheney to name just a few. Have anyone gone back to watch any of Bush's speeches? (Youtube) I rest my case.

By: Kosh III on 4/24/12 at 8:22

Really? Can you cite specifics and not just out of context diatribes such as this one.

By: Kosh III on 4/24/12 at 8:24

Obama was not a Baptist but United Church of Christ, the oldest home-grown denomination in the US, once known as Congregationalist. So yeah, the assertions that he is Muslim are bogus inventions of opponents of the President.

By: JohnGalt on 4/24/12 at 10:37

Kosh took a double gulp of BO kool-aid for this one.

By: Kosh III on 4/24/12 at 12:27

You mean because I actually listened to his entire g-d sermon and understood the context and the rhetorical style(s) employed?
Did you hear anything beyond what Fox fed you?

By: conservarage on 4/24/12 at 12:53

im sure jesus is thrilled

By: govskeptic on 4/24/12 at 1:12

Kosh III- and how many of Rev. Wright's sermon's have you attended?
The Obama's donated $24,800 to his church. in 2007 as shown on their 2008 tax
return. pswindle and you attempt at every democratic apology doesn't
work so well on this one. This is not a Fox News story as deflection,
this is a Jeremiah Wright story-known not as Church of Christ leader
but Black Nationalism Believer, Leader, Preacher, and Propagandist!

By: pswindle on 4/24/12 at 9:17

Go to youtube and you can catch Rev. Wrights's sermon, the whole thing.

By: willtw on 4/28/12 at 6:06

Only an illiterate could possibly grasp this black devil and his hateful diatribe....No justificiation on this earth could accept the words of this guy....those who try and defend him are just as bad as this hater............Maybe a white Christian curch should invite the Grand Wizard of the KKK.....what's the difference?