Video: Obama's pastor takes highly nuanced approach to racial divisiveness; Update: More nuance: "God damn America"; Update: Role with campaign?

Just a little gloss for you on the Messiah’s deep, principled objection to the polarizing Ferraro-esque racial rhetoric that drives Americans apart. The fact that it probably doubles as Exhibit A in the IRS investigation of improper church politicking on his behalf is but a happy accident.

Exit question one, courtesy of Tom Maguire: Does the candidate bring his kids to church to listen to this? And exit question two, via Kaus: What, precisely, makes Andrew Sullivan’s grasp of Obama’s post-racial appeal any more or less objectionable than Geraldine Ferraro’s? Click the image to watch.


Update: Nothing divisive about this, thankfully. Just a little of ye olde “progressive” Truth to Power.

“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people,” he said in a 2003 sermon. “God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

In addition to damning America, he told his congregation on the Sunday after Sept. 11, 2001 that the United States had brought on al Qaeda’s attacks because of its own terrorism.

“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.

“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost,” he told his congregation.

Update: For the record, yes, Wright is formally part of Obama’s campaign, but in a largely ceremonial role.