Hi goin fishin,
I just can't buy into the double standard. If it came to light that a white candidate attended a church where the white minister preached racism from the pulpit the opposition party would be merciless in their attacks on him or her.
If that minister were to preach that the KKK was worthy of congregational support because, as they already knew, blacks had to be kept in their place for the good of the community, and our candidate sat there listening and nodding, I don't think there would be any hesitation to make a judgement call about the desirability of giving that person the power of office.
The supposed witness was the reporter and the timeframe was last summer. Why shoud I think that the Obama 'then' is different from the "man he is now".
I don't disagree that this racism doesn't play well in the black communities, just as the racism of Jessee Helms and Strom Thurmond played well in their communities. But I don't want a racist in the White House, no matter which Party or which race he or she represents.
Obama talks a good talk about inclusion and healing, but actions speak louder than words as the old saw goes. My point was just that this needs to be vetted out and he is going to have some explaining to do, and I think that before this election is over he is going to wish that he had gone to one of no doubt numerous other Black churches in the Chicago area that preached Christianity, without the hate.