Rev. Wright addresses Mathews congregation

by Sherry Hamilton - Posted on Mar 27, 2013 - 01:31 PM

Photo: The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, right, was the guest speaker at Antioch Baptist Church in Susan on Sunday. Here, he is shown with Antioch’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. MarQuita A. Carmichael-Burton. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, right, was the guest speaker at Antioch Baptist Church in Susan on Sunday. Here, he is shown with Antioch’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. MarQuita A. Carmichael-Burton. Photo by Sherry Hamilton

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, retired senior pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ and a polarizing figure during President Obama’s 2008 campaign, was guest speaker Sunday at the annual Men’s Day Celebration at Antioch Baptist Church, Susan.

Wright was the pastor at Trinity when President Obama was a member there. During Obama’s first presidential campaign, Wright’s rhetoric caused the candidate to resign membership in Trinity and disassociate himself from the pastor.

On Sunday, while saying he was just talking about the Bible, Wright repeatedly associated Biblical events with current events.

He talked of how the government in the book of Exodus "had a megalomaniac in the oval office—a fool of a pharaoh who thought he could do anything he wanted to do." He described the pharaoh as "the commander-in-chief of the most powerful army ever known … (who) took orders from no one … and thought the executive office gave him the prerogative to override anything anyone put forth."

Wright said he wanted to make it clear that "I’m talking about the Delta of Egypt on the Nile, not the District of Columbia on the Potomac River."

Quoting from various verses in several different books of the Bible in quick succession, Wright said that the Bible "called the man in the highest office in the land a fool," reminding the congregation about Moses and Aaron telling the pharaoh to "Let my people go" and about the pharaoh denying the existence of the god of the Israelites.