GLENN: I was reading about some stories on it last night and trying to gauge reaction. I know that Obama’s wife was crying all the way through it, they say. I don’t know why she was crying all the way through. Maybe she was proud for the first time to be an American. I’m not sure. But no — yeah, you are right, this would be the second time she would be proud to be an American, when her husband was basically saying, "Oh, I don’t agree with him, but it’s the reality. It’s the way things are. It’s the way people feel." You know what? Excuse me? Maybe the way people — maybe the reason why people feel that way is because they’re sitting in churches listening to hate mongers. Is there anybody that could get away with this kind of talk? Would we ever have tolerated this kind of talk on the Don Imus show? Remember what Don did was make a racist comment in comedy. He was doing a comedy show and you had politicians and everybody else boycotting him, wanting him fired. In fact, I believe we have some audio of Barack Obama and his stance on Don Imus. Roll it, Dan.
VOICE: I wanted to again ask you about Don Imus. You have condemned his remarks about the women’s basketball team at Rutgers. Let me ask you pointedly, do you think he should be fired?
SENATOR OBAMA: I don’t think MSNBC should be carrying the kinds of hateful remarks that Imus uttered the other day and, you know, he has a track record of making those kinds of remarks. Look, I’ve got two daughters who are African-American, gorgeous, tall, and I hope at some point are interested enough until sports that they get athletic scholarships. Roadways voice so he should be off the air, off of MSNBC and off of CBS, off the air completely in your judgment?
SENATOR OBAMA: Ultimately you guys are going to have to make that view. He would not be for me.
VOICE: Finally, you’ve been on the program to promote your books. Will you or would you be a guest on his show in the future?
SENATOR OBAMA: No, I would not. I was on there once actually after the Democratic National Convention. I spoke about my book briefly. That’s been my only experience on the show, and he was fine when I was on that show, but I don’t want to be an enabler or be encouraging in any way of the kind of programming that results in the offensive statements that were made just a few days.
GLENN: He doesn’t want to be an enabler. He doesn’t want to be involved with Don Imus. He’s only been on Don Imus’ show once and he was fine but once Don Imus said that, it’s so racist, he doesn’t want to enable that kind of bigotry and hate speech. And yet he’ll sit in a pew for 20 years listening to a guy who says the United States government and the white man invented AIDS and in a genocidal act took the AIDS virus and intentionally injected it into African-Americans. Well, what — are you kidding me? That’s not hate speech, that’s not bigoted, that’s not racist? He said himself in his speech that Reverend Wright has dramatically distorted views of America. He believes that white racism is endemic, that he recognizes that Jeremiah Wright, the guy he’s been enabling for 20 years, believes that all white men are racist, yet he rejects that. He won’t enable Don Imus but he will enable a guy who his theology on his own website, his theology, he has been — and this is coming from the Wall Street Journal. So, you know, it’s not some crazy right wing, you know, talk radio website. This is the Wall Street Journal. "Oh, but they’re owned by Fox." Well, I can discredit them then, I guess.
Here’s the thing. His comments are based in ideology, the profoundly distorted view is not something that is just a passing motion, that just happened. In his own talking points on his congregation website, he describes his view as — quoting — systemized black liberation theology. Now, the reverend that Barack has enabled for 20 years credits James Cohn of New York union’s theological seminary with having undertaken this systemization. Here as Cohn’s description of what this theology is. You got it? So we’re one person removed from Reverend Wright. He says his theology is based on this, based on this guy and his work and here’s what this guy says his work is all about. Quote: Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill all gods who do not belong to the black community. Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in black power which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.
Now, let me ask you a question, America. If the media wasn’t what the media is in America, can you imagine anyone, any candidate besides Barack Obama having an opportunity to give a second speech today? His career would be over. Can you imagine if Mitt Romney’s theology was anything, even just the first line, if his theology was like that? The media would be all over this. The media that hates religion, that thinks religion is nothing but evil and leads to nothing but destruction, is nothing but mind control, is nothing but something for the weak minded, that sews hatred, that sews bigotry and yet somehow or another the same media is missing this black liberation theology and they’re giving a relative pass to Jeremiah Wright.
If you’ve read the newspapers, and I’ve read four of them this morning, they all somewhere will have something on, well, this is just going to be fodder now for conservative talk radio. This is going to be fodder for conservative talk radio? Talk radio is the only people that care about this kind of idea? Now, Barack Obama I think takes it a step further. He takes this theology and says, I don’t agree with this theology but I want you to know that a lot of people do. That this is the black experience that people don’t understand. I’d like the African-Americans that are listening to me now please to call me and tell me that this is the black experience because I don’t buy that. I don’t buy that for a second. I believe in many people’s minds this is the black experience because no one has stopped preaching this.
You know, when slaves, when America had slaves I could see it. I could see it. When Jim Crow was happening, when lynchings were happening, I could see it much, much less but I could still see it. But I could only see it in the fringes. I can see discontent but there’s not enough people out there preaching "Look at the progress that we’ve made, look at the progress." Instead the white man is at fault. In Barack Obama’s own language last night it was not — or yesterday, it was not just the white man because the white man is a victim as well. It’s not just the white man that’s doing it. It’s the rich white man. It’s the rich European white man because the rich white European has also hurt the poor white man. So you can band everybody together as long as your common enemy is the rich white man. "Well, let’s get our pitchforks and torches and let’s — what do you say? We all head to Microsoft and kill Bill Gates today because clearly he’s the problem. He’s the one that’s been keeping us down. Let’s head to Omaha afterwards. Let’s get that Warren Buffett."
It is a dangerous philosophy. It is a dangerous theology. Listen to the theology. The theology is the theology of an extremist that says God has to be with us. God is with us if we kill our enemy, which is the white man, kill him, all means necessary. This theology sounds familiar except this theology is based in Jesus Christ, not Mohammed. There’s no difference. Hate is hate. Extremism is extremism. Religious distortion is religious distortion. You don’t have to be a Muslim to be a killer. You don’t have to be a Muslim extremist to go blow yourself up. You can be a Christian and a killer. You can be an atheist and a killer. You can be a Christian extremist and preach hatred, and that’s what this theology is. This theology is hatred.