"We are Trinity, one in God, united in prayer, peace, power and purpose for our Church and Senior Pastor."
That's the message posted at the website of Trinity United Church of Christ of Chicago, Illinois.
The "Senior Pastor"?
That's Rev. Jeremiah A. "God damn America" Wright, Jr.
The man who brought rookie United States Senator and presidential hopeful Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. to Jesus Christ according to Obama himself.
The man from one of whose sermons Obama audaciously lifted the title of his second book, The Audacity of Hope, without even an acknowledgement in the book.
The man who performed the Obama wedding ceremony.
The man who baptized Obama's daughters.
The man who prayed privately with Obama immediately before Obama made his public announcement of his presidential campaign.
The man who Obama first invited and then "disinvited" to appear at the public announcement because his sermons could be "rough."
The man who served on Obama's religious advisers committee even though his sermons could be rough.
The man who Obama equated with the Black Community and his white grandmother and refused to "disown" during his Race in America speech.
The man who Obama finally disowned after he repeatedly said in public that Obama had publicly distanced himself from some of the man's incendiary statements because he was "a politician," not a pastor.
The man who Obama now refers to as his former pastor.
Even though Obama is still a member of Trinity United Church of Christ and that man is still Senior Pastor.
That Obama can be Clintonian!
Technically, Rev. Wright is Obama's former pastor, since he's now Senior Pastor and another man (Rev. Otis Moss III) is Pastor (under the Senior Pastor) of Trinity United Church of Christ.
So Obama's current pastor is Rev. Otis Moss III, not Rev. Wright, but Rev. Moss is Rev. Wright's protege.
The website puts it this way:
"Rev. Otis Moss, III currently serves as Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
Incidentally, the website is still seeking applications for an African-American only-scholarship for which the application deadline was last April Fool's Day.
"Advocate Health Care is now accepting applications for the Rev. Reuben A. Sheares, II, Scholarship.
"The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding African-American student who is a member of a UCC or ELCA church and who is pursuing a career in a health profession. The purpose of the scholarship is to nurture leaders in health care who will work out of their faith commitments and values.
"The application deadline is Tuesday, April 1, 2008. If you would like more information on this opportunity including the complete list of eligibility and application requirements, please contact Lynn Rolseth via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 630-990-5391, or by mail to Lynn Rolseth, Mission & Spiritual Care Department, Advocate Health Care, 2025 Windsor Drive, Oak Brook, IL, 60523."
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.