May 31, 2008
Obama breaks from Trinity Church
Pastors' remarks cause Obama to end his longtime membership with a Chicago church.
Sen. Barack Obama has ended his membership at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, attempting to disassociate himself from comments pastors have made in the church's pulpit.
Trinity was where Obama had his conversion experience, his marriage, and his children's baptisms.
The resignation comes one month after he broke ties with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Rev. Michael Pfleger recently made racially charged comments where Pfleger pretended he was Clinton crying over "a black man stealing my show" in a guest sermon at Obama's church.
"It's clear that now that I am a candidate for president, every time something is said in the church by anyone associated with Trinity, including guest pastors, the remarks will be imputed to me, even if they totally conflict with my long-held views, statements, and principles," he said today.
Religious leaders have made campaigning difficult for Obama and Sen. John McCain. Last week, McCain rejected endorsements from Texas pastor John Hagee and Ohio pastor Rod Parsley.