Feds to keep an eye on Pennsylvania primary

April 21, 2008

WASHINGTON – As Democrats go to the polls on Tuesday to pick between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as their presidential nominee, the Bush administration said on Monday they will be keeping a close eye on the voting.
rtr1zn5o.jpgCiting previous allegations that the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, had violated voting rights laws, the Bush administration’s Justice Department announced it would monitor the primary contest.

A year ago, the city settled with the government over the allegations, agreeing to provide additional Spanish-speaking poll officials, to give additional training for election workers, and to ensure better access for disabled voters, among other things.
“Philadelphia has an obligation to provide all election information, ballots and voting assistance information in Spanish pursuant to Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act,” the department said. “The monitors will gather information concerning compliance with this requirement and other federal voting rights statutes.”
The Justice Department said it had almost 1,600 monitors watching 119 elections in 24 states during the 2006 election year.

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The “theology” that Wright teaches at his church is nothing like Christianity as most people understand it. The brand of theology which Wright has been teaching Obama and the others at his church is called “black liberation theology.” Wright admits this and it is stated on the church’s website. Black theology is based upon the premise of the white oppressor against the black oppressed. This is why, for example, that Wright refers to Jesus as black, and his killers as white. This is the only way the story of Jesus fits within this brand of “theology.” Rev. Wright cites James Cone, another proponent of black liberation theology, as his theological inspiration. Here are just a couple of James Cone’s quotes: (1) “To be Christian is to be one of those whom God has chosen. God has chosen black people.” (2) “While it is true that blacks do hate whites, black hatred is not racism.” (3) “All white men are responsible for white oppression.” (4) “Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man “the devil.” (5) “If there is any contemporary meaning of the Antichrist, the white church seems to be a manifestation of it.” (6) “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 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.” *** These statements, and this “theology,” are fundamentally racist and divisive. The fact that Obama has chosen to belong to this racist church for 20 years speaks volumes about his character and judgment, and flies in the face of his pronouncements about his ability and intent to “unite” this country.

Posted by james | Report as abusive

Why should Blacks pray to a white god? Seems silly to me. The Chinese have their God, The Indians (real Indians from India) have their god. Their god looks like them. I see nothing wrong with Blacks identifying with a God who look like they do. Remember we were created in his image.

Fact is Blacks were enslaved by whites, can you honestly seeing a free person of African descent bowing down to a picture of a white Jesus asking for deliverance?

Posted by Omar Smith | Report as abusive

I’m all for oversight… It sounds a bit ironic coming from Bush, though.

Unless there is some unusual upset, the polls favor Hillary and everyone knows it… Of course, if Pennsylvanians are smart, they’ll vote for the person who has spent much of their life giving jobs to the unemployed (via outreach programs, etc) rather than taking them away (via NAFTA).

They need to vote for Obama.

Posted by wolf | Report as abusive

Omar Smith, a further irony with that is that Jesus wasn’t Caucasion, despite the images. But all of that is irrelevant guilt by association. I’m not voting for Rev Wright. I’m voting for Obama.

Posted by wolf | Report as abusive

The amusing thing is, the more Hillary supporters quote factcheck.org, the more obvious it becomes that this is the last site anyone should check to confirm a FACT.

Posted by Julie | Report as abusive

Hey James,

You strike me as the kind of guy who spends his spare time walking down the street yelling at parked cars.

Posted by dave | Report as abusive

Oh now the “Bush” administration wants to “oversee” the democratic process….I agree with the previous poster…


on oh so many levels.



Posted by PaigeinPhilly | Report as abusive