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Coming on the heels of Rev. Michael Pfleger controversial sermon there–in which he bashed Hillary Clinton for expecting to win the Democratic nomination out of a sense of white entitlement–it would be easy to take Barack Obama’s resignation from Trinity United Church of Christ as a rebuke to his longtime church. Not so, says a source close to the Obama campaign who is familiar with the process that led to senator’s resignation. Here’s what this well-placed source just told God-o-Meter:
So this is not a rebuke of Trinity UCC in light of Reverend Pfleger’s sermon last weekend?
I would not say it’s a rebuke. It’s an acknowledgement of the tremendous scrutiny on the church. Ever guest speaker, every sermon, every bulletin is put under a certain litmus test. I’m sure many churches would make news if they were under the same test. I would not call it a rebuke. It’s just an acknowledgement of life as it is right now.
When’s the last time Senator Obama spoke with Reverend Moss? Did he tell him a resignation letter was coming?
They’re friends. As Senator Obama has said, Reverend Moss is a man of deep faith and is close to God. They’ve talked about this several times over the course of the last few weeks. And there is an understanding that this is best for everyone it involved.
Barack knows that living out your faith is not something you just do in church. It’s something you do every minute of your life.