Some of the e-mails opine that the church is racist and so is Obama. A few claim he is a covert worshiper of Islam and that his middle name is Mohammed.
It’s the latest salvo in the e-mail wars – anonymous missives launched into cyberspace seeking to frighten voters away from candidates in the guise of friendly warnings. Typically they use kernels of truth, then launch into falsehood.
“There’s no question this is a distortion,” said Martin Marty, a retired Chicago-based historian of religion and public life, who is white and has attended services at Trinity several times. Worldandnation: Attacks on Obama hit his church.
My friend Dianne pointed me to this article which addresses some of the e-mails currently floating around the Internet regarding Senator Obama’s church. This article is well worth reading.
Jay Voorhees is a pastor, writer, and community activist located in Nashville, TN. Jay currently is the pastor of the City Road Chapel United Methodist Church in Madison, TN, and is engaged in helping to connect others to the example and teaching of Jesus Christ and to take seriously Christ’s call to love our neighbors in radical ways.
Jay is the co-founder of The MethoBlog, a site that aggregates the writings of Methodist-related bloggers throughout the world, and is the former managing editor of The United Methodist Reporter. Jay has been involved in the United Methodist Church at both the local and national level since 1988. Jay is also the owner of Only Wonder Media, a boutique book and media publisher.
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