Who takes such hateful words to heart?

Thanks to Barack Obama and Michael Pfleger, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy will not die.

But the problem is not the racist comments Wright or Pfleger make. The problem is the folks jumping and whooping in the background, and in the pews. Apparently not one parishioner complained or walked out. Instead they all went to work the next day -- perhaps sitting alongside whites and other races on the buses or trains, then interacting with whites and other races at work all week long. All the while they are secretly seething inside with anger from the racist comments made by Wright or Pfleger. As they share coffee with the other races they are thinking about how whites supposedly hate them, keep them down and try to poison them with drugs and AIDS. How do they do it?

The real problem with Wright is the hatred that those who attend his "sermons" must secretly hold inside. Does it ever get expressed in their actions? Does it affect the way they hire people? Does it affect the way they treat other races? Do they use whatever power their positions of authority in the community give them to correct the "wrongs" supposedly done to them by the other races?

You see, racism is not a one-sided issue. Wouldn't it have been great if Wright and Pfleger used the words of Jesus: "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. ... Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. ... But love your enemies, do good to them. ... Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."

Wouldn't that have been great?

Gary J. Heffner, Augusta

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