But a Shiloh nevertheless:
Obama family to worship at Shiloh Baptist Church for Easter
Long before the sun rose over the Shiloh Baptist Church, people were passing through metaldetectors at the historic African American congregation where President Barack Obama and his family will celebrate Easter.
Despite an army of smiling Secret Service agents and D.C. Police cars outside, the folks were rocking at the 6 a.m. service to the sounds of the gospel standard "How I Got Over."
Rev. Wallace Charles Smith, in the church's program, said, "We are honored to welcome to our 10 a.m. Easter service President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha. Shiloh prays for the first family every Sunday and we thank God for the wonderful inspiration they provide to our nation."
Mr. President, why don't you come on over to the original Shiloh?
You can pray here (and no racist sermons!).
We have three Byzantine basilicas.
We also have a good few synagogues (mosques are in the nearby villages).
Barack, can we be expecting you?
Think about what the pastor said last year, about a God-given land:-
Wallace Charles Smith wrote last September, on the church's 147th anniversary, that the group "could not see the way ahead ... but went forth to a land they felt God had given them."
That God-given land is Israel, the Holy Land, the land God made a covenant with the people of Israel.
And I liked this so much, I left a comment at the ABC blog:
Obama’s Easter Sunday Pastor Rails Against Racist Talk Radio (Compares Rush to KKK!)
The media stood and applauded yesterday when President Obama and his family went to church for Easter. Yesterday’s visit to Shiloh Baptist Church in D.C. shows again that Obama really is a man of faith, the reports seem to suggest. But while the media rushed to report on the first family’s attendance of the predominately black congregation (and the family’s outfits), what it failed to mention are the views held by the church’s pastor. And while those views have not been delivered in the same fiery manner as Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, they sound eerily familiar.
What views are those? How about him saying in 2010 that the country is still racist, that racists get programs on Fox News, and that Rush Limbaugh is the new KKK.
James Parker at WRNO-FM in New Orleans did some digging yesterday about Shiloh Baptist’s pastor, Dr. Wallace Charles Smith. Not only did he find that Smith loves to preach on race, but he noticed Smith even infused race into yesterday’s Easter sermon:
One has to dig into the blog notes from various reporters to piece together the content from the sermon. Aside from the First Couple being honored guests, Pastor Wallace Charles Smith also announces that his 4 week old grandson is attending church for the first time, and a pool reporter noted an interesting perspective on the infant:
“[Pastor Smith] talked about how his baby grandson’s gurgling is actually “talking” because he is saying ‘I am here … they tried to write me off as 3/5 a person in the Constitution, but I am here right now … and is saying I am not going to let anybody from stopping me from being what God wants me to be.’”