Thursday, March 6, 2008

From Other Sites on the Line: 6 Mar 08

Obama's Afro-Centric Church: A Non-Negotiable Commitment to Africa

An update:

[Note from Radarsite: For anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of Barrack Hussein Obama and his questionable background, the following commentary is a must read. In responding to this anonymous commenter, Faultline USA has provided us with a treasure trove of Obamamania. Once again we are indebted to Faultline USA for her diligent research and always lucid observations.]

Comments transposted from Faultline USA:

Sat Feb 09, 11:15:00 AM 2008
Anonymous said...
Obama's mother is white!
Just a simple fact to keep in mind.

Tue Mar 04, 12:09:00 PM 2008
Faultline USA said...
Dear Anonymous. Correction. Obama’s mother,
Stanley Ann Dunham, WAS white. She died of cancer in 1995.

Here’s some of her religious background from today’s Chicago Tribune “Obama's mom: Not just a girl from Kansas”

"She touted herself as an atheist, and it was something she'd read about and could argue," said Maxine Box, who was Dunham's best friend in high school. "She was always challenging and arguing and comparing. She was already thinking about things that the rest of us hadn't. . .

The education of Obama the would-be politician didn't begin, of course, until after his birth in 1961, in Honolulu. But the parental traits that would mold him -- a contrarian worldview, an initial rejection of organized religion, a questioning nature -- were already taking shape years earlier in the nomadic and sometimes tempestuous Dunham family, where the only child was a curious and precocious daughter of a father who wanted a boy so badly that he named her Stanley -- after himself. . .

. . .interviews with their friends from Kansas, now in their mid-to-late 80s, and interviews with their daughter's former classmates and teachers, now in their mid-60s or older, paint a vivid portrait of Barack Obama's mother as a self-assured, iconoclastic young teen seemingly hell-bent to resist Eisenhower-era conformity. . .

. . ." The candidate who vows to help bridge America's racial, religious and cultural
divides has shed his mother's rejection of organized religion, calling his embrace "a vessel for my beliefs. . .

. . . In a recent interview, Obama called his mother "the dominant figure in my formative years. . . .

The values she taught me continue to be my touchstone when it comes to how I go
about the world of politics."

His mother’s background:

“At Mercer High School, two teachers -- Val Foubert and Jim Wichterman -- generated regular parental thunderstorms by teaching their students to challenge societal norms and question all manner of authority. Foubert, who died recently, taught English. His texts were cutting edge: "Atlas Shrugged," "The Organization Man," "The Hidden Persuaders," "1984" and the acerbic writings of H.L. Mencken.

Wichterman taught philosophy. The hallway between the two classes was known as "anarchy alley," and students pondered the challenging notions of Wichterman's teachings, including such philosophers as Sartre and Kierkegaard. He also touched the societal third rail of the 1950s: He questioned the existence of God. And he didn't stop there.

"I had them read 'The Communist Manifesto,' and the parents went nuts," said Wichterman, adding that parents also didn't want any discussions about "anything to do with sex," religion and theology. The parental protests were known as "mothers' marches."

"The kids started questioning things that their folks thought shouldn't be questioned -- religion, politics, parental authority," said John Hunt, a classmate. "And a lot of parents didn't like that, and they tried to get them [Wichterman and Foubert] fired. . .
The Dunhams did not join the uproar. Madelyn and Stanley shed their Methodist and Baptist upbringing and began attending Sunday services at the East Shore Unitarian Church in nearby Bellevue. . .

There’s also very interesting information in this article about Obama’s father and how his paternal grandfather was angry at the thought of his son’s relationship with a white woman.

“He wrote the Dunhams "this long, nasty letter saying that he didn't approve of the marriage," Obama recounted his mother telling him in "Dreams." "He didn't want the Obama blood sullied by a white woman. "
Thu Mar 06, 10:01:00 AM 2008

Original Radarsite posting:

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Roger for cross-posting the comments. The article I cited is a 2 part series and is filled with interesting Obama factoids!