Obama quits Chicago church after long controversy
ABARDEEN, S.D. - Barack Obama is resigning a 20 year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in the aftermath of inflammatory remarks by former pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Obama campaign communications director Robert Gibbs said Obama had submitted a letter of resignation to the church and would discuss his decision in a session with reporters later Saturday.
Comments by Wright have posed an unwanted problem for Obama, front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Religious leaders are in retreat after messing up big time in the current run up to the election this coming November. One could say, as I have, that the candidates are excommunicating their church leaders from the political process and ultimately from any little political power or influence which they might have had.