The Rev. Otis Moss III, the successor pastor to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ — the church President Obama felt forced to flee as a result of Wright’s inflammatory and racist remarks — is apparently picking up where Wright left off.
At the Friday night opening of the UCC’s 27th General Synod, this year in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Moss used his Friday night sermon to attack both Rush Limbaugh and former Vice President Dick Cheney. Said Moss, standing at the podium that serves as the UCC pulpit for the duration of the Synod:
Don’t get angry with the haters, the Rush Limbaughs. Next time you hear them, just say, “COMMA!” When you see Dick Cheney, just say, “COMMA!” Remember, there used to be a period on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The comma reference is to a church campaign entitled “God Is Still Speaking,” the comma at the end of the phrase representative of God’s plans for humanity as always ongoing, never having an end.
So more hate politics from the President’s ex-church., heedless that the larger UCC denomination — to which Moss was speaking — is filled with Limbaugh listeners and Cheney voters who believe the only hatred here comes from Moss and his mentor, Jeremiah Wright. One has to wonder whether Moss understands the impression he leaves as just another UCC minister afraid to leave the UCC’s intellectual plantation of 1960s liberalism. Were he a black UCC minister who had, say, the beliefs of Justice Clarence Thomas or Dr. Thomas Sowell, surely Moss understands he would never be given time at the podium/pulpit of the national gathering of the UCC.
Perhaps it would do Moss well to go back and read Malcolm X’s famous talk about the difference between the psychology of the House Negro and the Field Negro?