Georgia US Senate candidate Raphael Warnock’s support of Barack Obama’s ex-pastor — Rev. Jeremiah Wright — has emerged as a campaign issue in Warnock’s run-off election.
At the time, Obama advisers fretted that the replaying of Wright’s fiery sermon might cost the candidate the presidency.
“No no no, not God bless America, God damn America, that’s in the Bible, for killing innocent people,” Wright thundered in the videotaped sermon.
“God damn America for treating her citizens as less than human, God damn America as long as she tries to act like she is God and she is supreme,” Wright had said.
Warnock said he was “dispatched” to defend Wright after a tape of the 2003 sermon went public.
Warnock is senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the pulpit where civil rights icon