And just what is this issue? Well, Gibbs is now trying to convince people that Obama is really a mainstream Christian, not one who buys into Black Liberation Theology, as this article from the Daily Caller, White House Distances Obama From Liberation Theology, highlights.
Um, what? Since when? Well, since Gibbs decided to make this ridiculous claim followng Glenn Beck's recent rally in Washington, DC:
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs implied Thursday that President Obama does not subscribe to a version of Christianity dubbed as “liberation theology,” and argued that the president’s beliefs are more akin to traditional Protestantism.
“The president is a committed mainstream Christian,” Gibbs said, when asked whether Fox News personality Glenn Beck has been correct in describing Obama’s faith system as “liberation theology.”
“I have no evidence that would guide me as to what Glenn Beck would have any genuine knowledge to what the president actually does or does not believe,” Gibbs said.
Gibbs did not say outright that the president rejects liberation theology, which in general interprets the gospel of Jesus Christ as primarily a mandate to help the poor and needy, but also has many streams and variations on finer matters and points of emphasis.
“I don’t know the answer to that,” Gibbs said. When pressed again, he said, “I can only imagine where [Beck] conjured that from.” [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)
He doesn't know from where Glenn Beck got that idea? Really?
Well, perhaps Spokesweasel Gibbs should have watched the following video before making such an assertion:
Or maybe Gibbs should have done a little Google search on Black Liberation Theology, TUCC, and Jeremiah Wright. He would have found articles like this one, "Black Liberation Theology, In Its Founders Words." And in this particular story, he would have noted very clear connections between Black Liberation Theology, TUCC, and Jeremiah Wright.
Oh, and then there is this one from The Christian Century, "Africentric Church: A Visit to Chicago's Trinity UCC." In this particular article, Gibbs would have found this:
[snip] James Cone, the pioneer of black liberation theology, is a much-admired figure at Trinity. Cone told me that when he's asked where his theology is institutionally embodied, he always mentions Trinity. [snip] (Click here to read the rest.)
Seriously, dude - it wasn't that long ago, and we are not that stupid or gullible.
I cannot help but wonder how my former professor, James Cone, feels about this new disavowal from Obama's camp. Or my former TA, Dwight Hopkins, another theology professor, and fellow congregant at TUCC. Though after the way Obama treated his former "uncle," Jeremiah Wright, maybe they aren't all that surprised. Or they shouldn't be. I know I am not. How about you?