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September 09, 2008

Snake Handling Jesus Phreaks

Sounds as though the Rev. Jeremiah Wright was engaging in double talk both in and out of the pulpit:

"There's no such thing as a problem-free relationship," he told a packed Elmwood United Presbyterian Church. "In life, you'll have unexpected problems."

He punctuated his 45-minute sermon with evocative 1960s hits, including the Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go," Frankie Beverley's "Joy and Pain," and the Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." He's set to speak there again tonight.

Payne's husband, Fred Payne, 64, said he learned of the affair in late February, when he discovered e-mails between his wife and Wright.

"There must have been about 80 of them, back and forth," he said. "Wright said things like he was going to leave his wife for Elizabeth."

Wright has been married to his second wife, Ramah, for more than 20 years.

The preacher reportedly wooed Ramah away from her first husband in the 1980s, when the couple came to marriage counseling at Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

After discovering he had been cuckolded, Fred Payne, who had married Elizabeth in October 2006, headed straight for divorce court.

What's that old Indian story about the snake?

Hoo boy... not touchin' that one with a ten foot... ummm...

Oh never mind.

Posted by Cassandra at September 9, 2008 11:33 AM

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No! You mean the Rev. is a scumbag? Who would have thunk it about someone who praises Louis Farraklown?

Posted by: Mark at September 9, 2008 11:56 AM

This guy can't keep out of the news can he?

Posted by: Frodo at September 9, 2008 01:06 PM

...among *other* things.

Posted by: BillT at September 9, 2008 01:15 PM

When Weight lays hands on you, he really does it! Did he baptize her again and again and...

Posted by: Vet66 at September 9, 2008 04:51 PM

Posted by: Cricket at September 9, 2008 05:09 PM

Posted by: Cricket at September 9, 2008 05:15 PM

I guess his tongue isn't the only thing that is forked...

Posted by: Bad,Bad Cricket Brown... at September 9, 2008 05:16 PM

I think this does say something about Wright and Obama, but if you let it be a relevant topic, you justify the endless gossip about Palin's family. So it's something to note, to show what an utter hypocrite one of Obama's chief mentors is, but to drop quickly after that.

Posted by: Obloodyhell at September 9, 2008 06:12 PM

I don't think it has a thing to do with Obama, frankly.

I just find it amusing after all that high dudgeon about what a fine, upstanding man he was. Apparently the 'upstanding' part, at the very least, was accurate :p

Posted by: Kelli Pickens Bratty Older Sister at September 9, 2008 06:16 PM

"not touchin' that one with a ten foot... ummm..."

The word you're searching for is


But still, we can be positively sure that Obama knew nothing of this.

Posted by: ZZMike at September 9, 2008 06:50 PM

Wright also isn't a dependent child and has had some substantial influence on Obama. The differences are glaring. When we are talking about adultery as opposed to fornication, the worst thing that can be said about Ms.P is that she was underage, but she is taking responsibility for her actions, as is the lad who got her in the family way. Wright, as a reverend, is a fair target. He isn't a family member of Obama's, either.

He is as much a public figure as the Reprehensible Phred Felps and just as accountable for his utterances and actions...especially if those actions are not in keeping with the preaching.

Posted by: Preacher Cricket at September 9, 2008 07:39 PM



Posted by: Cassandra at September 9, 2008 07:55 PM

Are you mocking my peoples? If so, I may have to issue a fatwa upon you, Rushdie-style!

Or perhaps you have noticed my ginormous codpiece again, and surmised the reason behind it? And by the way, yes, Cass, I AM happy to see you.:)

Posted by: a former european at September 9, 2008 11:49 PM

> Or perhaps you have noticed my ginormous codpiece again, and surmised the reason behind it?

You stuffed a pole into it?

Posted by: Obloodyhell at September 11, 2008 10:59 AM

Nope, there are no persons of polish ancestry in my ginormous codpiece, nor any cucumbers wrapped in tinfoil, a la Spinal Tap. My ginormous codpiece is unaugmented in any way -- that's all 100% AFE, baby!

Sorry if I have caused you to swoon again, Cass.:)

Posted by: a former european at September 12, 2008 04:55 PM

Perfectly all right, afe.

After all, I'm used to it :p

(not your ginormous codpiece... swooning).

Posted by: Cass at September 12, 2008 04:56 PM