WASHINGTON (Roto Reuters) — Democrat Barack Obama said Saturday he had quit his twenty year plus relationship with a Chicago church after months of controversy over racially laced pulpit rhetoric that still threatens to tarnish his White House hopes.
The Illinois senator said he and his wife Michelle were withdrawing from the 8,000-strong congregation of the Trinity United Church of Christ, following a new uproar over a priest’s mocking attack on his rival Hillary Clinton.
"This is not a decision I come to lightly, and frankly it is one I make with some sadness," said Obama, who was welcomed into Christianity by the church’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright two decades ago.
"I have no idea how it will impact my presidential campaign. I know it’s the right thing to do for the church and for our family," said the Democratic front-runner. "The recent episode with Father (Michael) Pfleger reinforced that view that we don’t want to have to answer for everything that is stated in a church," Obama told reporters in South Dakota.
The Senator then went on to tell reporters that he is currently in the hunt for a new church to attend. "I am currently leaning towards an Amish or any Anabapist congregation. I really like the idea of them not using electricity, especially in their churches. No cell phone cameras, no live streaming of church services and events, no greatest sermons DVDs, and no possibility of something showing up on YouTube seems to be a definite plus for me. Though I am open to other options. So if you are a pastor of a totally non-controversial church please contact my staff."