A while back, Barack Obama was fending off accusations that he had tight connections with the Muslim faith in the least, and, and most, that he is a Muslim.

If the answer to either one of those accusations was in the affirmative, Obama would still be better off than he is now.

Enter the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, whose anti-American rants at the church Barack Obama said he attended regularly are distinguishable from some diatribes from that come from radical Islam only in that some Wright’s blithering yawps are nuttier.

Among Wright’s accusations are the antiquated “America created the HIV virus to kill off black people” and that 9/11 was “America’s chickens coming home to roost.” My personal favorite Wright quote is “fighting for peace is like raping for virginity.”

One thing’s for sure — if Rev. Wright ever retires, a new career awaits Ward Churchill.

Here’s the latest from the unhinged Reverend Wright — the clip ends just before Nurse Ratchet runs in with a big meds cup and a straight jacket, but you’ll get the point.

Obama has painted himself into this corner: He fended off accusations of being Muslim by proving that he was a member of a Christian church. Then the things that are preached at that church are made public, and now Obama has to prove that, though he was a member of that church, he never attended any of the sermons. This is a difficult thing to do, as the Rev. Wright married Barack and his wife and baptized their children.

Frankly, I’d be more comfortable with Obama if he was a follower of the Muslim faith than if he’s a “Christian” who agrees with Reverend Wright, a head case who hasn’t been informed that Jim Crow is dead. Crow, by the way, was killed, in part at least, by the “rich white people who control America.” Not to mention those who created the HIV virus.

Some say, “just because you go to that church doesn’t mean you agree with everything that’s preached.” True, somewhat. But let’s face it, to listen to the Rev. Wright’s high-decibal rants week in and week out, you have to like it. It’s a simple concept: people don’t go to a concert if they don’t like the band.

Yesterday afternoon I was listening to Jack Kemp being interviewed on the Sean Hannity radio show. Kemp said people should lay off Obama because “guilty by association” is no way to judge somebody. Hey, if you were on the ticket with Bob Dole in 1996, you wouldn’t want people to believe in “guilt by association” either.

I wish some of Obama’s defenders were as agitated at critics of Mitt Romney’s Mormonism.

As more and more Rev. Wright highlights become available, you just know Barack Obama is sitting back and trying to figure out if he’d be better off Muslim. My one-word answer is, “yes.”

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“Nope, never knew him. Oh, that? Heh heh… funny story. Michelle and I were lost and stopped to ask directions at this church, and the guy insisted on a photo. Then we left way before his sermon began, so I don’t know what it was about at all…”

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