A newly surfaced video once again has embroiled Raphael Warnock’s U.S. Senate candidacy in Georgia.
On the same day that a bombshell report detailed a camper’s allegations of horrifying abuse at a camp run by Warnock’s then-church, Fox News unearthed a video clip of Warnock speaking in October 2014 at what appears to be a roundtable discussion.
In the footage, he addresses Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s infamous “God damn America” sermon that occurred in 2003.
Warnock argues that was “Christian preaching at its best.”
“Jeremiah Wright, whose sermon, by the way, if you haven’t read the whole thing, is a very thoughtful and insightful piece on the relationship between God and government,” the Democrat can be seen saying.
“It’s a piece that I would situation in continuum with St. Augustine’s ‘City of God’ and Martin Luther’s ‘Temple Authority,’ and to what extent it should be obeyed, the reflections of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his context – some of it situated it in the continuum of Malcom. But I think it’s Christian preaching at its best,” Warnock asserts.
Per Fox News, Warnock’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
This comes after it was revealed earlier this month that Warnock, as senior pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, invited and hosted Wright to be a “guest preacher” to his Georgia congregation on September 10, 2014. The event was billed as a “revival experience.”
It should be noted that Wright’s guest sermon came one day prior to the annual anniversary of the September 11, 2011 terror attacks that killed 2,977 victims on the day.
Wright, of course, blamed America for 9/11 in a sermon the Sunday immediately following the attacks.
“We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye,” said Wright on Sept. 16, 2001. “We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”
However, his most widely quoted remarks came in the 2003 sermon we now know Warnock effusively praised.
“The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people,” Wright that year proclaimed. “God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”
During Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, it was Warnock who was brought in to publicly defend Wright’s long history of inflammatory rhetoric.
Warnock at the time claimed it was a “disservice” to the United States to harp on old soundbites.
“We celebrate Rev. Wright in the same way that we celebrate the truth-telling tradition of the Black church, which when preachers tell the truth, very often it makes people uncomfortable,” he added, before calling Wright “a prophet.”
Wright had a falling out with Obama during the campaign, with the eventual president distancing himself permanently.
“Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me,” Wright infamously claimed. “They will not let him to talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is …. I said from the beginning: He’s a politician; I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do.”
Per Fox News, Warnock took the opposite tact from Obama, doubling down on his praise for Wright’s sermon in 2013 during a speech at Yale. Warnock reportedly called it a “very fine homily” and asserted it was “consistent with Black prophetic preaching.”
The next year, Warnock apparently thought so much of Wright that the now-Democratic Senate candidate brought him to Atlanta to preach at Warnock’s church.
Wright had not mellowed at that point in time, either.
The Atlantic reported on a 2015 speech of Wright’s, in which he bashed “the illegal state of Israel.”
“What kind of God you got that promised your ass my land?” Wright decried.
In that speech, he also strongly criticized then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, as well as the Peach State.
“You want to talk about thugs and rapists? Georgia was founded as a colony for criminals!” Wright said.
He further asserted the need for America to “talk about white-on-black crime” and “reparations.”
Warnock will face U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) at the ballot box on January 5. Early voting is underway.
Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News.You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com