In addition to its former pastor's venomous diatribes against the Jewish state, US presidential hopeful Barack Obama's Chicago church has also made itself a platform for Hamas-authored anti-Israel incitement.
News reports last week revealed that as recently has two years ago, Trinity United Church featured an editorial written by a top Hamas official on the "Pastor's Page" of its weekly bulletin.
The editorial in question was written by Moussa Abu Marzouk, a known Gaza-based Hamas leader, and explained the legitimacy of the terror group's refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist.. The article was originally published in the Los Angeles Times.
In a statement sent to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency last Thursday, Obama called the inclusion of the Hamas editorial in his church's bulletin "outrageously wrong," and insisted he was not in attendance the day it was passed out to congregants.
Mr. Obama has been put on the defensive in recent weeks over a number of sermons delivered by former Trinity United Church Pastor Jeremy Wright in recent years that, among other things, accused all white Americans of being racist, justified the 9/11 terror attacks on the US, and labeled "Israel" a "dirty word."
In both of widely read books, Mr. Obama describes Wright as the most prominent influence in his life.