I believe that Obama is a good Christian man that realized the man 90% of the time spoke the word of God correctly. Also, the man is black, which is 95% of the reason all black people go to church, because of a black preacher. The message is irrelevant.
It was a safe place for Obama and his family to go, and no one brought harm to his wife and children. And, being that Obama is a Christian, (genuine, I believe), he recognized church attendance as a necessity. This was probably the best choice of a church for the area he was living in. Obama probably knew of the contradiction in some of the pastor's sermons, but rejected some of the conjectures, while accepting the truth.
Obama's pastor sounds like one of those home grown terrorists that has a great deal of influence on uneducated groups that have no real understanding of the Bible. These uneducated groups create movements against the United States, and think they have the blessing of the preacher, thus erroneously thinking they have a blessing of God. Which couldn't be further from the truth.
I have nothing against Obama. He's straight.
The preacher needs to be careful of his own anger, because it is not his place to be angry in the place of God, nor is it his place to pronounce a curse on this country and its leadership in such a fashion as he did. The job of a pastor is to lead people in the way of salvation, not use the pulpit to shoot political arrows. When he pronounces a curse on the US like that, he pronounces it upon ALL the people that live here. And that is not the calling or function of anyone in the New Testament.
We are called to preach the word of God, bring people to salvation, and to uphold the laws of this country. When he pronounced that curse, he side-stepped the issue of the fact that most of the injustices today upon black people are self-imposed.
Obama is trying to stop black people from placing blame, and encouraging them to take responsibility for positive change. Obama's message is 180 degrees in the opposite direction, and he does not believe much of what mainstream Black America believes, because it is wrong.
That's why I voted for him in the primary.