Barack Obama’s church, Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, which he has attended since 1991, has some very unique and disturbing ideas and beliefs. It is a self-proclaimed Africentric Christian church, which means its members embrace their connection with Africa and its teachings are centered on all things African and African culture. This is the church where Obama converted to the Christian faith and it has now grown to over 5,000 members. The mainstream media have ignored discussing this important influence on the presumptive Democratic nominee, and it needs a full examination.
Africentric beliefs place an emphasis on identifying African presence in the Bible. The church offers classes in Swahili and it has youth programs for young men and women, Intonjane and Isuthu, Swahili words for entering manhood and womanhood. Kwanzaa, the African-focused holiday which was created in the 1960s, is observed by congregants along with a Thanksgiving Day service called Umoja Karamu. This special service tells the story of the black family, starting from its West African origins to present day using drums, storytelling and dancing.
Trinity emphasizes the African roots of Christianity in its Bible classes. One example they like to use is the story about the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8. Traditional African clothing is worn by the pastor and some members. Also other African symbols such as the pan-African flag are prominently displayed.
Trips to Africa are regularly made by members. The long-time minister of Trinity, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, once accompanied black supremacist Louis Farrakhan to Libya to meet with Colonel Moammar Gadhafi. Obama has himself traveled repeatedly to his father’s homeland, Kenya. He has a brother still living in that conflict-riddled country. Obama has even spoken out during his campaign about the current crisis in Kenya, where over 700 lives have been lost. The Marxist opposition leader, Raila Odinga, comes from the same tribe as Obama’s late father. His older brother Roy, a militant Muslim, supports Odinga. Odinga reportedly has joined forces with an extremist Islamic group which wants to oust the presently pro-Western government of Kenya that won the recent elections. While campaigning in New Hampshire, Obama took a call from Odinga (who claims to be his cousin) and appears to have sided with him in the conflict.