CHICAGO – The controversy regarding comments made by Pastors connected to Barack Obama has worsened upon the discovery of another preacher’s questionable remarks. Reverend Zechariah Washington, Jr., whose regular congregation is the 57th Street Zion AME Baptist Church, and who once delivered a sermon at Barack Obama’s church when Reverend Wright was ill, said, “forgive me Lord, but sometimes it’s so damn hard to believe in you.”
“That was Reverend Washington alright,” said Reggie Holmes, a member of Washington’s congregation, “but he be saying that on the day his wife and kids were hit by a truck, right after he find out his mamma got cancer and then his house burned down.”
The audio tape of Reverend Washington has been airing constantly on Fox News, only interrupted by a repeat of Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s now famous comments about America. When Jeremiah Wright heard that Fox was playing Reverend Washington’s comments over and over again, he said, “God damn Fox News.”
Barack Obama said he had never met Reverend Washington, but that it was not unknown for a religious person to have a crisis of faith, especially if you live on the South Side of Chicago.
“Preachergate has reached such a crisis level,” said Attorney General Michael Mukasey, “that I have ordered all Justice Department personnel to drop investigating possible violations of the Constitution and the Geneva Convention by the Bush Administration to focus on getting to the bottom of Obama’s wayward preachers.
“I don’t want to comment on what Senator Obama should have done,” said Hillary Clinton, “but I wouldn’t stand for a preacher who suffers from a loss of faith.” “It so unacceptable,” said Sean Hannity commenting on Barack Obama, “how the potential leader of the free world could be so close to a preacher who instead of condemning Islamofascists, questions God.”
Senator John McCain was asked as to whether Obama’s connection to Reverend Washington was as questionable as McCain’s accepting the endorsement of controversial pastor John Hagee. McCain said, “No, because, I’m only interested in the votes of Hagee’s congregation, but don’t necessarily endorse everything he said. Heck, if Hitler endorsed me, and I accepted the votes of his high-stepping followers, that wouldn’t mean I was a Nazi, now would it?”