Friday, May 02, 2008

Wright Wing Conspiracy?

Moviemaker Spike Lee suggests something interesting about why Jeremiah Wright won't shut up:
“Jeremiah Wight needs to be quiet,” Lee said yesterday. “If he loves Obama he needs to shut up right now. It makes me question his motives for talking. I’m starting to wonder whether somebody has been contributing to the building funds of his church. Seriously.”
This is a very interesting idea, not because I think someone is bribing Wright to destroy Obama, but because I think that Wright probably is reaping rewards from this whole situation. Think about this:
  1. Trinity UCC is "paid" by filling pews and collecting offerings.
  2. Church growth is often interpreted as a successful ministry doing God's Work.
  3. Wright has received massive amounts of national exposure because of his comments and relationship with the Obamas.
  4. There is no such thing as bad publicity.
Much like Ford Bronco sales after the OJ chase, Wright's church attendance and giving may be going up. His spiritual empire is growing and Wright may very well interpret this as God's blessing on him for being outspoken under fire. Why should he stop, other than consideration to a congregant?

It isn't a conspiracy. Wright is probably just experiencing a self-reinforcing loop common to many forms of outlandish activism.

Via Instapundit.

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