President Obama once accused the Christian right of intolerance and narrow-mindedness and alleged the Christian right had “hijacked the moral high ground,” according to a story published in 1995 and recently revisted.
The article, written by Hank De Zutter, appeared in a 1995 edition of Chicago Reader. At the time, the future president was running for the Illinois senate.
“What Makes Obama Run,” was the headline, noting that Obama was “entering politics to get back to his true passion — community organization.”
Obama’s comments about Christians came during a rhetorical question he raised over what would happen if a politican “were to see his job as that of an organizer.”
Then, the future president unloaded on Christians.
“The right wing, the Christian right, has done a good job of building these organizations of accountability, much better than the left or progressive forces have,” he told the Chicago Reader. “But it’s always easier to organize around intolerance, narrow-mindedness, and false nostalgia. And they also have hijacked the higher moral ground with this language of family values and moral responsibility.”