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He continues to disappoint us!

Just when you thought reports of Barack Obama and his controversial minister Rev. Jeremiah Wright were over, a new individual appears.

Now news of Obama's relationship with homophobe Rev. James T. Meeks has been revealed, and it's very upsetting.

Rev. Meeks is an Illinois state senator and serves as the pastor of the 22,000 member Salem Baptist Church in Chicago, where Obama frequently campaigned back in 2003 when running for Senate.

Rev. Meeks has been described as someone in which Obama seeks spiritual counsel from, according to an article printer in the Chicago Sun Times. He will even serve as an Obama delegate at the 2008 Democratic convention in Denver.

Rev. Meeks has served on Obama’s exploratory committee for the presidency and was even listed on Obama's campaign website as one his ‘influential black supporters’. The Chicago Sun Times also reported that both Rev. Meeks and Obama share a history of receiving substantial campaign contributions from the indicted real estate "criminal" Tony Rezko.

Aside from numerous other reports linking the two together, the real issue is the character of Rev. Meeks, who is known for his racially charged remarks and homophobic ways.

In a 2006 sermon, Rev. Meeks stated, "We don't have slave masters. We got mayors. But they still the same white people who are presiding over systems where black people are not able, or to be educated. You got some preachers that are house niggers. You got some elected officials that are house niggers. And rather than them trying to break this up, they gonna fight you to protect this white man." He later defended that sermon during an interview with a Chicago CBS 2 reporter.

Not to mention Rev. Meeks homophobic ways are well noted. A 2007 newsletter from the Southern Poverty Law Center named Rev. Meeks one of the "10 leading black religious voices in the anti-gay movement."

The newsletter cites him as a key member of Chicago's ‘Gatekeepers’ network (an interracial group of evangelical ministers who strive to erase the division between church and state) and “a stalwart anti-gay activist… [who]… has used his House of Hope mega-church to launch petition drives for the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), a major state-level ‘family values’ pressure group that lauded him last year for leading African Americans in ‘clearly understanding the threat of gay marriage.'”

You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep!

Sad. Sad. Sad.

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  1. Coli says – reply to this


    1101

    Come on now, haven't we learned from the Rev. Wright situation that you cannot judge Obama by the views of his associates? I am a huge Perez fan but I find this posting to be in bad taste. My pastor has strong views on this subject as well but I am a believer that we should all be treated equally. I also have attended Rev. Meeks church on numerous occasions and maybe you should take a look into all the good he has done and not just focus on the negative.

  2. Baron Von Hugenstein says – reply to this


    1102

    If you're going to say that the company you keep says something about you….there are a MILLION and one ppl that Hillary is associated with that are pretty sketchy…mostly her husband

  3. Reese says – reply to this


    1103

    Most religious leaders are homophobic….if an affiliation with a church determines how you will vote then you better boycott the Republican party completely! Besides being homophobic they also shield child molesters. Seperation of Church & State…remember? I am all for Obama!

  4. The truth says – reply to this


    1104

    Ugh. You are an idiot Perez. When are you going to realize that a man…a politician who is trying to bring every part of America together needs to establish relationships with different minded people. This man's ideals and philosophies ARE NOT THE SAME as Barack Obama's. You need to figure out how America and people in America work if you are going to continue to try and comment on real issues instead of just gossip. Spreading gossip about the potential next president of the United States is not helping bring the country together but only continuing to tear us apart. I wish to god you would actually read the comments people leave on your posts so that you could actually consider a way of thinking outside your sheltered view. Maybe then you could learn to be more open minded and realize the way politicians need to play both sides for the good of the country.
    I personally wouldn't mind if Obama was "keeping company" with Tony Soprano so long as he was doing it to accomplish something good for the nation and the rest of the people of the world. Obama has spelled out HIS beliefs and history in two books and on his website. Try posting about the man and not the circles he moves in to accomplish his goals.

  5. Hoolia says – reply to this


    1105

    You suck Perez. Just because you associate with a person does NOT mean that you believe in everything that they stand for. My grandmother doesn't like people of different colors, jewish people, or gay people, and I LOVE her to death and try to spend a lot of time with her, but that doesn't mean I agree with everything that she says. I'm really disappointed in you Perez for pedaling this crap. I don't think I'm going to be back.

  6. Bob N Forapples says – reply to this


    1106

    PEREZ IT'S SO REFRESHING TO FINALLY HAVE A MEDIA MOGUL TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS ALL-THINGS-TO-ALL- PEOPLE (YEAH, RIGHT!) SLIPPERY WEASEL. HE PRETENDS TO BE A CHRISTIAN BY GOING TO A SO-CALLED CHURCH WHERE THE GOAL OF THE PASTOR IS TO SPREAD RACIAL TENSION. HIS LOUD MOUTH WIFE SPOKE LOUD AND CLEAR FOR HIS FAMILY'S BELIEFS–BUT OH, NO, PEOPLE WON'T STOP BELIEVING IN THIS TURD BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO! HE'S AN ALLAH FOLLOWER FROM INDONESIA–NOT A NICE ALL-AMERICAN BLACK LIKE BILL COSBY OR FAMOUS AMOS WHO MAKES THE SENSATIONAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.

  7. Margaret says – reply to this


    1107

    Didn't this story surface several months ago when the candidates were campaigning in the south. WTF! Stop drumming up old shit. I think you even posted this same shit on your website back then. Get off Hillary's pay roll she's a sinking ship.

  8. D. R. says – reply to this


    1108

    You are ABSOLUTELY right Perez! If men like Jeremiah Wright and this REv. Meek are Obama's spiritual guidance than that speeks volumes of the man. I would honestly be very concerned if a man of his caliber and true hiddem self were to take up office. I mean the man has claimed that he does not like America and is running for office in order to make it a country that he would be proud to call his! He has refused to salute the flag for heavens sake!! And we want a man like this as the commander in chief of our armed forces! Keep up spreading the word and forget those who are knocking you for talking politics!

  9. Jaguar Jism says – reply to this


    1109

    So, it's guilt by association, is it?

    Then, under that reasoning, YOUR pals Paris and Nicki Hilton utterances of "N*gger" and "f*ggot" caught on tape would make YOU a bigoted azzhole too?

    RIGHT?

  10. Sylvia says – reply to this


    1110

    Perez are you serious?? You can't possibly condemn someone for what their "friends" say or think. It's a shame that your love for the shady Clintons has caused you to stoop so low. If this is all the press can come up with then, I'm even more ready to support OBAMA! YES WE CAN!!!!!!

  11. WHo cares22 says – reply to this


    1111

    Just because the Rev has no sense doesn't make Obama a bad person!! Hiliary has been caught in lies and i'm sure she has more baggage that hasn't surfaced yet!!! McCain is full of it and soo is Hiliary!! They don't care about American people. They will say whatever it takes to get votes! Obama is the best thing since John F. Kennedy. I'M GOING TO VOTE FOR OBAMA not matter how much you and the media try and bring him down!! HE IS THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB!! He's honest and a good person!!!! If anyone can get us out of the mess we're in, it's HIM!!! You say you know people by the company they keep….WELLL MORON…..i know plently of stupid people that do drugs, are in gangs, don't take care of their children, gay, don't have jobs, you name it…. AND I"M NOTHING LIKE THEM!!!! SHAME ON YOU FOR TRYING TO BRING OBAMA DOWN!!

  12. Fuck perez! says – reply to this


    1112

    OH Go and fuck urself perez!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ur full of crap u fucking idiot!!!! How much money do you get to post bad things bout Obama? huh?!
    I really didn't think this about u perez, im realllyy dissapointed …

  13. WeSLyN says – reply to this


    1113

    is there really a lot to say about the company you keep..because the media never associates European-Americans with their company and continuously derogatory statements (usually toward African-Americans)..and you all need to do your research…learn to be skeptical and objective…Dr. Michael Eric Dyson played the whole Rev. Wright speech and he was quoting a European-American preacher when he made those comments….DISCUSS

  14. Pegs says – reply to this


    1114

    You are right on Perez. You CAN tell a lot about a person by the company they keep, and I do not know why Obama is getting a free ride about his associates and their hateful beliefs. People need to dig deep into Obama's background just as they do the other candidates to learn who this guy is and why he is qualified to be President. He may talk pretty but that does not mean he can actually govern this country, especially if he has such proven poor judgment as to associate with people who do not have this country's best interests at heart.

  15. DS says – reply to this


    1115

    How come Obama is the ONLY one with LGBT links on his website if he has such issues with gay people. Look, we know you want Hilary to win, but you're really playing a low handed game of dirty pool. Way to fall in with the skummy politicians. People who say he is racist and a homophobe need to do a little thing called RESEARCH and stop listening to what the news selects for them to hear.

  16. Kfab says – reply to this


    1116

    Perez, Stop posting this crap. Does being associated with this man automatically make Obama believe everything he says? I grew up catholic but I am pro-choice and believe in sex before marriage and birth control. Obama is a positive force for this country. Hillary is a polarizing old school candidate who will give us nothing but the same polarization that Bush has given us. Do you seriously want another republican in office? Because that's what will happen if Hillary gets the nom. Democrats aren't coming out in force to vote because of her. Please stop posting this crap.

  17. Tiffany says – reply to this


    1117

    Get over it. Why don't you learn to think for yourself instead of listening to what the media says? He's already spoken his views on gay rights so so what if an associate of his thinks something different? It's not him. Learn to judge on the issues, not hearsay. And heads up…do you think Hilary surrounds herself with the cream of the crop. You don't even have to leave her backyard to find her fornicating husband. Why don't you post and try to shame Hilary on all the stuff she HERSELF has lied about and who she associates herself with? Loser. This doesn't change my view of him, but of you…definitely.

  18. Nicki says – reply to this


    1118

    Go McCain….what else do you need folks.

  19. GET A CLUE says – reply to this


    1119

    WILL ALL OF YOU UNEDUCATED PORCH MONKEYS GO BACK AND LOOK WHAT THE CLINTONS DID FOR YOU. INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING SOME MULIM BECAUSE HE HAS OUNCE BLACK. GROSS

  20. Chicago says – reply to this


    1120

    Seriously, I'm from Chicago and he isn't a homophobe you idiot; in fact look at legislation he has supported..You really don't know what you are talking about. If you want to point something out why don't you point out things like, McCain and Clinton are "sponsored" by big business when he isn't..also stop being political you obviously listen and read snippets of things and not the whole story. Don't be like FOX news and stop showing your lack of information on issues you are writing about.

  21. Ray says – reply to this


    1121

    It's not negative press if it is true! Go Hillary!

  22. WTF says – reply to this


    1122

    WTF are you talking about you douche?????????? I keep company with you but I'm not a whiny jealous fat dickhead. I just like celeb news. Look asshat, I am a friend to the gays as my gays friends tell me LOL. Seriously though all educated modern people believe in gay rights and marriage and what not. but who would want to marry YOU anyway? legalizing gay marriage wont get you a boyfriend!

  23. Kim says – reply to this


    1123

    You are completely right about the company people keep. Hillary is married to a cheating liar. Keep up with the dirty politics will be stuck with McCain and then we will all be messed up in the game. Four years of an old, ego maniac that couldn't even beat an idiot like push. Keep it up Perez!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. kathleen says – reply to this


    1124

    Get over yourself Perez. You don't have the intellect to understand politics.

  25. janal says – reply to this


    1125

    you are so stupid!!!!

  26. Victoria says – reply to this


    1126

    See! Obama is racist and is a bigot. Terrible man! Everyone should vote McCain!

  27. kim e says – reply to this


    1127

    Perez, you are a hypocrite–big time!

  28. NOmobama says – reply to this


    1128

    The only one helping McCain is Barack Obama, you stupid f'cking Obamanistas! Better than half of America can see through his bullshit. The remainder make excuses for him! Yes… you are the company you keep. Once you realize that, you move on, but Barack never did. 20 years of hanging with the racist. Yes, reverse racism is alive and well in America, and you stupid f'ckers don't get it. Stop racism in all its forms!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. k says – reply to this


    1129

    although not always the case, but usually true, You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. If Hillary was hanging out with skinheads for 20 years and called them her mentors, and the story got out she would have been done on the spot. But because osama is black it's ok for his mentors to be racist and gay-haters. Osama will not fool anyone by saying he does not support Rev. wright or this Rev. Meeks . If their view were so different from his own , he wouldn't have been looking up to them.

    When will this osama cult end? The followers are brainwashed….

  30. sarah says – reply to this


    1130

    Your support for hillary isn't helping…haven't you noticed?!? Pick up the Times and read how people are calling for her to step down due to the almost mathmatical IMPOSSIBILITY of her winning. If you think a black preacher speaking to his congregation is hurting america, WAKE UP. By not conceding, Hillary is the one doing the most damage.

  31. shannon says – reply to this


    1131

    PEREZ: What is the point in spreading this propaganda unless you want McCain to win? It's no secret that there's a lot of homophobia in the african american culture, so it's not surprising that a black preacher is homophobic. It is obvious from his words and actions though, that BARACK OBAMA DOES NOT SUPPORT ANTI-GAY POLICIES AND HE DOES SUPPORT THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. so who cares what his preacher said? just like obama said in his recent speech, he's not going to reject the important people in his life just because he doesn't agree with them.

  32. Gusto says – reply to this


    1132

    What about Hilary Clinton's Shady real estate deal "WHITEWATER GATE." Also included land grabbing and cutting all the timber from land that was not theirs. It boiled down to monies invested as payment for "legal services" to the wife of then gov. of arkansas at the time — bill clinton. it popped up in his first term as us president.. a lot of strange things surround the it including DEAD BODIES and an airplane crash that looked very suspicious. Haven't heard about any deaths surrounding Obama. OBAMA 2008 FOR PRESIDENT. STEP DOWN HILARY WHILE YOU STILL HAVE SOME DIGNITY LEFT.

  33. SG says – reply to this


    1133

    Re: smokeybehr

    It's highly unreasonably to suggest that Obama is a racist and homophobic. It's silly to assume that Obama agrees with Rev. Wright and Rev. Meeks in every way. They have both influenced his life, but that doesn't mean that they have influenced his policies. If you really think that Obama is a racist and homophobic, then you must not be listening to him talk.

    And if Obama is unelectable, why have millions of people already voted for him?

  34. TRACYLEE says – reply to this


    1134

    THIS IS SO STUPID AND TYPICAL

  35. DES says – reply to this


    1135

    Re: perezisnotfunny – YOU GOT IT! THE PEREZ BOYCOTT STARTS NOW! DUMB SOM' BITCH!

  36. rob says – reply to this


    1136

    Whether it's Sen. Obama or Sen. Clinton.. Mccain is going to have it almost TOO easy come election time!

  37. rv says – reply to this


    1137

    You see.. if a white presidential hopeful was found to have a 20+ year relationship / affiliation with a church where his / her pastor vilified America, berated minorities, and made false accusations regarding HIV / AIDS being intentionally introduced as genocide, there is ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT in my mind that outcries of racism would never cease.

    Al Sharpton and Jess Jackson would be on the forefront of such protests and DEMAND! that said potential candidate immediately withdraw from the presidential race.

    To dismiss the seriousness of that long term affiliation of Mr. Obama with a HATEMONGER such as Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is to totally ignore the obvious for the sake of "change" [what change]?!

    It will be too easy.

  38. erik says – reply to this


    1138

    #85 Claire,
    You have got some nerve to call Perez ignorant when you just made some the most ignorant comments of anyone on this entire page. You are what is wrong with this country. Homosexuality is not a choice and not a mental disorder as you contend. Why would someone choose a lifestyle where they are constantly ridiculed and condemned by others? The fact that you say that there is nothing wrong with being homophobic shows how stupid you really are. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  39. Obam 08 says – reply to this


    1139

    Please. Get over it. If you honesty think Obama is racist and homophobic, then you need your head examined. Perez hangs with junkies, liars, hedonists…I guess he is one too.

    Grow up, Perez. Hillary is going to lose.

  40. Chelsey says – reply to this


    1140

    Re: GET A CLUE – WILL ALL OF YOU UNEDUCATED PORCH MONKEYS GO BACK AND LOOK WHAT THE CLINTONS DID FOR YOU. INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING SOME MULIM BECAUSE HE HAS OUNCE BLACK. GROSS

    really? uneducated? for someone so educated, you seem to have some trouble with correct spelling and punctuation…that's all I'm saying. Racist remarks are no way to show your education, all you're doing is magnifying your ignorance

  41. allah muthafucka says – reply to this


    1141

    Gingangooleygooleygooleygooleywatchandginganggoogingangoo….

    Kum bay ahhhh me lorrrrrrd kum bay ahhhhhhhhlah. Oh lord aaaaaaaaaaaalllah…..

  42. boycott says – reply to this


    1142

    I won't be reading this site anymore, because Perez is obviously being paid off by the Clinton campaign, even though it won't do them any good. c'mon now, P, don't you make enough money from advertising already? do you really need to talk about things you obviously don't understand?

  43. Al says – reply to this


    1143

    Apparently, Obama is not who he says he is. Who you hang around with tells people about a person. Obama has a lot of losers around him.

  44. Bruk says – reply to this


    1144

    Obama has belonged to a UCC church for 20 years, which, if you knew anything about that faith, is one of the few Christian churches that ordain gay ministers and women. Hillary, however, has made a habit of attending prayer meetings with right-wing (re: anti-gay) lawmakers; they are some of her biggest allies. Everyone has some questionable friends here.

  45. RTO says – reply to this


    1145

    I love how everyone gets so mad over politics. Seriously …. 90% of people that actually come to this site are not even old enough to vote.. and Most of them are just pulling there opinions from mommy and daddy. The other half that are old enough to vote probably wont because there to busy sitting there fat asses in front of the computer. the end .

    PS- I'm voting Hillary Clinton

  46. L says – reply to this


    1146

    fuck off perez

  47. WTFperez says – reply to this


    1147

    If You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep, then I'd say you were a drugged out sycophant.
    Why don't you focus on the issues for a change, instead of this political gossip garbage? Stop pretending to know anything about politics. No one is buying it. I'm embarassed for you.

  48. Jim says – reply to this


    1148

    Cover entertainment news, and leave the politics to the big boys, idiot.

  49. dinodavid220 says – reply to this


    1149

    OBAMA IS SOOOOOO BLACK THAT WHEN HE GETS OUT OF HIS LIMO……THE OIL LIGHT COMES ON………..

  50. Joe says – reply to this


    1150

    It's bias shit like this that makes me avoid your website now. This is the first time I've bothered going to your website in weeks. You are so bias and it's a shame that when somebody doesn't want to be interviewed by you, you automatically make them out to be this horrible person. You could have been one of the few great people out there that actually write about all the information on all of the candidates yet you seem too preoccupied with hating barrack obama and kissing hillary's shrine. Just because she "supports gay rights" doesn't mean that she's going to do anything about it.

  51. NoMoBama says – reply to this


    1151

    Barack Obama is an illusion. He is not who he says he is. He has groomed himself for the presidency for years. His first election to office was through an act of treachery against State Senator Alice Palmer, a fellow progressive who was respected by her constituency. Barack made sure that she wouldn't be on the ballot. Once he vanquished all of his opponents, he ran for Alice's seat. That sure doesn't sound to me like someone who is above the fray. It was dirty, calculated politics by a man who would like us all to think he is something new and different. Open your eyes people.

  52. alwaysclassy says – reply to this


    1152

    God help us all if this inexperienced, racist homophobe becomes president!

  53. Ty says – reply to this


    1153

    Perez are you upset just b/c this guy is an apparent 'homophobe'? would you still be upset if this guy was say…….hated asians??? This guy is someone that Obama goes to for SPIRITUAL counseling…not gay bashing counseling. I have friends that don't agree with some of my views and I damn sure don't agree with some of theirs…..when have you ever heard Obama say something like gay people suck" or anything like that. Just because his friends doesn't like gay pepople doesn't mean Obama is the same way. And if you keep up with the news he's clearly not. How many gay bashing friends do you think Hillary has?????????

  54. disgusted says – reply to this


    1154

    That's it I'm never coming to this stupid site again! I have only ever come on here to abuse you and publicise your ignorance, Perez but I don't think you worth even that now. How dare you post this crap! Don't you realise that your opinions about anything are irrelevant! Get a real job! Anybody can write shit on a computer and post it on a website! YOU ARE A JOKE!

  55. Donna says – reply to this


    1155

    Look at this!

  56. goldengurl says – reply to this


    1156

    i am SO sick of u putting stupid shit up like this, he already said he doesn't agree with his pastor, and he's FOR gay rights, do your homework before you spread bullshit lies!!!!

  57. J says – reply to this


    1157

    What does something that someone else said have anything to do with Obama?! No, you cannot judge a person by the company he keeps. So if some person that I see every once in awhile, say every blue moon when I am in town says something foolish, or kills someone, or whatever, I am supposed to be looked down upon?!

    Since no one can find something bad to use against Obama they pick the most bizarre outlandish things to go by. Lets stopping trying to dig holes in our future president. Surely you don't want McCain to win! Think homosexuals have it hard now, if McCain becomes president you might want to book a 1 way ticket to Mars.

  58. Dani says – reply to this


    1158

    First - No, you judge a person by the company they keep, because Rev. Wright's statements are his personal opinions that Barack Obama has spent most of his life trying to overcome. Second - It is funny that Jeremiah Wright is being used to bash Barack Obama, however it has not been mentioned (from what i have seen on this site) that Rev. Wright was invited to the White House TWICE during Bill Clinton's time as president. One of the times was actually the breakfast where Bill Clinton confessed his "sins" (his own words), a truly personal event. Now, explain to me again about your "bad company" theory.

    No, Hillary, you didn't pick him to be your pastor, but your husband picked him to be in attendance when he finally confessed his affair. Now which is more "in your company" your Pastor or your friend??

  59. Khadra Abdulle says – reply to this


    1159

    DUDE THIS GUY IS AMAZING !

  60. live says – reply to this


    1160

    Re: Mischa – wow. be more racist. what if we had a president that had you're morals? oh wait we do….just ask the victims of Katrina

  61. Flood says – reply to this


    1161

    shut up you old hag. Obama wants gay rights - stop trying to find anything to back up your wild claims.

  62. Heatherr Monroe says – reply to this


    1162

    Stop reporting your biased political news.
    Just because you're a Clinton supporter doesn't give you the right to only show the bad things about Obama. Those opinions are those of his reverend and friend. Are you telling me you agree with every single one of your friends' opinions? Get your head out of your ass you fascist prick.

  63. erica says – reply to this


    1163

    perez, i don't agree with what my priest says all of the time either, just like anyone else barack makes his own decisions. he has expressed COUNTLESS numbers of times that he supports the gay community. damnit i watched him dance with ellen degeneres on her show. i know that you are pro-clinton, but the fact is is that barack has the better chance of winning, if he does indeed win by june 10, i hope that you will have the decency to support him, not only because he is from the democratic party which you so have chosen, but because he will also do a fine job.

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