Georgia Democrat Rev. Raphael Warnock didn’t get a lot of scrutiny in his initial run for the Senate seat in the state. But now that he’s going to a run-off against Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), he’s getting a lot more attention into his background. And a lot of stuff is coming out that is not going to thrill people in Georgia.
First there was the news that he was a youth pastor at a church in New York City that hosted a celebration for Fidel Castro. The act was celebrated as “civil disobedience” against the U.S. blockade on Cuba and Castro was introduced as a great and honorable man, and a hero of the struggling people around the world, according to Fox. Warnock’s team claimed he had no decision making power at the time but it shows the nature of the church in which he was involved.
Then Warnock also defended the firebrand pastor Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s pastor for years. According to the Free Beacon:
Warnock has been one of Wright’s most consistent public supporters. In 2014, he praised Wright’s “God Damn America” sermon in a speech at the Auburn Avenue Research Library.
“You ought to go back and see if you can find and read, as I have, the entire sermon. It was a very fine sermon. And Jeremiah Wright was right when he said the attack on him was in a real sense an attack on the black church,” Warnock said. “The message of Jeremiah Wright was that public policy has consequences.”
In the sermon, not only did Wright say “God Damn America,” he compared U.S. leaders to Al Qaeda and said that HIV was invented by the government as a way to kill black people.
Warnock has also made anti-Israel statements and has claimed Jesus was Palestinian according to the Free Beacon.
In 2018, Warnock claimed in a sermon that “the government of Israel shoot[s] down unarmed Palestinian sisters and brothers like birds of prey.” He also criticized the U.S. government for moving its embassy to Jerusalem and blamed the “mealy-mouthed Evangelical preachers, who are responsible for the mess that we found ourselves in both there and here.”
In a 2014 speech, Warnock also described Jesus as a “Palestinian peasant,” a claim that contradicts biblical and scholarly descriptions of Jesus as a Jewish man from Judea.
But today, more information dropped that was troubling, the news that Warnock had been arrested for obstructing in a suspected child abuse investigation police were conducting at his church camp.
According the Baltimore Sun, court documents said Warnock and another pastor tried to prevent the police from interviewing counselors at the camp.
The ministers interrupted a police interview of a counselor Wednesday in a room at the camp and, after investigators moved the interview to a nearby picnic area, interfered again and subsequently tried to prevent a camper from directing police to another potential witness, according to charging documents.
“I’ve never encountered resistance like that at all,” said Trooper Diane Barry of the state police Child and Sexual Assault Unit in Westminster. Barry said the counselors consented to the interviews after being told they were free to go at any time and were not obligated to answer her questions.
The police did say that neither pastor was a suspect in the case. Warnock said he was only trying to see that the counselors had lawyers before being interviewed. If that were true, why would they need that and shouldn’t his first concern be the suspected child abuse?
But Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) wondered whether the media would even ask Warnock about this.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 11, 2020
If a Republican helped run a camp for children that was investigated for child abuse—and then was arrested for trying to block the investigation—the media would be asking a lot of questions.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) November 11, 2020
If it were a Republican, we know this would be the top of the news, highlighted on the hour, every hour on CNN. But given the critical nature of control of the Senate hanging in the balance on the Georgia race, don’t expect liberal media to even be touching any issues like these.