Barack Obama has left Chicago's Trinity Unity Church of Christ after 20 years, on a weekend dominated with news of a Florida and Michigan deal and the Puerto Rico primary. Addressing his resignation, Obama said:
It's clear that now that I'm a candidate for president, every time something is said in the church by anyone associated with Trinity, including guest pastors, the remarks will imputed to me even if they totally conflict with my long-held views, statements and principles. I have no idea how it will impact my presidential campaign but I know it was the right thing to do for me and my family.
The sermons and later expressed opinions of Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright have been a consistent political problem for Obama for the past few months. Sexist, and anti-Hillary Clinton, comments made by a visiting priest have brought the church back into the spotlight. While some may lament the fact that politics caused Obama to leave a church that he's been a member of for 20 years, others may take Obama at his word that he made the decision based on what he thought was better for his family.
The timing of his resignation may give Obama a prayer for avoiding a massive refocus on the controversial church. Are you happy to see that Barack left the controversial church?