Rev. Wright accepts award in San Francisco

May 28, 2009 11:48:17 AM PDT
One of the most controversial figures of the 2008 presidential campaign was honored in San Francisco on Sunday.

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"Beware when politicians call a bunch of preachers together," said President Barack Obama's former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, during a sermon to a standing room only crowd at the Church for Fellowship of all People.

Rev. Wright is the minister at Obama's former church in Chicago. The two had a falling out over sermons that condemned U.S. policies.

Rev. Wright defended his earlier sermons, which made him a controversial figure during the race for the White House. He told ABC7 that the public never heard the entire sermons that were used against the Democratic candidate for president.

"What they heard was taken out of context to portray an image of hatred, anti-American, incendiary, unpatriotic... hogwash. Anybody who listened to the sermon would say, 'Oh, they played a game on us,'" he said.

Wright was in town to accept an award in honor of the late civil rights leader Howard Thurman.

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