Rev. Jeremiah Wright returning to Macon to preach

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose fiery sermons were a source of controversy during the 2008 presidential elections, will return to Macon this month to preach three nights at a local church revival.

Wright will visit St. Paul AME Church in east Macon, where he spoke last year and in 2007.

“Anyone can attend,” St. Paul pastor Ronald Slaughter said. “We just don’t allow any cameras or recorders.”

Wright’s visit last October, also for a revival, was met by a small roadside protest outside the church. Wright was for many decades pastor at a large Chicago church where President Obama was a member. Eventually, though, snippets of some of Wright’s sermons caused such an outcry that Obama, then an Illinois senator running for president, distanced himself from Wright.

In the most famous of those snippets, Wright takes the U.S. government to task for treating some citizens as “less than human.” He says black people shouldn’t sing “God Bless America” but “God d--- America.”