Obama Pastor Cancels Events, Safety Fears

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Barack Obama's former pastor is canceling speeches after a backlash over his controversial sermons.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright cited security concerns in calling off appearances this week in Texas and Florida.

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"The safety of the institution to which he has been invited; the safety of his family, which has been placed in harm's way; and for his own safety," the Rev. Marcus Cosby told the Houston Chronicle. Cosby is pastor at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston.

Wright also canceled his appearance Tuesday in Florida at a Tampa-area church. Church officials said they had asked Wright to cancel his scheduled three-day appearance because of security questions.

Clinton Weighs in on Controversy.

Until now, Sen. Hillary Clinton has avoided commenting on the Rev. Wright controversy.

Today, she said she would have left the church if her minister talked about America the way Obama's pastor has.

"We have a choice when it comes to the pastors and the churches we attend. I was asked what I would do if he were my pastor and I said I think the choice would be clear," Clinton said.

In his speech last week, Obama condemned Rev. Wright's remarks, but said he would not disown his longtime friend and spiritual mentor.

Sources: CBN News, The Associated Press

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