Rev. Jeremiah Wright visiting local churches

TEMPLE TERRACE — The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose controversial statements were condemned by President-elect Obama during his campaign, is in town this week, according to a church Web site.

An announcement on the Bible-Based Fellowship Church of Temple Terrace's Web site said Wright would speak at the church's 11 a.m. service Sunday. It also said he will appear nightly at the church today through Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The church's pastor, the Rev. Earl B. Mason, and the Rev. Art Jones, a friend of Wright's and pastor of Bible-Based Fellowship of Carrollwood, could not be reached Sunday for details.

Wright, Obama's pastor and political adviser for 20 years, was scheduled to visit the church last March, his first public appearance after becoming a major political target during the presidential campaign.

Wright had visited the Temple Terrace church many times before but interest in his words was at an all-time high after inflammatory excerpts from past sermons began circulating through national media outlets and on the Internet.

The March visit was canceled just hours before Wright was to speak. Rev. Mason said there was too much media scrutiny and not enough police security.

Times staff writer Chandra Broadwater contributed to this report. Emily Nipps can be reached at nipps@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3431.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright visiting local churches 01/04/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 5, 2009 8:10pm]

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