By Fredreka Schouten
TAMPA — The first public appearance of Barack Obama's controversial pastor since his inflammatory comments rocked the presidential campaign was abruptly called off Tuesday.
The cancellation of Jeremiah Wright's appearance at a church revival meeting here came as Obama's Democratic rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, delivered her most pointed criticism to date about the issue.
At a news conference in Greensburg, Pa., Clinton said she would have left the church had her minister said the things about America that Obama's pastor has. "I think that, given all we have heard and seen, he would not have been my pastor," she said. Her comments represent a departure from her previous silence over the furor.
Wright's sermons have included blistering attacks on government policy. In one sermon, lamenting the treatment of blacks, he said: "God d--- America for treating our citizens as far less than human."