Jeremiah Wright: I knew about hatred. I knew about prejudice. That you tell a lie long enough that people start believing it.
Niebuhr Reinhold: That's our predicament, that this despotism, which we regard with abhorrence, is rather too plausible in decaying feudal, agrarian, pastoral societies.
Wright: A guy's wife walks out on him with his best friend. Killed hundreds of hard-working people; mothers and fathers who left home to go that day, not knowing that they would never get back home.
Reinhold: This is the true religion.
Wright: Exactly, exactly.
Reinhold: That's their chief offense, but there are particular causes.
Wright: Afghanistan, Darfur, rapes in the Congo, Katrina, Lower Ninth Ward, that's the world you leave. Our hands have no blood on them.
Reinhold: The more complex the world situation becomes, the more scientific and rational analysis you have to have, the less you can do with simple good will and sentiment.
Wright: “That different means deficient.” I think that’s a fair bumper sticker.
Reinhold: You may hear that. I wouldn’t agree with that.
Wright: Of course not.
Reinhold: I don’t think we do.
Wright: Getting people off drugs. No, keep that part out.
Reinhold: Well, how come?
Wright: Because they would rather cling to what they are taught. Because I want revenge.