Here is the letter that the Obamas sent to Reverend Moss at Trinity yesterday. It reads just like his statement at the press conference yesterday and was obviously written an a manner that would allow for it to be released to the press:
May 30, 2008
Dear Rev. Moss:
We are writing to make official our decision to end our membership at Trinity.
We make this decision with sadness. Trinity was where I found Christ, where we were married and where our children were baptized. We have many friends among the 8,000 congregants who attend there and we are pround of the extraordinary good works the church continues to perform throughout the community to help the hungry, the homeless and people in need of medical care. We also have come to appreciate your outstanding ministry and both think you have been, and will be, a wonderful pastor for years to come.
But as you know, our relations with Trinity have been strained by the divisive statements of Reverend Wright, which sharply conflict with our own views. Our larger concern is that because of my candidacy and membership at Trinity, these controversies have served as an unfortunate distraction for other Trinity member who seek to worship in peace, and ahve placed you in an untenable position as you establish your own ministry under very difficult circumstances
Our faith remains strong and we will find another church home for our family. But we also know that faith and prayer are not merely exercises to be discharged for two hours on Sunday. They are and always will be a bulwark for us in our daily lives.
We are grateful for our years as part of the Trinity community, and wish you all the best as you lead the congregation into the future. You, your family and the entire Trinity family will be in our thoughts and prayers
Michelle Obama Barack Obama