CHICAGO – Having grown up in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Capers C. Funnye {Fun`YEA) Jr. was encouraged by his pastor to follow in his footsteps. Instead, he became a rabbi.

His congregation on the Far Southwest Side of Chicago is predominantly black, and while services include prayers and biblical passages in Hebrew, the worshipers sometimes break into song, swaying back and forth like a gospel choir.

Rabbi Funnye was pleased when, unannounced, Presidential candidate Barack Obama entered his Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Church in Chicago Tuesday and announced that he wanted to become a Jew.
” I’m falsely being accused of being a Muslim, and Jeremiah Wright, my Minister and friend; the pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, is causing me problems with his fiery sermons denouncing this great country,” Obama said angrily. ” I’ve given it a lot of thought. Some of my best friends are Jewish, and I even know a few words in Yiddish”

Rabbi Funnye called a meeting of his temple board which enthusiastically endorsed Obama’s decision.
Both Obama and Rabbi Funnye attended A a hastily called press conference, Obama reiterated that he was converting to the Jewish faith, and Rabbi Funnye said that he would officiate at the ceremony of conversion. “I imagine that he would have to be Bar Mitzvahed and circumcised, and a yarmulke would cover his bad haircut.” he observed ” Yes, the country will readily accept a black Jewish President!”

Ron Timmons of the Ft. Worth Times interviewed Fred Dean, Grand Dragon of the Texas Ku Klux Klan and asked him what the response would be among his members, should Obama win the election.

” You can be certain that a flaming cross will appear on the White House lawn every night….Oy vey, what a terrible thought!” moaned Timmons