According to excerpts of a PBS interview released today, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright also says his comments were publicized by people who know nothing about his church.
Wright says that, as an activist, he's accustomed to being "at odds with the establishment," but the response to the sermons has been "very, very unsettling."
The interview is scheduled for broadcast Friday night. It's the first the pastor has given since video of his preaching gained national attention in March, putting Democratic presidential hopeful Obama on the defensive.
The controversy forced Obama to explain his 20-year association with the minister, who's retiring from Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.