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Two men who created waves for President Barack Obama on the campaign trail have appeared together at a suburban Chicago church to promote Mideast peace.

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. and 1960s radical William Ayers spoke Sunday at First United Church of Oak Park during a forum on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Event organizers say the men were invited because of their work on the conflict, not their political fame.

Wright, the former head of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, was Obama’s pastor for two decades. But Obama distanced himself from Wright after video clips of the pastor’s more incendiary remarks were widely circulated.

Ayers, a co-founder of the Weather Underground, once served with Obama on a charity board.

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