Is Safety the Real Issue?

Reverend Wright is bowing out of commitments to preach around the country. The excuse given is safety - “the safety of the institution to which he has been invited; the safety of his family, which has been placed in harm’s way; and for his own safety.” In the world of spin, this is certainly a more sympathetic explanation than saying something like, "Barack begged me - please lay low until further notice, you're killing my chances to be President with this hateful crap that you spew!"