Monday, March 17, 2008

Crazy Pastors and the Candidates

I consider it fair game to consider a political candidate's religious affiliations and associations -- fair game for Barack Obama, whom I support, as it was fair game for Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and assorted Wide Stance candidates I'd never support.

Obama's pastor has said, among other things, that "god damn America" would be more appropriate than "god bless America" in view of how the USA has treated racial minorities. Obama has explicitly and publicly disagreed with this assessment (among others), so voters need not fear the prospect of a president Obama on grounds he would want god to damn America or whatever.

Obama has actually explained what Christianity means to him at great length and in public (just a part of which is highlighted here), and his reasons for identifying as a Christian have nothing to do with any form of black nationalism or radical liberation theology that would unnerve any reasonable person. While I don't agree with Obama's religious convictions, I find it extremely disingenuous to pretend he hasn't "come clean." He has explained himself quite thoroughly on these topics, and seems willing to go on explaining until everyone is sufficiently bored with his rather unexceptional Christianity. At least he is no longer being accused of being a secret Muslim.

Meanwhile, where is John McCain's explanation of his religious views and how they compare with those of Pastor Hagee, whose endorsement he has embraced? Does he agree with Hagee, for example, that

All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they are -- were recipients of the judgment of God for that.
Glennzilla further explores and documents the double standard.


mikesdak said...

I think part of it is the "old news" aspect. Republicans have been cozying up to these guys for years to get votes, then largely ignoring them when governing (which nearly bit them in the ass courtesy of Huckabee, and may yet in the general election if disillusioned religious righties abandon them). It's cynical politics at it's worst, but the media are used to hearing it.
Obama, by contrast, is new to the press, so there's lots of fresh meat to chew.

Mister Snitch! said...

I agree. It is fair game, especially when he's been listening to the guy speak for 20 years. I mean, come on. You didn't notice the guy was bad news?