Sunday, March 16, 2008
Obama Denounces his Pastor: What Does it Mean?
Young Sarah Scott, budding social critic, has a spot on post about Obama's denouncing the racist remarks of his pastor of 20-years. She lays out the logical possibilities very well--and all of them show Obama in a very poor light.
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I pick B or C.
After all, Evangelicals (and unfortunately many more) seem to judge patriotism by a person's willingness to place a flagpin or one's hand in the right place during the pledge of allegiance or the national anthem, rather than by his or her questioning the true motives of an administration that has sent 4,000 Americans to die, thousands more to be maimed, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to their graves or to exile, for a war for which more justifications were given than Bill Clinton had extramarital affairs.
Besides, Evangelicals have already voted, not once but twice, for a man who either plays a Christian or is a Christian and has shown time and time again his disregard for his leader's teachings (and his voters' desires).
Perhaps Obama is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of millions of people. He might be excused if he thinks it is not hard to do.
Incidentally, I think this is exactly what we should expect for disregarding the rule that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." Who are we kidding? No religious test? This is a country where people who hold public office are all but forced to take their oath of office on the Bible. This is a country where candidates are ordinarily asked about the role religion plays in their lives in debates. This is a country where candidates and politicians fill their words with biblical passages, where being moral is still equated with one's belief in the Bible, in spite of all evidence that shows the weakness of the correlation.
So why act surprised, or even insulted, when politicians try to act as Christian as they possibly can? This is the monster you have helped create. Politicians have already gotten so good at faking Christianity that most people can no longer tell difference. Tell me I am wrong.
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