while we’re on the subject

While we’re on the subject of hateful preachers and the politicians they support, and the politicians who will not disavow them, here’s a little information for the folks who will simply not let Rev. Wright go.

Here’s the man of whom John McCain said, “I am very honored today to have one of the truly great leaders in America, a moral compass, a spiritual guide… thank you for your leadership and your guidance. I am very grateful you are here,” Rod Parsley blaming the Great Depression and World War Two on “international bankers” (i.e., Jews) and who has been quoted as saying “The fact is that America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion (Islam) destroyed, and I believe September 11, 2001, was a generational call to arms that we can no longer ignore.” Ah yes. Here’s a good moral compass. A good spiritual guide. Where’s the front page op-piece on this guy?

That’s okay, though. Maybe McCain does think that we should wipe out Islam and the Jews are to blame for our current recession. But he also got the endorsement of Rev. John Hagee who had this to say about Hurricane Katrina:

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. The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades. So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know that there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment. And I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans.

Hello? New York Times? Washington Post? CNN? Anyone want to jump in here? Any takers? No? Well, okay. I guess you guys know better what the American people need to hear.

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7 thoughts on “while we’re on the subject

  1. I’ve seen this in a bunch of the media. John Stewart, while interviewing Newt Gingrich on his show the other night, questions Newt about this and other issues concerning these preachers.

    Of course, Newt’s response is along the lines of “McCain didn’t go to this guy’s church for 20 years, he’s just getting an endorsement.”

  2. Your example is a perfect example of the double standards that apply to both sides.

    There may be more egregious examples then this one but, AL mentioned what Newt would say, McCain did not go to this guys church for 20 years.

    That means that the two situations are not the same.

    Some similarities yes. But not the same.

  3. My final word on this subject will be in response to the statement that “I can’t understand why someone would go to this church when someone was saying these things.”

    The reality is that people do not go to churches for just one person. The reality is that Michelle Obama’s family has probably been members of Trinity United for generations. When Obama joins that family and joins that church, he is not saying “I am worshiping the very ground upon which Rev. Wright walks.” He’s saying “I want to belong to this community which is composed of some really good people, my wife and her family, charitable outreach programs, little baby Jesus, and oh yeah this crazy old preacher guy who I’m probably going to have to distance myself from if I ever decide to go into politics.”

    That’s not the same thing as choosing to “listen” to this guy for 20 years. And, for the record, he did try to distance himself from Wright, in a subtle and out-of-the-limelight kind of way well over a year ago. Which obviously did not sit well with Wright.

    Secondly, as soon as this “became an issue,” Obama tried to distance himself further from Wright and tried to highlight the difference of opinion between himself and Wright. As soon as McCain gets the endorsement of an anti-semite and Islamaphobe, he calls him a great American, a moral compass, a spiritual guide. No, maybe McCain didn’t spend 20 years in his church, but certainly could have distanced himself from the racist and hate-filled speeches of someone who has endorsed his candidacy. That’s the double standard.

    Now. If you’ll all excuse me. I have to go to my own religious community. Y’all wanna keep talking about this, have fun. But I’m moving on.

  4. Here’s the McCain pastor problem story. It’s in Newsweek and it is regarding some pastor named John Hagee.

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/135385

    Has not received the press that Obama has. But it’s there none the less.

    I don’t like either the left or right wing evangelists. They both make me sick.

  5. Well, it looks almost official now. Obama will be the nominee. Hillary really needs to withdraw immediatelty now.

    NBC’s Tim Russert has declared that Obama has won the nomination.

  6. I am starting to hear more about McCain’s relationship with the extreme right evangelists.

    I think the reason we were hearing so much more about Obama’s pastor and not the McCain issues was because Obama was in the middle oif a brusing and still undecided primary election while McCain had already secured the nomination.

    Now that the general election campaign will be starting up, I think you will be hearing a lot more about McCain’s issues including the right wing pastors. So I think it will balance out.

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