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Preachers and Politics

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Preachers and Politics
posted by Katha Pollitt

For years, Democrats have been trying to shed their secular image in order to appeal to voters who think Jesus is a Republican. As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for, because now, thanks to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the Democrats have got religion and everything that comes with it -- weirdness, wrath, insult, blowhardiness, vanity, paranoia, divisiveness and trouble. When Barack Obama told the 2004 Democratic convention, "We worship an awesome god in the blue states," this probably wasn't the result he had in mind.

By repudiating Wright Tuesday, Obama missed a chance to call on McCain to turn away from his own problematic clerical helpers. McCain still welcomes the endorsement of the televangelist John Hagee, who has famously attributed Hurricane Katrina to God's wrath at homosexuals, calls the Catholic church "the great whore," claims the Koran commands Muslims to kill Jews and Christians, condemns the Harry Potter books as witchcraft, and wants a world war over Israel, whose most aggressive settlement policies he vigorously supports, because it will precipitate the Second Coming of Christ.

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May. 2nd, 2008 01:41 am (UTC)
What ever happened to the separation of state and church? Now what fun would it be if we couldn’t make the electoral process a episode of Jerry Springer? Of course this it the country that was originally settled for freedom of religion… and our government created for freedom of taxes…
May. 2nd, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
separation of state and church
Apparently that was part of that pesky Constitution, which has fallen out of favor with politics and populace alike.

Plus, if we didn’t focus on McCarthyish guilt-by-association, we’d have to center our attention on the actual ISSUES, and where’s the fun in that? Booooring!
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