Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Some of the pundits were not impressed with Obama's renouncement of his former pastor yesterday. Joe Scarborough on MSNBC's Morning Joe said he looked like he was reading a recipe for cheesecake. Can you imagine the outrage had he delivered his message with fire-breathing passion?

What I saw was a man in a lot of pain. Rather than soft, I saw wounded, injured, hurt deeply, a man who had just been knee-capped by someone he considered a friend. And he had to make a break from this long-term relationship, maintaining his composure, before a bank of microphones and cameras while the whole world watched. Can you imagine the pressure he was under?

But he kept his cool! He didn't raise his voice, he didn't show much emotion, he did what he had to do in a very measured, reasonable manner. It made me admire him even more. I hope it translates into new support from some who were undecided.

Most of the undecided voters in this year's election are white, middle-aged men, some usually identify as Independents, most say they are Republicans. They feel left out of this year's contest which is usually dominated by white, middle-aged men. I guess we'll get to see which bias gets less support - age, sex, or race.

1 comment:

Zoilus said...

Obama's still done more than McCain for Hagee's comments:

"As a nation, America is under the curse of God, even now. Look at the Scriptures and decide for yourself. The stand we have taken on abortion, the stand we have taken against God in our classrooms, just may have sealed our doom." --John Hagee, Day of Deception (1997), "Chapter Five: America Under a Curse," p. 103

According to Hagee, in the case of curses humans speak against each other, "[if} you are not protected by the blood of Christ that curse will stick. It can follow you and your family for generations." The implication is that Christianity alone confers special protection against curses, which slide off Christians but stick to people of all other faiths and beliefs. In a later book, Hagee has described a terrible, permanent divine curse upon Jews for worshipping idols. To work and to sweat, explains Hagee, are the curses of men while menstruation and childbearing are curses of women.

There are many curses that afflict individuals, some of them unsurprising - incest and thievery incur divine penalty, but other curses Hagee describes seem better placed in the Medieval Era than the post-Enlightenment age. The poor may be cursed simply because they're poor; divine curses can extend for four generations so that Americans can be cursed for the deeds of their great-great grandparents and disobedient children can be cursed for rebelliousness.

America is also collectively cursed for specific reasons, such as legalized abortion and a Supreme Court decision against sectarian Bible classes in public schools but also, more generally, for rebelling against God. As a consequence of America's disobedience and rebellion, according to McCain-endorser John Hagee, God's has cursed America and that curse has caused American military defeats, in Korea and Vietnam, plagues such as AIDS and social blights like violent crime. God's curse on America has also led "hundreds of thousands" to secretly sacrifice children to the devil.

Pastor Hagee bears in on Hollywood, with special intensity, as an almost uniquely pernicious curse on the nation - "Hollywood continues to show its hatred towards God, because Hollywood hates Christianity. It is... a cancer that eats at the soul of the country."