March 15, 2008.
I only worry that it is the Clinton’s who are bringing this up. I think in a sense he had to be “vetted,” but I would not like to think of them as bigots. I do wonder who put out the videos.
But I also, as in the case of the New York governor, want to know the rest of the story — in his case who are the other clients, if he is #9? It is devious and wrong to only attack him, even though, like Senator Craig, it couldn’t have happened to a more “deserving” person.
In Obama’s church issue, I am not that surprised — even though it is out of character for a United Church of Christ church to be so bigoted, even for people who have suffered. My point, and I think it is a major one for intelligent people, is what is the opposite. A little bit of the “opposite” comes with McCain’s “friends” such as Hagee, or if Focus on the Family supports him, or Pat Robertson. Pat said the same thing this black preacher said — and he was “covered” for it by the media a little bit, most taking him as a joke, which can not be done for Obama’s preacher.
But having grown up in the racially segregated south and heard the sermons of white preachers in the Baptist and Methodist pulpits (remember George Wallace? He was a Methodist), who said terrible, un-Christian things such as God does not approve of blacks and whites living together. It was preachers who supported the KKK, and what would you expect from a black preacher who was honest if he didn’t say (or she) that Hillary had not experienced being arrested for “driving while black? or of being discriminated against everyday of her life.
I would think that at 75, having gone through how many presidential campaigns, I would have some knowledge, but I don’t. But I do have confidence that perhaps we need to finally go through this issue. It is only complicated with the darn fact that a woman is the other choice. Damn it — we go all this time and here we bring up a woman and a black at the same time? Who is charge here??? But we need to expose bigots, where ever they are, just as I, as a homosexual, need to know my enemies.
But the media, as exampled last night on Obama’s interview with someone also “accused” of being gay, and the interviewer pushed things that made him seem antagonistic to Obama.
I have wondered not how Barak Obama got to be what he is — his speeches, etc., got him there, and Geraldine is a racist to say what she said, considering that she got where she is by affirmative action because she was a woman. Because Obama’s race has not helped him. The question is a legitimate one: Will it hurt him?
Isn’t it a wonderful irony that here the attempt to attack him as being a secret Muslim, which didn’t work, has now been changed — speaking of change — and he is being attacked because his “Christian” church is racist. I wonder if the people asking this have ever attacked white churches in the south for being racist?
I do think that only people who questioned Romney on his Mormon religion have standing to question Obama. While it is wrong to attack either one of them on this aspect, at least such people are being “equal.”
As I think we all worry, we must not say that everyone who wants Hillary is a racist. It is another irony that the couple that has been considered very non racist, the Clintons, now seem to be defending themselves as being the ones secretly pushing racist attacks on Obama.
We do live in interesting times. I do consider this campaign to be not that bad — and our nation is making progress. I can be sure of that as a homosexual, life for me today is 90% better than it would have been if we had not worked to change the laws and educated the public, etc. And perhaps Obama and his supporters will be recorded in history as doing this for the race issue. I don’t think that Jesse Jackson and his type did — this is not the same work as Martin Luther King, this is politics. I am of course in favor of taking away the tax-exemption of every church that pushes a candidate or tries to change laws, such as the anti-gay marriage laws. That will shut them up, and they are the ones who are usually anti-gay, anti-black, anti-everything.
I do wonder if this Pew Report is accurate. It says that churches are losing members — across the board. And even if people are not leaving religion, they are shopping around, changing churches as often as they change cars or houses, jobs, etc. A good American free enterprise system at work.