Saturday, May 17, 2008

A Man of Faith (the brochure says so)

Barack Obama drapes himself in his Christian credentials.

Apparently when Mike Huckabee (a former pastor) did much the same thing, he was appealing to the worst impulses of the Religious Right. When Obama does it, there is no problem. Apparently.

I want to see Obama posed on the steps of the Parthenon -- the one in Nashville -- speaking about classical values. A little speech about arete. Then I would vote for him for sure.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand it either. I have friends, fairly hard-core atheists, who have hated ANY mention of religion by a politician. Have said loud and long that religion and politics should never mix and that any politician who admits that religion has an strong influence in thier lives/ethics is unfit for office.

They are voting for Obama.

I don't get it.


3:52 PM  
Blogger Carol Maltby said...

Given that he's been labeled as being Muslim by many in the right-wing press, it is hardly surprising that Obama would stress his Christian practice.

Obama's religious ties are pretty lightweight compared to Mike Huckabee's.

Huckabee has strong connections with the Dominionist cult of Bill Gothard, and has been working to give Gothard's stealth theocracy a solid base in the Arkansas government.

Chilling stuff, and not healthy for Pagans (or other living things) of any political persuasion. I wouldn't write Huckabee and his theocrat cohorts off just because he didn't get the GOP nomination this time, and I think we'd better be ready to counter them when next they are in the spotlight on the national scene.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Hecate said...

When Obama does it, there is no problem. Apparently.

Oh, I have a problem with it.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Morningangel said...

It is not possible in today's America to be elected without assuming a mantle of xianity. Obama, though, offers us the hope that the constitutional promise of separation of church and state will be upheld. (You may be interested in the speech at the url I posted above.) Do we truly want more? I am willing--no, I am eager--to allow people to pursue their religious faiths. All I require is that they do not impose them on me. --Morning Angel

1:02 PM  

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