Hi. My name is Adam.

Ready. Set…

Posted in Uncategorized by adambsullivan on June 4, 2008

Anouncements yesterday by Barack Obama and John McCain have effectively started the general election campaign season. I think Obama won the nomination because TV news decided that he had won it more than a month ago. I have more thoughts on that but they’re not nearly ordered enough to deliver here.

However, what I do have beef with is pundits’ comparisons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright with conservitive Christians in the McCain camp. There are a few things that make these endoresments completely different. I’ll even make the “few things” numerical for easy reading.

1. John McCain does not attend the church of Falwell or Hagee. In fact, he’s done his best to distance himself from them and many in the neo-con movement since long before he’d marked his position as the “presumptive nominee.” Obama, on the other hand, went to Wright’s church for nearly 20 years. Twenty years. That’s longer than the lifespan of most of Obama’s misinformed supporters. <(That's called satire. Chill).

2. While McCain will occasionally smile and shake hands with rightist ministers, Obama has called Wright his “spiritual mentor.” Comments like that give fuel to those who like to tie a politician’s faith to a politician’s decision making. Obama has made it clear that Wright and his services are a large part of who he is; to say that religion holds no relevance to a candidate’s validity is extremely naive.

3. Falwell and the like have made outrageous comments ranging in content from AIDS being a curse to gays to Hurricane Katrina being God’s will to punish lesbians. I won’t argue that these comments are any more or less anti-American than Wright’s “God Damn America” rants. Neither Wright or “Falwell and company” should be taken seriously, and for the most part, I don’t think they are. However, Wright is a clear racist. He preaches and defends “black theology.” Black theologists insist that Jesus came to deliver “black power.” They insist that to reach salvation (Oh, and only blacks can reach salvation), one must break from supposed “white oppression.” And, finally, they insist that a God that would love white people is not a God worth worshiping. Obama’s association with Wright is far from similar to McCain’s association with right-wing Christians. The situation would become almost identical if McCain received endorsements from KKK leaders and attended cross-burning rallies for 20 years.

4. Last, Obama can no longer be taken seriously when he talks of being different than the “Washington types.” Obama eventually cut ties with his church of two decades. If he’d done this because it was the right thing to do, it would have happened years ago. He clearly did this out of political need. Obama is business as usual: He does what he needs to do in order to get votes. I’m not saying that’s right or wrong, it’s just the way it is.

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