Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Obama should have to explain why his preacher priased Louis Farrakhan

Or so the right wing believes. David Limbaugh touched on the subject in his latest article.
And no matter how uncomfortable it may be to broach the issue, McCain should make Obama answer for membership in a church whose long-time pastor's magazine lauded the overtly racist and anti-Semitic Louis Farrakhan as "truly epitomiz[ing] greatness." People are missing the boat in thinking Obama's vulnerability here can be sidestepped with a semantic dodge over whether to denounce or reject Farrakhan's support.

The real question is why Obama would choose to be in a church whose leading spiritual authority holds such repugnant views.
At this point it is helpful to note that McCain (according to Glenn Greenwald) recently solicited and was very pleased to receive the endorsement of Pastor John Hagee who said "All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that." So if we are going to have a discussion of how religion is influencing presidential candidates, it might not be that one sided.

I suppose I don't need to point out that Hagee is white and Christian and Farrakhan is black and Muslim. I also probably don't need to point out how raising this issue plays on white fears of brown people.

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