Last week the church had a guest pastor, Father Phleger, who went insane on the pulpit (a la Wright). Having lived on the South Side of Chicago, I take for granted that Father Phleger is a complete jackass. However, the appaling aspect of that sermon was not Phleger’s obvious race-baiting idiotic commentary, but the reactions of those in the crowd around him. They were jumping up and down, hooting and hollering in complete agreement with the ridiculous things that were being said. Shameful.
So people are now asking: This is the church the self-proclaimed “Uniter” has been attending for the past 20 years?? Sitting side-by-side with those same people hootin and hollering in agreement to racist comments??
There’s an old saying: You’re judged by the company you keep. Well, for 20 years, that was the company he kept, and in my mind at least, his “resignation” is waayy to little waayy too late.
JO, do you have the same reaction to a candidate who sought out the endorsement of a known anti-semitic, anti-catholic minister and only after cricitism was raised decided to distance himself from him?
Am I thrilled that Obama was part of a church that brings in ministers like this? No, and I wish he had distanced himself from it sooner, but then we have a few snapshots of what might be the edge case of the behavior at this church. Its certainly not a plus in Obama’s column, but I find it hard to be so harsh about judging him when he hasn’t shown such behavior himself.
And again, McCain sought OUT a known bad religious leader. How is that not worse judgment?
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been wondering when Senator Obama would finally realise just how bad an impression his association with TUCC for 20 years was providing (and continuing to provide) …
He should get credit for making the decision to shift to a different church … and he has regained a little credibility … it would have been better to have done so *before* the latest round of idiocy from the TUCC pulpit, but he should still get some credit for having made the decision …
Part of me, I must admit, is expecting to read about Barack and Obama joining the congregation at Saint Sabina next …
Since JO won’t answer, why don’t you answer Alasdair? Where was the outrage against McCain for seeking out the approval of a known anti-semitic anti-catholic preacher? After criticism started coming in from people outside the religious right he of course changed his mind, but i’d say ACTIVELY seeking out a known hate monger vs. being part of a church and finding out the preacher was a hate monger is worse.
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