The Daily Dish: In Jesus’ Name, Vote McCain

The Daily Dish (Andrew Sullivan) 10/11/08

In Jesus’ Name, Vote McCain

At a McCain rally, an invocation:

“I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons,” [Pastor] Conrad said.

“And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day,”

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Country Contemplative: When doctrine trumps the Gospel

Country Contemplative

When doctrine trumps the Gospel

It seems then as now the church can be very wrong. The Pope signed a Concordat with Hitler which guaranteed the life of the Catholic Church in Germany but in so doing he stood not for Christ, but for the political entity of the Catholic Church. We have Christian chaplains in our armed forces who routinely bless members of our armed forces who will kill or be killed in battle. That’s not the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s not love your enemies. That is political expediency.

Senator Obama is pro-choice. Pro-choice is not pro-abortion,  it is pro-choice. Senator McCain is not pro-choice and he’s going to get a pass from some narrow minded Catholics who can turn their back on their brothers and sisters whose blood cries out from the killing grounds of Iraq and Afghanistan. Demonizing the poor and marginalized is okay as long as you’re not pro-choice. You can defecate on the Constitution of the United States of America as long as you’re not pro-choice. You can turn your back on the Gospel of Jesus Christ as long as you’re not pro-choice. You can race bait and slander as long as you’re not pro-choice. If that’s what it means to be Catholic then I don’t want to be one.

Media Matters: Rose Tennent: “I don’t think you can be a Christian and vote for Barack Obama”

Media Matters

Rose Tennent: “I don’t think you can be a Christian and vote for Barack Obama”

Summary: On The War Room with Quinn & Rose, co-host Rose Tennent twice stated that “I don’t think you can be a Christian and vote for Barack Obama.” Tennent and co-host Jim Quinn also referenced comments Obama made on This Week with George Stephanopoulos to again falsely suggest that Obama is not a Christian.

Blog for our Future: Cultural Relativism: It’s not just for pinkos any more

Blog for our Future (9/27/08)

Cultural Relativism: It’s not just for pinkos any more

Here is Bill Donohue of the Catholic League:

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments today on news reports that an African minister once asked God to protect Sarah Palin from witchcraft:

“In 2005, Sarah Palin went to church and found that a visiting minister from Kenya, Bishop Thomas Muthee, was doing the service. He offered a prayer asking Jesus to keep her free from ‘every form of witchcraft.’ Palin said nothing—she simply kept her head bowed throughout the blessing. Why this is newsworthy is one issue, but why it has quickly become the subject of scorn is another.

“Witchcraft is a sad reality in many parts of Africa, resulting in scores of deaths in Kenya over the past two decades. Bishop Muthee’s blessing, then, was simply a reflection of his cultural understanding of evil. While others are not obliged to accept his interpretation, all can be expected to respect it. More than that—Muthee should be hailed for asking God to shield Palin from harmful forces, however they may be manifested. And for this he is mocked and Palin ridiculed?

“We know that many cultural elites have a hard time embracing religion, but is it too much to ask that they at least show some manners when discussing subjects which most Americans hold dear?”

Let me say this slowly: I. Am. Not. Making. This. Up.

OpenLeft: I Found My Gut Reason for Voting Obama

OpenLeft: David Sirota (9/26/08)

I Found My Gut Reason for Voting Obama

I’m voting for Barack Obama to reject the people and the views I met head on earlier this week in a debate with fringe-conservative radio host Dennis Prager.
David Sirota :: I Found My Gut Reason for Voting Obama
The debate took place at a suburban high school in Denver in front of 1,500 people. These were almost all fans of Prager – I’d say the breakdown was 85%-15% Prager fans, to progressives. It was an almost uniformly white suburban crowd, and – judging by the giant SUVs and luxury cars in the parking lot – a wealthy one. At each and every turn when Prager slandered blacks, poor people, Muslims and liberals, the crowd went wild.For example, Prager said race in America is as significant “as shoe size” and then blamed African Americans for a society still struggling with structural racism. He said blacks are victims of liberals who tell them that there’s racism, when – according to Prager – there isn’t. That’s right, Prager insisted that African Americans are so stupid that they can be programmed by “liberals” to see a racism that he says doesn’t exist. When he said this, the crowd went crazy with applause, and when I pointed out the self-absorbed paternalistic insult of an all white crowd assuming such mindless ignorance of an entire community, I was booed.

Prager styles himself as a biblical “scholar” and he flaunted his conservative interpretation of the Bible as proof that conservativism is morally just. When I cited food stamp cuts as an example of how  conservatives don’t really govern in any way that respects the Bible’s words about helping the poor and sick, Prager laughed and said he never knew there was a Biblical passage on food stamps. Again, the crowd went crazy with celebration, and later, I got an email from one of his fans not taking issue with my point, but saying that it was unacceptable for me to make the point I made because Dennis Prager is a “biblical scholar” and apparently, that means no one can question him.

Booker Rising: Black Conservatives Join To Warn Fellow Believers About Making Skin Color Top Priority In Presidential Election

Booker Rising (9/24/08)

Black Conservatives Join To Warn Fellow Believers About Making Skin Color Top Priority In Presidential Election

While polls indicate up to 96% of U.S. black voters plan to vote for Sen. Barack Obama for president, a growing number of black conservative leaders are exhorting Christians not to vote based on skin color but on character. The latest edition of Freedom’s Journal Magazine poses the question, “Are we more Black than Christian?” is published in the liberal Democrat’s South Side Chicago backyard. It warns that Black America could be harmed if Sen. Obama emerges victorious on November 4.

“Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream that future generations be judged by the content of their character would be set back decades if Obama wins based on racial loyalty alone. Obama’s skewed approach to traditional Judeo-Christian values and his obvious inexperience in leading through times of crisis would spell disaster for the black community and our nation as a whole,” Dr. Eric Wallace, founder of Wallace Multimedia Group, LLC and Freedom’s Journal Magazine said.

“Christians who are tempted to support Barack because of a feeling that we aren’t doing enough to fight poverty, racism or sexism, etc. need to realize that the government cannot (and should not) do the work of the Church,” Dr. Wallace states in his editorial, “Unto the Least of These.” “As a matter of fact, government will, in almost every case, limit what can be done.”