Monday, August 18, 2008

What the Hell is a Rick Warren and Why are the Candidates Such Imbecils?

Question: What makes a mega church Pastor an appropriate moderator for a nationally televised Presidential debate?

This past weekend some cult leader named Rick Warren sat down with McCain and Obama to chat about life, politics and moral transgressions. Nothing too riveting to report: McCain is staunchly pro-life, Obama is pro-choice but not pro-abortion and he also dabbled in drugs; as for who came out on top in this freak show of political discourse, it appears McCain edged Obama simply by having a firm point of view. Take note Dems: you gotta get a gimmick.

Also, the more I see Obama in these "candid" interviews, the more shifty and uncomfortable he looks.

The big issue for me, however, is that the Evangelical mega-church movement, which is nothing short of an epidemic, continues to find ways to assert itself in American politics. If the media wanted to get soft and personal with the candidates they should have asked yours truly or Tyra Banks to host a sit-down, not some megalomaniac in a Hawaiian t-shirt who commandeers the faith of thousands of people on a weekly basis. But seeing as Jim Jones and David Koresh aren't around to host these sorts of chats, Rick Warren will have to do.

Here's a snippet from Saturday's interviews at the Saddleback Church.

Both candidates on abortion:


James said...

Funny that those evangelical pastors and some right wing politicians insist on following the Bible word for word but when it comes to adhering to one of the basic principles on which this country was founded, the politicians don't seem to give a damn about separation of church and state. If there are churches that have a problem with gay rights, pro-choice, or pre-marital sex, so be it, but keep it in the four walls of the chapel and leave us citizens alone. Leave it up to the voters and the lawmakers to keep everyone in check.

Anonymous said...

Agree with you concerning the Rick Warren "debate." But I've noticed that your criticisms of Obama tend to evoke racial stereotypes. Now he's "shifty." You remind me of a friend of my partner's (a republican) who when I asked him recently who he was gonna vote for, he said "McCain is just awful, so I guess I'll probably vote for Obama, the nigger." Just saying.


Anonymous said...

What does being "shifty" have to do with being black? I don't see any connection there.

I don't know how we can take this campaign seriously after the interviews that got the most attention took place with a pastor in an evangelical church. Ab-surd.

GCL said...

So shifty is a term you would associate with black people? That sounds more like your issue than mine, Dan. I've never made disaparaging racial comments about Barack, and never have I used the n-word. I may have poked fun at his Arabic last name, but I did it to highlight the historical irony of executing one Hussein and positoning another Hussein for the Presidency.