Politicians should do a little more checking before accepting ministers' endorsements.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain finally figured out how harmful endorsements from controversial ministers John Hagee and Rod Parsley were to his campaign and repudiated them last week.
After Hagee, a megachurch pastor based in San Antonio, Texas, endorsed McCain in February, his anti-Catholic remarks were brought up, as were some of his beliefs about Israel. McCain was urged to repudiate Hagee’s endorsement, which he kinda-sorta did in March. The repudiation was made complete last week after Hagee’s comment that God used the Holocaust to drive the Jews to establish Israel came to light.
Parsley’s views on Islam as an anti-Christ, violent religion called that endorsement into question.
The question is, why did McCain seek the support of those two in the first place?
Is this an example of ignorance or laziness on the part of political candidates or their campaigns when it comes to vetting and allying themselves with religious figures?
Surely a few minutes spent Googling Hagee or Parsley would have warned a politician presenting himself as a moderate that endorsements from either one of them wouldn’t be a good idea. Not even Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister who also ran for the GOP nomination, went down that road.
Say what you want about Sen. Barack Obama’s on-again, off-again relationship with retired pastor Jeremiah Wright, but he had the good sense to replace Wright for the invocation at the announcement of his candidacy. Obama mishandled the more recent controversy over Wright’s positions on issues, but no worse than McCain mishandled the Hagee and Parsley situations.
There’s been a lot of talk the past couple years that politicians are finally recognizing the importance of religion in people’s lives and involving it in their campaigns,
but the experiences of Obama and McCain indicate that that may not be such a good idea.
The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the young girls are dressing like hookers again thanks to the fashions being foisted upon them by the clothing industry and the entertainment media.
You want a modest, long dress for your daughter? Either make it yourself, hunt through a thrift store in an area where some religious conservatives live, or spend big bucks over the Internet.
Except in rare cases, we have no sense of protecting our daughters from presenting themselves in inappropriate ways anymore.
Have we given up? Is the culture so rampant with indecency that there’s no point in trying?
Then when we try to protect our children from being corrupted by an indecent culture we’re accused of sheltering them from the real world.
As if that were a bad thing.
It’s been said many times before, but I’ll say it again. We should let children be children and not try to sexualize them.
What we need to do is say "No" to the revealing outfits, the expensive toys and the cultural overexposure.
Michael Miller covers religion for the Journal Star. Write to him in care of the Journal Star, 1 News Plaza, Peoria, IL 61643, call him at 686-3106, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may be published.