Sunday, March 02, 2008

Endorsements: Who cares?

Barack Obama has been catching heat because Louis Farrakhan endorsed him. Now John McCain has been catching heat because John Hagee endorsed him.

Let's call the whole thing off. People can endorse any candidate they want. Candidates are not to be blamed for the people who endorse them. Jesus came to save sinners, and sinners followed him. That did not make Jesus a sinner. Leave it alone.

3 comments:

6 Generations said...

I care. Sure, anyone can endorse a person running for public office. Freely given and unsought endorsements tell us more about the endorser than about the candidate. But I certainly do care about whom a candidate COURTS for an endorsement. That courtship tells me something about the candidate. It bothers me that John McCain, a man whom I used to admire quite a lot, actively seeks endorsements from men such as John Hagee. As Matthew Yglesias notes on his post of March 1, "the issue has to do with the role of extremists in public life." Courting extremists legitimizes extremists. Hagee has a megaphone for his extremism in the Trinity Broadcasting Network, which, according to Sarah Posner, in The American Prospect, claims to reach "more than 92 million households in the U. S.. . . and has expanded its world wide reach into Muslim countries, including Iran. . . " Hagee supports war with Iran; such a war to him would be a holy war. Gee, I wonder what Iranians think when they hear this message? And see an American leader appearing in public with such a guy and praising the fellow for his "Christian" leadership? Yeah, those are the folks we want to have the ear of our leaders. . .

Also, neither Barak Obama nor John McCain is Jesus Christ.

David said...

Bob Dylan: "I said, 'You know, they refused Jesus, too.'
"He said, 'You ain't him.'"

Anonymous said...

I once read a statement to the following effect: "no matter which side of an issue you are on, there will always be some on your side that you wish were on the other side."