Thursday, September 09, 2004

No faith in the media

I know this is old hat, but the way the media lets Kerry and Democrats get a pass on objectionable things while pounding Bush and the GOP for the tiniest of slips is astounding. There's one set of rules for the right, another for the left, and the left doesn't have to follow those rules, either.

Today in New Orleans, John Kerry spoke to the mostly black National Baptist Convention, slamming Bush by using scripture from the Bible. If the president went to a Christian Coalition meeting and used any part of the Bible to attack Kerry, even just "Jesus wept," the media would accuse him of forming a theological government.

In fact, we can go there right now. In an interview for The New Yorker magazine, 2000 loser Algore said of the president's faith: "It’s the American version of the same fundamentalist impulse that we see in Saudi Arabia, in Kashmir, in religions around the world: Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim."

UPDATE: Terrorists blew up a bomb at the Australian embassy in Jakarta, killing nine and wounding nearly 200. Algore immediately blamed Methodists.

5 comments:

ProgressivePatriot said...

Hi jeff,
I noticed you!!
Your post on religion. We must keep religion out of our government. It has no place there or we will wind up being like the wackos in the Middle East and elsewhere fighting religious wars.
Bush is about as religious as Satan. He is using christianity as a crutch....an ad gimic....and the 'faithful' don't seem to get it.

Jenn said...

ProgressivePatriot,

As a liberal, I don't see Bush as "Satan" and I don't think he is any different from any other politican. They all use religion like a spotlight. No matter their party affiliation. The recently-out NJ governor used it during his press conferences; Clinton was seen in church more often during the Lewinsky deal than he was while out campaigning.

All politicans use whatever tools will make them look better toward the "common folk". You'll notice both Bush and Kerry tout religion, and their service in time of war (be it Vietnam or a war on terror) but neither will talk about their upbringing. Why? The common folk of the US don't want to hear what a tortured upbringing they had in private school or the Ivy Leagues. Beleive it or not, I think that was one of Clinton's appeals. He came from nowhere. Literally.

As for making the US look like "those other countries" I don't see it happening because those religious zealots are as extreme as the Klan, to their respective religions. And I just can't see our country being looked as Klan-like to the world. I just can't believe their ideologies could be mistaken for that of the US Constitution. At least, I hope it isn't...

jenn

PS: Like it or not, this country was founded on religious principles: the freedom thereof. The Constitution does not say government should restrict itself from any religious anything. It just states Congress and the government shall not endorse any one religion over another.

Jeff said...

Golly, I had this great rebuttal ready to go, and Jenn beat me to it. What a gal. Almost makes me feel bad for rooting for Memphis over Ole Miss last week. Almost. :)

But Progressive Patriot, just admit that Bush is actually a nice guy who is comfortable with his religious ideals. He was a blueblood party animal, had a change of heart, and now even liberals can't admit that he'd be a lot more fun to hang out with than stiff Kerry. Either way, make up your mind. Bush can't be both an evil genius and a simpleton moron.

Jenn said...

Simpleton moron it is ;-p

And that's okay that you rooted for Memphis over Ole Miss. I don't need to drop my bread to know which side it's buttered on... (been dying to use that since I heard it last week - thanks for the chance!)

Besides, while you're rooting for Memphis, I'm cheering on the "bleepin' Yankees"!!

jenn

Jeff said...

That's just mean. And evil. It's up to you!