When Exactly Did Jeebus Call Obama?
So I'd prefer to have religion-free policy and politics, but I'm not going to get that in this country. I will never understand why it's so difficult for people to agree: religion belongs in the home and place of worship, politics in the public square where everyone is afforded an equal say. But if "our" politicians are going to make their deep faith a Big Issue, I have a question for Obama: how often did you go to church when you were a teen, in college, and in law school?
Seems to me that when White politicians run this play, most of the Folk are wise enough to smell the hypocrisy. I've mentioned before the line you'll hear in many a Black Church, "White politicians only come here during election time." That's pretty much how I viewed Obama's sudden interest in church when he first came to Chicago. It's of note that the church he joined isn't exactly an all-Black church, and that the Black people who attend it are mostly middle and upper class, Chicago's Black Elite. There are a lot of run down, not-famous congregations in Chicago filled with poor, struggling Black people. Other than election time, how often did Obama visit them?
Now, I do give him credit for his much-lauded voter registration efforts during his early years in Chicago. But I wonder if the Black Church leadership that's slobbering all over him today, would be treating a White politician similarly had they the same track record. Somehow, I doubt it. Nor am I impressed that many Black religious leaders seem to be ignoring the one "major" candidate in the race who is actually speaking about the poor. You know, those people Jesus was so fond of...
Anyway- does anybody know the answer to my question? I suppose it's detailed in one or two of his books, I've not read them. But to it seems a much more relevant test of his faith: how religious has he been when political gain is not a factor?
Myself, I have a hard time imagining Mr. Young and Dashing Law Review rounding up all his Cambridge buddies first thing every Sunday and dragging them down to some Black Church in Boston's poor neighborhoods to 'get right with Jesus.' Am I wrong?