Thursday, March 20, 2008

Unnecessary questions

Lanny Davis at the Huffington Post has questions for Senator Obama.

Mr. Davis, lemme 'splain something to you, 'kay?

You ask about Wright being on Obama's religious advisory committee. When a Presidential candidate takes someone on board as part of any committee, like a religious advisory committee, who do you think the boss is?

The committee? Or the candidate?

Who do you think gets to say "Are you willing to follow orders?" Who do you think gets to say "I will listen to your views, and give them my full consideration, but I'm the one who's in charge here?" That's right. The candidate. Senator Obama is in charge. Reverend Wright was someone who'd talk to him, and provide advice that may, or may not, be accepted.

As for your other question, regarding the content of sermons, you're trying to play two games. First, you're insinuating that there's no difference between a black man angry about injustice that he feels has been perpetrated, and a racist talking about hating "niggers".

Second, you're conflating a church with a pastor at a church. A church, at its best, is a family, a group of people who feel bound together, and part of each other's lives. And yes, sometimes a member gets all het up and shouts and maybe even throws things - though never throws anything at someone - and they all have various opinions about it. But he's a part of the family. And if, on the whole, he takes his duty to the family seriously, and does good for them, and shows that, overall, he is a good man who gets angry and yells sometimes, then the family does not reject him. They just learn to quietly tune him out when he's yelling, and let him yell himself out. And then, if he's raised some good points, they consider the good points he raised, and ignore the stuff that was just anger speaking.

Judge Senator Obama by who he is, not by the occasional angry rantings of a member of his church.

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