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May 5, 2008

Attitude of Wright and Wrong

Filed under: Video,view — Tags: , , , — Brian @ 7:35 am

On matters of reality we attribute differing views as opinion when it comes to ice cream flavors. On matters of religion, family, country, identity, and life, we attribute views different than ours as threatening, ignorant, or psychotic. The following perspective will no doubt rattle people who have decided Wright is wrong. If this is you, I challenge you to be a little rattled.

“[Reverend] Wright’s offensive opinions and inflammatory appearances are judged differently (than John Hagee, Pat Robertson and Billy Graham). He doesn’t fire a shot in anger, put a noose around anyone’s neck, call for insurrection, or plant a bomb in a church with children in Sunday school. What he does is to speak his mind in a language and style that unsettles some people, and says some things so outlandish and ill-advised that he finally leaves Obama no choice but to end their friendship. We are often exposed to the corroding acid of the politics of personal destruction, but I’ve never seen anything like this — this wrenching break between pastor and parishioner — before our very eyes. Both men no doubt will carry the grief to their graves. All the rest of us should hang our heads in shame for letting it come to this in America, where the gluttony of the non-stop media grinder consumes us all and prevents an honest conversation on race. It is the price we are paying for failing to heed the great historian Jacob Burckhardt, who said “beware the terrible simplifiers.”

Bill Moyers

See the rest of the 6.5 minute piece below.


  1. Thanks for the post, and for sharing Bill Moyer’s comments. It made me think quite a bit. Obviously there is a huge double-standard when we judge Obama by Wright but not McCain by Robertson. While I’ll not discount the reality of racism as it still exists in America today, I think a major contributing factor for this double-standard is the fact that Obama is still fighting in his party’s primary while McCain is not. Obama is focused on bettering is standings against Clinton – not McCain. Otherwise I expect the apt comparisons Mr. Moyer gave would have been made much more quickly and sternly by Obama himself. Personally I don’t think either Obama or McCain share the extreme beliefs of their respective religious supporters, but I’m inclined to be more disappointed in McCain’s willingness to pander to the extreme right. McCain however has had the luxury of less intense scrutiny, and I have to admit – has done a very good job of deftly deflecting implications when reporters ask him about the views of those who support him.

    ‘They endorse me – I’m not endorsing them’ (paraphrase)

    Comment by Dave — May 18, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

  2. Thanks, Dave, for your comments. Whether or not McCain (or Obama, for that matter) is pandering is something we can only presume. Simplifying the issues to make the other candidate looks stupid apparently remains an effective strategy.

    Comment by Brian — May 20, 2008 @ 7:56 am

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