Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Somebody Is To Blame For 9/11, Dammit!

The pastor at Barack Obama's Chicago church, Jeremiah Wright, thinks our actions might have had something to do with it.

"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye," Rev. Wright said in a sermon on Sept. 16, 2001.

"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost," he told his congregation.

What?! This is crazy! Crazy! I mean, bin Laden himself said he planned the attack because we have military bases in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East and because we support Israel. No! if Obama is going to attend a church run by such a maniac - a man who agrees with Osama bin Laden! - he is not fit to be President. President of the Nut Club, maybe!

Television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two of the most prominent voices of the religious right, said liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday's terrorist attacks because their actions have turned God's anger against America...Then Falwell broadened his blast to include the federal courts and others who he said were "throwing God out of the public square." He added: "The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.' "

Okay, fine. But when Falwell and Robertson decided God was to blame, or we were to blame, it was only 9/14/01. Rescue workers were still sifting through the smoking rubble. It was an emotional time. Maybe their emotions got to them. But, you know, Wright is Obama's pastor! It's not like the GOP takes people like Falwell and Robertson seriously! It's not they ever meet for lunch or anything to discuss foreign policy.

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The founder of the U.S. Christian Coalition said Tuesday he told President George W. Bush before the invasion of Iraq that he should prepare Americans for the likelihood of casualties, but the president told him, "We're not going to have any casualties."

"Someone from the White House called me yesterday, asking for any input I might have," said the Rev. Jerry Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority and chancellor of Liberty University in Virginia.Mr. Falwell said he declined to offer advice, telling the White House staff member that, because of Mr. Bush's track record appointing conservative judges, "I am willing to sit back and trust him and pray for him."

Ugh! Fine. Fine! So George Bush also has crazy spiritual advisers. So what? We know about him already. This is about 2008! And somebody who associates with a crazy preacher should not - can not! - be President!

During the event, Hagee proclaimed that the United States must consider a preemptive strike on Iran, and also said that Jews had been responsible for their persecution throughout history because of a failure to properly accept God.

Wait! What? Who is this guy now?

"The newspaper carried the story in our local area that was not carried nationally that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other Gay Pride parades. So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know that there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the day of judgment." [NPR Fresh Air, 9/18/06]

Whatever. There are crazies everywhere. The government spikes the water. So what?

"I'm very honored by Pastor John Hagee's endorsement today," McCain said at a news conference. "He has been the staunchest leader of our Christian evangelical movement in many areas, but especially, most especially, his close ties and advocacy for the freedom and independence of the state of Israel."

Hagee, standing beside the candidate, said he admired McCain's pro-Israel stance, commitment to nominate conservative judges and opposition to abortion.

"Victory is within our grasp because John McCain knows it's never wrong to do the right thing," Hagee said.

Oh. Ew. Ugh. Oh dear. I...I don't know what to think! Everybody says Obama is going to lose because of Jeremiah Wright, but...but...nobody talks about McCain and Hagee! Somebody please tell me what to think!

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