Religion, politics and buried homophobia/sexism

santacruz322's picture

This has been on my mind since this morning and I wanted to get it out, and this seems like a great place to do that.

I was listening to NPR and they were doing a thing on the latest issues between Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Obama. They also had other people comment on the whole thing. I don't know if any of you have been following this, but if you want to find out more, you can check out these links...
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23634881/

http://www.npr.org/blogs/newsandviews/2008/04/speak_your_mind.html

There's a lot more from NPR.org if you want to see it all, but my point isn't really about the specifics of that. It's more about what we get to hear in mainstream media. So there is A LOT of media that your average person will hear around this whole Rev. Wright and Barack controversy. Much of it has to do with whether the religious dialogue should have anything to do with the elections and politics. Why is Obama being reamed for even acknowledging Rev. Wrights speeches? Is it important or not for Obama to react? Blah, Blah, Blah. There's a huge dialogue going on about this now and much of it is negative press aimed at Rev. Wright for sounding radical and extreme in his views.

Moving right along, have many of you heard much more about McCain's endorsement from Rev. Hagee? Did you get to hear much of Hagee's comments around Katrina and how it was all the homosexuals fault that New Orleans got crushed by this hurricane? Check it out here..
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/02/29/john-hagees-mccain-endor_n_8918...
If you scroll towards the end you will see what I am talking about. Hagee is much more outrageous than that.

I know this is somewhat old but my question to you all is, why are we hearing so much about Rev. Wright and Obama, and why haven't we heard so much about McCain and Hagee?

My thoughts? Because our society is still so extremely homophobic and sexist, even to a point of scary that when someone gets endorsed by an extreme racist, homophobe, sexist, prejudiced person, we don't say much. But if someone is actually speaking some truth about our country not being as honest and forthcoming as most, then they are unpatriotic terriorists and must be destroyed.

How IRRATIONAL is that? Why are not more people outraged by Hagee's endorsement of McCain, and McCain's grateful acceptance? WHY? And better yet, how do we change this atmosphere in America? I could go on and on, but I have other work to do right now. I'm a really curious to hear what others think about all this.

Lol-taire's picture

Well I'm not American, but

Well I'm not American, but presumably at least part of it is that Obama still doesn't have the nomination so his association with Wright is actually a liability to his campaign, whereas McCain has won his.

Also, Obama's supporters are generally more likely to be more socially liberal perhaps than McCain's and so the association of religion and politics is more unsettling to them.

And of course the comments latched onto by right-wing opponents of Obama- the whole God damn America business- are the exact cliche of anti-patriotic, pacificistic bleeding heart lefties here to destroy the homeland heart land tax paying family, with the additional punch that they're delivered by an unsettlingly, unapologetically black man. It's like a cartoon of what some of the more rabid right-wing commentators would seem to fear most. Whereas Hagee looks like a soft boiled scrotum and expresses views that secretly and not so secretly sympathise with. In short they wouldn't mind playing golf with him.

jeff's picture

Well...

McCain is courting the right-wing Republican vote, so there's no disconnect with Hagee. It's the core demographic he's pandering to, after the version of McCain in 2000 that a lot of people, myself included, actually liked.

But, more importantly, McCain is uncontested so there's not much coverage of him at all. Once there is only one Democratic candidate and presumably McCain going at it, then he'll get more media attention.

I downloaded Rev. Wright's appearance on Bill Moyers and listened to it on my iPod during my commute the other day, figure I should hear from this controversial guy. At the end of the hour, I agreed with everything he said, aside from caring about religion, and couldn't find what the problem was.

Of course, to blame the media for this is to give them too much credit. Anything anti-Obama typically has one source: Hillary's camp. Her goal is winning and there is seemingly no bottom to how low she will go to get there. If Obama doesn't get the nomination, all we have are two negative candidates battling it out, and it's nearly a toss-up at that point as far as who would win.

But, until you have similar ammunition about Hillary, it's sort of irrelevant as far as the media goes. Right now, the fight is Obama and Clinton, and everything else can wait.

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Yeah, but its looking like

Yeah, but its looking like Obama is it now. We'll see.

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jeff's picture

Yeah...

Good to see Hillary is ready to handle terrorism and 3 a.m. phone calls, but basic math seems to elude her. :-)

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