Nothing is certain in South Carolina.
The polls show candidates’ numbers jumping up and down by huge margins. I hope Obama pulls this one out this Saturday.
Now, I know there are more liberal candidates (May the Kuncinch campaign rest in peace.) But I’ve cast my hat long ago with Barack Obama, way back when he became my spiritual hero via the mighty podcast.
See, he made a keynote address for the Call to Renewal Conference way back when he was just lil’ ol’ Senator Obama running against Alan Keyes who said ‘Jesus wouldn’t vote for Obama’. And as wary as I am of religious language coming from the mouths of politicians, Obama’s words were wise, courageous, and inspirational to people with beliefs from Atheists to Baptists.
I know ex-candidate Mike Gravel is a Unitarian, but Obama sure embodies our spirit. And that’s a compliment coming from this blogger.
Let me quote a little bit:
“Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation… at least not ‘just’. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation and a Hindu nation and a nation of non-believers. And even if we did have only [Christians] in our midst- If we expelled every non-Christian from the United States of America, whose Christianity would we teach in the schools? Would it be James Dobson’s or Al Sharpton’s? Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is okay, but eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount, a passage that is so radical, it is doubtful our own Defense Department would survive its application? We [applause]… So before we get carried away, lets read our Bibles now. Folks haven’t been reading their Bible. Which brings me to our second point. Democracy demands that the religoiusly motivated translate their concerns to the universal rather than religion specific values. It requires that their proposals be subject to argument and amenable to reason.”
It only gets better from there, folks.
And if you’re a spiritual liberal like I am… And if you’re voting in South Carolina, or Florida or on Super Tuesday, please consider Obama once more.
I know no candidate is perfect. I know Obama is not perfect. But this sounds like a non-story to me. Anyone who comes into contact with as many people as Obama will have some poor associations. No politician is free from attacks of guilt by association.
It’s worth noting. Heck, I’d say it’s worth everything.