Subject: demonizing Obama
So it has come to this...
Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin have
repeatedly demonized Barack Obama
during their stump speeches and commercials,
used innuendo to intimate that Obama is an active
terrorist bent on destroying America and is clearly
too dangerous to be president. They repeatedly
whipped their supporters into an anti-Obama frenzy
and then seemed genuinely shocked to hear
some of their own supporters yelling "terrorist!"
and "kill him!" when Obama's name was mentioned.
Finally, a bit of sanity prevailed recently and
Sen. McCain tried to calm his followers after a supporter
repeated the very same McCain/Palin lies about
Obama and William Ayers when asking a question.
After correcting the questioner and assuring
the crowd that Barak Obama was actually an honorable
man Senator McCain was booed by his own supporters!
Most of the great religions of the world and social
scientists alike realize that human beings are flawed
creatures. We are all capable of doing great
good and horrible evil. Christianity teaches that we are
born of sin and need to be saved. But it also
teaches of the need for forgiveness. When we try to do
our best but fall short this can be understood
as part of our human nature. When we give into
temptation and lie, cheat or steal, this is worse,
but still understandable.
However, when we cynically manipulate other people
by deliberately appealing to their darker nature
in order to gain personally, this is a sin of
a far greater magnitude. This is the sin of which Senator McCain
and Governor Palin are both guilty.
We cannot claim ignorance when it comes to this
appeal to our darker nature. There are Biblical stories
which warn of sowing the wind and reaping the
whirlwind. Secular literature, too, is rife with the same
admonitions. Even the Star Wars movies have at
their very core the story of good and evil, sin and
redemption, and the constant struggle within
all of us to do good and reject evil.
This is why I am so disappointed by the recent
behavior of Senator John McCain, a man I have
previously held in high esteem. He deliberately
sowed the wind and now, at the last minute, he realizes
that he must attempt to reel in the whirlwind.
I admire the fact that when he finally came face to face
with the hatred he has kindled that he realized
what he had done. I just hope that it is not too late to
undo this whirlwind before someone gives in to
their darker nature and acts out.
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