2008 “Called to Christ”
posted by January 21 at 13:48 PMon
Glenn Greenwald at Salon has a great post up about some literature the Obama campaign is distributing in South Carolina… (UPDATE: And I see that Annie, our resident Obama apologist, beat me to a post about it.)
Mike Huckabee was criticized for releasing an ad that featured the words “Christian Leader” in large letters, and for a Christmas message that featured a white cross floating behind his head. So how come Obama is getting away with it? Writes Greenwald…
Clearly, there are major differences between Huckabee’s views on the role of religion in government and Obama’s, as evidenced most recently by Huckabee’s call for the Constitution to be amended to comport with God’s will on abortion and homosexuality. Obama has no such positions…. But in terms of the propriety of their religious appeals for votes, is there really any meaningful difference between the two campaigns? Is it possible to criticize Huckabee for inappropriately exploiting his status in Iowa as a “Christian leader”—as many, many people did—while believing that Obama’s hailing of himself in South Carolina as a “Committed Christian” is perfectly fine? What’s the difference?
The difference is that when Huckabee tells us about his faith, Huck’s telling us what he wants do after he gets elected. When Obama tells us about his faith, he’s telling us what he must to do in order to get elected.
He is also, as Greenwald speculates, “[countering] the false whispering campaign increasingly being circulated in South Carolina (by whom, we should find out) that Obama is a Muslim.” I was only in South Carolina last week for a few days but the Obama-is-a-Muslim thing came up so often that I began to wonder if it was on billboards. For hyper-observant, values-obsessed, Evangelical Christians, the voters of South Carolina seem particularly susceptible to the bearers of false witness.