Saturday, October 16, 2004

Am I terribly rude?

A reader of my blog wrote in response to my previous post regarding George Bush and his religiousity:
That comment is really below you. I have been reading you since your early days of blogging, but that was terribly rude.
As I do not intent rudeness, let me respond. First, I repeated the report in the New Republic because I was genuinely amazed at the allegation. By the way, I came across the article in The Week a terrific summary of news from the right, left, middle, and international press.

What was amazing to me is that the Bush campaign has made an enormous effort to get evangelical Christians to the voting booth in support of his presidency. Aside from Bush's own religious convictions or his commitment to a particular congregation, it would seem like a relatively easy thing to attend church every Sunday when regular church goers are a key part of your constituency. I found it remarkable that he hasn't bothered to do this.

Perhaps my ironic rhetorical question "...does Bush really believe in God after all?" was the portion of my post that this reader found rude. I could have perhaps found a better way to pose this question, but I think the question is valid and important -- and frankly applicable to both candidates. How much is the religious positioning of the candidates a genuine reflection of their own views and how much of it is just packaging for the voters? Religion has clearly been a crucial litmus test for a candidates. Will this always be the case? In past elections, service in the military might have been a test, or drug use (the lack of drug use)... will each of these fall over time? Are we becoming cynical about these pillars of our society? Especially when these pillars become merely planks in a candidate's packaging.

1 comment:

broccoli said...

I don't think you're rude. I suspect that the previous poster was just looking for an excuse to object to questions about Bush.

My grandfather was a well-respected and long serving church minister. He warned us of politicians who tout their faith in public. "Vote for me I'm the good Christian". Conspicuous faith is no replacement for morality.

Interestingly enough, these people agree:
Christians Against Bush
The Right Christians
Why Evangelical Christians Must Vote Against George W. Bush
Why Christians Should Not Vote for George W. Bush
Christians for Kerry
Jews Against Zionism
Jewish Voice for Peace
Arabs and Jews against the war

please excuse the long post ;-)