Friday, September 12, 2008

another sad day to be a white christian

I mean seriously? (HT: Brian McLaren) Torture and evangelicals, not a good combination...and white evangelicals at that. Uh.

So I alluded to this quote in a comment in my previous post, but in Shey and I talking about politics, specifically McCain's decision to pick Palin as his running mate, Shey made a brilliant yet extremely sad point about why she thought Palin was chosen, basically Shey said: "McCain chose Palin because he was banking on voters being more racist than sexist in this election." I might add to this statement, white evangelical voters. So while I think a lot of conservative, women-can't-be-leaders evangelicals are in some sort of conundrum with Palin possibly being the #2 of the U.S. gov't, I couldn't agree with Shey more about the racist tendencies in the U.S. political arena. It is interesting that we have heard a lot about Obama's relationship to Jeremiah Wright and Wright's liberation theology and questions about racist tendencies in government and history in the U.S....but we aren't hearing nearly as much about Palin's church and their interesting record of political perspectives, not to mention some interesting theology. Greg over at the parish highlights some of the problems evangelicals might/should have with Palin's supposed family values and christian perspectives.

I have to remind the students I work with that my own parents (who are right now 52 and 51) both lived and experienced the integration of schools while in high school. That Virginia, the state I live in, was one of the worst in the formal integration of schools, as massive resistance took place in many counties around the state, some lasting years before integration was allowed. And we need not look hard at current events to see how race continues to be an important underlying issue around our country.

Again, I don't have any false hopes the Obama and Biden duo are Jesus come again, or that they are going to actually accomplish all the change they talk about...not because I think that they are bad people (nor do I think McCain and Palin are "bad") but I am really struggling with some of the perspectives on war, terrorism, healthcare, the military-industrial complex, crossing of theology/political ideology, posturing, racist tendencies, and poverty issues amongst other issues, and I honestly was scared after watching Guliani the other night, and after seeing a painting on the door to the republican headquarters on Main Street in Warrenton where Palin is decked out in furs, looking happy while holding a huge gun...I just am kind of sad with the rhetoric/tone of Republicans right now. And sometimes, I'm just ashamed of being white with the tone of people (like the first link to the recent perspectives on torture) or the ignorance of white folks in their willingness to dismiss the significance of a little ol' African-American community organizer making a difference in such a way that he might become president of the U.S. i have another post on race and voting in the works...but got to get some more work done. until then...hope folks are well.


Leah said...

I recently heard someone say "I'm so glad Sarah Palin is apart of the election because now there is a Christian running for office." I guess I just didn't know Biden and Obama weren't Christians. It made me feel so depressed that she represents the "Christian" life. I'm not saying Palin's not a Christian I just don't understand how some people...specifically those who are o.k. with the death penalty and war but really ProLife are considered "real Christian."

That article about torture makes me want to move out of the U.S. The Bible being used as a justification of elitism, separatism, and hatred makes my soul depressed...really depressed.

Brendan O'Connor said...

Neat to see your thoughts on this Josh, gracias, and yeah, i have not hated the tone of the Repub's more than when Palin recently accused Obama of "palling aroudn with terrorists"--it's insidious (not to mention completely false). Appreciate seeing the details on church-related issues too, thanks for putting those up

ps--outside showers ay? interesting idea (in your newer post that is)

Josh said...

yeah B, the whole palling around with terrorists thing is kind of ridiculous. seems like they (mccain/palin) are grasping at straws right now.

dude. you got to try an outside shower. simply amazing.

Brendan O'Connor said...

Yeah Josh, i hear you, but i would go further to say it's more than just ridiculous, it's ambition at it's most pernicious level--conflating Obama w/terrorists is SO, so ugly, particularly b/c American sentiments about terrorism are so easily swayed w/9-11 happening as it did. I cannot say how angry it makes me--there simply must be a point at which the ridiculous is used enough to mislead that it becomes...i'm struggling for words--dangerous? manipulative maybe is better, but manipulative in ways that are dangerously misleading; that is, in this case, many have watched Obama over hte last 18 months or so, felt he is trustworthy and representative of a good future for America (whether they are moved this direction through his ethics, his plans for health care or foreign policy, or whatever), but then a clear lie is used to manipulate their sense of good and their feelings of possibility--and that's what i mean. What do we have if our ability to trust our own sentiments are manipulated and confused? It's pernicious man, that's the best word i can think of altogether. Last week i wrote a few thoughts on it and included some direct quotes from Palin and an article that explains the details on Ayers: