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Kurt_and_Hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-27-08 05:27 PM
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16. Purely devil's advocate here...
As an atheist, I have always felt that it is legitimate to examine candidate's religious beliefs. They get a lot of benefit from spouting religiosity, so religion shouldn't be out of bounds.

Given that Obama's acknowledged spiritual mentor is a Farrakhan booster, the need for him to denounce... sorry, reject Farrakhan is more than just because Farrakhan is high profile. There is a slight, yet meaningful nexus between the two.

But that's just me... if the Methodist Church gave honors to Joe Blow, a white supremacist, I would want Hillary to denounce the Methodist Church, not just denounce Joe Blow.

I have no idea why Obama goes to his church. He says it was vital to his development as a man... it's not just the nearest church to his house. Since he presents that church, and Pastor Wright, as formative, they are open to some reasonable examination.

Essentially, Obama is saying that Farrakhan is a topic on which he and Pastor Wright have agreed to disagree.

To me, that's weak. But I don't cut religion any slack at all. Someone else could say it's the same as Kerry agreeing to disagree with the Pope on one thing or another. Fair enough.

None of this is meant to disagree with your statement that politicians are not responsible for un-sought endorsements. Obama is not responsible for Farrakhan, but it's no surprise, given the circumstances, that he is called on to distance himself.
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