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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:15 PM
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Kristof: Obama and the Bigots
The ugliest prejudices in this campaign season are not directly about race. Barack Obamas skin color may cost him some working-class white voters, but its also winning some votes among blacks and among whites eager to signal their open-mindedness.

Sexism seems more of a factor. Americans have typically said in polls that they are less willing to vote for a woman than a black, and Shirley Chisholm (a black woman who ran for president in 1972) always said that she encountered more prejudice because of her sex than her race.

Yet the most monstrous bigotry in this election isnt about either race or sex. Its about religion.

The whispering campaigns allege that Mr. Obama is a secret Muslim planning to impose Islamic law on the country. Incredibly, he is even accused in earnest! of being the Antichrist.

Proponents of this theory offer detailed theological explanations for why he is the Antichrist, and the proof is that he claims to be Christian after all, the Antichrist would say that, wouldnt he? The rumors circulate enough that Glenn Beck of CNN asked the Rev. John Hagee, a conservative evangelical, what the odds are that Mr. Obama is the Antichrist.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/09/opinion/09kristof.htm...
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ingac70 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:27 PM
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1. Hagee is a creep, but I was glad to see he refuted Beck's assertion. n.t
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dbmk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:58 PM
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5. Beck is a tool
But in all fairness it was not an assertion. It was pretty clear that he found the idea moronic. He was fishing for Hagee to say something outrageous, to get some Youtube time.
He is still a tool, though
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ladym55 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:30 PM
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2. Can someone explain to me again
why Glenn Beck has a TV show and why he is quoted so often???? :shrug:

Just askin'. And he's getting the reasoned opinion of JOHN HAGEE??? :banghead:

There was a meeting of the minds. :sarcasm:
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:34 PM
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3. And why the hell he is under the banner of CNN?
I'd expect this from Faux - but CNN sure has plumbed the depths of the sewer for ratings! And I swear every time I flip through the channels past CNN Headline News there is Beck - how many damn times do they run this bigoted jerk?!
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Cassandra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:46 PM
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4. A "meeting of the minds"...
were they doing the Bump?
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