John McCain, MegaChurches, and Magic Ponies

Tom Tomorrow nails it, again. See this cartoon “Five Years Later: Neocons Discuss Their Regrets”.

I only wish I’d seen it before we noticed Sen. John McCain walk past us on the train from Baltimore to Boston yesterday. Apparently this was the Straight Talk Acela Express…I was trying to think of something incisive and undeniable to say/ask, something that would make it impossible for him to dismiss with platitudes. I finally gave up.

Had I seen this cartoon, I could have asked him if it were the magic ponies that encouraged him to seek out the “Christian Zionist” megachurch backing of the controversial apocalyptic “God hates gays and Hurricane Katrina is proof” guy.

We’ve allowed sound-byte news media to frame the discussion about religion, beliefs, and politics in this environment of fear-mongering. A more complex – but no less frightening or offensive – philosophy of the pastor McCain sought out doesn’t lend itself well to the wires so we simply don’t hear much about it. Obama’s minister fits more easily into catch phrases so we DO hear about him.

We need no other reminders than the low profile of the Hagee endorsement to encourage us to be more informed citizens. We need to do our own research then, perhaps the magic ponies won’t win.

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