Case Studies in Ignorance

#2 article on the Chicago Tribune’s website:

Did you hear about the state legislator who last week blasted a Lutheran minister during a committee hearing for spewing dangerous religious superstitions, and then attempted to order the minister out of the witness chair on the grounds that his Christian beliefs are “destroying what this state was built upon”?

Of course you didn’t, because it didn’t happen and would never happen. Not to a Christian, not to a Jew, not to a Muslim or to anyone who subscribes to any faith.

OK, so that’s a bit of an overstatement. Something like that would happen, but it would definitely cause outrage from many, many areas.

Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) interrupted atheist activist Rob Sherman during his testimony. . .and told him, “What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous . . . it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists! . . This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God. Get out of that seat . . . You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon.”

For the record, Rep. Davis attends Trinity United Church of Christ, the same place Obama attends. Someone please remind me why Obama (an otherwise an excellent candidate) should go to this church, or how he ever saw political benefit from being a member there?

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4 Responses to Case Studies in Ignorance

  1. gino says:

    “This is the Land of Lincoln.”…..

    Is she talking about a five dollar bill, or a former US President when she references the “Land of Lincoln”?

    “….how he ever saw political benefit from being a member there?” I don’t know that political benefit was his reasoning behind attending church there. That’s clearly speculation on my part, because I really don’t know the answer….

  2. …or how he ever saw political benefit from being a member there?

    Maybe I’m not being as cynical as I should be, but is there a chance that Obama chose to go to this church for reasons unrelated to anticipated political benefit?

  3. globalizati says:

    I do think joining a church, in general, was in part a political calculation, much as it is for many politicians. If you don’t go to some church, how electable are you? However, the choice of particular church itself probably wasn’t a purely cynical decision.

    That said, I would be more comfortable with the idea that Obama joined Trinity as a political exercise to be part of an influential and historically black church than I am with the idea of him joining Trinity solely b/c of Rev. Wright’s charisma and good works (which are hard for me to see through the ignorance/ paranoia/ superstition).

    Anyway, I can dislike one thing about a candidate and still vote for them, and even suppor them strongly. If I couldn’t, I’d be staying home.

  4. By piecing together information from different sources, it appears that Obama joined Trinity 20 years ago. That would mean that he joined somewhere between being a community organizer and a 1L Harvard Law student. Although it is possible he was making political calculations at that time, I doubt he had the audacity to think that he would be running for a major political office and that his association with any church would be a political liability or asset.

    Of course you can support a candidate with whom you do not agree 100%. That goes without saying; however, this is still an interesting and important question that you raised.

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