As I noted earlier this morning, Senator Bill Frist delivered his in-church speech, via videotape last night and the republic managed to continue for another day.
It wasn’t for lack of scary speeches, though. I want to focus on one in particular, from Senator John Kerry. Hugh Hewitt has the transcript of his speech and I want to excerpt a litte bit of it just to make a point.
“Forces outside the mainstream now seem to effortlessly push Republican leaders toward conduct that the American people really don’t want in their elected leaders, inserting the government into our private lives, injecting religion into debates about public policy where it doesn’t apply.
We each have to ask ourselves, ‘Who’s going to stop it? Who’s going to stand up and say “Are we really going to allow this to continue?'”
I wonder when the Senator was going to find time to stop it before the election. He certainly seemed quite busy speaking from the pulpit in various churches. Last year, we saw the Senator (nearly)quoting the Bible in quite a few churches.
- The New Deliverance Evangelistic Church (with Virginia Governor Mark Warner) in Roanoake, VA in February, 2004)
- The Greater Bethlem Temple Church in Jackson, MS in March, 2004.
- The New Northside Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO in March, 2004.
- The First Church of God in Columbus, OH in July, 2004
- Before the national AME Convention in Indianapolis, IN in July, 2004
- The Greater Grace Temple in Springfield, OH in August, 2004.
- Before the National Baptist Convention in New Orleans, LA in September, 2004
- The Mount Hermon AME Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL in October, 2004.
- The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Miami, FL in October, 2004 (after visiting a Catholic Church in the same city ont he same day)
- The Shiloh Baptist Church in Dayton, OH in November, 2004
I’d be curious to know if the Senator was outraged about the mixture of politics and religion when he was giving any of those speeches. I’d be more curious to know if he was adamant about a politician’s disparaging another’s faith while he was busy disparaging the faith of the President – implying that Bush’s “faith without works” was an empty faith.
Will any intrepid reporter notice this hypocrisy? Will anyone ask Kerry how he could make a speech as he did after so many openly political speeches from pulpits all over the country only last year?
Don’t hold your breath.
Category: Political Pontifications