Every Sunday thousands of right wing white preachers (following in my father’s footsteps) rail against America’s sins from tens of thousands of pulpits. They tell us that America is complicit in the “murder of the unborn,” has become “Sodom” by coddling gays, and that our public schools are sinful places full of evolutionists and sex educators hell-bent on corrupting children. They say, as my dad often did, that we are, “under the judgment of God.” They call America evil and warn of immanent destruction. By comparison Obama’s minister’s shouted “controversial” comments were mild. All he said was that God should damn America for our racism and violence and that no one had ever used the N-word about Hillary Clinton.
Dad and I were amongst the founders of the Religious right. In the 1970s and 1980s, while Dad and I crisscrossed America denouncing our nation’s sins instead of getting in trouble we became darlings of the Republican Party. (This was while I was my father’s sidekick before I dropped out of the evangelical movement altogether.) We were rewarded for our “stand” by people such as Congressman Jack Kemp, the Fords, Reagan and the Bush family. The top Republican leadership depended on preachers and agitators like us to energize their rank and file. No one called us un-American.
Não tinha pensado nisso, mas faz o maior sentido. Este povo que tá gritando contra as declarações (lamentáveis) do pastor Wright, é o mesmo povo que tem uma revelação religiosa-erótica cada vez que ouve o Ted Haggert.
Na mesma linha, Denise Clapsaddle escreveu uma cronica interessante no Huffington Post, colocando uma perspectiva mais interna:
As a pastor in the same denomination as Jeremiah Wright, I think it’s too bad that political expediency demands Obama reject his pastor. First of all, our denomination traces its roots back to the Pilgrims who came over on the Mayflower and has a strong tradition of freedom of the pulpit stretching back hundreds of years. Pastors in our tradition are expected to speak their minds and have no expectation that parishioners will agree with everything they say like a flock of mindless sheep. A preacher like Wright doesn’t last in our denomination unless he is willing to see his sermons as part of an ongoing dialogue with the congregation, rather than pronouncements from on high.
Next, while I may not agree 100 percent with everything Jeremiah Wright says, I applaud his moral courage in consistently speaking what he sees as truth to power. The reason most educated, intelligent people stay away from church in droves is that most sermons are the aural equivalent of pudding–sweet and bland, with nothing to chew on. Jeremiah Wright isn’t perfect, but he takes seriously the prophetic tradition of our faith, the calling to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Biblical prophets did little else but point Israel’s flaws out to her citizens. In the same way, Rev. Wright no doubt feels called to point out what he sees as America’s wrongs to his flock. As long as he is calling on them to actively seek to right those wrongs, to be a part of the solution rather than part of the problem, I support his right to express his opinion and to express it forcefully and dramatically.
Bem feito! Quem mandou deixar pastor falar sobre política? Se tivesse cuidando da rotina de limpeza da paróquia, estas coisas não aconteciam.