Carol Platt Liebau: On Barack Obama's Faith

Monday, April 30, 2007

On Barack Obama's Faith

Here is a piece from The New York Times discussing Barack Obama's religious background.

What's interesting is the the fact that there are, quite clearly, strong Muslim ties in Barack's past and among his family. The Christian church to which Barack now belongs likewise contain some elements of controversy -- in fact, the piece ends with both Barack's pastor and Barack himself acknowleding the need to "distance" themselves should Senator Obama win the nomination.

It will be interesting to contrast the handling and discussion of all this information with the way Mitt Romney's Mormonism has been addressed. Funny -- when it comes to Obama, I haven't yet heard the reminders from people like Jacob Weisberg that "certain religious views should be deal breakers in and of themselves" even after critics have raised questions about whether elements of the theology preached at Barack's church contain "anti-white and separatist" elements.

If indeed that's the case, wouldn't it be profoundly wrong for people like Mr. Weisberg to dismiss Governor Romney on the grounds that he thinks Mormon theology is "based on such a transparent and recent fraud" but is willing to accept Barack Obama despite evidence -- if it emerged -- of theological racism in the church he has embraced?

2 Comments:

Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

Perhaps its because Mormonism is a faith that originally excluded black people and included those who wanted multiple wives - the perfect faith for White males.

Or is it only Islam that permits multiple marriage?

5:40 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

It is lately. But not in this country. And by the way, wise guy, you might not be aware, but there are some black Muslims in Africa being killed by Arab Muslims on the basis of color. Or are you suggesting your own prejudice?

11:59 PM  

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