Mike Huckabee has been flamed from all sides for his overt and explicit use of religion to get votes. Now Barack Obama is doing the same by putting out the following brochure in South Carolina:
Many have went on defense declaring this okay because Obama is not a raving lunatic like Huckabee. I’m calling bullshit. The fact of the matter is that Obama has been the victim of a religious smear campaign that became public about a year ago this month.
As of now, there’s an anonymous email circulating about his alleged connection to not just Islam, but extremist Muslim factions. Several of Clinton’s employees forwarded this email and in mid-December former Senator Bob Kerrey, who works for Clinton, made it a point to point out Obama’s middle name (Hussein) and that he has relatives who are Muslims.
In fact, not so long a go I read a remark by (IIRC) a Clinton staffer how Obama Mania was so strong that they couldn’t bring up certain pertenient things about Senator Obama. Those thing’s were his middle name and where he attended school as a young child (a madrasah). In other words, they couldn’t publicly use fear and/or hatred of the Muslims to get people to reflexively vote for Clinton.
And this is how Obama responds to it? A brochure that is little more “See, I’m not a Muslim. I’m a Christian. See me at the pulpit? See Me praying (to Jesus mind you)?”
This is despicable. In fact, I’ll go one step further and say this is worse than Huckabee. It’s one thing to be a bigot and act like a bigot. It’s another to not be a bigot and pander to bigots. Obama is doing the latter and it is wrong.
It doesn’t matter that he’s not a conservative Christian who thinks he has a right to pass laws based on his religious beliefs. It does, however, matter that he’s pandering to those who are.