Obama and McCain....Voices from the pews

Daniel J. Smiechowski ( smiechowskid [at] aol.com )

Two distinctively varied views from America's religious community.
Regarding: Obama, McCain have "God" problems: The recent revelations and continuing saga of three surrogates to Presidential contenders McCain and Obama illustrate the high water mark in political philosophy and psychology in the race for The White House. Obama's Pastor of long standing, the Reverend Wright follows the course of psycho-linguistic theory predicated on highly intellectual concepts of human behavior taken from both scientific and empirical data as related to cultural anthropology and the human condition in America. He stands somewhat as a beacon of the religious left, best exemplified by Father's Berrigan, Groppi and Drinan of a generation ago. The Catholic Vote jumped ship to the Gop in large measure because of the passage of Roe vrs. Wade which legalized abortion and the subsequent ascension of Gay and Lesbian rights.Prior to roughly 1972 the Catholic vote was relatively reliable to the Democratic Party. Ironically, we are seeing a resurgence in Catholics returning to the Democratic fold due in part to increasing social inequality and the continuing folly of The Iraq Occupation. Father Pfleger, the invited Catholic Priest to Senator Obama's Trinity United Church had in a highly emotional tirade against Senator Hillary Clinton echoed the eloquent words of Senator Robert Kennedy in his historic speech at Cape town where he spoke on the disenfranchisement of America's Polish, Irish and Italian immigrants, those of Jewish faith,and yes, certainly that of the African American experience on the American landscape. Speaking truth to power, both of Obama's surrogates are inviting us to patriotically reflect on America's past behavior.The comments by Senator McCain's surrogate, The Reverend John Hagee can best be defined as the melding of fear and retribution which began at the dawn of man. Taken literally from the bible, it reminds one of the great earthquake in Lisbon on All Saints Day at the time of Voltaire.The irony remains startling. It was the Catholic Church that attributed the disaster to the sins of citizens in this great city. The Philosopher quickly discounted the church and upon his passing was afforded the greatest funeral procession ever in The City of Light. The French Revolution of 1789 soon followed. It remains part of our human condition to evaluate these two presidential contenders on the basis of what exactly God proposes for both the Individual and Country. Regardless of our political and religious views at this time in history we are in the words of The Great Voltaire certainly to die as fools. Daniel J. Smiechowski