PULPIT POLITICS

Catalyst December Issue 2012

M. Alex Johnson of NBC News and the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times were quite upset with the pro-Romney clergy leading up to the election. Yet, they had absolutely nothing to say about pro-Obama clergy members.

Consider the facts. The Pew Research Center recently released its findings on this: “Black Protestants are twice as likely as churchgoers to be hearing about the candidates at church.” Moreover, “Nearly half (45%) of black Protestant churchgoers say the messages they hear at church favor a candidate, and every one of those says the message favors Obama.” [Our italics.] Apparently NBC News and the Los Angeles Times missed that report. They must have also missed the news story by Rachel Zoll of the Associated Press; she did a fair job covering this subject, citing the Pew findings.

The evidence that black ministers have been using the pulpit to promote Obama is hardly new. Just recently, the Charlotte Observer and the Washington Post offered plenty of detail on this issue. Also of interest is California Governor Jerry Brown: he campaigned in black churches for his ballot initiative to soak the rich.

Top prize for hypocrisy, however, went to Nicholas Cafardi, a law professor at Duquesne University. On November 2, in a column he wrote for a Catholic dissident newspaper, he attacked Bishop Daniel Jenky for a letter that the Peoria bishop recently asked his priests to read at Mass regarding the election. The letter, which Cafardi describes as a “non-endorsement endorsement,” amounted to “a partisan political rant.” Yet on that very same day, it was reported that Cafardi was one of over 60 “faith leaders and ministers” who signed a statement that literally endorsed President Obama. Indeed, they raved about everything from ObamaCare to Head Start, both abject failures.

Different strokes for different folks? Or left-wing politics as usual? Both answers are correct.


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Written by Bill