Where are Bush's black homo-bigot pastors?
There is a must-read column by Jasmyne Cannick at PageOneQ. She hits the bullseye when it comes to the black homo-bigoted pastors at the taxpayer trough. Have you seen any of these jokers on TV or spouting off in the papers in the wake of the President’s moral free-fall? I haven’t, and neither has Jasmyne. Cue the chirping crickets…
President Bush and his Black supporters pulled out all stops to woo Black Christian evangelical voters to the GOP tent in 2004. Having found common ground on issues of morality, President Bush used the issue of gay marriage and abortion to catapult his standing in the Black Christian community and garner votes for his re-election.
A Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies poll in 2004, found that Blacks opposed gay marriage at a higher number than the overall population. Many Blacks also detested Kerry’s supposed support of abortion. In polls, Kerry got 20 percent less support from Black conservative evangelicals than Democratic presidential contender Al Gore received in 2000.
In 2004, more than 10 percent of Blacks voted for Bush, and in Ohio, it was 20 percent.
However, in the aftermath of Katrina, the honeymoon could be over for Black evangelicals and President Bush as he is perceived as having abandoned the same Blacks that helped put him back into office.
Bush’s unwillingness to save the lives of poor Blacks in New Orleans has been laid out in Black and white, literally for the world to see. Bush has had a major moral calamity that he and Rove won’t be able to cover up so quickly.
…The issue of race and class has been re-visited in a most distasteful way for African Americans, with a blatant reminder that America doesn’t care for its poorest citizens.
Realizing that a national disaster could happen anywhere at any time, Blacks are reflecting on their own situations and the federal government. Again, this can and should have a devastating effect on Bush’s newfound common ground with Black evangelicals.
Finally, there are two questions for Bush and Black evangelicals.
Will the devout Black pastors that trekked dutifully to the White House the past few years seeking faith based money and the president’s support continue to blindly follow a man that the overwhelming majority of Black Americans feel abandoned them in their greatest moment of need? And will Bush be able to look these Black pastors in the eye again and say with a straight face, I did everything I could to help you in your greatest moment of need? After all, that’s the Christian thing to do.
Those Black evangelicals that are still tempted to look the other way should remember that when the GOP comes knocking again.
Jasmine’s blog is here.
I don’t expect to hear too much from these fools, since they have made complete asses out of themselves, drinking the Kool-Aid that Ken Mehlman poured out as they were shuffled into the White House for photo ops and back-slapping with the Prez, as they passed the checks around. Is it feeling good yet to be best buds with the Chimperor?
I’ll run some of Bush’s newfound friends once again…
MIA on the Bush Catastrophe
Bishop Harry Jackson of the Hope Christian Church in Lanham, MD has gotten into political bed with Ken Mehlman and the GOP with his Black Contract With America (and received $824,000 in the runup to the 2004 election).
What Jackson’s doing: On Sept 6 (yesterday), he appeared with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and a bunch of wingnuts in a gathering in DC for something called the Coalition for Fair Hearings on John Roberts.
Bishop Sedgwick Daniels of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church of God in Christ buys into Bush’s faith-based initiatives and “values.”
What Daniels is doing: He’s doing relief work through his church, and not commenting on Bush’s failures.
Homophobe Rev. Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, TX is on board with the Bush American Taliban agenda.
What McKissic is doing: MIA. Can’t find any public comments.
Philadelphia’s Rev. Herb Lusk, pastor of the Greater Exodus Baptist Church has had his coffers filled with a cool million to run faith-based initiatives by the Administration.
What Lusk is doing: MIA. Not even anything about relief efforts on his church’s site.
Keith Butler, is pastor of the 21,000-member Word of Faith International Christian Center, says God is urging him to take on Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow to bring “biblical and pro-family values” to government.
What Butler is doing: MIA. In all recent news reports, including this one on Sept. 5, he doesn’t discuss the hurricane or the aftermath — he’s focused on raising money to run for the Senate.