Last Saturday, both Presidential candidates submitted themselves to an interview by Pastor Rick Warren, right here in Orange County, my backyard. For several hours, they pandered to Christians with answers that equate to meaningless rhetoric. The religious right gobbled it up like day-old donuts. It’s as if they ascribe actual meaning to the words that come out of politicians’ mouths. There is no message there people, only humor.
But the fact is, by doing this interview, and turning it into a big brouhaha, it is now an extremely unfortunate precedent. Mark my words, every single presidential candidate will, in all future elections, be interviewed by the grand religious Poo-bah du jour.
When it comes to the interviews themselves, Rick Warren (in my limited perspective) seemed fair and balanced. But it’s like saying that a chicken fight at a grammar school is fair and balanced when it shouldn’t be happening at all.
Both men submitted to this interview because they knew that it would be politically damaging not to. Frankly, that Obama was involved is yet another reason for me to suspect that this brilliant Democrat is, above all else, a survivor and not remarkable in the least. A better man would have said, “I’m sorry, but I decline your offer to be interviewed.” Then, after all the Christians aligned themselves against him claiming he cannot face his Lord and maker the almighty, he would have told them why. And here’s why:
Religion has no place in politics.
To quote Walter Sobjack, “Has the whole world gone crazy?” It seems the greatest failing of politicians in the last 8 years is the utter failure to understand the implications of their actions. Why are these men being asked questions that have nothing to do with their ability to lead this country. They had to explain why their souls were saved, for Christ’s sake.
Imagine how it would look to us if we were to peek into the election of the next Iranian President:
Al Jazeera: “Is the Imam sinless by nature?”
Abouzadeh: “Most definitely.”
Al Jazeera: “And do you have any animosity toward, say … Abu Bakr?”
Abouzadeh: “I wish for his bones to bleach beneath the desert sun–to be picked over by jackals.”
Al Jazeera: “Why?”
Abouzadeh: “His interpretation of the Prophet’s life is an inadequate representation, and should never have been done.
<mild, obligatory applause from the audience>
What would you think about Iran if you saw this? If you answered something akin to “What a bunch of bizarro morons–that has nothing to do with the skills required to lead a nation” you are correct! If you think “OK, he is fit to be my President” then I really hope you take ill on election day.
The Q&A debacle that happened last Saturday was no less ridiculous. We have become a nation of fools.