Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Support in Unexpected Places

Mike Huckabee, of all people, actually gives great context to Rev. Jeremiah Wright's sermons:

HUCKABEE: I don’t think we know. If this were October, I think it would have a dramatic impact. But it’s not October. It’s March. And I don’t believe that by the time we get to October, this is gonna be the defining issue of the campaign, and the reason that people vote.

And one other thing I think we’ve gotta remember. As easy as it is for those of us who are white, to look back and say “That’s a terrible statement!”…I grew up in a very segregated south. And I think that you have to cut some slack — and I’m gonna be probably the only Conservative in America who’s gonna say something like this, but I’m just tellin’ you — we’ve gotta cut some slack to people who grew up being called names, being told “you have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie. You have to go to the back door to go into the restaurant. And you can’t sit out there with everyone else. There’s a separate waiting room in the doctor’s office. Here’s where you sit on the bus…” And you know what? Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder and resentment. And you have to just say, I probably would too. I probably would too. In fact, I may have had more of a chip on my shoulder had it been me.


Wow. Go Mike.

Now, if he would just understand the resentment in the gay community when we're continually told (by him and others) that we're sick and sinful and not deserving of equal rights under the law.

But, progress takes time ...

6 comments:

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg, SC said...

Wow. Quite a statement from Huckabee. Who knows, maybe with enough prayer on our parts, he'll get "there" eventually in regards to queer folks.
David

Ally said...

Huckabee achieves a level of empathy here that I have yet to see in any of his kin. What a very hopeful sign!

Mike-El said...

Huckabee's just covering his ass because somehow, miraculously, none of own sermons came to light during his presidential campaign and he's got his own future "political viability" to protect. You think this guy became president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention without casting a little fire-and-brimstone?

Huckster, huck thyself.

John said...

Frankly I'm tired of this who thing. Rev. Wright's has racist tendencies... that really isn't a surprise. Huckabee's excusing it is a bit ridiculous though. There is a higher way I think, especially of those who claim to be of Christ. It's a path toward reconciliation and redemption. That doesn't mean we are silent when injustice persists, but it does mean our language will represent something entirely different.

Candace Chellew-Hodge said...

Well, mike-el, Huckster said he wanted to rewrite the Constitution to fit "God's standards." That's way scarier than a preacher who condemns America for mistreating the poor and outcast.

Candace Chellew-Hodge said...

John, I realize Wright used strong language. I can't imagine saying "God Damn America" in a sermon, but perhaps if more preachers did it would shake the complacent from their pews and lead us down a road to reconciliation. Indeed, that should be our goal - because that was the heart of Christ's ministry.