Radical Religiosity Slanting
Public Mindset For More War
By James Donahue
March 6, 2008
When MSNBC’s Tim
Russert backed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama into a corner last week, causing him to reject and denounce
the support of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan during a nationally televised debate, he appears to have triggered the
start of a media blitz designed to keep the Democrats out of the White House for yet another term.
As Internet columnist
Glenn Greenwald so eloquently put it, “Russert demanded that Obama jump through multiple hoops to prove that he has
no connection to – and, in fact, “rejects” – the ideas espoused by Farrakhan deemed to be radical
Yet within the week,
Republican presidential frontrunner John McCain stood before television cameras to accept a similar endorsement from the Rev.
John Hagee – a white evangelical guilty of expressing equally fringe, radical and hateful statements from the Christian
point of view. Without prodding by media reporters, McCain said he was both “proud” and “very honored”
to have Hagee’s support.
It is important to note
that both Hagee and Farrakhan are well recognized in the United States as outspoken leaders of
radically opposing religious groups, both men have a significant following, and both possess the ability to sway a lot of
votes in support of the candidates they endorse. Of the two, Farrakhan clearly has the most significant number of followers.
The important differences
between the two is that Farrakhan represents a hard-line and primarily black-oriented national faction of the Islamic faith
while Hagee is identified as a “fringe” and “radical” fundamental pastor of a sprawling predominately
white Christian “mega-church” in Texas. Since 9-11, most Americans have been mentally conditioned to mistrust
if not hate anyone professing to be of the Moslem faith, while supporting the fundamental Christian doctrines as endorsed
by the Bush Administration.
That Brarack Obama, who
is a proclaimed Christian, has been politically attacked because his middle name is Hussein has clearly proven to be a sensitive
issue . . . powerful enough to force him to submit to Russert’s televised assault and to publicly renounce the Farrakhan
So just what has been
the problem with the teachings of the Nation of Islam? Some world Islamic leaders accuse the group, founded by the late Wallace
Fard Muhammad in Detroit in 1930, as being a religion separate
from true Islam. That Wallace Fard Muhammad declared himself to have been the final Iman, or long awaited messiah, did much
to create this wall of separation.
The Nation of Islam also
has been accused of anti-Semitism, and Farrakhan was once accused of referring to Judaism as a dirty and “gutter religion.”
He denied ever saying this. “Countless times over the years I have explained that I never referred to Judaism as a dirty
religion, but, clearly referred to the machinations of those who hide behind the shield of Judaism while using unjust political
means to achieve their objectives,” Farrakhan once wrote. “This was distilled in the New York tabloids and other media saying, ‘Farrakhan calls Judaism a gutter religion.’"
By contrast, Hagee, who
has freely supported John McCain’s candidacy without creating any raised eyebrows among the Washington media elite, has made such radical statements as:
--All Muslims are programmed
to kill and we can never negotiate with any of them. Those who live by the Koran have a scriptural mandate to kill Christians
--God caused Hurricane
Katrina to wipe out New Orleans because it had a gay pride
parade the week before and was filled with sexual sin. New Orleans
had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that.
--The End Times –
Rapture – is imminent and the U. S. Government must do what it can to hasten it, which at minimum requires: a.) a war
with Iran and b.) undying absolute support
for a unified Israel, including all occupied
It should be a bit scary
to realize that Hagee cited McCain’s “pro-Israel views,” his belligerence toward Iran, and his social conservatism as reasons for the endorsement.
Farrakhan has responded
to all of this political hype with amazing grace. After Obama was forced by Russert to publicly disassociate himself from
the Nation of Islam, the former leader issued the following statement:
“Those who have
been supporting Sen. Barack Obama should not allow what was said during the Feb. 26 presidential debate to lessen their support
for his campaign. This is simply mischief making intended to hurt Mr. Obama politically.”