I am biased. But I am also fair.
Nothing raises my blood pressure more than when politicians pander to religious groups – namely the evangelical right – in an attempt to gain votes. I was critical of Mike Huckabee’s not-very-subtle-at-all visual of the cross appearing behind him in his Christmas message, and I will be equally as critical when it’s my guy who’s the one doing the pandering.
The flier below – currently featured on The Drudge Report – shows Barack Obama behind a pulpit with the cross prominently displayed behind him on front, and his “I’m a Christian. Really. It’s safe to vote for me” message on back. It is allegedly being distributed by his campaign folks in Kentucky.
Now I get that he’s fighting an uphill battle with this whole “He’s a closet Muslim” thing, so I can understand his desire to get this message to voters in a state like Kentucky. However, as a Christian, I am deeply offended by any perceived attempt by politicians to exploit my faith in an attempt to gain my vote.
This doesn’t do much to change my opinion of him as a candidate. I still want him to be our next president and will likely volunteer my time to help his campaign in New York once he secures the nomination. However, if I were ever given this flier and asked to hand it out, I would refuse.