Saturday, May 17, 2008

Contortionists

Chris/Bean directed me to this blog post by Eli Sanders, which paints a brief portrait of scary David Kirby, the pastor of United Family Fellowship in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Here's a guy who does not use the brain God has blessed himwith. Although he knows that Barack Obama has been going to a Christian church as often as anybody Kirby ever votes for, Kirby insists that Obama is a Muslim.


“All the evidence points to that he is,” Kirby told me. “I don’t trust him.”

The evidence Kirby has received comes in the form of emails from “watch dog groups” that he listens to, as well as chatter among his friends. He’s heard it all—Obama not saying the pledge of allegiance, Obama’s pastor engaging in hate speech, Obama being a Muslim—and he believes it all.

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I asked Kirby why he thinks Obama went to church for 20 years if he’s in fact Muslim.

“I have no idea,” he replied. “A lot of people have political reasons behind everything they do.”

And why would Obama lie about his alleged Muslim faith?

“If people of your faith had attacked New York City, and that is still fresh in Americans’ minds, wouldn’t you lie about it?”

If he wants to support Huckabee and/or vote Republican, that's his right as an American. But how can anyone perform this contortionism, this abomination against logic, without his head hurting?

Also, in a perhaps-related story, I saw Jon Stewart show us the scary West Virginia women in this video (about 1:50 in), who said the following about why they voted for Clinton over Obama:

"He's Muslim, and that has a lot to do with it."

and

"I don't like the Hussein thing. I've had enough of Hussein."

I was 100% certain that the Wright controversy, while probably an overall negative for Obama, would at least put the bizarre Muslim rumors to bed. I guess not.

At the risk of sounding elitist, are these voters worth pursuing? What would happen if McCain and Obama stood together and said "Judge us on the content of our character. If you're going to vote based on race or religion, it's a wash because we're both Christians. Don't vote for either one of us."

It'll never happen, of course, but I can dream.

2 comments:

Joe said...

The thing is, David Kirby is a Satanist.

I mean, if you were a Satanist, wouldn't you hide as a conservative Christian pastor? A lot of people have political reasons for everything they do.

And I read it on the Internet, so it must be true.

Alison said...

"At the risk of sounding elitist, are these voters worth pursuing?"

Well, they probably make up more of the country than you'd think, so if you want the job, then yeah - you pretty much need to deal with them.