Monday, June 25, 2007

Obama's can't-lose gambit

In accusing the religious right of "hijacking" religion, Barack Obama made a can't-lose move.

The sound bite will play well with the far left, a group which is largely atheist and sneers derisively at people of any religion. Except Muslims, of course, who are victims and can therefore do no wrong.

It will play equally well with black Democrats, who tend to be more moderate, but are largely practicing Christians, and probably don't much like the right's holier than thou attitude being holier than their own holier than thou attitude.

White, moderate Democrats will also like the message because, well, it speaks truth to power. It does speak truth to power, doesn't it?

But while Obama makes the claim that the right has hijacked religion, he ignores the reality that the left has abandoned religion.

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