religion and politics

I guess the press doesn't care about campaigning with religious groups anymore

Yesterday at a campaign stop in Cinncinatti, Michelle Obama said:

"Barack can't win without you, and he can't lead without you," Michelle Obama said. "We have less than two months between now and election day. So every day every hour counts."

The crowd responded:

The crowd — those who were able — stood for several minutes before she spoke and chanted, "Yes we can."

Sounds pretty normal. The head of the group to which she was speaking got a little edgy:

"We do not call the senator and his wife Jesus, but in his candidacy, the hopes of generations are finding expression. And in that same candidacy, the fears of many are finding fresh life. But it is our prayer always, that hope overrides fear. When history is made you can say, "I was there.'"

Except one thing. The guy who said that was William J. Shaw, president of the National Baptist Convention, USA. This was the annual convention of the National Baptist Convention, one of the largest African American denomination in America.

Now if a Republican had said something like that at a Southern Baptist event, the reporters would be screaming from the rafters about the seperation of church and state and the politicization of religion.

But no one cares about Democrats intermingling religion and politics. Only Republicans. This only gets a completely positive story in a Dayton, OH newspaper.

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