They wouldn’t know a hermeneutic if it jumped up and bit them in the patootie.
I am of the considered opinion that there may not be 10* people in mainstream media who are intelligent, educated, principled, and courageous enough to cover the Jeremiah Wright story. This morning’s quick response commentary on MSNBC to Wright’s wow performance at the National Press Club included a ditzy lady saying she went to a black church (note past tense) and the preacher didn’t talk like that.
Hey, this democracy thing is predicated on the foundation of an educated, informed electorate. How’s that working out?
* Hmmm. That would be Keith Olbermann, Jim Lehrer, Ray Suarez, and . . . and . . . help me out here. Okay, make that “less than 10.”
Senator Clinton in a March 25 interview with a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial board said . . .
“He [the Reverend Jeremiah Wright] would not have been my pastor,” Clinton said. “You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.”
So here’s what Senator Clinton’s pastor, the Reverend Dean J. Snyder, senior minister, Foundry United Methodist Church had to say . . .
“The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream. To evaluate his dynamic ministry on the basis of two or three sound bites does a grave injustice to Dr. Wright, the members of his congregation, and the African-American church which has been the spiritual refuge of a people that has suffered from discrimination, disadvantage, and violence. Dr. Wright, a member of an integrated denomination, has been an agent of racial reconciliation while proclaiming perceptions and truths uncomfortable for some white people to hear. Those of us who are white Americans would do well to listen carefully to Dr. Wright rather than to use a few of his quotes to polarize. This is a critical time in America’s history as we seek to repent of our racism. No matter which candidates prevail, let us use this time to listen again to one another and not to distort one another’s truth.”
Hmmm. Maybe she missed church that day?