Letter: Mazzuca not even-handed
Avon, CO Colorado
Wouldn’t it be nice if Mr. Mazzuca would make at least a pretense of being even-handed in his column about Barack Obama’s “pastor disaster?” (Vail Daily March 3). His politics are showing … again. I should preface this by saying that I do read and enjoy most of Mr. Mazzuca’s columns. They are, in my opinion, thoughtful and well-written.
In dealing with the subject of a politician’s connection to the clergy, however (albeit an irrational, negative clergy), one might hope he would also discuss the equally egregious connection John McCain has had with the evangelical pastor John Hagee. In the McCain case, however, McCain is just fine, thank you, accepting the endorsement of Hagee.
In case you missed it, Hagee is the “hate” minister who has linked Adolph Hitler to the Catholic church. He has said that Hurricane Katrina was God’s retribution for homosexual sin. He has uttered demeaning comments about women in general. He has made flip remarks about slavery. Nice guy, huh?
Then, some four years ago, Mr. McCain excoriated the Rev. Jerry Falwell, as he should have (it was Falwell who said that 9/11 was God’s punishment for our accepting abortion and homosexuality; I paraphrase). But then, before Falwell’s death, McCain apparently had a change of heart (i.e., he badly needed, and still does, the support of the Christian right’s fundamentalist/Pentecostal segment which made up some 40 percent of George W. Bush’s voting base) when he scripted a kiss-and-make-up love session with Falwell.
As with the John Hagee situation and his flip-flop on Falwell, did this pandering to a misguided (my opinion) clergy show good judgment? Hardly. Consistency? Hardly. But, well, not a word of this from Mr. Mazzuca.
Guess I didn’t really expect a more comprehensive analysis from Mr. Mazzuca; to have done so would have meant a critique of John McCain, the Republican nominee, for heaven’s sake.
Anyway, I felt a need to present the “other guy’s” similar circumstance and how it was handled. The column seemed to cry out for comment.
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