“Kerry Seeks Support in Black Churches,” the Washington Post reports today, accompanied by a picture of the candidate praying with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton at a church in Miami.
The Democrats, who frequently become apoplectic at the “religious right’s” involvement in politics, welcome the participation of the religious left. Indeed, no seems to have objected when the pastor of the Miami church, Rev. Gaston E. Smith, not only endorsed Kerry from the pulpit but virtually annointed him as the Second Coming:
To bring our country out of despair, despondency and disgust, God has a John Kerry.
And what was Kerry’s reaction?
Kerry, who has compared Bush to those in the Bible story who ignored the wounded man before the Good Samaritan helped him, joked about the risk of being upstaged by Jackson and Sharpton. He said he didn’t mind because “God’s speaking here today, and we’re going to listen.”
Aside from invocations of God’s enlisting in the election and the quaint implication about Kerry being his begotten (or perhaps misbegotten) son, something actually ugly raised its head and became visible in that Miami Baptist church. There have been frequent laments about the increasing harshness of those who “demonize the opposition,” but this is usually simply a figure of speech. But in that Miami church it became literally true, through the good offices of Rep. Carrie Meeks (D, Fla.), who declared that Kerry is “fighting against liars and demons.”
And the nominee’s reaction to the demonizaton of his opposition? “Kerry smiled.”
For a thorough, impressive demolition of the Rev. John Kerry, see this post by LaShawn Barber.