Here we go again. The right wing, led by Sean Hannity and a group of republican far right multi-millionaires are ressurecting Reverend Jeremiah Wright for what they hope is going to be a campaign issue against President Obama. Of course, these reactionaries can't quite figure out the message that they want to use in regard to the president's religious beliefs. Is he an atheistic socialist as many on the right are prone to call him? Or perhaps he is really a secret Indonesian or Kenyan Muslim who faces Mecca as he says his kneels on his prayer mat and answers the daily calls to prayer? Or is he a Christian in the mold of Reverend Wright's Liberation Theology that Mr. Hannity tried so hard to stick on the president's back in 2008.
I have a huge problem with this. Not because it will cause the president any problems. President Obama has weathered this storm before and will, if necessary, weather these accusational lies again. Actually, my concern is for the republican party and it's candidate, Mitt Romney. The last thing that I would want the 2012 election to boil down to is a debate over President Obama's Christianity versus Mitt Romney's Mormonism. This has no place in American polictics, yet it is exactly where this political campaign will go if the right wing ideologues, who are trying to revive the Rev. Wright canard have their way. There is too much super-PAC money out there on both the left and the right which would retaliate religious bigotry and innuendo with religious bigotry and innuendo from the other side. This is a bad thing for us all.
This is something that I hope that democrats and republicans, liberals, conservatives, and moderates can all agree with. We all should condemn this type of negative campaigning. There are so many issues where the differences between Gov. Romney and President Obama will be clear and sharp. How this country will put people back to work, how we'll deal with our debt, how we'll get out of Afghanistan, how we'll deal with immigration, education reform, are just a few issues that we will have a clear difference to argue over.
We have to allow these men to believe in what they believe in. After all, this is America, the melting pot of the world's religions. The right to believe or not believe is ingrained as part of the American DNA. We may differ in what our political views are, and we will argue them from now through election day and beyond. But all of us should keep the candidate's religious views out of this election. We will be a stronger nation for it.