Prayers for the departed

Despite John McCain’s earlier declaration that he would not make a political issue of Barack Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, the Pennsylvania GOP as well as a Republican 527 group have started to run TV ads in PA using Wright to bash Obama.

What’s notably absent from the ads are any references at all to John McCain’s embrace of a surprising number of hate-filled pastors, televangelists with a national audience, whom only a few years ago McCain described as “agents of intolerance”.

But then his presidential ambitions revived, and McCain found that he actually welcomed the advice and spiritual counsel of extremists like Jerry Falwell and James Dobson. The bigotry and hypocrisy was so thick on the ground this spring, however, that some of the very worst haters had to be left behind on the journey to the White House…nuts like Rod Parsley and John Hagee.

So I offer up my prayers for the newly departed: May the producers of political ads this fall remember their role in John McCain’s personal transformation.

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