Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Crazy white preachers 101: Final Exam

Class ended for me on Monday afternoon, and that means one thing: after two study days, which few students actually use to study, final exams are on the horizon. I've finished writing one exam and will finished writing another later today. Yet, it seems like every time I take a short break to catch up on what's going on in the world, I come across another story about Jeremiah Wright, the once-obscure Chicago preacher whose claim to fame is his "association" with Barack Obama, or some "roundtable" discussion featuring "prominent" Washington thumb-suckers, who have decided to provide "advice" to Obama on how to "handle" Wright. Rev. Wright is not involved in Obama's presidential campaign, and Obama has not sought out his endorsement. Obama has not turned to Wright for "spiritual guidance" during the campaign or asked him to mobilize his constituents on his behalf.

But to read and listen to the mainsteam media, you would think that the Iraq failure (4,000 dead and counting), the sinking economy and a looming crisis with Iran on the horizon pales in comparison to a inflammatory black preacher's comments about white folks who are runnin' the show. Rev. Wright isn't for me, and I've given his comments the attention I think they deserve, which is zero. Since I'm in exam writing mode, I thought I'd offer an exam for all Americans concerned about the influence of crazy preachers, including white ones, in politics to test their knowledge of which crazy preacher is saying what on behalf of whom.

Section 1: Endorsement

1. Rev. John Hagee, who ministers to the Cornerstone mega-church down in San Antonio, Texas, said this in response to Hurricane Katrina:

"All hurricanes are acts of God, because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God, and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that.

The newspaper carried the story in our local area, that was not carried nationally, that there was to be a homosexual parade there on the Monday that the Katrina came. And the promise of that parade was that it would was going to reach a level of sexuality never demonstrated before in any of the other gay pride parades.

So I believe that the judgment of God is a very real thing. I know there are people who demur from that, but I believe that the Bible teaches that when you violate the law of God, that God brings punishment sometimes before the Day of Judgment, and I believe that the Hurricane Katrina was, in fact, the judgment of God against the city of New Orleans."

Rev. Hagee has endorsed which presidential candidate?

A. Hillary Clinton
B. John McCain
C. Barack Obama
D. Ron Paul

2. The presidential candidate who received Rev. Hagee's endorsement was "very honored" to receive it. When asked if s/he believed Hagee's remarks were inappropriate, the candidate responded, "all I can tell you is that I am very proud to have Pastor John Hagee's support."

A. True
B. False

3. Rev. Hagee's ethnic or racial identification is:

A. White/Caucasian
B. African-American
C. Latino
D. Muslim
E. Black Muslim

Section 2: Feminism

4. Which crazy preacher made the following statement: "Do you know the difference between a woman with PMS and a snarling Doberman pinscher? The answer is lipstick."

A. Jerry Falwell
B. John Hagee
C. Ted Haggard
D. Jeremiah Wright

5. Which crazy preacher made the following statement: "[T]he feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians."

A. Jerry Falwell
B. John Hagee
C. Ted Haggard
D. Jeremiah Wright

6. Which crazy preacher made the following statement: "I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that's the way it is, period."

A. Louis Farrakhan
B. John Hagee
C. Ted Haggard
D. Jeremiah Wright

Section 3: Patriotism

7. Which crazy preacher made the following statement: "As a nation, America is under the curse of God."

A. Jerry Falwell
B. John Hagee
C. Ted Haggard
D. Jeremiah Wright

8. Please click here. After clicking the link, please identify the presidential candidate who was "very pleased" to have Rev. Hagee's endorsement in the presidential campaign.

A. Hillary Clinton
B. John McCain
C. Barack Obama
D. Ron Paul

9. After the 9.11 attacks, this crazy preacher made the following statement: "And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen.'

Who was he?

A. Jerry Falwell
B. John Hagee
C. Ted Haggard
D. Jeremiah Wright
E. Pat Robertson

10. Which crazy preacher supported the above statement with this one: "Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we're responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system."

A. Jerry Falwell
B. John Hagee
C. Ted Haggard
D. Jeremiah Wright
E. Pat Robertson

Section 4: Guilt by Association

11. According to the mainstream media, Barack Obama needs to disavow, denounce and condemn every comment ever made by any African-American religious figure. Otherwise, he is guilty of tacitly endorsing or accepting the support of these crazy people. Below you will see statements of various elected officials who have endorsed a current or past presidential candidate in the 2008 election. Please draw a line from the current candidate to the crazy preacher. There need not be a direct relationship. All that matters is the presidential candidate has received the support of an individual who has a relationship with the crazy preacher.

A. Hillary Clinton

AA. Pat Robertson

B. Rudy Giuliani

BB. Jerry Falwell

C. John McCain

CC. Jeremiah Wright

D. Barack Obama

DD. Louis Farrakhan

E. Mitt Romney

EE. Bob Jones, III

12. In August 1998, President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton held a prayer meeting in the White House for the purpose of offering support to the First Family after the president disclosed that he had an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern. Which of the following clergy were not invited to the White House to offer prayer and forgiveness to the president?

A. Billy Graham
B. Jeremiah Wright
C. Moses Hillel
D. Phillip Wogaman

13. Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania who endorsed Hillary Clinton and pushed the state's Democratic campaign machinery on her behalf in the April presidential primary, once offered a praise worthy address to the Nation of Islam and hailed Louis Farrakhan as an "extraordinary individual" who "lives family values," not just preaches about them. He called Farrakhan a "decent" and "courageous" man with a "good soul." This speech took place in 1997, over ten years ago, when Rendell was Philadelphia's mayor. In the Texas Democratic campaign debate in March, Barack Obama was called upon to "denounce" and "reject" Louis Farrakhan's unsolicited "endorsement" of the Illinois congressman. Senator Clinton was among the individuals who was "troubled" by this and called on her opponent to "renounce" Farrakhan's "support."

Please write an essay in which you address the following questions:

a. Should Hillary Clinton renounce and reject Ed Rendell for endorsing the work of Louis Farrakhan and hailing an organization with a clear record of anti-Semitism as promoting "family values?"

b. Should Hillary Clinton be called upon to deliver a speech "distancing" herself from Louis Farrakhan?

c. Should the Clinton campaign fire Ed Rendell as a member of the Clinton campaign team?

d. Should Tim Russert call a special edition of "Meet the Press," with Hillary Clinton, Louis Farrakhan and Ed Rendell as his guests, and ask them to explain their "relationship."

14. Who made the following statements?

"The Jews have been so bad at politics they lost half their population in the Holocaust. They thought they could trust in Hitler, and they helped him get the Third Reich on the road." "German Jews financed Hitler right here in America...International bankers financed Hitler and poor Jews died while big Jews were at the root of what you call the Holocaust...Little Jews died while big Jews made money. Little Jews [were] being turned into soap while big Jews washed themselves with it. Jews [were] playing violin, Jews [were] playing music, while other Jews [were] marching into the gas chambers..."

A. Jerry Falwell
B. Louis Farrakhan
C. Jerry Falwell
D. Jeremiah Wright
E. Pat Robertson

15. Should crazy preachers pack their bags and go home?

A. Yes
B. No

Good luck! Answers on Friday.

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