Yesterday, John Kanelis ran an editorial in which he allegedly criticized the use and abuse of religion to demonize other candidates:
Everyone should take something unique from an overtly spiritual message. Each of us interprets Scripture differently. Faith means different things to different people . . . Do not say that God is on your side in a political campaign and cast your opponents as devil-worshipers just because you disagree with them over
earthly political issues.
Of course, Geo. Bush and his Republican party are the Genghis Khans of using religion to political effect. Did Kanelis point this out? To be fair-- not that we're in the habit of being fair to the AGN-- yes:
Earlier this year, at the Republican National Convention, a GOP delegate from Randall County was quoted as saying, "If you believe in God, you'll vote for George W. Bush."
A couple of years ago, I heard someone at the church I attend actually question whether a politician was a true Christian merely because he is a Democrat.
But Kanelis also pandered to his religious right readership by cackling about some religious comedian's "joke" that he'd "even found a Democrat who had been saved." Heh. Kanelis wasn't criticizing the "joke." He though it was funny.
It wasn't. This little joke lights Kanelis's indignant column about politics and religion aglow with hypocrisy.