Posted by: nieophyte | April 9, 2008

Obamessiah: have you converted yet?

A very interesting article about the intersection of faith and politics in relation to the Obama campaign up on USA today.

Never mind the flap over his “Muslim-sounding” middle name, or the controversy generated by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Over the past several weeks, a far more interesting question about Barack Obama’s “true” religion has emerged in the news media’s fascination with the “Obamessiah” …

Even though, as Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift recently observed, his media halo has “tarnished” a bit, pundits and political operatives remain at a loss to explain what Hillary Clinton herself referred to, in a Feb. 26 interview on Pat Robertson’s The 700 Club, as the Obama “phenomenon.” They are particularly befuddled by the intense involvement of so many young people, many of them university students and first-time voters. They dub them Obamaniacs and Obamabots: “glassy-eyed, brainwashed cult worshippers,” who chant “mantra-like” slogans and “swoon with euphoria.”

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