I was talking to my own father and reading this post by DADvocate, and the conversation centered around the same thing.
Apparently, to the shock of many people, Barack Obama attended a church that had a preacher who could say some pretty crazy stuff.
Sorry if I'm not nearly as worked up by the "crazy talking preacher 'issue'" as some folks apparently expect me to be. I tend to chalk the "crazy talking preacher 'issue'" in the same part of the flowchart as the "water = wet" stuff.
I'm surprised by how much common ground can be found between conservatives like SAWB, DADvocate, my own pops and liberals like myself. But this is one area where the path diverges rather pointedly.
To this end, I will copy and paste my reply here, for your perusal and commentary:
"Southern women like their men religious and a little crazy, that's why they fall in love with preachers."
90% of the people I know that go to a Church anywhere will at some point be subjected to messages they do not agree with. I don't know a single Protestant who goes to Church without a Preacher who sounds crazier than a sack of rabid weasels about something.
And I'm Catholic and we have a whole dogma of brickabrack that they find just as ludicrous.
Some of them leave the church and look around for a new one. Sometimes it takes them a while. Others stay in their church for long periods of time because they are involved with the social and fellowship aspects of the church more than they are a part of the sermon every Sunday.
That's what caused the Reformation, Protestantism, and then the disentigration of Protestant churches into more protestant churches. Our entire religious makeup as a nation has to do with crazy preachers and the people that are either driven to another church or stick around regardless.
It was these kinds of disagreements that drove me away from my Church long ago, and getting back has not been easy. But Church is a part of my culture, my family, my community, and my very being - so I can't get away from it so easy, and I'm much less invested than most.
I just think this whole thing is really the most ridiculous denunciation of a candidate I have ever seen. Maybe it is because, down in Georgia where I came from, I knew a lot of folks who would judge others very harshly based on what Church they belonged to and what preacher they listened to on Sunday. I used to do that to, but I realized that a person is more than the sum of their parts. A person is more than just the church they belong to, crazy preachers and all.