Friday, May 23, 2008

Vlog #2: John McCain: Out of Pastors

So John McCain received and then rejected the endorsements from two TV preachers recently: John Hagee and Rod Parsley. I have used these facts as jumping off points to discuss the role of religion in the electoral process in the United States. Here's the vlog:

What do you think? Should candidates seek the endorsements of religious figures? Should religious figures give their endorsements?

The AP news story can be found here.

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Anonymous said...

Answers to your last two questions:

J. Matthew Barnes said...

A hearty "AMEN!" to your answers Chris!

Anonymous said...

I don't like endorsements, but I do think that Christians have a responsibility to speak truth to power. In other words, I don't think that religious leaders should tie themselves to any one politician or political party. But I do think that religious leaders should be prophets (if that's their gift) to speak out on political issues based upon their convictions as followers of Christ.

I also think it's appropriate for a politician to follow a "conscience" that is formed by their own faith perspective. Their responsibility, though, is to base their actions and decisions upon common and civic reasoning rather than religious reasoning.

So, I believe in the separation of church and state for the benefit of both. But I also believe that religious convictions have political implications.

Btw, I like how you're experimenting with things. I wonder if you can do some sort of fade thingy in between edits... you're looking a little Max Headroom at times :) but I liked it.

J. Matthew Barnes said...

Pat: You're definitely right about religious ideas having political implications (and vice versa too).

About the mechanics of the vlog: I watched some videos about making vlogs and most of them said to cut out down time, ummms, and ahhs -- which is what I did. I thought it turned out okay and it was even funny at times. But maybe when the topic isn't inherently funny, the form shouldn't be either...