It happened with mind-boggling speed, a media thermo-nuclear blast of controversy – cable news was shocked … shocked that an uneducated, self described “bible-thumping” redneck from backwoods Louisiana would condemn homosexuality and claim that blacks were happy and singing before the civil rights era. Sara Palin and the sub-cortical right immediately jumped to the defense of the “gospel”, conveniently leaving out the commentary on civil rights (after all, didn’t St. Paul tell slaves to “obey” their masters?).
I was fascinated by the fact that Thomas Jefferson edited his own Bible to include only those quotes attributed to Jesus. Read what Jesus actually said in the bible and there is nothing there about gay marriage, or slavery as an institution (He does point out the slavery of hatred). Thus we were subjected to a panoply of hypocrites like serial adulterer Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin (remember Glenn Rice?) defending hate speech in yet another manufactured crisis and corporate marketing opportunity. We are living in the dumb dynasty of cable news.
Time to turn off the TV. As for me, I am glad I am unburdened by hatred of anyone.