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January 17, 2006

Reading God's Mind. Again.

Pat Robertson's at it again. "God is mad at America," in part because he does not approve "of us being in Iraq under false pretenses." Further, "he is sending hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it is destroying and putting stress on this country." Robertson also said that God was mad at black America for not taking care of themselves, their women and their children. He noted that 70 percent of black children are born to one parent.

Expect liberals to get outraged over this in even larger proportion to their reaction to some of his previous pronouncements that weren't as racially charged. This could get ugly.

'Cept it won't.

That's because, in reality, New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin said it. It's OK for him to say this because he's black and because he's a Democrat. If he'd been white or Republican and talked about God being upset with blacks, it would have been considered hate speech. And of course, when people invoke God in the name of liberal ideas, in this case on the war in Iraq, you'll hear hardly a peep. The NY Times covered it only to the point of reprinting the AP wire copy, but that's it. In fact, I heard on the radio this morning (from the generally conservative host, not the news folks) that there had been some concern by a black city official about Nagin's "chocolate city" imagery. He wasn't upset at Nagin (he is black and Democrat, after all), but was concerned that such imagery would be taken in the wrong way. Even that little bit of worry wasn't mention by the AP nor the Times. Calling blacks the dark chocolate of the world and whites the white milk raiseth not an eyebrow.

Nope, this is no big deal to <redundancy> the Left and the Media </redundancy>. At least this time it isn't. Frankly, I don't think it's a big deal either. Call me a Lactose-American; whatever. I don't object to colorful language regarding my race. And if Nagin thinks God had a hand in this, that's his opinion and he's welcome to it. But if Newt Gingrich or Bill Bennett or, indeed, Pat Robertson himself had said this, we'd be treated to news articles galore on reaction from the Left, and op-eds expressing outrage. Instead, a little wire copy is dutifully pushed and the case is essentially closed.

Nagin's trying to read God's mind just as much as Pat was, but little will be said about it, other that mostly right-wing bloggers noting the hypocrisy by <redundancy> the Left and the Media </redundancy>. If only they could move on (.org) as easily all the time.

Posted by Doug at January 17, 2006 01:02 PM

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'cept, Ray Nagin doesn't have a daily television program that reaches millions of views, and CNN/MSNBC/Fox do not invite him to come on their airwaves a dozen times a year to represent the views of the people who elected him to the office he holds.

Maybe that's why I'm not all than moved by Ray Nagin's dumb comments. Ray Nagin is already pretty well marginalized. If Pat Robertson were as marginal as Ray Nagin, I wouldn't be complaining about him very much at all.

Not that this distinction is one you're interested in thinking about...

Posted by: s9 at January 17, 2006 03:29 PM

And if Rudi Gulianni had said the same thing, except ask for more of a white hue to the demolished lower Manhatten, do you really think it would have gone as unnoticed? The viewership matters not to the Angry Left when it finds some juicy bit of verbage.

I don't see Nagin as being marginalized; certainly not by Democrats. Again, probably a few small voices, but when he blamed the Feds for his lack of action, his party was right behind him. Not marginalized by any means.

Posted by: Doug Payton at January 17, 2006 03:40 PM

s9: -- You're really a liberal federal court judge, right?

Posted by: Frank L at January 17, 2006 04:44 PM

To the extent that Giulani has been occasionally named as a potential candidate for President in 2008 and Ray Nagin will be lucky to serve out the rest of his term, I don't think it's really appropriate to draw this distinction. Now that Giulani is off the table, I'm not sure I care what the man says in New York. I live on the other side of the continent.

Posted by: s9 at January 17, 2006 08:34 PM

Unfortuneatly we too get side tracked easily. Mr. Robertson's point holds value however God has much larger fish to fry with all of us right now than the war in Iraq. Who cares if the left is upset with his comments. What we should be doing is correcting the issues that are occuring every day in abortion clinics, in the deletion of Gods influence on the starting of this country, the elimination for God from our Schools, our government and our homes. The war in Iraq is but a fly in the feelot.

Posted by: Billy at January 18, 2006 04:13 PM

I like Robertson, he comes out with bold statements and I do believe there is some truth in what he says. GOD is not mocked and He does have standards, Israel was punished for disobedience and will be again, Robertson said the Sharons stroke was from the LORD, maybe it was, because he gave away land that was not his to give away, but equally ,maybe it was due t him being 77, overweight and under a lot of stress.

Posted by: Tommy 3 Lions at January 26, 2006 03:46 PM