This morning Senator John McCain (R-AZ)is speaking at the commencement exercises of Liberty Univeristy, the Baptist school founded by The Reverend Jerry Falwell.
According to CNN, the speech will start at 9:30am. What I don’t understand is how Senator McCain can even be there. CNN also noted that the Senator called Jerry Falwell, and other evangelicals like him, promoters and advocates of intolerance. That was in 2000.
I guess now that the Senator is thinking about becoming “the President,” he is trying to mend old wounds with the radical right. Kind of sad really… I thought a couple years ago that if I were to ever have no choice and had to vote for a Republican, I would want to vote for Senator McCain. I guess my dreams of a moderate, tolerant, understanding and inclusive Republican in Washington, DC, was nothing more than a dream, indeed.
In March, I was a participant in a Soulforce Equality Ride event at Liberty University. Ultimately, we were arrested when we tried to enter the campus and talk to students and faculty. Jerry Falwell and Liberty University represents nothing but intolerance and exclusion. Jerry Falwell has used the Bible and God to hurt one group of people or another for the past forty or more years. He continues to do it today by excluding openly LGBT people from enrolling in his school and by kicking out already enrolled students who are found out to be LGBT during their time at Liberty.
It saddens me that Senator McCain is at that place. It saddens me that the Senator has sided with what symbolizes the worst in American religion and politics. It saddens me that the Senator has decided that intolerance and exclusion are characters and actions worthy of being honored and cherished.
I wonder if Senator McCain knows he has just made buddy-buddy with a guy who used to keep African-Americans out of his church because “God had separated the races for a reason” (not a direct quote)?