Wouldn’t an honorable man stop remarks like this?
Unhelpful for establishing the tone McCain sought in Davenport was the Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free Church. His prayer before McCain arrived at the convention center blocks from the Mississippi River appeared to dismiss faiths other than Christianity and cast the election as a referendum on God himself.
"I would also pray, Lord, that your reputation is involved in all that happens between now and November, because there are millions of people around this world praying to their god — whether it’s Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins, for a variety of reasons," Conrad said.
"And Lord, I pray that you would guard your own reputation, because they’re going to think that their god is bigger than you, if that happens. So I pray that you will step forward and honor your own name with all that happens between now and Election Day," he said.
That’s nice of the AP reporter to say that McCain wants to establish a “new tone,” but this has been his strategy for at least the past three weeks—to have other people say incredibly offensive things about Senator Obama while he pretends to be on the high road?
Sleazy. And seriously, Reverend Conrad? Hindu?