November 23, 2008
This will be a relatively quick BOW (Buffoon Of the Week) Award post, because this week’s nominations are kind of sparse. Then again, the first one was truly entertaining, though in a kind of sick way….
Did you see this video? Sarah Palin did the whole pre-Thanksgiving-Executive-pardons-a-turkey thing in Alaska the other day. The event received national coverage, probably the first time that the turkey pardon by an Alaskan Governor has been national news, but that’s to be expected. Whatever you may think of the woman, there can be no denying that she’s a phenomenon. But what was really bizarre and funny in a very dark way came after. Still at the abattoir, Palin did an interview, answering questions about her work as governor of Alaska, her sons unit in Iraq, and other issues. And while she was speaking, a man in the background was slaughtering turkeys (although presumably not the one she had just pardoned). At one point in the video, those who put out the thing had to pixilate the background because it was too graphic. Palin concluded by talking about how fun this particular outing had been, saying, “…It’s nice to get out and do something to promote a local business and just participate in something that isn’t so heavyhanded politics that it invites criticism. Certainly we’ll probably invite criticism for even doing this, but at least this was fun.” She seemed utterly unaware of what was going on behind her.
Like so much else surrounding Palin in recent days, this one really wasn’t her fault. But doesn’t the woman have staff? Doesn’t she have people who can control the visuals around her, so that she doesn’t wind up pardoning a turkey and then talking about how much fun it was while other birds are slaughtered in the background? This is Keystone Kops type stuff, people! This person wants to be President someday, and her advance people can’t even get a simple photo-op right. Unbelievable. And — my apologies to the animal-rights supporters out there — incredibly fun, again in a very sick sort of way.
But this week’s BOW Award winner is the Pastor Mark Holick of Wichita, Kansas, who put up a huge sign outside his church that read, “America we have a Muslim President. This is sin against the Lord.” First of all, Obama is not a Muslim. He’s a Christian. And no matter how many times right-wing wack-jobs try to propagate this lie, it won’t change the facts. That said, in what way would electing a Muslim President be a sin against God? For that matter, would it be a sin against God to elect a Jew or a Hindu or –gasp — an atheist? Or does this new form of sin only apply to Muslims? Given the opportunity to back away from his own stupidity, he refused, choosing instead to cling to his claims. The guy is obviously a religious zealot, not to mention a xenophobe and a bigot. So, take a BOW there Pastor Holick. You’ve certainly earned it. And then please read the U.S. Constitution and perhaps the Bible as well. You seem to have a lot to learn about being an American and being a Christian.