1) What happened on September 11, 2001 *was* a direct result of US foreign policy. Does that mean that your cousin/nephew/friend from college deserved to die in a pile of flaming rubble? Of course not...but let's not pretend that mucking about in the affairs of far-away lands doesn't have consequences, OK?
2) Black people in the US have a hell of a lot to be pissed off about. If you actually need me to elaborate on this point, I doubt I will change your mind, but there it is.
3) To believe that the US government engineered the HIV virus to wipe out black people requires both a profound overestimation of the competence of the US government and an equally profound ignorance of biology; each of which, sadly, are incredibly common among liberals and Christians, respectively.
4) Anyone who voted for George W. Bush has no fucking business criticizing Obama for his association with a pastor based on the wacky pronouncements of said pastor. (Shorter this: JERRY FUCKING FALWELL!!!)
All of that said, I share RW's frustration, and I agree with the spirit of Gino's remarks (if not necessarily the content), but the prize on this one goes to Thoreau:
Poor Barack Obama. He’s between a rock and at least 2 hard places when it comes to religion. For a while we were treated to right wing whispers about how his religious Achilles Heel would be found in an Indonesian mosque. Then his Christian minister was a liability. Then he found himself in trouble for being part of the allegedly secular elite, with his comment on “bitter” voters who “cling to religion.” Now his Christian minister is back in the news as a liability.
Not Christian enough, too Christian, not Christian enough, too Christian. Maybe those wacky deist Founders had a good idea about religion and public office ... maybe, just maybe, that “no religious test” clause is rooted in some deeper wisdom regarding religion and public office.