OUR TITLE should give the search engines something to chew on, but it’s not misleading. At the website of Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), which describes itself as “one of the largest television ministries in the world,” we find this article: ‘Obamamania’ Felt Across Europe.
If you’ll be patient, you’ll see that this CBN article does indeed have relevance the central concerns of our humble blog. Here are a few excerpts, with bold added by us:
The presidential race may be close here in the U.S., but it’s close to a landslide in Europe.
“Landslide” doesn’t begin to describe it. Continuing:
Polls show Obama is favored by at least 10 to one over John McCain in Switzerland, France and Germany, and by large majorities in Belgium and Britain.
Check out this poll, credited to the London Guardian and the London Telegraph:
We know what you’re wondering: Does this have anything to do with Sarah Palin and creationism? Yes, it does. After discussing how Europeans are gushing over Obama, the article says:
So far, Sarah Palin, on the other hand, is more likely to be described as incompetent or dangerous.
The French newspaper Le Point calls Palin “the fanatic of the American heartland.” The British Economist calls her “The woman from nowhere” and the Irish Times says if McCain is elected, America will be “Just a heartbeat away from the biggest half-baked Alaskan nightmare.”
A lot of criticism is directed at Palin’s faith. Moutet says the French media messages about Palin are largely that “she’s ignorant, she’s dogmatic, she is narrow minded, she is unqualified, she’s a creationist, an extremist, she represents the great unwashed American masses. You name it.”
You wanted creationism? You got it. Aside from that, there are lots of oddities in this article. We’ll quote just a couple of them, and then you can click over to CBN and read it all:
In one of the more bizarre stories about the election, a German newspaper said if Obama wins, the White House will become “Uncle Barack’s Cabin,” a reference to the Harriett Beecher Stowe anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, suggesting the irony that, if elected, Obama would be the first black president of a racist nation.
We have no idea what to make of that. Here’s one more excerpt, which quotes “one of Belgium’s most influential political bloggers.” That is a very impressive credential. Belgium has a population of about 10.5 million. The US probably has more bloggers than Belgium has inhabitants. Anyway, here’s what he says:
“What drives European media and intellectuals crazy is American patriotism. Americans have deep respect for the flag; it’s hard to understand for many Europeans.”
If you want any more of this, click on our link to the CBN article. It’s a strange world out there.
[Our related articles are here: Sarah Palin & Creationism.]
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