March 22, 2008


McCain's pastor a sharp contrast to Obama's (Ed Stoddard, 3/22/08, Reuters)

John McCain's Phoenix pastor, Dan Yeary, is a folksy patriotic Southern Baptist who opposes abortion and believes homosexuality to be a biblical sin, but says Christians have an obligation to love such sinners.

That puts Yeary, who heads the church attended for the past 15 years by the Republican presidential candidate firmly in the U.S. Southern Baptist mainstream, and in line with the Republican Party.

He offers a sharp contrast to Democratic contender Barack Obama's former preacher Jeremiah Wright, who has stirred controversy with his fiery comments on race and America. [...]

Yeary, pastor for the 7,000-member North Phoenix Baptist Church, professes little interest in politics and prefers to focus on preaching and spiritual guidance. But McCain's affiliation with Yeary will do him no harm in wooing support from the key Republican base of evangelical Christians.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2008 8:06 PM

I'm surprised that more wasn't made out of McCain's SBC membership by the primary opposition, especially given the Southern Baptist tag-team destruction of Romney in Iowa and New Hampshire.

In any case, McCain, like W, showed wisdom in jettisoning the Episcoplians and joining an actual Christian denomination (although we're holding our breath re: the Methodists).

Yeah, a lot about the UCC came back to mind after reading the Wikipedia entry. It's a leftist lab experiment in real-time.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at March 22, 2008 8:52 PM

If his Church had become an issue he'd have carried the South too.

Posted by: oj at March 23, 2008 5:45 AM

I don't know that he could have beaten Huckabee on the latter's turf, especially since McCain's membership appears to be tentative.

He transfers to a baptist denomination and he's waffling on getting baptized? :-)

It certainly seems that he will carry the South now!

p.s. Thanks for all the great Easter posts, Orrin.

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at March 24, 2008 12:44 PM