Click here to listen to an audio collage of snippets from various parts of a Barack Obama Early Voting March taking place early this morning in Columbus, Ohio. About 300 people marched from the Shiloh Baptist Church to the Board of Elections in downtown Columbus to cast their early votes for Barack Obama.
For an official presidential campaign event, I found it somewhat galling that the opening and closing consisted of invocations for a Christian God to heal the nation through Barack Obama, and for us all to vote “in Jesus’ name.” That’s Sunday business, not Saturday business, and it is certainly not the job of the Barack Obama campaign to place the stamp of Christian uniformity on presidential politics. The share of Americans that subscribe to Christianity is on a sharp decline, yet the people who organized this voter march for the Barack Obama campaign seemed to have no problem reinforcing religious divisions while talking about bridging or healing other divisions.
I also learned beyond a doubt that Mayor Michael Coleman of Columbus is not the next Barack Obama by any means: he could put a pack of wolves on a caffeine drip to sleep with his speechifying.
I did not vote at the end of the event, in case you were wondering. I simply did not feel comfortable lending the weight of my vote in endorsement of this religiously pushy event.