Next up, Sen. John McCain, speaking in South Carolina, announced that his religion has changed from the gay-friendly Episcopalian church to the more homophobic Baptist church, a whole long time ago, and everyone's been reporting his religion incorrectly, even when they report him saying that he's Episcopalian:
Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who has long identified himself as an Episcopalian, said this weekend that he is a Baptist and has been for years.
Campaigning in this conservative, predominantly Baptist state, McCain called himself a Baptist when speaking to reporters Sunday and noted that he and his family have been members of the North Phoenix Baptist Church in his home state of Arizona for more than 15 years.
"It's well known because I'm an active member of the church," the Arizona senator said.
While McCain has long talked about his family's and his own attendance at the Arizona church, he appears to have consistently referred to himself as Episcopalian in media reports.
In a June interview with McClatchy Newspapers, the senator said his wife and two of their children have been baptized in the Arizona Baptist church, but he had not. "I didn't find it necessary to do so for my spiritual needs," he said.
He told McClatchy he found the Baptist church more fulfilling than the Episcopalian church, but still referred to himself as an Episcopalian.
The Associated Press asked McCain on Saturday how his Episcopal faith plays a role in his campaign and life. McCain grew up Episcopalian and attended an Episcopal high school in Alexandria, Va.
"It plays a role in my life. By the way, I'm not Episcopalian. I'm Baptist," McCain said. "Do I advertise my faith? Do I talk about it all the time? No."
Well, he knows one thing - the Religious Right sorts aren't just after atheists, polytheists, or Muslims, as they generally claim, if they ever get through with them, it's on to the Jews, then the Orthodox and Catholic Christians, then whatever branches of Protestantism they don't like. When you're working to bring theocracy to America, you'd better be on the right side, even if that side gets narrower and more nuanced every day.
Or not. He said just yesterday that what's important is not whether he's Baptist or Episcopalian, but that he's Christian:
Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Monday that questions over whether he identifies himself as a Baptist or an Episcopalian are not as important as his overarching faith. "The most important thing is that I am a Christian," the Arizona senator told reporters following two campaign stops in this early voting state.
Uh, yeah. That's why there have been so many Mormon, Catholic, Orthodox, Jehovah's Witness, Quaker, and Coptic Christian presidents.
Honestly, I don't care which branch of Christianity he comes from. But he's just so obviously playing to the Religious Right (although he didn't go to their debate, but that's another story) with the specific denomination he's a part of. If he weren't, then "the most important thing" would be his policies, his politics, and his experience. But those aren't the issues that are important to GOP voters, he knows that, so he has to put together this whole dog and pony show for them.