Sunday, August 17, 2008



John McCain's Touching Religious Moment

Now this will be the big test for MSM (main stream media). If this story is not ALL over the news this coming week then America will know without doubt that the media is absolutely complicit in cover-ups for the GOP.

A number of very interesting facts are being revealed following the so-called 'religious forum' given by Pastor Rick Warren last night. At the beginning of the show Warren explained to the audience that both Obama and McCain will be asked the same series of questions, with Obama going first while McCain was in a 'soundproof' room unable to hear the questions. But surprise, although we didn't see the broadcast ourselves, word is spreading rapidly that CNN's Rick Sanchez is reporting that not only was McCain NOT in a back room unable to hear the questions, but he was in a motorcade on his way to the forum (undoubtedly listening to the questions and Obama's answers via satellite radio). When questioned, it is reported that Rick Warren has confessed this to be true !

As if that wasn't enough, during McCain's question/answer segment he was asked what God means to him in his everyday life. McCain went on to give a heart-wrenching story about when he was a POW....well better's what he said:

"It was Christmas day, we were allowed to stand outside of our cell for a few minutes, and those days we were not allowed to see or communicate with each other although we certainly did. And I was standing outside for my few minutes, outside my cell. He came walking up. He stood there for a minute and with his handle on the dirt in the courtyard he drew a cross and he stood there and a minute later, he rubbed it out and walked away. For a minute there, there as just two Christians worshiping together. I'll never forget that moment"

Aaaahhhhh. Isn't that special. Only one problem. Thanks to this new fangled thing that McCain admits knowing nothing about called 'the internets', fact checkers have found McCain's religious experience to look like A BIG FAT LIE !

From RickRocket (dailykos)

But I searched around a little bit more and here is what I found. A story about Alexander Solzhenitsyn from his times in the Soviet Gulags.

Along with other prisoners, he worked in the fields day after day, in rain and sun, during summer and winter. His life appeared to be nothing more than backbreaking labor and slow starvation. The intense suffering reduced him to a state of despair.

On one particular day, the hopelessness of his situation became too much for him. He saw no reason to continue his struggle, no reason to keep on living. His life made no difference in the world. So he gave up.

Leaving his shovel on the ground, he slowly walked to a crude bench and sat down. He knew that at any moment a guard would order him to stand up, and when he failed to respond, the guard would beat him to death, probably with his own shovel. He had seen it happen to other prisoners.

As he waited, head down, he felt a presence. Slowly he looked up and saw a skinny old prisoner squat down beside him. The man said nothing. Instead, he used a stick to trace in the dirt the sign of the Cross. The man then got back up and returned to his work.

As Solzhenitsyn stared at the Cross drawn in the dirt his entire perspective changed. He knew he was only one man against the all-powerful Soviet empire. Yet he knew there was something greater than the evil he saw in the prison camp, something greater than the Soviet Union. He knew that hope for all people was represented by that simple Cross. Through the power of the Cross, anything was possible.

Solzhenitsyn slowly rose to his feet, picked up his shovel, and went back to work. Outwardly, nothing had changed. Inside, he had received hope.

[From Luke Veronis, "The Sign of the Cross"; Communion, issue 8, Pascha 1997.]

So, it is very interesting that Mr. Solzhenitsyn and Mr. McCain had the same Christian guard/prisoner experience. Or maybe it is all just a made up story. Somehow I doubt that Alexander Solzhenitsyn heard John McCain's story and copied it.

UPDATE: This story was actually excerpted from "The Gulag Archipelago" by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, which was released in the US in 1973.

UPDATE X2: It seems that McCain is a bit of a Solzhenitsyn fan, as evidenced in his article in the NY Sun here. Thanks to Turing for the link.

UPDATE X3: May other great Kossacks have expanded on my diary. Check out their great diaries.

TomP: Cross in the Dirt, a recap of what we know
Calouste: No "cross in the sand" for McCain in 1973
Throwing Stones: McCain lies, contradicts himself on Cross story

Another fact checker who goes by the name Exmearden found in his research the following:

McCain told the same story on the 2000 campaign trail, except not about himself, as reported by the New York Times

Many years ago a scared American prisoner of war in Vietnam was tied in torture ropes by his tormentors and left alone in an empty room to suffer through the night. Later in the evening a guard he had never spoken to entered the room and silently loosened the ropes to relieve his suffering. Just before morning, that same guard came back and re-tightened the ropes before his less humanitarian comrades returned. He never said a word to the grateful prisoner, but some months later, on a Christmas morning, as the prisoner stood alone in the prison courtyard, the same good Samaritan walked up to him and stood next to him for a few moments. Then with his sandal, the guard drew a cross in the dirt. Both prisoner and guard both stood wordlessly there for a minute or two, venerating the cross, until the guard rubbed it out and walked away.

(end...our italics is stuck)

Well, well, well. So Ol' Mc can't even tell the truth when he's talking about his own religion. And to you right-wing evangelicals I ask, how does it make you feel knowing that your GOP choice is pandering to you to such a degree that he would lie in the name of God ! Now THAT is evil ! ! If John McCain can not tell the truth about his own religious experience, how can we expect him to tell the truth as President ?

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