Okay, first of all, I have had a lot of thoughts regarding the role of faith in the public square over the last few years. I absolutely feel that the message of the gospel is larger than politics, and the role of people of faith is most effective when they are serving as a prophetic voice to the people in control rather than seeking control themselves. Rick Warren, by not aligning himself publicly with a political party is accomplishing this beautifully and making sure that the issues of the gospel, specifically caring for the poor, are heard by whomever is in power.
With that disclaimer, this post is in no way a political endorsement. This is just an observation that my wife and I had last night after Sarah Palin's speech.
Immediately after she was done with her speech, the hosts and pundits on every network we skimmed to on CNN and Fox News all commented on how "the speech that was written for her" or specifically diverted attention from her to the speechmakers that wrote the speech. It bothered us. It felt like across the board, the media was trying to take away the moment from her. I don't think this was an example of liberal bias as much as just unintentional sexism.
It struck both of us that no one had done that when Rudy spoke, or Huckabee, or Biden, or Obama. When they gave their speeches, the content was theirs. All of these politicians have speechmakers helping them craft their speeches. Everyone knows this. Why did so many commentators feel that now was the time to make sure that speechmakers get full credit for their work?
Are we wrong in our perception? Did anyone else pick up on that?