John the Baptist

From ABC News:

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.

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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.


McCain, at a campaign stop at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Anderson, said he has made plenty of public expressions of his faith. “I’ve done that hundreds of times,” McCain said, adding he has spoken at length with his pastor at the church and has been told there is no need for him to be baptized to be a full member of the church.

How is this all playing with the Fundies? Let’s check with the Christian NewsWire:

Jesusland Not Buying McBaptist

While campaigning in predominately Baptist South Carolina, presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-Az.), revealed that he is Baptist and has been for years. This new revelation will come as a shock for most in Jesusland, according to David Jeffers, author of Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland. “Evangelicals, and in this case those of the Baptist faith, are not going to be easily swayed by McCain’s pandering,” Jeffers said.

Jeffers explains that “Many of the Baptist faith are going to have a hard time accepting McCain’s claim that he is a Baptist while saying he ‘did not find it (baptism) necessary to do so for my spiritual needs.” “Baptism is not followed to meet spiritual needs; it is an act of obedience and a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ,” the author stated.


Jeffers reminds McCain that Proverbs 16:23 teaches “a wise man’s heart guides his mouth,” and in Jesusland it is not wise to claim to be something you are not.

I can’t wait until John the Baptist comes down to South Florida, home to a lot of Latino and Jewish voters. I wonder what Juan McCainowitz will have to say then!


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8 responses to “John the Baptist

  1. gottagrip

    I have to wonder if McCain was speaking to his “Baptist” minister or his “Episcopalian” minister when he was told there was no need for baptism in order to be considered a Baptist in good standing. As the name implies, baptism is the one of the two keys to being a real Baptist. The first, of course, is accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior, as any good Baptist can tell you. I’m afraid Juan McCainowitz was confused about which minister he was consulting at the time. Those Episcopalians are much more easy-going about what it takes to be a good Baptist than the Baptists themselves are…..

  2. nonnie9999

    maybe john the baptist figured that everyone knows that he is all wet already, so there is no sense in getting dunked. just like the good rethug he is, the rules don’t apply to him.

  3. nightowl724

    It’s the new and improved John McCain! Now, even truthier and Jesusier, as you have so cleverly pointed out. I guess he figured it was OK to lie (again) since the Straight Talk Express has been retired. And, that new No-Surrender-Mobile, well, some describe baptism as “surrendering to God,” so…

  4. nonnie9999

    i think that he should give up the buses entirely and drive around in the batshitcrazymobile.

  5. Friend of the court

    Even, with all that, the wingnut next door would proudly vote for Mc Cain if he gets the chance. He is still that pissed off at Jane Fonda. Maybe, batshitcrazy is truely the most representative form of government for this country. I’m about ready to give up.

  6. nonnie9999

    i really think the tide is turning. there are still those 20-something percent who will hold onto their fantasies about rethugs being the party of virtue and security and 😆 😆 😆 fiscal responsibility! however, i think that some of them have gone through their deprogramming and are facing the truth that their perception of the rethug party has been severely compromised. it’s the old you can fool all of the people some of the time

  7. gottagrip

    Fotc, you need to go to a march, honey. And not one of those 6-people-standing-on-a-street-corner-wanly-holding-a-sign kind of marches, but one that has lots of people with lots of enthusiasm. It’s quite energizing and inspiring (in a totally exhausting kind of way….)

    I wish I could have you and nonnie and mikk0 with me in DC this last weekend, you’d have felt the power there, not to mention the drunken blogging session afterwards. It was all good…..

  8. nonnie9999

    i think the fundies and diehard rethugs need to go to one of those rallies to experience what democracy feels like. it might give them an appreciation of what this country is supposed to be about, instead of that sphere of fear in which they are so comfortably (and uncomfortably) ensconced.