The contrast between the gentle media treatment of Rick Perry’s deliberate choice to forge a political alliance with a notorious hate group and the treatment of Barack Obama’s attendance at a church with a loose-lipped preacher could hardly be more stark.
The “Director of Issues Analysis” for the American Family Association – the sponsor of Perry’s pray-in – has called for Muslims to be deported from the United States. He believes that freedom of religion is a “privilege not a right” and that the First Amendment does not protect Muslims. He attacked the “feminization” of the Medal of Honor after it was awarded to a soldier who had saved his comrades rather than killing the enemy. But the New York Times decided not to mention any of that.