Biker Family Values

Interesting video of McCain at Sturgis. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, a professor of theology at Chicago Theological Seminary, writing for the Washington Post had this to say:
I never thought I would write these words, but where is James Dobson of Focus on the Family when you really need him? Why are the "family values" evangelicals silent when John McCain campaigns at the famously raunchy Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and suggests that his wife might compete in the "Miss Buffalo Chip Beauty Pageant--Bikinis on the Beach?" According to Jim Caple of ESPN, this is "essentially a topless beauty pageant. And occasionally bottomless, too." I'm absolutely certain this does not reflect the kind of "Christ-centered marriage" about which Dobson so frequently lectures.
I guess that is the rub isn't it? What "family values" are we really interested in? Should we people of faith be interested in critiquing these kinds of activities or are people like Thistlethwaite simply over-reacting?

My reaction wasn't the same as her's.. I simply saw it as a candidate trying to reach and resonate with another segment of America. Oh, and I know a few folks who go to Sturgis.. they are certainly not the loons that many make them out to be.. at least I don't think they are :)


  1. Bob, why can't people just take a joke, and not analize every word and comma... I really doubt she will enter the contest.... Really!
    I'm a devout believer, my confictions and morals will not change ~~ that's who I need to be concerned about ~~ is ME!!

    You always have such thought provoking posts...Love that!

    BTW I don't know if I believe that football player spit that watermelon seed 68 feet...I would like to see that with my own eyes.


  2. Oh brother! I agree with you one million percent. Susan Brookes Thistle comes across like a judgmental person trying to cause division. I prefer to love rather than judge.

    Oh - I came over to tell you that I gave you a blog award!

  3. Dang, I met more nice people on my way from Wisconsin to Idaho during sturgis week a few years back than I have in churches my whole life ;)

    Show me, someone , ANYONE, in the scriptures who told Christians to force their world view on non Christians? We don't have the right, and we don't have the authority, moral or otherwise.


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