Charlotte Editorial Writer Attacks South’s ‘Hypocrisy’

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Last weekend, CNN published an editorial apologizing for the South’s “hypocrisy.”

Charlotte editorial writer attacks South's hypocrisy, immorality

Issac Bailey

Issac Bailey, an editorial writer for the Charlotte Observer, wrote the article that ties the accusations against Roy Moore to alleged cultural and religious hypocrisy of Southern Americans.

“My region repeatedly claims that we place God above all else, but our actions tell a different story, especially when we mix religion, politics and the mistreatment of women and girls,” Bailey wrote. “We have politicians who feel no compunction, even, misusing the story of a sacred virgin birth to ignore child molestation.”

Bailey is referring to a statement from Alabama State Auditor Jim Zeigler, who defended Roy Moore by comparing his alleged relationship with an underage girl to the relationship between Mary and Joseph.

“Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter,” Zeigler said in defense of Moore. “They became parents of Jesus.”

The statement didn’t sit well with people across the political spectrum, but Bailey saw it as an opportunity to attack Southern culture, religion, and politics.

Bailey’s argument goes like this: Southern conservatives have become so entrenched in political battles that they have disregarded all morality — to the extent that they’ll disregard inappropriate relationships for the sake of political victory. Furthermore, their political positions have become completely partisan, and they care only about whether a candidate is a Republican or a Democrat.

Bailey’s thesis appears somewhat unlikely, considering Alabama Republicans rejected Luther Strange in the Republican Senate primary less than two months ago. It’s clear Christian conservatives don’t want just any Republican; they want one that represents their beliefs, even if he or she is imperfect.

Bailey said Republican candidates often use terms like “spiritual warfare” to garner support for their political cause, without appealing to morality.

“I’d like to apologize, America, because we call ourselves brave Christians, but my region of the South possesses political hypocrisy and moral cowardice that knows no bounds,” Bailey wrote.

Bailey calls this trend “spiritual rot on the right.”

To cap off his argument, Bailey attacks American greatness as a whole: “Finally, I’d like to apologize because we are not who we’ve long claimed to be, and it is hurting what we desperately want to believe is still a great nation.”

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  • Brenda

    I think this article by Issac Bailey is totally without merit. He is painting the entire Southern Conservative Christian Population as “group think” snowflakes. We vote as we see fit to embrace values we learn through our Worship and Love for Our Lord. Most of us are “old enough to know better” in all situations. In light of Politics as we know it in today’s environment we have to challenge
    any and all stories coming from certain “media outlets” still trying to report the “real News”. I say innocent until proven guilty and the timing of this article leaves it suspect to the legitimacy test. This isn’t Moore’s first rodeo in elections yet NOW these facts are coming out. Looks like more fake news to me.

  • alan_bradley

    Then why isn’t he writing about Bill Clinton. There is no doubt that he abused women.

    • Kathryn Jordan

      Probably wanted to ignore Bill Clinton’s womanizing. It’s always easier to write something negative about one party than your own (it could be that Bailey is a Democrat) and doesn’t want to “embarrass” the former president.

  • Philly is a toilet

    All of these Southern Democrat politicians, media, and voters, ignored the actions of Bill Clinton.

    • Kathryn Jordan

      How I wish the Southern Democrat politicians, media and voters did not ignore the actions of Bill Clinton. If anything that is hypocrisy, it is that people ignored the actions of Bill Clinton.

  • Doc Sarvis

    “…they want one that represents their beliefs, even if he or she is imperfect.” Ha!
    Imperfect would be doing wrong and then stepping up to take the blame. Roy Moore is just running from the truth. NOW FIVE women have come forward telling of his attacks when they were teenagers.

  • Kathryn Jordan

    After living in the North for over 20 years, I have forgotten how the South deals with religion and politics. I know that everyone votes how they see fit no matter where they live. Issac Bailey needed to talk about Bill Clinton and his womanizing. Goes to show you that it’s okay to write against one party and not against the other. Issac Bailey needed to talk about both and give a fair writing.

  • Bill Harrison

    I worked in black communities for 35 years in the jukebox business and you should hear how black men treat black women and girls. I have hear the most vulager language shouted across public streets aimed at young black teenagers by grow men.