In Rare Move, McCain Meets Religious Leader: the Dalai Lama

dalailama.jpgJohn McCain rarely schedules meetings with high profile religious leaders, in stark contrast to George W. Bush–and Barack Obama. But after whacking Obama this afternoon for campaigning among foreigners in Berlin, McCain is trumpeting his one-on-one meeting tomorrow with a superstar religious leader from the international scene: the Dalai Lama.
Irony of ironies, the powwow is happening in Colorado, where Colorado Springs is home to so many evangelical organizations that it’s earned the nickname Vatican West. When’s the last time McCain sat down with their leaders?
When it comes to the Dalai Lama, meanwhile, McCain’s admiration sounds boundless:


“I have been a great admirer of the Dalai Lama and I look forward to the opportunity of meeting an individual who is a transcendent international role model and hero and I have admired him and respected him for the efforts he’s made on behalf of freedom of the people of Tibet but also all over the world.”

When’s the last time McCain had such kind words for a Christian leader? Think the Christian Right will notice?


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Charles Cosimano

posted July 24, 2008 at 9:16 pm

It is a good move on McCain’s part. It enables him to appeal to independents who despise the Evanglicals (at least their leaders) and sends a real powerful message to China about what they can expect if he gets elected.
And the Evangelicals cannot really say anything without looking even worse than they already do.

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posted July 25, 2008 at 1:36 pm

“And the Evangelicals cannot really say anything without looking even worse than they already do.”
Since when has that stopped them?

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Kathy & Michael Schroeder

posted July 28, 2008 at 11:46 am

It is a joke McCain meeting with the Dalai Lama. Would love to be a fly on the wall.
McCain is referred to as being a pure opportunist, a man who is unusually slick and cruel – even by the standards of modern politics.
Maybe this great spiritual leader can help McCain, he certainly needs help…he is a very mean spirited man

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posted December 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm

It is a testament to His Holiness’ kindness that he would even waste his time with a man so corrupt as a politician, especially one of McCain’s dismally loathsome character. The Dalai Lama seems to have roughly the same kind, liberal, “turn the other cheek”-attitude as Jesus…so I find it ironic that Evangelicals (however fundamentalist) would dislike or despise him. Such a sad, pitiful lot they are. :(

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