contemptuous snort of the day
It seems that, despite his groveling to BET, Lott still doesn't think he really did anything wrong...no, his dizzying fall from the Majority Leader post the Republicans elected him to before Lott's views became a matter of widespread knowledge was due to his falling into a "trap":
There are some people in Washington who have been trying to nail me for a long time. When you're from Mississippi and you're a conservative and you're a Christian, there are a lot of people that don't like that. I fell into their trap and so I have only myself to blame.
I'd rant about what a ridiculous notion that is, but CalPundit, Kos, Matthew Yglesias and Oliver Willis, among others, have already taken care of it.
I do, however, think it's important to call attention to what I believe Lott is referring to when he says "Christian." (And if I'm wrong, I'll cheerfully stand corrected.) Having been raised Catholic, I was shocked to realize that there were some who didn't consider me a "Christian," that to some, the term doesn't refer to the billion or so people who adhere to some demonination of Christianity, but rather a particular philosophy whose belief that its members are the only True Believers rivals the Inquisition-era Catholic Church. I consider Lott's comments indeed a code word, intended to link the
universal widespread condemnation of his racist statments and the attitudes they imply with an assault on conservative, evangelical Christians.
I'm hardly the most religious guy in the world, but I believe Jesus would have no truck with racism...he reached out to Romans, Samaritains, and others. I think any true Christian should be incensed at Lott's clumsy attempt to tie his bigotry with his professed Christianity.