This is getting boring. Your assumptions are to be taken as fact and mine are to be badgered? Nice try on the whole "context" spin.
You have not established that joining that church helped him politically. I'm not saying it didn't, but you are saying it did.
It can easily and rationally argued that one would join a large and powerful mega-church for political gain.
could, yes, but we have no reason to believe that was the case for Obama
and a lot of evidence saying it wasn't.
It is also clear that there are a number of steps you must take earlier on that increase the likelihood of success in being elected as a representative.
All these actions point to the same conclusion. He is someone who knew early that he wanted to be elected to office and took the steps necessary to get there.
And joining Trinity was necessary step?
It is amusing to see how so many people are now experts on local Chicago politics.
Another good reason that it can be argued that Obama at a minimum, investigated the church for political reasons is his own claims of initially being a religious skeptic raised by an agnostic mother in a secular household. There is nothing irrational at all about suggesting that his initial investigation of the church likely came from non-religious motivations since there is nothing in his background to suggest a religious motivation.
I suppose it isn't irrational if you don't actually know anything about what is being discussed.
Maybe it is a little unsavory to think in this manner, much like thinking that Dad and Mom's loving marriage was likely built upon the fact that he was horny and wanted to get into her pants, but it certainly isn't irrational.
It's not a matter of it being "unsavory", it's a matter of my having actually read the story of his conversion and joining Trinity. I've actually read his books (most pertinent to this conversation, Dreams From My Father
) and I know the story that you obviously don't.