Video: Time for another “What would Jesus do?” segment about ObamaCare; Update: Obama to address religious leaders on health care

posted at 8:31 pm on August 18, 2009 by Allahpundit

Not a line of inquiry that a hawkish party should want to popularize, but oh well. It’s Bishop Harry Jackson, last seen making this argument to Ed Schultz, back on the air to warn the faithful that universal health care just might be immoral — or “amoral,” as the confused Fox News chyron writer has it. I’m taking the hardnosed conservative position on this one at the expense of atheist principle: If killing the bill means convincing centrists that Jesus will be miffed at the feds for crowding out Christian hospitals, then preach it, rev. Frankly, I’m surprised the Democrats haven’t pushed more of a moral/religious spin on red-staters to try to weaken support among conservatives who are making Blue Dogs’ lives hell. There are worse sales pitches than reminding evangelicals that universal health care means treatment for 47 million people who currently suffer without.

Fun fact about Jackson: Evidently, God told him to support Dubya in 2004. Exit question: Wouldn’t Jesus say that health-care co-ops are actually trojan horses for single-payer? I think he would.

Update: Like I was saying.

Obama is scheduled to address more than 1,000 religious figures in two conference calls, allowing him to extend his message to legions of faithful in the pews.

First up is a “High Holy Day” call this morning with about 1,000 rabbis from Judaism’s Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements. Organizers hope the call will provide fodder for synagogue sermons when the Jewish holidays arrive next month.

“There is a very important moral dimension to this discussion,” said Mark J. Pelavin, associate director of the which invited Obama to join the morning discussion.

The center is a co-sponsor of the second conference call later in the day — pegged as “40 Minutes for Health Reform” — with scores of lay leaders and clergy from Evangelical, Protestant, Catholic and Jewish traditions.


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Seriously, just stop injecting Christ into political debates. Christ would be focusing on getting people to have eternal life through His sacrifice, not worrying about health care.
Living4Him5534 on August 18, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Get with the program – this too has been or shortly will be rewritten much like the Constitution to reflect the will of the people as seen from the White House and Van Jones.

Friendly21 on August 19, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Where to begin…

Funny thing about the “What Would Jesus Do?”. If these people would actually READ the Bible, they would know what Jesus DID.

“Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote,

“These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship is a farce,
for they teach man-made ideas as commands from from God.”

For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”
Mark 7:6-8 NLT

I love it when people who reject Jesus and the Bible attempt to lecture the rest of us regarding what Scripture means.

EXIT QUESTION:

How much of their own money goes toward helping the needy?

oldleprechaun on August 19, 2009 at 8:07 AM

“Frankly, I’m surprised the Democrats haven’t pushed more of a moral/religious spin on red-staters to try to weaken support among conservatives who are making Blue Dogs’ lives hell.” AP

Progressivism/Liberalism is a religion. Obama is the chief priest and abortion is the holy sacrament (talk about the body and blood!).

SKYFOX on August 19, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Obama is now begging. Do NOT let this distract you from the real issue. Keep focused and stay alert. Dems will play on emotions and use them against you. Keep frustrating them, that’s when they make mistakes and the truth comes out.

elclynn on August 19, 2009 at 8:42 AM

If you want to know where Obama comes from, philosophically, please read Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg. He didn’t write it about Obama – he hadn’t been elected when Goldberg finished the book – but you will see Obama’s essence in every chapter. It lays out the history of modern progressivism and it’s key thinkers and proponents as well as their connection to socialism, naziism, fascism and the like. It’s helping me to understand the mind of the progressive and that knowledge is power to use in the fight against them.

SKYFOX on August 19, 2009 at 8:49 AM

If the Left is suddenly so keen on doing what Jesus would do, tell them to only take 10% of our income.

eclark1849 on August 19, 2009 at 8:52 AM

pharisees

Brat on August 19, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Ugh, I hate when people bring in that “argument”. Yes, Jesus did say we need to take care of those less fortunate, but He never said it should be done through the government.

teffertoes on August 19, 2009 at 9:31 AM

If the Left is suddenly so keen on doing what Jesus would do, tell them to only take 10% of our income.

eclark1849 on August 19, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Amen, brother! Pass the offering plate!

teffertoes on August 19, 2009 at 9:31 AM

If the Left is suddenly so keen on doing what Jesus would do, tell them to only take 10% of our income.

eclark1849 on August 19, 2009 at 8:52 AM

That should be the retort on every liberal WWJD question…the problem is, Jesus never said take 10%…nor really talked about tithing (just 3 times concerning the Pharisees).
But a good point none the less…

right2bright on August 19, 2009 at 10:20 AM

“Jesus said to help the poor, he did NOT say to use the government to do it!”

(I cannot remember where I first heard this, but it sure makes sense)

Freddy on August 19, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Freddy on August 19, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Amen. If anything, I think Jesus would have a few things to say to churches about letting the healthcare situation get to the point that the government feels a need to step in and take care of matters. It’s all church members’ responsibility to take care of the poor and the sick compassionately, not to pass the responsibility to the government to do a crappy, uncaring job of it.

flutejpl on August 19, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Whenever Government takes over something from the private sector, it is less efficient, more expensive, bloats bureaucracy and puts out a lower quality product. Apply this to the health care of Americans and it is immoral!

The moral imperative is for government to keep its hands off health care.

Don’t forget, this isn’t about health care, it’s about The One and his desire to take your freedom over your life and body and redistribute it to the government.

Ordinary American on August 19, 2009 at 12:30 PM

What gets me is that those wanting government health care would have Jesus say that if you got any problems… go bring it up with the Roman Empire, wouldya?

Uh-huh…. riiiigggghhhtttt….

And that bit where we are all supposed to care for each other via our charity? Apparently charity is a four letter word on the Left.

ajacksonian on August 19, 2009 at 12:56 PM

I don’t know Scripture like many others here do but my gut tells me Jesus would tell people who are able-bodied and can work and provide their own insurance to do exactly that, and to give their time and whatever money they can spare to charities who would help those less fortunate than themselves. He might be in favor of a government program that would help the aging and truly indigent . . . but we already have that. He would, I expect, be critical of how badly Medicare/Medicaid/VA/IHS has been mismanaged, and how much bloat and corruption exists in the system.

I guess if I’ve read him wrong I’ll have to answer for it someday, but for now, I stand by my convictions.

NoLeftTurn on August 19, 2009 at 5:55 PM

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