Alternate headline: “Good news: Obama finally right about something.”
But according to North Korean TV’s Chris Matthews, it is a provable, scientific fact that Obama is a Christian because he says so. “Everybody watching right now,” Matthews said to his several viewers last week, “gets credit for being of the religion you say you are. … We accept that in America. It’s called freedom of religion and respect for religion.”
That would make professions of religious belief, unlike all other self-professions, unchallengeable. Liberals say conservatives don’t believe in civil rights. I say liberals are godless traitors. Why is one statement debatable and the other not?
Doesn’t anyone question the Christianity of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker? How about the Satanists claiming to be Christians who stand outside soldiers’ funerals with signs that say “God Hates Fags”?…
Tip O’Neill used to question President Reagan’s Christianity all the time, taunting the president for not attending church regularly. Matthews might remember that: He was working for O’Neill at the time…
All liberals are atheists. Only the ones who have to stand for election even bother pretending to believe in God.
Lots of fun at the link, including a killer final line, some obligatory Clinton-bashing, and the outrageously outrageous claim that anyone who endured 20 years of Rev. Wright’s sermons simply must be among the godless. Which is cute, but (a) take it from me, a real atheist wouldn’t have lasted five minutes and (b) it’s been an open question for awhile now just how often The One endured those sermons. Remember this piece from Newsweek in the heat of Campaign ’08?
As young marrieds, Barack and Michelle (who also didn’t go to church regularly as a child) went to church fairly often—two or three times a month. But after their first child, Malia, was born, they found making the effort more difficult. “I don’t know if you’ve had the experience of taking young, squirming children to church, but it’s not easy,” he says. “Trinity was always packed, and so you had to get there early. And if you went to the morning service, you were looking at—it just was difficult. So that would cut back on our involvement.”
After he began his run for the U.S. Senate, he says, the family sometimes didn’t go to Trinity for months at a time. The girls have not attended Sunday school.
And of course the trend continued as president. None of which I offer in order to question Obama’s religion, mind you, but merely to note — as I’ve noted before — that devotion varies from individual to individual among Christians as it does among believers of all faiths. In fact, read this piece by Charles Lane at WaPo making the same point I made a few days ago about The One’s surprising “bitter/clinger” explanation for Glenn Beck’s rally. Maybe he didn’t know that the rally was religiously themed, but if he did know, it’s odd that a fellow believer would explain a spiritual event in terms of economic anxiety. Clearly, as Lane says, there’s a heaping helping of “historical materialism” in the mix of Obama’s philosophy along with Christianity. Note to The One: Join us.