Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:01 am on May 11, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Most of us figured that Barack Obama consulted with a few people on his way to evolutionary completion — donors, political consultants, various wise men of the Left, and also Joe Biden.  Little did we know that evolution would be midwifed by the Creator:

Roberts asked the president if First Lady Michelle Obama was involved in this decision. Obama said she was, and he talked specifically about his own faith in responding.

“This is something that, you know, we’ve talked about over the years and she, you know, [the First Lady] feels the same way, she feels the same way that I do. And that is that, in the end the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, you know, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others but, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president.”

As John McCormack put it on Wednesday, Obama is basically claiming that he’s following the example of Jesus Christ in backing legalized same-sex.  That might surprise more than a few Christians of many denominations, because the teachings in both the Old and New Testament speak against the practice of homosexuality.  The only reference to marriage by Jesus himself concerned its temporal nature (Luke 20, Matthew 22, Mark 12 all reference the same incident) rather than eternal, but Paul was a little more direct in 1 Timothy 8-11:

We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

Paul was even more clear in Hebrews 13:

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

That makes it pretty clear that Paul didn’t contemplate the definition of marriage as including same-sex unions, especially considering the context of Timothy.

There may be secular rationalizations for legalizing same-sex marriage, and not everyone believes in the Gospel or the rest of the Bible, in either Testament. But to claim that Jesus’ teachings and the Christian scriptures support the legalization of same-sex marriage is to demonstrate one’s total incompetence at understanding either of them.

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“The eloquent communicator” talks like a teenaged dummy…”you know”…”you know”…”you know”..

Own up America, this is a fraud.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2012 at 12:51 PM

The pos claimed pos trayvon martin as a son. No surprise.

tom daschle concerned on May 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

You know you know, “Cowboys Are Frequently, Secretly Fond of Each Other,” the Book of Willie Nelson.

1 Timothy 8-11: Sounds like it was specifically written for our outstanding and current US Repesentatives and US Senate office occupiers (both R and D). They’re so good at interpreting everything from the bible to the constitution – in their favor. And their terms last for ever and ever, AMEN you know.

HHW on May 11, 2012 at 1:12 PM

We can argue about Obama’s religion, whether he even has one, or what it is if he does have one, but a couple of thoughts.

If his claim to Christianity is to be assessed based on his (mis)use of scripture (as in, God wants tax hikes) then that speaks for itself.

And by coming out for gay marriage we now have almost irrefutable evidence he is not Muslim.

Let’s put it this way: he is who and what he has to be at the moment; no more, and usually less.

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I’m confused. Looks to me like Obama was talking about loving your fellow man.
Nothing more, nothing less.
Jesus WAS all about loving others and I’m pretty sure he’d laugh at or ignore many of these ‘christians’ who hate the homosexual community so.

bridgetown on May 11, 2012 at 9:51 AM

No, Obama was just trying to pass off ignoring what Jesus actually said by saying, “well, it’s more important that we love one another.”

In other words, ignore the truth for the sake of “love.”

And on that subject, you should read 2nd John and count the number of times John — you know, the disciple whom Jesus especially loved — and read the number of times in those 13 verses he says, “Love and truth.” He didn’t accept any division between them.

tom on May 11, 2012 at 4:06 PM

UnrepentantCurmudgeon on May 11, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Remember that it is OK for Muslims to lie to infidels.

logdogsmith on May 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Obama also said, “Malia and Sasha, they have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. There have been times where Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re talking about their friends and their parents. And Malia and Sasha, it wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ [gay] parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them. And, frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change of perspective.”

That Obama’s position on gay marriage was partly influenced by his daughters may prompt some to recall President Jimmy Carter’s claim that he had discussed “nuclear proliferation” with his daughter, Amy — who at the time was too young to have understood what that even meant. What Obama’s daughters know about homosexuality is unclear… but they may have encountered Congressman Barney Frank and been told a few stories.

Colony14 on May 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

When the One met … the real One.

Title for a Romney topic? Could be!

DannoJyd on May 11, 2012 at 7:47 PM

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