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The Politico notices our Christianist-in-Chief

posted at 10:25 am on June 9, 2009 by

Isn’t it ironic, asks The Politico’s Eamon Javers, that Barack Obama invokes Jesus more than George W. Bush?

He’s done it while talking about abortion and the Middle East, even the economy. The references serve at once as an affirmation of his faith and a rebuke against a rumor that persists for some to this day.

As president, Barack Obama has mentioned Jesus Christ in a number of high-profile public speeches — something his predecessor George W. Bush rarely did in such settings, even though Bush’s Christian faith was at the core of his political identity.

It is not ironic. To the contrary, it was entirely predictable to anyone paying attention to Obama’s political career. Javers — and the layers of editorial staff ostensibly upholding traditional journalistic values at The Politico — either know better or set out to insult the intelligence of their readers.

After all, how does a news story about Obama’s faith-based rhetoric make it to publication without a single mention of Obama’s decades of membership at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, under the spiritual tutelage of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright?

Obama spent decades in (and donated tens of thousands of dollars to) a church founded on Black Liberation Theology, dogma which — even in its most benign, least racialist formulation — is based on dressing up left-wing nanny statism and a “blame America first” foreign policy in a robe of religious rhetoric. Obama sought to use churches as an instrument of Alinskyite community organizing. Obama used religious rhetoric — sometimes covertly, sometimes more overtly than Mike Huckabee — during his campaign. His proposal to create a new Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships would further his fusion of Leftist religion and politics.

Moreover, Obama has spoken admiringly of the Social Gospel movement of the progressive era, which Jonah Goldberg has called “far more theocratic and ‘Christianist’ than pretty much anything we’ve heard from the Christian Right in the last forty years.” Andrew Sullivan, normally an anti-Christianist crusader, has enthused that Obama can appeal to a new class of “moderate Christianists.”

There is thus ample basis for the suspicions Javers reports today:

To some, the difference between the two presidents goes beyond rhetoric. David Kuo, a former official in Bush’s faith-based office who later became disillusioned with the president he served, worries that both men have exploited religious phraseology for political gain. “From a spiritual perspective, that’s a great and grave danger,” he said. “When God becomes identified with a political agenda, God gets screwed.”

And he suspects that Obama has an even larger goal: the resurrection of the largely dormant Christian Left, a tradition that encompasses Martin Luther King’s civil rights leadership and dates back as far as Dorothy Day, the liberal activist who co-founded the Catholic Worker movement in the 1930s.

That such a project may be undertaken by a president elected with the support of a creepy devotional cult ought to be a story for outlets like The Politico. Then again, with people like Newsweek editor-at-large Evan Thomas still comparing Obama to God, perhaps actual journalism is too much to expect.

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This is something, along with your take Karl, that the Politico might want to read. Spot on take by the way!

And then for me personally, there is Robert Spencer’s analysis on the Cairo speech in which the use of the Qu’ran verses is discussed.

As I listened to his D-Day speech, I found his statement that those residing in their graves would forever be there, well I found it rather shocking considering most in those graves carried Bibles with them, and believed they do not end their lives in the grave, but instead go on to a much better life in heaven. But then again, I am just one of those right leaning nuts the DHS wants to place on a watch list as a danger to my nation.

In other words, he can carefully quote the Koran, and carefully but forcefully refer to its content as being true, but the whole Biblical references to “up from the grave he arose” is a bunch of hooey?

Based on the actions of our President to date, I reject the Politico’s take on his view of Christianity, and I reject his self-proclaimed belief in Christianity. There is far more evidence to suggest the man is anything but a Christian.

freeus on June 9, 2009 at 11:51 AM

Sitting in a pew at a Christian church every Sunday morning, quoting the Bible, and saying you are a Christian does not make you a Christian. Actions speak louder than words when it comes to being a Christian. At least in my opinion.

Bush did not have to use Biblical quotes because he was confident in his faith and it was a part of his character people never questioned, even the MSM didn’t seem to question the validity of his faith.

Obama on the other hand, has had to constantly defend his faith because his actions do not seem to back up his rhetoric.

truetexan on June 9, 2009 at 2:04 PM

I have a simple question. Has President Obama been to church any other times besides his inaguaration & Easter??

Kevin in Southern Illinois on June 9, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Liberal ideology idolizes the state. For them, the ultimate recognition would be that which comes from the state. The reason liberals like Evan Thomas compare Obama to God is because their conception of the presidency is already deistic. This why churches are being force fed acceptance of homosexuality by the state.

The state really does, in their cosmology trump religion. Only the state is powerful enough to change wrong into right and rights into wrongs. When the highest post of this theistic organization looks down upon them benevolently, they feel truly and sincerely blessed. I am not saying this a conscious aspect of their belief system, just that in their minds this is how the world works.

StubbleSpark on June 10, 2009 at 2:04 AM