With his words on the conference call, the President essentially just insulted millions of Evangelical Christians who don’t believe they are bearing false witness but rather feel justified in their viewpoint because they carry a heavy dose of skepticism about this administration.
What we have here is two sides who both claim they know the truth. By the President calling out his Evangelical critics (not by name but as stated above the implication is pretty clear) he chose to use divisive words. For a President who loves nuance, why couldn’t he simply say something about how he simply doesn’t see eye to eye with his critics or that while he acknowledges their concerns he just simply sees it a different way. He went further. Seriously, if indeed the President says a health care reform bill will not lead to government funded abortion (whether directly or indirectly) why not just write that specific language into the bill?