Friday, February 5, 2010
In Obama’s speech yesterday at a prayer breakfast where dignitaries, politicians and lawmakers gathered to share a meeting of the minds; the President made bold and scathing comments aimed at bringing his critics into line. In a typical passive-agressive fashion, Obama openly challenged those who questioned his faith and “for that matter” his citizenship. This move, clearly aimed at re-establishing his position as the commander-in-chief, seemed to also say….’don’t mess with Mr. Big’!
When I heard this speech, heck, I almost felt guilty. I mean, how dare we question the authority of the President? Really, what does it matter what Obama’s birth certificate says? He is a man of faith! That should certainly be enough.
Curiously, though, no one noticed that while Obama was blithely asking us to accept the idea that faith and politics should be viewed as singular, in another breath he pledged that he would maintain the separation of Church and State. If this is true Mr. President, then we could certainly accept your adherence to your faith and yet still question your country of origin…..they are after all separate issues as you point out.
Huffington post reports: “Obama said the office would also work to reach out overseas “to foster interfaith dialogue with leaders and scholars around the world.”” (referring to a new branch of government that would seek to revitalize America through interfaith movements at the ‘neighborhood’ level). Obvious to this writer is the contradiction this poses…does anyone else see it too?
He also goes on to say that he will gladly extend religious groups a helping hand from tax dollars provided it goes to non-religious activities. While this is good for feeding the homeless, etc…it does present some form of control over the religious organizations themselves and the ways they see fit to help people.
On a final note, I have to laugh at the following statements he made:
“There is no religion whose central tenet is hate.”
“There is no god who condones taking the life of an innocent human being,” he said, and all religions teach people to love and care for one another. That is the common ground underlying the faith-based office, he said.
I find it hard to believe that the President would be so naive….I mean, did he not pay attention to his briefings on Islamic extremism, is he not familiar with the Talmud? Has he never seen a bhuddist monk kill another person? I would suggest that he is naive (if not in denial or an outright liar) and certainly didn’t have a good speechwriter proofread those remarks before he spoke them.
For the full article see here.