Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Religious Life of President Obama

Easter Sunday 2013 – The Obamas, in their Easter finery, walk to church.  All’s right with the world.  The image rings true to Christian families throughout the world.

But that’s where things get a little crazy.  The First Family walked over to St. John’s Episcopal church to hear Reverend Luis Leon tell the congregation, “It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back…for blacks to be back in the back of the bus…for women to be back in the kitchen…for immigrants to be back on their side of the border.”

I guess Obama liked the sermon because he didn’t make any comment about it.

His behavior since then has been decidedly unchristian in my opinion.

He’s been to the national convention of Planned Parenthood with the message, “Thank you, Planned Parenthood.  God bless you.”  That’s a slap in the face to Christians everywhere.

Then he went out of his way to call and congratulate Jason Collins, a mediocre NBA player, for coming out of the closet.

He’s also sent his Secretary of Defense to get the word out that his policy is “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” when it comes to religious conversations in the military.

He rang in on the Plan B abortion pill for 15-year-olds with a two-faced answer that pleased no one.  Mostly he said he had some concerns about it but that it wasn’t his business.

And that has just been since Easter.

Obama has regularly gone after religion in America over charitable contributions and the voice of churches in public discourse.

His battles with church organizations over Obamacare defines him.   

And though he is willing to issue waivers to his union pals, he’s not so willing to do so with Christian-owned corporations like Hobby Lobby.

One must be careful in declaring the president anti-Christian.  Before the election he sounded very Christian.  After November 3rd, he shifted to the progressive mode.  As a lame duck, I don’t expect the moderate Obama to return…except for selected appearances for midterm candidates.

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