Skip to comments.OBAMA: CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN LEADERS HAVE HIJACKED FAITH
Posted on 03/21/2008 3:41:07 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
. (AP) Senator Barack Obama has told members of his denomination that some conservative Christian leaders have exploited and politicized religion to sow division.
In a 30-minute speech before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ, which supports gay marriage, the Democratic presidential candidate said, "Faith got hijacked, partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, all too eager to exploit what divides us." Obama said, "They've told Evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their church, while suggesting to the rest of the country that religious Americans care only about issues like abortion and gay marriage, school prayer and intelligent design." Obama said a growing number of evangelicals are concerned about poverty and the environment.
Very good point. Now, I see a lot of Lib BS starting to back-fire on them.
Of course after reading this I will vote for you Barry! /S
Obama is wrong when he says that evangelicals don’t care about poverty or the environment. Evangelicals don’t want to drink poisoned water, and they have always tended to support various social programs geared towards the poor. They object to abortion and gay marriage because they think they are serious moral wrongs. Conservative Christians turn out every year to protest Roe v Wade, not the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, or the numerous laws such as food stamps and medicare that provide various kinds of material aid to the poor. They may or may not support specific anti-poverty programs, but they never organize against them. And no liberal has ever made it clear why it is divisive to be against abortion, but not to be for it.
Lately the Democratic party reminds me that God does indeed have a sense of humor.
***”religious Americans care only about issues like abortion and gay marriage, school prayer and intelligent design.”***
These aren’t the only issues but they are pretty high on the list.
By the way, it wasn't just one old preacher sinning at the pulpit...
...the whole house was rockin' and rollin' to the racist rants!
"..Let us recall the fact that atheism and the denial of the human person, his liberty and rights, are at the core of the Marxist theory. This theory, then, contains errors which directly threaten the truths of the faith regarding the eternal destiny of individual persons. Moreover, to attempt to integrate into theology an analysis whose criterion of interpretation depends on this atheistic conception is to involve oneself in terrible contradictions. What is more, this misunderstanding of the spiritual nature of the person leads to a total subordination of the person to the collectivity, and thus to the denial of the principles of a social and political life which is in keeping with human dignity. ...
"..We are facing, therefore, a real system, even if some hesitate to follow the logic to its conclusion. As such, this system is a perversion of the Christian message as God entrusted it to His Church. This message in its entirety finds itself then called into question by the "theologies of liberation."
"...As a result, participation in the class struggle is presented as a requirement of charity itself. The desire to love everyone here and now, despite his class, and to go out to meet him with the non-violent means of dialogue and persuasion, is denounced as counterproductive and opposed to love.
If one holds that a person should not be the object of hate, it is claimed nevertheless that, if he belongs to the objective class of the rich, he is primarily a class enemy to be fought. Thus the universality of love of neighbor and brotherhood become an eschatological principle, which will only have meaning for the "new man", who arises out of the victorious revolution. ...
"..But the "theologies of liberation", which reserve credit for restoring to a place of honor the great texts of the prophets and of the Gospel in defense of the poor, go on to a disastrous confusion between the poor of the Scripture and the proletariat of Marx.
In this way they pervert the Christian meaning of the poor, and they transform the fight for the rights of the poor into a class fight within the ideological perspective of the class struggle. For them the Church of the poor signifies the Church of the class which has become aware of the requirements of the revolutionary struggle as a step toward liberation and which celebrates this liberation in its liturgy. ...
"..The new hermeneutic inherent in the "theologies of liberation" leads to an essentially political re-reading of the Scriptures. Thus, a major importance is given to the Exodus event inasmuch as it is a liberation from political servitude. Likewise, a political reading of the "Magnificat" is proposed. The mistake here is not in bringing attention to a political dimension of the readings of Scripture, but in making of this one dimension the principal or exclusive component. This leads to a reductionist reading of the Bible.
Likewise, one places oneself within the perspective of a temporal messianism, which is one of the most radical of the expressions of secularization of the Kingdom of God and of its absorption into the immanence of human history.
In giving such priority to the political dimension, one is led to deny the radical newness of the New Testament and above all to misunderstand the person of Our Lord Jesus Christ, true God and true man, and thus the specific character of the salvation he gave us, that is above all liberation from sin, which is the source of all evils. ..
"...Faith in the Incarnate Word, dead and risen for all men, and whom "God made Lord and Christ" is denied. In its place is substituted a figure of Jesus who is a kind of symbol who sums up in Himself the requirements of the struggle of the oppressed.
An exclusively political interpretation is thus given to the death of Christ. In this way, its value for salvation and the whole economy of redemption is denied. ...
"..For them, the struggle of the classes is the way to unity.
The Eucharist thus becomes the Eucharist of the class. At the same time, they deny the triumphant force of the love of God which has been given to us.
"...the source of injustice is in the hearts of men. Therefore it is only by making an appeal to the moral potential of the person and to the constant need for interior conversion, that social change will be brought about which will be truly in the service of man.
For it will only be in the measure that they collaborate freely in these necessary changes through their own initiative and in solidarity, that people, awakened to a sense of their responsibility, will grow in humanity.
The inversion of morality and structures is steeped in a materialist anthropology which is incompatible with the dignity of mankind.
".. the overthrow by means of revolutionary violence of structures which generate violence is not ipso facto the beginning of a just regime. A major fact of our time ought to evoke the reflection of all those who would sincerely work for the true liberation of their brothers: millions of our own contemporaries legitimately yearn to recover those basic freedoms of which they were deprived by totalitarian and atheistic regimes which came to power by violent and revolutionary means, precisely in the name of the liberation of the people.
This shame of our time cannot be ignored: while claiming to bring them freedom, these regimes keep whole nations in conditions of servitude which are unworthy of mankind. Those who, perhaps inadvertently, make themselves accomplices of similar enslavements betray the very poor they mean to help.
The class struggle as a road toward a classless society is a myth which slows reform and aggravates poverty and injustice.
Those who allow themselves to be caught up in fascination with this myth should reflect on the bitter examples history has to offer about where it leads.
They would then understand that we are not talking here about abandoning an effective means of struggle on behalf of the poor for an ideal which has no practical effects. On the contrary, we are talking about freeing oneself from a delusion in order to base oneself squarely on the Gospel and its power of realization. ...
~ Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (nka Pope Benedict XVI) August 6, 1984
Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes, not divine, but demonic. ~ Pope Benedict XVI
...After all, every normal person wants to help the poor and needy, but helping them at the end of a gun, as the left always want us to do, renders any spiritual benefit inoperative for both parties. .... What we hear from Obama is the eternal mantra of the socialists; America is broken, millions have no health care, families cannot afford necessities, the rich are evil, we are selfish, we are unhappy, unfulfilled, without hope, desperate, poverty stricken, morally desolate, corrupt and racist. This nihilism is the lifeblood of all the democrat candidates, even hope you can believe in performers like Obama. When Michelle Obama claims she is only newly proud of her country, she does not exaggerate. In her world as in Obamas, they believe we are a mess, a land filled with the ignorant and unenlightened, filled with despair ..." (Fairchok).
I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth.
And he will build his castle at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and crown himself king forever. Will he also call himself George?
“OBAMA: CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN LEADERS HAVE HIJACKED FAITH”
Since when did the democrats give a hooey about Christianity and people of faith? Besides that, how can anyone hijack someone else’s faith? Man, this people are clueless.
That is a truth.
Yeah, but after this age of grace, he will rule with a rod of iron. ‘Chuckles’ might not be so funny in the future.
This is what Hussein said upon his return from the Million Man March,
“The right wing, the Christian right, has done a good job of building these organizations of accountability, much better than the left or progressive forces have. But it’s always easier to organize around intolerance, narrow-mindedness, and false nostalgia. And they also have hijacked the higher moral ground with this language of family values and moral responsibility.
The right wing talks about this but they keep appealing to that old individualistic bootstrap myth: get a job, get rich, and get out. Instead of investing in our neighborhoods, that’s what has always happened. Our goal must be to help people get a sense of building something larger. ...
Has Gore made any comments? I had expected him to jump into the race when nutty McCain became the GOP darling.
You couldn’t be more right in your assessment: One of the primary goals of the Communist Party is the replacement of revealed religion with “social” religion!
And to think that this idiot actually has a large number of followers. America, you’ve become a scary place since you expelled God.
Excuse me? How is it exploiting what divides us just to try and stop the advance of evils like abortion and homosexuality? It is the left that has exploited our legal system to win political agendas they couldn’t win through the legislative process. That left their opponents trying to undo through constitutional means that which the left stole through unconstitutional judicial activism.
If he has, I haven’t been listening to him. I had a meeting today with a business partner whose wife put a “Draft Gore” sticker on his car (yeah he’s whipped), which put the idea in my head. With Obama leading slightly headed into the convention and Hillary going to the mat to take him down, the Dems just might say to hell with the both of them and pick Gore.
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