Skip to comments.A New Role for Religion in Obama's White House ("Faith has played a larger role than any other Pres)
Posted on 07/01/2009 8:59:38 PM PDT by presidio9
The conventional wisdom was that George W. Bush was the most faith-based president in recent history, by a long shot. Citing Jesus as his favorite philosopher and Billy Graham as a mentor, Bush won evangelical voters in numbers not previously seen. In office, he launched a controversial office of faith-based initiatives and consulted religious leaders in developing science policy. Bush routinely opened cabinet meetings with prayer and acknowledged conferring with "a higher father" before going to war in Iraq.
How remarkable, then, that religion might be playing an even bigger role in Barack Obama's administration. While Bush invited megapastor Rick Warren to low-key White House functions, Obama had him deliver the invocation at his internationally televised inauguration. Bush encouraged White House prayer groups, but Obama begins public rallies with the recitation of a White House-commissioned prayer. Obama has quickly expanded Bush's faith-based initiatives to include an advisory council of religious leaders weighing in on matters as diverse as abortion and Middle East peace. "This administration has used faith more overtly than any other in its first hundred days," says Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. "That includes Bush." But rather than appeal mostly to evangelicals as Bush did, Obama is reaching out to a broad spectrum of believers and nonbelievers.
Early decisions. He is carving out a bold new role for faith in the White House, which aides say aims to dial down the decades-old culture wars. The project may wind up drawing more religious voters into the Democratic fold. But it also threatens to alienate the Democratic base, which polls show is much less religious than the GOP's. Given the important role that religion and church-based organizing have played in Obama's own biography, though,
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Pravda looks at this propaganda with envy.
Just because they say it doesn’t make it true.
Obvioulsy the administration is now issuing some heavy-duty recreational drugs to key players in the media.
Pravda looks at this propaganda with envy.
I don’t believe it. Obummer’s only religion is a belief in his own superiority. His arrogant narcissism is inconsistent with a true belief in God’s love and mercy.
I wrote in an earlier post, and I meant to add here, that I don’t believe Mr. Obama has any religion. I doubt that he has much of a concept of a Higher Power either. For twenty years, he attended Jeremiah Wright’s black liberation political rallies. He did so, because to be seen there was helpful to his political aspirations. At these rallies he heard Mr. Wright sermonize concepts that were directly opposed to Christianity. Presumbaly he agreed with what Mr. Wright had to say, but I take him at his word that he wasn’t listening.
None of this sounds anything like putting God first in your life and including Him in your decision-making process. Barak Obama doesn’t need God, because Barak Obama’s God is Barak Obama.
You are so right! actions are louder than words... look at the taxpayers money he is pumping into the islamic world.
It doesnt matter what sideshow Bob says....
See post 7.
"Americas chickens... are coming home... to ROOST!"
For all you'll ever need or want to know about
Wright's "Black Liberation Theology",
see my FR Home page:
"Their founding document [the Weather Underground's] called for the establishment of a "white fighting force" to be allied with the "Black Liberation Movement" and other "anti-colonial" movements to achieve "the destruction of US imperialism and the achievement of a classless world: world communism."..."-Berger, Dan (2006). Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity. AK Press, 95.
Outlaws of America: The Weather Underground and the Politics of Solidarity (Paperback) by Dan Berger
From the New York Times, August 24, 2003
"they [the Weather Underground] employed revolutionary jargon, advocated armed struggle and black liberation and began bombing buildings, taking responsibility for at least 20 attacks. Estimates of their number ranged at times from several dozen to several hundred."
Article: Quieter Lives for 60's Militants, but Intensity of Beliefs Hasn't Faded
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright and Dr. William Ayers
are greeted by Rebekah Levin with the Committee
for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine.
(Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune / May 17, 2009)
Barry Lynn says. . . .the dear leader’s useful idiot. . .my God this is awful. . .a triple bucket barf alert needed for this one!
what an absolute crock
What, they’ve set up a child sacrifice altar to Baal?
This is just an age old trick of the progressive movement to conflate religion with the state. Read ‘Liberal Fascism’ by Jonah Goldberg for an excellent explanation of the tactic.
Mortimer Zuckerman ruined USNWR
turned it from fairly conservative 40 years ago to the tripe it now is
much like Mort hisself
I’m surprised they didn’t say he recites the koran on a daily basis in order to show his inclusiveness.
I don’t get your tagline. What do you have against the term “Pro-Life?”
I’ve read some of the Koran. Allah (piss be upon him) sounds like a white-trash drug and alcohol addicted loser and Muhammad (piss be upon him) like a drug using gangster pedophile.
Which hasn't anything to do with faith, spirituality, religiosity, or witnessing of any sort.
Same old politics, just another angle to play.
It's all about competing for every last Republican vote, to compete the GOP down to nothing and destroy it -- to take away ALL their voters. Which is what LBJ is recorded as having said to (among other people) Bill Moyers. Leading by a wide margin, someone in the staff group asked LBJ why he was pushing so hard, competing so hard for every last voter. LBJ rounded on the guy and told the group, "I want it ALLLLL!!!" Thus Theodore White, in The Making of the President 1964.
In order to pull this off, Maximum Leader must be a masterful liar, and unburdened by conscience. Surprised?
In this he follows Lincoln, who is said to have been (by various people) an agnostic, a deist, or even an atheist, despite his use of commonplace religious references in his speeches -- even important ones, such as those in which he spoke of the Civil War's being the work, and the judgment, of heaven.
eh, maybe he's also pro death penalty, so he doesn't like the pro-Life label.
I subscribe to the LORD's admonishment to choose life and live -- and I have no problem with the 'Pro-Life' label... But I'm also pro death penalty (Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.)... so some could quibble with my pro-life self-labeling.
Anti-abortion, pro-death penalty also works with me... I'm not hung up on the labels.
Some in this thread have said they don’t believe this story. I say if you think it’s impossible for Obama to be a religionist, you have forgotten this verse:
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.—2 Timothy 4:3
Compensating for sincerity.
This is what what really was meant by taking the Lords’ name in vain, using it for personal profit.
0, Rahm, David, you better back off this right now.
Or don’t and see what happens.
So, when will the libs will start trashing Obama for his religious beliefs?
Wow! Talk about news so much a barf as to induce hurling.
now I’m really getting woosie...searching for pail...
Obama’s “God” is the image he see’s when he looks in the mirror. He is a self worshipper.
The great O’zer is just using religion as a canard to cause people to take their eyes off of what is real; to try to make people see what he wants them to see.
The O’zer is a Marxist. Marxist do not believe in God. But they will use an abstract concept of God as a distraction from the truth in order to win over the weak-minded. Enter: the USN&WR journalists, et al.
It's difficult to know what God intends in one's life, if that one is blinded and deafened by pride and impatience. Lincoln felt he had the direction and approval of God. Maybe he did. A good bit of historical evidence shows that he was, rather, led by other men's passionate persuasions; worried about shameful legacy; got in too deep, driven by his self-inherited righteousness, to the point where he could not back down. Pride. He used slight-of-hand and deceit when dealing with the Confederacy...treating it as a criminal enterprise, rather than another nation...a status to which those states were entitled; a status which was legally obtained with consent of the citizens of those breakaway states, in accordance with law and ideals. The end justified the means, however, for Abe; although he seems to have had many regrets, and a troubled conscience.
But I cannot read his words without a genuine feeling that he meant what he said..when he said it...about God.
Many profess, all fall short. No exceptions.
**George W. Bush was the most faith-based president in recent history, by a long shot. Citing Jesus as his favorite philosopher and Billy Graham as a mentor, Bush won evangelical voters in numbers not previously seen. In office, he launched a controversial office of faith-based initiatives and consulted religious leaders in developing science policy. Bush routinely opened cabinet meetings with prayer and acknowledged conferring with “a higher father” before going to war in Iraq.**
Obortion Obama is nowhere near what Bush was.
If one is acting through faith in Christ, it really doesn't matter if one openly and actively antagonizes religious groups, because religious groups are NOT the power of faith in Christ. The power comes through faith in Christ, not by any worldly counterfeit placing faith first on anything other than Him.
Obama is a Marxist. He is an atheist by definition. Period. The Black Liberation hate ranted by Wright is just another Marxist cover. The fake Muslim contrition is just that, a cover to appeal to other tyrants. He looks the part of the haughty empty narcissistic atheist. All his elitist buddies are atheists including the Clintons. What a crock, presenting him as anything even resembling a religious, moral and ethical man. . .
The difference between President Bush and obama is that President Bush didn’t “use” religion to further his objectives. Religion is a part of President Bush’s life.
obama on the other hand, “uses” religion. It isn’t a part of his life. He just “uses” it. Even to the point of “using” it to push his abortion ideas on the world.
With all due respect, you’re wrong:
You said it. Do you suppose anyone, anywhere believes this drivel?
“what an absolute crock”
The biggest crock in years!!
If you think all the liberation theology devotees are atheists, you’ve forgotten 2 Timothy 4:3.
I just have to say, I have not read any of the comments on this thread, but this is outrageous! Has the Royal family been to church at all, anywhere since the inaugeration? Ok, Yes I know they went once but I never heard about another venture.
~~ What a bunch of trash .......... PING!
No other president has thought of himself as God.
Yeah, but which one? Islam or Chicago-style “Christianity” is the question...
Barry. Baal. What’s the difference?
He just grabs everything, no matter how audacious, as he tries to appear that he’s everything to everybody to subdue criticism of those without a bully pulpit.