Earlier in the week, the Washington Post, the same paper that published a cartoon representing [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]’s two young daughters as organ-grinder monkeys, wrote a lengthy, fawning, fellating story titled: The quiet impact of Obama’s Christian faith. Long story short — you’d be excused for not reading the piece — is that Obama failed because Americans just aren’t good enough to deserve him.
Obama did not grow up in a religious household and became a practicing Christian as an adult. He has written more extensively about his spiritual awakening than almost any other modern president, addressing it in two books before he was elected to the White House and in more than a dozen speeches since.
His faith had been central to his identity as a new kind of Democrat who would bring civility to the country’s political debates by appealing to Republicans through the shared language of their Judeo-Christian values.
With just one year left in his second term, Obama now holds a different distinction: No modern president has had his faith more routinely questioned and disparaged. Recent polls show that 29 percent of Americans and nearly 45 percent of Republicans say he is a Muslim.
He has repeatedly said in recent months that one of his biggest regrets is that he will leave behind a country that has grown more polarized and distrustful during his two terms in the White House. “There’s all this goodness and decency and common sense on the ground, and somehow it gets translated into rigid, dogmatic, often mean-spirited politics,” Obama said in a recent interview.
It is really hard to conceive of a man so conceited and so bereft of self-reflection (this being opposed to reflection of self, on that point he really has no equal) that he is puzzled at the state of the nation.
I’ll be the first to say that I really have no idea what Obama’s faith is or if he even has a faith that extends beyond self-adulation. In fact, I think that his self-worship is of such an intensity that it might very well constitute its own monotheistic religion. He joined the hate-factory that Jeremiah Wright runs under the guise of a tax exempt church because that was the church that prominent black political figures in Chicago attended so they could get their weekly dose of “hate Whitey” in a socially acceptable forum. And the up-and-coming young opportunist had to be seen at the right places.
One of our earliest introductions to Obama was during the 2008 Democrat primary in which he derided professing Christians as losers who were “cling[ing] to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them” because, get ready for it, they weren’t supporting him. Even Hillary Clinton commented on the unfair caricature he was painting.
To Obama, however, this view was not a caricature. It is how he sees religious people. Take, for instance, this video of a much younger Obama expounding on the limits of the role of religion in society:
The video is worth the watching because what he says here underscores the policies his administration has undertaken. He has gone to court to force religious schools to hire staff who were at odds with the teaching of the school. He has gone to court to force orders of religious women — who are bound vows of chastity, celibacy, and continence — to carry insurance policies that provide contraceptive measures.
Whenever he mentions Christianity in public, it is nearly without fail in a negative way. Christianity is the root of slavery and Jim Crow (ignoring that people of faith were the prime movers in eradicating both those evils). Christianity was responsible for the Crusades (no mention of the destruction of the ancient Christian communities in what is now the Arab world and the forcible conversions to Islam). In the first quote from the article, this stands out:
“There’s all this goodness and decency and common sense on the ground, and somehow it gets translated into rigid, dogmatic, often mean-spirited politics,” Obama said in a recent interview.
Because, of course, there is nothing rigid, dogmatic, or mean-spirited about claiming legal gun owners are responsible for shootings. Or blaming a terrorist attack on an internet video. Or simply ignoring the law when the law is inconvenient. The real ill will is on the part of anyone who objects to your actions. (If you are interested, look up the clinical definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder sometime)
The article offers this:
The reasons for the country’s divisions are long and complicated and include a fragmented media, economic uncertainty and rapid social change. Sometimes, Obama has appeared to single out conservative evangelical Christians for special blame, saying in an interview with the New York Review of Books that “it seems as if folks who take religion the most seriously sometimes are also those who are suspicious of those not like them.”
Not suspicious of those not like them, suspicious of those who claim to be like them but act in ways that are unalterably hostile to religious faith. In short, they Christians who see their faith as more than a cultural trapping view Obama through the prism of Matthew 7:16-20:
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
And you have to ask yourself that if Obama had set out to drive Christianity from the public square what would he have done differently? The answer, sad to say, is nothing.
There is no evidence that Obama possesses a “Christian faith” or that that faith has had any impact on the policies of his administration. In fact, the only examples of his faith in the article is where he, allegedly, stopped attacking other people, particular pro-life Christians and people in favor of gun ownership.
He understands Christianity in the same way a Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins understand Christianity. To him it is nothing but a set of proof texts, carefully excised from context, that he hurl at his opponents (“Let him cast the first stone…) to accuse them of hypocrisy.
In fact, the only vaguely Christian reference one can get from eight years of Obama’s prevarications, deceits, and overt criminality is that he has succeeded in setting people against each other for the sake of himself.