Obama and Religion

Respecting Islam, but wont wear flag pin
Respecting Islam, but won't wear flag pin

Obama has said that he is a Christian.  I believe him.  He is a racist Christian, okay.  Got it. 

What I don’t get is his obsession with trying to be “cool” with religious people.  He had a Religious task force during his campaign (not that it has ever ended) and there are a lot of weird quotes regarding religion he has spurted out since his election.  When he says these things he is usually attempting to be hip with followers of whatever religion to whom he is speaking.

I suppose the most famous Obamaism regarding religious conviction would be the “I am my brother’s keeper” quip.  This specific slogan is meant to gain the attention of all three main religions (leaving out the white people who cling to guns and religion I suppose).  However, I have searched the entire Bible, both KJV and NIV, on blueletterbible.com and there is only one story where this quote is applicable: in the story of Cain and Able in Genesis.  And, in that context it was used sarcastically by a murderer when confronted with his crime.  So, yeah . . .

Another quote I find memorable is his saying, in front of a French television audience I believe,   that “America is  one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”  Brilliant.  Actually, that is far from being true.  Of course, we all remember that pre-election Obama was not Barack Hussein Obama, no, no, no.  But, afterwards, he has been introduced by his full name in a couple European countries such as France where he also mentioned how America has “failed to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world” and has “shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.”  Thanks, Mr. President. 

Of late he has spoken to Muslims regarding Ramadan (thanks for the heads-up Yelena!)  He praised Muslims’ “contribution to the United States.”  Okay, whatever.  He also took time to preach his religious relativism, a value that I doubt many true Muslims would adhere to.  In other words, he is once again pandering as the wimp that he is.

Most scary to me is his weirdness in tying religion to the healthcare debate.  At a meeting with Jewish Rabbis he recently said that “We are God’s partners in matters of life and death.”  In this case he was trying to quote an inopportune prayer.  This quote, coupled with his “oh, just take a pain-killer” press conference, solidified my belief that he wants to kill me.

There are many more examples of when Obama, trying to act cool, has served to scare people.  I think, in fact, that his arrogance illustrated by these documented instances will define the decline of his popularity currently and the pathetic nature of his presidency in general.

16 thoughts on “Obama and Religion

  1. Yelenap Reply

    hey what is up with this new comment thing? and where did the old comments go?!

  2. zdexter Reply

    I just added the new comment system to allow feedback (like/dislike) on comments and to enable replying to specific comments in order to keep things more organized. What do you think?

  3. *** Reply

    You lost me in the first paragraph. A racist Christian? Is that really the conventional wisdom on the far right these days?

    • Yelenap Reply

      Disclaimer: Don't take anything Justin says to be the "conventional wisdom on the far right these days". 😉

    • jlcrowde Reply

      I consider Obama to be a bigot, yes. He went to an insane church for twenty years and I have other weird statements of his regarding race that I find racist (at least if you use the standards applied to white people). For example, the "white people who cling to guns and religion" comment.

      • ***

        By my standards every church is insane for believing in things for which there is no evidence. Obama's certainly no more than Sarah Palin's, or the crazy preacher guy in Arizona who prayed for Obama to get cancer. If you're going to start scrutinizing everyone's churches I don't think that's going to go very well for the right wing religious fundamentalists, is it?

        I fail to see any racism in his statement which you've misquoted:

        "You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

        …makes sense to me, I guess in your eyes that makes me a self-loathing whitey white guy?

      • getaclue

        I feel like you are missing the point. I dont care if your "educated" mind leads you to the conclusion that there is no god, there is a difference in a church that is there to bring people hope, and a church led by an anti-establishment preacher who is very obviously against the country that guaruntees his church the right to preach. jeremiah wright has been quoted as saying "God Damn America", and saying things derogitory to "White America". When you have a president associated with something like that, thats why the issue of religion in this case is important.
        How can you not see a reference to race in that quote as well. Reference to any of those things, especially the part about "people who arent like them" are inherently racist. Racism is not a one way street my friend, and its not always an extreme example. If you want to say that that isnt a racist statement, fine, but if it was a statement the other way around talking about small towns in the south, with people who have been falling through the cracks, resorting to crime and violence, then i think you would have a problem with that.

  4. goreadabook Reply

    Heaven forbid the President of the United States, self styled greatest country in the world, bestow some praise on those Socialist heathens in Europe…the same ones with overall better standards of living, higher literacy rates, longer life expectancy, etc. In addition, how many Muslims live in the USA? Quite a fair amount, so his statement is correct. You just choose to make inferences that offend you, and then get all pissy about it. Absurd.

    • Yelenap Reply

      hey, why don't you go read a book instead of offer useless criticism on blogs?

  5. Johnny Q Reply

    By "useless" you mean "rational," right?

    "You just choose to make inferences that offend you, and then get all pissy about it."

    That is spot on.

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