Obama on "the so-called leaders of the Christian right"
"Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked," the Democratic presidential candidate said in remarks prepared for delivery before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.
"Part of it's because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who've been all too eager to exploit what divides us," the Illinois senator said.
"At every opportunity, 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," according to an advance copy of his speech.
"There was even a time when the Christian Coalition determined that its number one legislative priority was tax cuts for the rich," Obama said. "I don't know what Bible they're reading, but it doesn't jibe with my version."
So, Obama, too, is going to start talking honestly about class? If so, it's a two-fer. Excellent!
However, I must disagree with one point Obama made:
.... they've told evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their church ....
Before the start of the Thousand Year Bush Administration, I would have been happy to live and let live; you leave me alone, I'll leave you alone. If you're an airline pilot, don't proselytize me over the public address system; that's all I ask.
But since the Christianists came to dominate the Republican Partei, and, in the person of George Bush, run the country, I do disrespect their values; for example, I believe that forced pregancy is bad. And I do dislike their church; for example, I believe it's a bad thing that the Christianists have infested the Pentagon with so-called prayer circles, and are using prayer as a decision making aid. (No wonder the war is going so badly).
And not only that, if "[the] God [of their choice] is in the White House," that God is an evil, unjust God that condones--encourages--torture, and lying, and sexual abuse, and bias, and shameless self-enrichment.
Maybe, just maybe the Christianist establishment will get down on its knees and beg forgiveness from the country for what they've done over the last thirty years of conservative ascendancy.
If they do, I might believe there is a God, and that She's just.
NOTE Catch Hillary saying "so called leaders" of the Christianist Establishment. That's why they love her in the Beltway!