Religious right criticize Obama for not being the “right kind of Christian”

He’ll Never Win With Extremists

By James Turnage:

I’ve been reading how the extreme righties are criticizing Mr. Obama for not being the “right kind of Christian”. If the “right kind of Christian” means hating all other religions, then they’re right. The United States of America is not a Christian country. It was never meant to be.

What Mr. Obama is doing is what the TEA Partiers have been ranting about. He is following the Constitution. The first amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

In 1802 in a letter to the Danbury Baptists, Thomas Jefferson used the phrase “separation of church and state”, which the Supreme Court has used in its decisions repeatedly.

Politics and religion do not mix. They are diametrically opposed. Politics is the evil procreation of an ambitious government. Religion is the worship of a deity. Politics is all about money and power. Religion is, or should be, about attaining a higher level of spirituality.

In 1960 many proclaimed the U.S. would never elect a Catholic as President. Most doubted, and, unfortunately, some feared, that an African American could become President. The radical religious right will guarantee that an atheist will never be our Nation’s leader.

The question I ask is too simple for most to comprehend. Do we want a man or woman who is qualified and dedicated to the betterment of our country, while following the Constitution, or do we want to elect a religious leader who will tell us what to do?

2 Responses to "Religious right criticize Obama for not being the “right kind of Christian”"

  1. lawgrace   October 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I never understood why, even prior to his being elected, President Obama’s religious affiliation was a big deal. And all this time, after his repeated declaration that he is a Christian, some people are still debating the president’s being a Muslim. I didn’t concern myself too much about their religion because I was too busy paying attention to what I could learn about their lifestyles.

    Religious denominations, organizations, or groups provide little insight about convictions, predilections. or even our doctrines. Especially since religions now have variations of other religions, without careful, lengthy observation, it’s not easy to identify someone’s religion. But even then, we sometimes fall short of short of our beliefs due to our fallen natures. Consequently, it speaks volumes about people’s religion, when they communicate or they labor to improve the lives of other people.

    What’s refreshing is hearing about people’s performances that make the world a better place. And while I highly esteem, applaud, and appreciate the labor of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, it blesses my heart to know about people ‘in high places’ who consider and do things for the “lesser people.”

    I’ve heard televised interviews, particularly with Michelle Obama, that have been enriching for me to know that her husband sometimes reads people’s letters late into the a.m. It blesses me to hear her say that her children ask their father, our President about social conditions such as unemployment, and what can he do to resolve this or that. Indeed, she could be just saying that for television, but it’s still heartwarming to hear about good things, rather than hear about bad things.

    Also, statements like Mrs. Obama’s can motivate people to have similar discussions at their dinner tables! It’s not so much whether she was truthful –which I believe her, but the seeds sown were wholesome. They were thoughts that can cause people to recognize how to think and what to think as it pertains to people OTHER than themselves.

    Additionally, Vice President Joe Biden’s wife is yet a public teacher; and their son, Beau Biden’s confronts mortgage fraud. In addition to those things, the merciful and much needed outreach that Michelle Obama and Jill Biden have been bestowing upon Military families is widely known. Military family needs are exponential. This administration models for America what values and convictions –in a word, “religion” ought to resemble!

    I see evidence of the Robinsons (Michelle’s family), the President’s immediate family, and the Biden family engaged in social justice and outreach to people like you and me –people who can never return the favor. I do not see that, all the time they are wining & dining diplomats; nor do I see news reports of the Obamas always having meets & greets with the rich & famous. Nope. I hear and read about them blending in with the average people –including the recent event when that Florida Pizza Owner picked up President Obama in a bear hug. Also, I even see that –after knock-down, drag out election contentions involving Hillary Clinton, our President had the good sense to see the qualities Hillary possessed, and make her part of his administration.

    On “The View,” Ann Romney confirmed my reasons for disapproving people who don’t “PUT THEIR TIME IN,” and teach their children the same. Romneys demonstrate that they want lives on silver platters; and they treat ‘disadvantaged’ people as though we exist to accommodate wants and needs of privileged people. In fact, it seems as though preserving poverty is necessary for maintaining laborers. As I expected, Ann Romney had no true reason for why neither Gov Mitt Romney, nor her 5 sons served in the United States military; and I think their charity donations are merely for tax purposes –not because they care about people.

    The more the Romneys discuss their viewpoints and their ‘religion,’ the more I am convinced it is about personal gratification. Mrs Romney’s statement about if they lost the race (which is my fervent prayer!), they are through with election campaigns because its too “hard, and her continual used the word, “hard,” confirms her and her baby boys’ ‘bed of roses’ interest for existence in life without “hard” effort –and which $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ affords them!

    Arguably, there have been disappointments as it pertains to what was hoped that our President would do to bring about changes that we desperately need in our nation. But only someone devoid of ability to reason would blame President Obama –in light of the foolish proclamation of Republican Congressmen who vowed they would ensure our President’s failure. Only someone who intends to ignore the insurmountable odds that President Obama withstood –and yet remained resolved, courageous, and hopeful (of which very few of us would have even done!) would find cause to fault him. The salient fact, is that because President Barack Obama dares to face down such incredible opposition, he DESERVES to be our President –again! Moreover, President Barack Obama deserves endorsement from all Americans because he remains willing to do good to people who like him and those who don’t –by the way, true religion.

    Considering the Obama examples, rather than: ‘What is the President’s religion?’ This is might be a good question: ‘What do the deeds of the Obama Administration –inclusive of their offspring, in comparison to my own, portray?

    *rearrangement from “Religion And The Obama-Biden Administration”


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