From the perspective of the Theocon wing of the Republican Party, those Republicans who swear by their Constitutions, while completely ignoring them, America has committed a mortal sin. We have elected a Kenyan, Communist, Atheist, Socialist, Nazi, Muslim, who has abandoned God, to serve a second term as President.
Someday someone will perhaps be able to adequately explain to me why it is that religious conservatives (esp. southern religious conservatives, cough) see Barack Obama as such an existential threat to them and their particular version of Christianity.
[Rev. Franklin] Graham [(yes, that one)] equated the Obama years with a national rejection of God. "In the last four years, we have begun to turn our backs on God," he said. "We have taken God out of our education system. We have taken him out of government. You have lawyers that sue you every time you mention the name of Jesus Christ in any kind of a public forum."
As far as I know, President Barack Obama has done exactly jack-all in any of these areas. Graham and the other mega-evangelicals are quite certain that there is a war taking place on all these fronts; they are equally certain that it started four years ago, when President Scary Black Man took the reins from President Unmentionable. The only serious religious war I can recall taking place in those years was, of course, the new premise that if employers can’t pick-and-choose employees’ medical care it would be an abomination unto the pope, but that one was tenuous from day one, and isn’t what the popeless Graham is talking about here. He’s talking about "taking God out" of education, and government, and people getting sued for saying Jesus in public, and it almost makes you wonder if the junior Graham’s visions of what’s been going on the last four years is perhaps more linked with all these pro-marijuana laws that keep passing.
That aside, haven’t we done very well at doing all the good and proper Christian things, in the last decade? We’ve gone to extra effort to make sure poor people get as little as damn possible, even in times of severe hardship, which is pretty much what Jesus said if I understand these things right. We’ve continually won the battle to make sure rich people are just plain recognized as our betters, and are treated as such. And the false witnessing alone—hoo boy, don’t get me started… [emphasis added]
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Now, Barack Obama is not Kenyan, Communist, Atheist, Socialist, Nazi or Muslim, even though I have seen Republican Supply-side pseudo-Christians make all these claims. Furthermore, he has not turned his back on God. In fact, he has expanded support for faith-based community service, begun under GW Bush. What he has done is to oppose Republican attempts to force extreme piety codes onto women. He has also had the audacity to govern while black.
Barack Obama’s economic policies mesh quite well with Jesus’ example and teaching, while Republican Supply-side pseudo Christians have abandoned both completely, making them the ones that have rejected authentic Christianity in favor of Old Testament religious legalism.