Obama Has Removed the Last Shred of Divine Covering Over the White House? Really?



If you think of the American Family Association (AFA) you probably think of Bryan Fischer, their star bigot (officially Director of Issues Analysis) but this hate group will embrace any idiot, as shown by their choice of guest Tuesday on “Today’s Issues”, Jeffrey Daly. Daley, a pastor at Jesus Christ Fellowship in Lake County, California as well as an attorney, dropped by to talk about his new book "The Spiritual Battle For the White House."

At this point, every person who has read the U.S. Constitution is saying, “What spiritual battle?" After all,  the Constitution, Article VI, paragraph 3, states in unequivocal terms that an office-holder’s religion is irrelevant.

And they’d be right. That doesn’t stop Daly from claiming, as he tells Tim Wildmon, that the country has been sliding towards secularism “for the last hundred years” and that “we have forgotten the God of our fathers and we gotta get back underneath that covering.”

Listen to the interview from Right Wing Watch:

He says that President Obama bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia back in 2009 "during Obama’s first trip overseas" and that Obama “from a diplomatic standpoint he should have just shaken the hand of the king of Saudi Arabia who represents Muslims and Islam; instead of shaking his hand as head of state which is the appropriate state of protocol to do he did a very deep unseemly bow and I believe that was improper; I think it was disrespectful, I think it triggered frankly, Exodus chapter 20, where we’re not supposed to bow down to pagan gods and I think that ripped the final shred of divine covering over the White House and we need to get it back.”

Okay, again, you’re probably thinking, “divine covering? I know that’s not in the Constitution!”

But first of all you have to ask, did Obama even bow to the king of Saudi Arabia back in 2009? Conservatives certainly believe he did – you can ask World Net Daily, Michelle Malkin, or FOX News and they’ll all tell you he bowed. The White House says he didn’t, that Obama is just taller than King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz and by shaking with both hands was simply forced to bend down a little to retain eye contact. You can watch the video and make your own determination.

Secondly, President Obama did shake hands, whatever else he may have done, a point which Daly seems to want to deny because he is so hot and lathered over the “bow”.

Thirdly, if Obama did bow it was a mistake but it hardly constitutes bowing to a Pagan god, as Abdullah is not a god himself but a man, like Obama; another head of state. In other words, if Obama bowed for whatever reason, it was a diplomatic, not a religious faux pax.

You might also ask: "Since when is Allah a Pagan god?" Islam considers itself a religious of the book, honoring the same god and the same prophets of Judaism and Christianity and even Jesus himself – they are also of the seed of Abraham. It is true that there was once Pagan religion in Arabia, just as there was once Pagan religion in Israel, but Allah wiped it out, and with an abrupt brutality a Christian or a Jew could appreciate.

Finally, if Obama did bow to a Pagan god, that would be perfectly acceptable to the framers of the Constitution, who inserted Article VI, paragraph 3 into that document. Jefferson said it made no difference to him if a man worshiped 20 gods or no god and apparently the authors of the Constitution felt likewise. According to our Founding document, it makes no difference.

The Bible says otherwise, as we all know: “thou shalt have no other gods before me” and all that. Fine, we get it. But the Bible, whatever the catastrophically ignorant David Barton claims, is not the Constitution and did not inspire the Constitution, making it irrelevant what the Bible says about gods.

Fundamentalist Christians, after more than 200 years, have yet to figure this out. In fact, America has a secular founding and it is only recently that the secular nature of our government has been seriously challenged. We have not been sliding toward secularism but away from it. Daly seems completely unaware of the 1950s when the Pledge of Allegiance had “one nation under God” added to it (1954), and when the motto of the United States was changed from E Pluribus Unum (“Out of many, one”) to “In God We Trust” (1956). But why let facts get in the way of a good story?

This is all in keeping with the attitude of Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel, who claims “A Christian non-vote is a vote for Barack Obama in that it fails to affirmatively cancel out an Obama vote. I can’t imagine any Christian in good conscience based on Obama’s radical, counter-biblical, anti-Christian, pro-abortion, pro-homosexual activism policies voting for Barack Obama.”

Though “That leaves a final choice, and that is to get out, vote for Mitt Romney, and get out the vote for Mitt Romney” is a less than ringing endorsement this election is and has always been less about who runs against Obama than about Obama himself. From the day he took office the religious right has been dealing with cognitive dissonance resulting from the knowledge that “God” had chosen Sarah Palin to lead America out of the wilderness and the conflicting reality of a progressive black Christian in the White House.

Speaking as a Pagan, it is rather amusing to watch a group that likes to talk about Pagan gods in disparaging terms bow down to a man whom they say is not even a Christian simply because he is not Barack Obama. It is pretty clear at this point that given a choice between a golden calf and Obama, they would choose the golden calf and rip the Constitution to shreds while they did it. After all, they plan to do that anyway. 

22 Replies to “Obama Has Removed the Last Shred of Divine Covering Over the White House? Really?”

  1. "…Speaking as a Pagan, it is rather amusing to watch a group that likes to talk about Pagan gods in disparaging terms bow down to a man whom they say is not even a Christian simply because he is not Barack Obama…"
    And yet….
    I think it was all rather amusing in 200 that 81 people, to include a list of reps/senators show up to take part in the coronation of Rev Moon announcing jesus's return…They not only "bowed down to him" but crowned him in the Dirkson bldg. to do so (however, all the inquires as to how it happened there was permission to do this in a public government building is mysterious and "unknown").

  2.  A partil list of attendees that were "government" plus there are a whole list of  ubiquitious "religious" leaders from various orgainzations…too many to list here.
    The point being, the hypocrites all take money from this guy and will do anything for anyone willing to usher in the Christian Nationalist theocrats.

  3. all presidents are versed in the mannerisms of foreign governments.  Even if a president does.bow to the King of Saudi Arabia it means absolutely nothing other than a greeting.  There is no religious significance except that which religious bigots and fundamentalist wish to apply to it.it does not mean that the president abdicates all of his authority to the King of Saudi Arabia.  Bowing in China and Korea and other places is a completely normal method of saying hello and showing respect.  Nothing more nothing less it does not mean submission.

    These religious wackos are simply trying to get normal everyday Christians up in arms over something that doesn't exist.  In my memory every single president we have had has admitted that he was a Christian.  I'm not sure how that's forgetting the God of our forefathers.  Which is an absolutely ridiculous statement to make to start with.  They are still trying to convince us that this God of theirs gave us the Constitution.  Well I guess that means the Europeans were the favored peoples before we were.

    they are still simply playing the victim and to any thinking person it has to be funny albeit very serious

  4. I believe the most significant point is being overlooked in this article. The reference to "Divine Covering" is a dog whistle term for the religious far right. It refers to Spiritual Warfare as understood by the New Apostolic Reformation and Dominionist movements within Christianity. 
    So although it is completely ridiculous, it does have meaning for those who subscribe to that way of thinking. It means that the White House is no longer sheilded from demonic influence.

  5. Always struck me there was something not…er…kosher about Harold Ford. I thought it was just envy that another mixed-race man had made it to the White House before/instead of him. Now…well, maybe “Gahd”/the Rev. Moon promised him!

  6. My overriding question in all this is: “Who is actually listening to these ‘Christens??””
    The only time I really find out about these outrageous remarks or accusations against President Obama is through this blog, or Right Wing Watch, or Media Matters.
    I guess my question should be “Do these people actually have an influence on anyone other than a handful of rightwing nuts?”
    I think the greatest fear that we, as a country face, is that these “under the radar” remarks are influencing people to Vote against Obama, not because of his policies, but because he is Obama, and an Unchristian Obama at that, period!!
    Scary, really scarry!

  7. I'd tell those damned (and I mean it) dominionist nutcases that Obama is far more Christian than they will ever be, unless they renounce dominionism and conservatism and start trying to learn what was REALLY said… and start paying attention to what Jesus was trying to teach.
    I'm past sick of them, and yet we keep getting dose after dose after dose of their ignorance, bigotry, stupidity, and hate.   Maybe they're trying to kill us off… too much poison in a spiritual/ideological sense?

  8. to answer your question, many of these right wing nut job fundamentalist Christians were involved in both Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry’s campaigns. In other words they have friends in high places. They have a great deal of influence with many of our representatives simply because these representatives know that in states like my state of Tennessee many of the voters will go along with what these people say not realizing that they are over the edge fundamentalists.

    So yes, they have a great deal of influence. The tea party in some areas is aligned with these people. The trick is in and the fact that you don’t hear about them in your daily routine, but your representatives are hearing about them in their daily routine

  9. In the sense of polluting the Deisphere, yes. I actually think that what we human beings “worship” creates a kind of ionosphere. Quite a few people I know have noticed that the translucent skies of the Nineties disappeared after the election theft, and that even a clear day looked like a flat coat of paint. Some translucence reappeared after the 2008 election, but it’s becoming increasingly rare again. Spiritual pollution…

  10. @RA Hilliard: We have covered all that many times over here, both myself and Leah (and others) and for the sake of brevity, I can't go into it each article. It's simply too involved a topic. As a matter of fact, I just wrote an entire article dedicated to the subject of spiritual warfare and one each on demons and Satan. We've pretty well covered it.

  11. I had to read the opening paragraph of this piece multiple times to be sure I was reading it right. You see, I live in Lake County, California. And I've never heard of this nutcase, his church, or his book.
    Which does not mean to say he isn't a real person, etc. Its just a plea to put things in perspective and not to hold Lake County accountable for the bizarro wackos who live here.
    Bizarro wackos live everywhere. Yes, including here in Lake County. We've got quite a cross-section of crazies here, from a Flying Saucer Club to the KKK and even quite a few mainstream organizations like Rotary, Lions Club and such. In short, we're much like the rest of America. So please don't assume that this Daly guy is representative of the population as whole. For the record, two-thirds of Lake County voted for Barack Obama.
    Just saying.

  12. I think the danger is less from where these people come from and lies more in the fact that these nationally syndicated shows pick them up and publicize them – and the crazier the better. This disseminiates their message to a wider and very eager audience already predisposed to believer it. Over all, of course, they have a very broad influence on the GOP at present. I certainly don't hold it against your community that this clown makes it is home!

  13. yes, what you said. That was my first thought when I read the article: "This dufus nobody loony-toon gets a national audience…?! No one around here even knows who he is."

  14. Look at David Barton – nobody saw that coming either. Man's an absolute nobody, particularly in an intellectual sense – but totalitarian thinking raises the mediocre mind to new heights – look at the example provided by National Socialism. It's frightening.

  15. I guess Christian's cannot compete in martial arts compitions, because you must BOW to your apponent.  Oh wait, I know quiet a few who do.    This is so idiotic its not eve news worthy. 

  16. Also to note.  The "God of our founders", is not the Christian god, our founders were of many different religions.  So honestly.. that whole entire argument he makes in the video, is moot.

  17. These "Christians" are devil worshipers truly for theirs is the desire for dominion over the earth and all who live on it.

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