President Obama Refuses To Let His Faith Be Tarnished By The Broad Brush Of GOP Hate

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President Obama used the Easter Prayer Breakfast this Tuesday morning in the East room of the White House to affirm the positive teachings of Christ, while condemning the “less than loving” aka hatred coming out of certain alleged Christians’ mouths.

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President Obama said, “I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.”

The President said in part:

Through God’s mercy, Peter the Apostle said, we are given “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” It’s an inheritance that calls on us to be better, to love more deeply, to serve “the least of these” as an expression of Christ’s love here on Earth.

That’s the spirit we feel in the example of His Holiness, Pope Francis, who encourages us to seek peace, to serve the marginalized, and be good stewards of God’s creation. Like millions of Americans, I’m honored that we will be welcoming him to our country later this year.

I want to quote him. He says that we should strive “to see the Lord in every excluded person who is thirsty, hungry, naked; to see the Lord present even in those who have lost their faith… imprisoned, sick, unemployed, persecuted; to see the Lord in the leper — whether in body or soul — who encounters discrimination.”

Isn’t that how Jesus lived? Isn’t that how He loved? Embracing those who were different; serving the marginalized; humbling Himself to the last. This is the example that we are called to follow — to love Him with all our hearts and mind and soul, and to love our neighbors — all of our neighbors — as ourselves. As it says in the first letter of John, “Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day.

The President is calling everyone to be kind to those who are different, to remember that Christ taught us to embrace those who are different, to love our neighbors.

This is a direct hit at the hatred espoused by the alleged Christian right, and it’s high time a top Democrat started taking back “religion”. For far too long Republicans have co-opted religion so that many people believe – mistakenly – that if they go to church, they need to vote Republican.

Yet Republicans only embrace a certain kind of extremist religion, one that is focused on exclusion and hatred, one that caters to the very rich, one that is smug and superior above its neighbors.

Certainly the Democratic Party is comprised of humanists and atheists, but it also has many religious believers. No matter what people believe, most people can agree that the morality of Christ’s message to love thy neighbor is something they support. And politics are personal. Politics is about our morality. When we vote, we are saying — among other things — yes, I think it’s good and necessary to discriminate against gay people and women and Muslims (et al), or no, I believe in treating everyone as equals.

When the issue is framed around love, it’s easy to see that it’s cruel and unkind to exclude a group of people. And just as it is wrong to exclude LGBTQ people, it is wrong to dishonor women and exclude them from the same healthcare choices that men have. Religion and faith can be used for the good; they don’t have to be a weapon of mass destruction.

President Obama isn’t going to let his faith be tarnished by the broad brush of hate, nor is he going to concede faith to the right. He has made this clear from the beginning of his first term to the great distress of many on the left. But it’s important to make the point that the Republican party doesn’t own religion, try as they might. God didn’t pick any of them to be your president, no matter how many times they claim that.

The United States does not bestow alleged divine authority to political leaders for a good reason. But that doesn’t mean leaders aren’t informed by the morality of their personal beliefs and faith.

27 Replies to “President Obama Refuses To Let His Faith Be Tarnished By The Broad Brush Of GOP Hate”

  1. Of course because our POTUS KNOWS how to be a GOOD Christian and follows the ACTUAL teachings of Christ he is a “godless Nazi” or some other such childish bullshit from the fake Christians. And those who give Jesus the finger and his teachings for money are of course godly Americans…

  2. The true and faithful Christian does not have to profess his Christianity in ways that offend others of like faith or others. He or she does not quote from the Bible then throw it at whomever he dislikes at the moment or always. A true Christian does not practice prejudice or bigotry in his ways with others, then go to church and hypocritically pray to God and Jesus. Just as a true patriot does not have to show the flag on his lapel 24/7 to prove (sometimes falsely) that they are true Americans. You know who does that right? Those same patriots who besmirchs our President everyday for no reason, yet praises foreign leaders, such as Netanyahu and Putin while disrespecting our OWN President. These are the same people who want war just for the sake of war—to show, falsely: American exceptionalism. THEY don’t get it, nor are they 100% Americans at heart nor Christian in the true sense. Do I get an AMEN? ;)

  3. Well, here’s the problem. What about when the marginalized are young people with same-sex attraction? Because they’re being kept from discussing their feelings, made to feel it’s illegal to seek help, and only told to embrace the same-sex lifestyle which may actually send them back to abusers. What about those who insist that any sincere discussion of marriage between a man and a woman being a good for society is seen as hateful and even homophobic? Homophobia: The undiagnosed illness affecting, according to some, half the population of the world. Actually, if there were such a diagnosis it would be morally unproblematic. But we can save that discussion for another day. There are homosexuals in our work places, schools, families, among our friends, etc., and I’m offended that I’m considered hateful toward a small group because I want to ask about them, care about them rather than rejoice in their embracing the homosexual lifestyle.

  4. Tell me why you think it is YOUR business what others do to express their sexual feelings? I’ll never understand why so many religious folk are so hung up on the fear of those who love others of the same sex. Because that’s what homophobia is. Do you think it it will rub off on you?
    Don’t bother quoting the Old Testament to me — if you think a man should not lie with another man, then there are plenty of other “don’ts” that you and every fundie I know choose to completely ignore.
    IOW, get your mind off other folks’ private parts!

  5. Just remember to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s a simple, yet “golden” rule.

  6. Whenever a person says, “I’m a Christian,” to me it’s code for I’m an intolerant bigot. True Christians don’t have to go around telling everyone they’re Christians since their actions always speak loader than their words.

    I’ve met far more Agnostics & Atheists who act more Christian-Like than supposed Christians. It seem to me that these unreligious types don’t need to have an organization tell them how behave with compassion, kindness, love & tolerance. They just act this way because they want to & know it’s the right way to be.

  7. The GOP are what John (the Baptist) and Jesus would call a “brood of vipers,” deceitful, dangerous and wicked. They are the modern day Pharisees who know the word of, hears the word of God but has no idea who God is. Their God is spelled “money”.

  8. Of course he would. Why, if you can heal with a touch even raise the dead would you need to provide health care? I mean just touch them and bam your done.
    I have to go to confession for that one now.

  9. As a Christian with a gay daughter, I must admit I find it both inconsistent and abitrary that homosexuality should be specifically demonised by those of my faith whilst other sins are treated as tolerable or not an issue. Divorce is spoken about far more than homosexuality and is much more clear cut than veiled references from Leviticus; which, by the way was written for the instruction of Levite Priests, not lay folk, so many of the sins written of are only sins if one is a Priest, such as the wearing of mixed cloth – Lev 19:19 – or eating certain foods – Lev 11 – or tattoos – Lev 19:28; by the by, all of these are capital offenses within the context; it sickens me that people twist a book, a faith and a people to fit an agenda based upon fear and hatred of those who may be different.
    Jesus said “render unto Caesar what is Ceasar’s”, i.e. pay your taxes, and we get Republicans who seem to feel it is their duty to reduce taxes for the rich, but only for the rich. Convenient…

  10. Well said Mr. President. Most republicans are faux Christians. Their God is money. They go to church to network and for business purposes, to be seen and to play dress up!
    Also, Any pastor, preacher, priest that brings politics into the church, should lose all tax exemption when proven.

  11. hello everyone, I would ask you all to youtube a guy named Robert Tilton. He is one of those that makes my religion look bad. The people you see with their picket signs of hate and protest are always in the spotlight and are the poster children for Christianity. We are hypocrites, we are imperfect and we deserve to be held to a higher standard…..oh yes we do!!!
    I am a Republican and a Christian and I look forward to getting my but kicked by all you progressives who are smarter than I am!
    Have a good day everyone and don’t be nice or hold back, just let me have it….lol

  12. Me too Tatiana! When a person needs to define themselves as a Christian I am on guard. fast.. Look for dishonesty, deception, stabbing in the back. That’s been my experience! With what I thought, were good friends. Also, the reason I no longer attend a church.

  13. Well Mr GOP. I find it interesting you define yourself fist as a Republican/ Christian. As if being a rethug ensures a decent treatment. It doesn’t! The very people I mention above were and are rethugs (My word for republican.) people like you…
    YES a very big YES you should be held to a higher standard. Something I do not see coming from the rethugs of today. All love war, hate the poor, dislike seeing the homeless, believe any one needing help is just lazy. So MR GOP consider this your first kick in the behind, hoping there are many more.

  14. I, personally, do not care one bit what you or anyone else does in the privacy of their relationships. Jesus loved all. Not just the ones you approve of.

  15. We are doomed for not learning from mistakes or history…. That is why the framers of this country wanted separation of church and state, for fear that the religious nuts would take over bit by bit…. But in the words of Ghandi, “I love your Jesus Christ, but not your Christians.”

  16. The first problem I see is that you call it a “lifestyle”, as if it is a choice they have. If you are male and have a female wife, do you call it a lifestyle? Ponder that for a moment. What we heterosexuals feel is a natural attraction to the opposite sex. What homosexuals feel is an attraction to the same sex. It is not a “lifestyle” choice. Does this give you a little more understanding?

  17. America, there is an old saying that goes something like “The only way for Bad Men to get away with evil, Is for Good Men to Do Nothing.” Some of you reading this blog see WRONG and WRONG-DOING every day of your lives but say nothing. Just by speaking out and truth-telling makes a world of difference, Especially if you are a white male in this country, you can really make a difference when it comes to ending some of this racism. There where a lot of women and women’s church groups calling for an end to Slavery for years and were mostly ignored. When the white men became famous for their relentless pursuit to end slavery, Bloodshed and all, The country began to pay attention to the John Browns and the William Lloyd Garrisons, which led to another famous white man Lincoln, to use his power to End-it-All. White Men Of America…Never underestimate your Privilege and Power. you can make things change for the better.

  18. Get knowledge….

    Thank you for saying exactly what I have been thinking.

    Without people like the gentle Quakers, Harriet Beecher Stowe of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, the courageous and committed Civil Rights leaders Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, the progress for equality – such as it is today – would probably have taken much longer just to get us to the point we’ve reached thus far.

    We definitely need White people to do the right thing.

  19. The Roman soldiers who gambled for the robe at the
    foot of Jesus’ cross most likely were the ancestors of
    American rethugs.

  20. Are you liberals REALLY this pathetic???????????????????? Here you all are BLAMING the GOP for the failures of THIS PRESIDENT. Yet, when GW was president EVERYTHING was HIS fault. You have some serious mental issues. Every single one of you and it has absolutely nothing to do with “what would Jesus do”.

  21. Well the President did what Jesus did which is care for the sick. You on the other hand should look into Obamacare it does cover mental issues

  22. Since you couldn’t muster a single example of “the failures of this president,” it’s clear you’re just another racist Obama-hater. The country has changed. Your opinions are in the minority. Deal with it.

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