Obama says Christian right is hijacking “faith” – Video Added

From Fox News:

HARTFORD, Conn. — Sen. Barack Obama told a church convention Saturday that some right-wing evangelical leaders have exploited and politicized religious beliefs in an effort to sow division.

“Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and faith started being used to drive us apart,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in a 30-minute speech before the national meeting of the United Church of Christ.

“Faith got hijacked, partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, all too eager to exploit what divides us,” the Illinois senator said.

Here’s the video:

So let me get this straight. When the so-called “Christian right” is using faith, they are hijacking it. However, when Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, or Barack Obama give political speeches at churches, they are just expressing their beliefs.

“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.

Well let’s see, when gay marriage came up on the ballot in 2004, all 11 states voted to ban gay marriage, even liberal Oregon. Then you have abortion, an issue every American who considers themselves pseudo-religious should care about.

Examining Barack’s church, you can see where his opinions come from:

Obama is a member of the United Church of Christ, a church of about 1.2 million members that is considered one the most liberal of the mainline Protestant groups.

In 1972, the church was the first to ordain an openly gay man. Two years ago, the church endorsed same-sex marriage, the largest Christian denomination to do so. Obama believes that states should decide whether to allow gay marriage, and he opposes a constitutional amendment against it.

How does Barack explain Bible verses like this in regard to abortion:

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16)

So according to Obama, Christian’s should ignore that and pretend abortion is just peachy?


Hot Air also has some commentary on Obama’s ridiculous claims:

This is a very tired, and very liberal miscasting of history. The rise of the so-called Christian Right didn’t just happen in a vacuum. It happened mostly in response to specific issues, abortion chief among them. Traditional values were under assault from the left; Christians became politically active to counter the assault. It has not been the case that “leaders” of the “Christian right” have told their followers that Democrats disrespect conservative Christian beliefs and that conservative Christians have mindlessly followed whatever they say. Christian leaders have, to be sure, said what they think about the advance of various issues on the national scene, but no one had to tell me that Democrats disrespect traditional values when it’s been obvious that as a party from the top down that Democrats do disrespect traditional values. All I had to do to learn that was to pay attention.

I concur.


More video from Ann Coulter on the subject:


Update again

Thomistic at Roman Catholic Blog has some very extensive analysis of Obama’s statements. He is right on the mark, I urge you to read his comments on Obama’s statements here.