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Obamination: Easter Prayer Breakfast


Was it really about resurrection, salvation & prayer, or was it about cronyism,  politics and image making?

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please, please have a seat.

Well, it is absolutely wonderful to be here with all of you today.  I see so many good friends all around the room.

Before I begin, I want to acknowledge one particular member of my administration who I’m extraordinarily proud of and does not get much credit, and that is USAID Administrator, Dr. Raj Shah, who is doing great work with faith leaders.  (Applause.)  Where’s Raj?  Where is he?  There he is right there.  Raj is doing great work with faith leaders on our Feed the Future global hunger program, as well as on a host of other issues.  We could not be prouder of the work that he’s doing.  I also want to acknowledge Congressman Mike McIntyre and his wife, Dee.  (Applause.)  Mike — as some of you know, obviously, North Carolina was ravaged by storms this past weekend, and our thoughts and prayers are with all the families who have been affected down there.  I know that Mike will be helping those communities rebuild after the devastation.

To all the faith leaders and the distinguished guests that are here today, welcome to our second annual — I’m going to make it annual, why not?  (Laughter and applause.)  Our second Easter Prayer Breakfast.  The Easter Egg Roll, that’s well established.  (Laughter.)  The Prayer Breakfast we started last year, in part because it gave me a good excuse to bring together people who have been such extraordinary influences in my life and such great friends.  And it gives me a chance to meet and make some new friends here in the White House.

I wanted to host this breakfast for a simple reason -– because as busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there’s something about the resurrection — something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective.

We all live in the hustle and bustle of our work.  And everybody in this room has weighty responsibilities, from leading churches and denominations, to helping to administer important government programs, to shaping our culture in various ways.  And I admit that my plate has been full as well.  (Laughter.)  The inbox keeps on accumulating.  (Laughter.)

But then comes Holy Week.  The triumph of Palm Sunday.  The humility of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet.  His slow march up that hill, and the pain and the scorn and the shame of the cross.

And we’re reminded that in that moment, he took on the sins of the world — past, present and future — and he extended to us that unfathomable gift of grace and salvation through his death and resurrection.

In the words of the book Isaiah:  “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:  the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this “Amazing Grace” calls me to reflect.  And it calls me to pray.  It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I’ve not shown grace to others, those times that I’ve fallen short.  It calls me to praise God for the gift of our son — his Son and our Savior.

And that’s why we have this breakfast.  Because in the middle of critical national debates, in the middle of our busy lives, we must always make sure that we are keeping things in perspective.  Children help do that.  (Laughter.)  A strong spouse helps do that.  But nothing beats scripture and the reminder of the eternal.

So I’m honored that all of you have come here this Holy Week to join me in a spirit of prayer, and I pray that our time here this morning will strengthen us, both individually as believers and as Americans.  And with that, let me introduce my good friend, Bishop Vashti McKenzie, for our opening prayer.

Dr. Raj Shah

Why did the President make a big deal of introducing one of his appointees at a prayer breakfast celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ?  Why introduce unrelated issues to a spiritually oriented function?  Perhaps it fits into the pattern of the Passover statement, with its polemical concluding paragraph.  Could it be that he had a similar screed ready for delivery at the prayer breakfast but omitted it for some reason?

good excuse

That is the sort of throw away phrase that appears incongruous in a situation of this nature. A celebration of the most profound act of deity is hardly to be considered as an excuse.  If he wanted to have a party to reward old friends and make new ones, he could do it privately, without publicity and finance it from his own funds rather than having us pay for it.

something about the resurrection

When I heard Rush Limbaugh read those words on his radio show, I immediately recalled the title of a certain movie which featured a girl with a sticky substance in her hair, which formned a cowlick.  That is hardly the sort of association proper to be made with the event being celebrated.

How, exactly, does the passion, death & resurrection of Jesus Christ put current political affairs in perspective?  Perhaps it shows us the truly small and petty nature of the man who used the phrase.

puts everything else in perspective

Perhaps it puts the Jewish Temple sacrifice rituals into perspective, but it does nothing for temporal issues of rule & ruin imposed by dictators & demagogues.

grace and salvation

God manifested himself in human  form, to be able to share humanity and communicate directly with mankind on our level. He sacrificed his human life and restore it to himself to demonstrate his power over death.

the gift of our son

Our son?  In the next phrase, he uses the correct terms. I wonder whether the expression was an error or was intended to send some sort of perverse theological message.

Why is it that there was no proclamation of Good Friday or Easter?  Freedomeden has the details of inconsistency,. Thee is another question: of sincerity. Two quotes from one of his biographies raise doubt.

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance  By Barack Obama

Page 163

I realized then, standing in an empty McDoinald’s parking lot in the South Side of Chicago, that I was a heretic.  Or worse–for even a heretic must believe in something, if nothing more than the truth of his own doubt.

Page 286

 And I would shrug and play the question off, unable to confess that I could no longer distinguish between faith and mere folly, between faith and simple endurance; that while I believed in the sincerity I heard in their voices, I remained a reluctant skeptic, doubtful of my

Was the Easter Prayer breakfast founded in sincerity or was it a political charade?  If it was purely spiritual, why was it followed by briefings with administration officials in which policy matters were discussed?

After the breakfast, I had the opportunity to join about 30 others at the White House for a meeting hosted by Joshua Dubois, the head of the Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In short, the meeting was phenomenal for various reasons: Eugene Cho

April 25, 2011 Posted by | Political Correctness | , , | Leave a comment

Obamination: Passover Propaganda


The concluding paragraph of Obamination’s Passover message contains drek which must not go uncontested.  The message is reproduced in full, with a link to the pdf. My flamer follows.

My family and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating the sacred
festival of Passover
.

On Monday evening, Jewish families and their friends in America,
Israel, and around the world will gather around the Seder table and retell the story of the
Exodus, one of the most powerful stories of suffering and redemption in history,
The story of Passover-which recalls the passage of the children of Israel from
bondage and repression to freedom and liberty-inspires hope that those
oppressed and enslaved can become free.  The Seder, with its rich traditions and
rituals, instructs each generation to remember its past, while appreciating the
beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails.

This year, that ancient instruction is reflected in the daily headlines as we see
modem stories of social transformation and liberation unfolding in the Middle
East and North Africa,  Against the backdrop of change, we continue to pray for
peace between Israel and her neighbors, while reaffirming our enduring
commitment to Israel’s security.

As Jewish families gather for this joyous celebration of freedom, let us all be
thankful for the gifts that have been bestowed upon us, and let us work to alleviate
the suffering, poverty, injustice, and hunger of those who are not yet free.  Chag
Sameach.

celebration of freedom

Jewish families gather to celebrate the miracle of deliverance from enslavement in Egypt. The Lord parted the Red Sea so that they could pass over and closed it on their pursuers.  They did not cross over to freedom as we know it, they crossed over from foreign enslavement.

gifts that have been bestowed upon us

Obamination slithers from a religious and cultural celebration of deliverance from foreign domination to economic prosperity, a ‘gift’ he is feverishly working to destroy and deprive us of.  In essence, Obanimantion profanes the Passover with politics.

The real gift is God’s program of salvation through the grace of Jesus Christ. It is  a spiritual, neither political nor economic gift, the most precious gift received by mankind and ought not to be demeaned and discarded by our President.

suffering, poverty, injustice, and hunger

Translated to the common language, this is rendered as: “let me take your wealth and income and give it to suffering Africans & Arabs who deserve it more than you do.”. The bottom line: International Socialism.

those who are not yet free

The mobs in Tunisia, Yemen, Libya, Jordan, Egypt & Syria do not seek freedom, they seek power. Their objective is to supplant one corrupt, self serving dictator with another who will, they hope, share his largess with them.  A few of them may have a genuine interest in real liberty, but they are in the minority, they lack the organization, guns and bombs needed to prevail.

Egypt is now dominated by people who hate Israel and perceive an urgent mission to exterminate it.  They are Muslims, as was the Mubarak regime. The objective has not changed, only the time frame, tactics and  identity of the dictator have changed.  Like Afghanistan & Iraq, they desire to remain slaves of Allah: Muslims; they do not desire freedom.

Obamination has profaned a holiday with the worst kind of politics, bringing shame upon our nation.  Electing him to the land’s highest office was our worst mistake.  We need to reverse it!

April 25, 2011 Posted by | Political Correctness | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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