Obama has been told by his advisors to do more talking about his faith - undoubtedly a political move meant to shore up the confusion many Americans have about his beliefs.
So in Albuquerque, NM, President Obama fielded a question on his faith. As the NY Times tells it:
President Obama expounded Tuesday on the reasons he became a Christian as an adult, telling a group of residents here that he was a "Christian by choice" and that "the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead - being my brother and sister's keeper."
I call bull.
As anyone who has actually studied and taken the ?precepts of Jesus' to heart knows, Jesus taught us to be personally charitable. There is not one recorded instance of Christ advocating the government confiscation and redistribution of wealth in the name of charity.
Jesus did say: "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25:40)
Jesus did not say: "The King will reply, ?I tell you the truth, whatever you forcibly took from the masses through taxation in the name of these brothers of mine, you did for me." (Obama 25:40)
Jesus did say: "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." (Matthew 19:21)
Jesus did not say: "If you want to be perfect, go, get elected to high office and then use the law to confiscate the property of those who have and give to those you deem more worthy of it. Then claim you are following me." (Obama 19:21)
You get the point. So, keeping in mind another Biblical precept that "by their fruits you will know them (Matthew 7:16)," what are Mr. Obama's fruits when it comes to following these precepts of Jesus he claims to be so moved by?
From the New York Times:
In 2004, before Mr. Obama entered the Senate, he and his wife gave $2,500 to charity, 1.2 percent of the taxable income.
"Their charitable giving only went up when it looked like he was campaigning for the presidential office," said Paul L. Caron, a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and editor of the TaxProf Blog, which examines tax questions and has posted the returns.
And from the cited and notated research of conservative writer Ann Coulter:
For purposes of comparison, in 2005, Barack Obama made $1.7 million -- more than twice President Bush's 2005 income of $735,180 -- but they both gave about the same amount to charity.
That same year, the heartless Halliburton employee Vice President Dick Cheney gave 77 percent of his income to charity. The following year, in 2006, Bush gave more to charity than Obama on an income one-third smaller than Obama's.
In other words, Mr. Obama is very interested in being charitable with other people's money. Namely, yours. If you can find that in the precepts of Jesus, send it along to me.
If you can't, then perhaps Mr. Obama should stop touting his allegiance to the words of Christ until he has familiarized himself with another one: whitewashed tomb.