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It's election year, so Barack Obama is back in church - took the whole family. Hey, once in four years is pretty good. But remember, he's just skipping church and playing golf for our benefit. That's what he said. He thinks his presence, or his family's presence, at church would be too great a distraction for the other church congregants, so he's just not going to go. Seriously, that's what he said. He's just going to play golf instead. The girls can figure out their own spirituality anyway...he's got 18 to play! But anyway, it's time to start keeping up appearances, so the Obamas were back in the pew this last week. But they weren't alone. Wait til you get a load of this story out of Atlanta.
Okay, so this one is pretty amazing. You know how the left is always talking about separation of church and state? They are constantly threatening churches that stand on the authority of God's word and apply the truth of His word to every area of life, including politics. They are constantly telling churches that sermons about political issues might cause them to lose their tax exempt status. It's the big club that they break out to beat churches into submission with. And it's totally a fraud, by the way - no truth to it.
The Alliance Defense Fund sponsors this thing called the Pulpit Initiative. I've had one of the lead ministers of this initiative on the program before - Dr. Ron Johnson. These ministers let the IRS know in advance, "Hey on such and such Sunday we are going to be doing political endorsements. Come and stop us." They've called the left's bluff and there's never been a church that's lost its tax exempt status as a result. And by the way, even if they did, think about what it says about a church if they are going to value the money they make off their tax exemption so much that they allow it to be used as leverage to silence them when it comes to the proclamation of truth. Probably not a church you really want to be a part of anyway.
But I digress. This same uber-left movement that constantly talks about isolating church and state...check out what just happened in Atlanta over the weekend:
On the Sunday before the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett visited Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta to give a political speech, in support of her boss (Barack Obama) and congressional Democrats:
"Teachers, and firefighters, and policemen, whose jobs are now in jeopardy because Congress--well let me be specific--because the Republicans in Congress," Jarrett told the crowd. According to the CBS affiliate in Atlanta, at this point, "Before she could finish her sentence, people in the congregation were laughing, and applauding."
At the Sunday service, Jarrett also brought up Osama bin Laden's death in order to praise the president. "We all sleep a little better at night knowing Osama Bin Laden and his lieutenants are not plotting a terrorist attack against the United States," Jarrett said. Then she pivoted to Iraq: "I saw so many soldiers returning home from their last tour of duty in Iraq, in time for the Christmas holidays."
At the end of Sunday's sermon, after Jarrett had delivered her remarks to the congregation, the church held a voter registration drive.
Yep, a little politickin' in church, eh, Ms. Jarrett? Pretty incredible, isn't it? A little sabre rattling too, did you notice that? Because that's one of the angles that liberals use. They say things like, "Well, you may use God's word to oppose abortion and homosexuality, but what about war?" They try to make it appear as though those of us who believe the use of force is justified to protect national security are somehow war mongers. But notice Jarrett praising Obama in church for a little extra-judicial military assassination! Shooting a pajama-clad dude in the face, praise Jesus! By the way, just for the record, I believe that the killing of bin Laden was totally justified. I'm saying this to use the left's own flip-flops against them.
And speaking of flip-flops, surely there is none more egregious to true "isolation of church and state" adherents than to see one of their own use the pulpit to gin up support for the president's re-election bid. And then to hold a voter registration drive right afterwards! And if you watch the actual video of these remarks, you can see the preacher going after Newt Gingrich for race-baiting. Funny, given that the preacher is engaging in some pretty serious race-baiting of his own. And all of it was spun as a tribute to the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday observance. What a tangled web of deceit, deception and duplicity the left weaves for themselves.
An objective media would have a field day with this type of hypocrisy. But the American mainstream press...total silence. That's cause they're down for the struggle in getting Obama term number 2.