Obama Wishes You a Very Religious Easter

President Obama, as I’ve been reporting, has of late been proclaiming his religiosity, sounding like he’s been perusing the Bible every chance he gets and has suddenly become steeped in its phrases.

Meanwhile, he’s actually started attending church, with cameras rolling as he and the family make their way across Lafayette Park to St. John’s, across from the White House.

Of course, it takes only a low simmer of skepticism to come to the conclusion that all this has more to do with appealing to various blocs of voters than it does a sudden religious awakening on the part of the president, though I suppose anything’s possible.

The latest example is today’s weekly address, which sounds like it could have been delivered by [Archbishop Timothy Dolan]:

Yesterday, many of us took a few quiet moments to try and fathom the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for all of us. Tomorrow, we will celebrate the resurrection of a savior who died so that we might live. And throughout these sacred days, we recommit ourselves to following His example.

Obama has gotten so graphic in his religious phrasing that I’m wondering exactly what the most bellicose advocates of separation of church and state would be saying if George W. Bush starting using such language.

Have a listen to this week’s address.

If you doubt this has anything to do with the campaign, note that last year, Obama didn’t even bother to devote an address to Easter. And in 2010, Obama offered “holiday greetings” as opposed to this year’s “Easter and Passover greetings,” and he barely got into any specifics about Christianity.

Obama already has the politically correct crowd in his pocket. He needs to make some inroads among the faithful in places like Pennsylvania and Ohio.

And if that means clinging to his Bible, he’ll do it.

 

Editor’s note: The content of this article has been abbreviated.

Keith Koffler

By

Award winning journalist Keith Koffler has 16 years of experience covering Washington. As a reporter for CongressDaily, National Journal magazine, and Roll Call, Keith wrote primarily from the White House, covering three presidents and learning as few have the intricacies of the West Wing and the behavior and motivations of its occupants. While mainly stationed at the White House, he also extensively covered Congress and Washington’s lobbyists. Keith has also written for a variety of other publications, including Politico, The Daily Caller, and The London Observer. He currently writes regular opinion columns for Politico. He blogs at whitehousedossier.com.

Subscribe to CE
(It's free)

Go to Catholic Exchange homepage

  • Victoria

    Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

  • Joe DeVet

    Mark Twain said that the devil can quote scripture to his purpose.

    The Son of Lies is showing he can as well.

  • msdeeds

    (…and Jesus) replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43
    The good thief converted immediately before his death and was saved.
    Does it really matter when or why President Obama finds religion?
    And who are you to judge?
    Seems to me someone doesn’t like the President and will scrutinize and criticize his every move.

  • Cass

    Yes, “Son of Lies” is a perfect title for this man and Victoria’s quote of Mat 7 is spot on. It saddens me that anyone can think well of someone who has been so destructive of our liberty.

  • Debrr

    President Obama can talk all he wants, for as long as he wants, about whatever he wants.  However, until his policies reflect what he is talking about, it is only that… talk.  He has a long, consistent history of saying what the people he is talking to want to hear and then doing whatever he wants to do.  Remember his speech at Notre Dame’s commencement???????  He hasn’t followed up with ANY of those promises.

  • Mfernand1817

    It was a beautiful speech and I hope he means what he says. The past does not support his words but the future will tell us what really is in his heart.

  • atm

    DECEPTION  ANYONE ??.  this dude makes good top salesman of the century.

  • mary_love

    The good thief must have recognized  and repented of his sins and that Jesus was willing to forgive.  Jesus called Judas “friend” giving him an opportunity to repent like he did Peter. Mr. Obama has the same opportunity to repent. To repent means to view or think of (an action or omission) with deep regret or remorse and to reject sin, including the sins of financing and supporting abortion here and overseas, violating peoples religious liberties as guaranteed by the Constitution and upheld by case law like The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, support for homosexual so-called marriage and the list goes on and on. After repenting one must make amends (i.e. reverse the damage done as best as possible) I pray for his and all politicians conversion since we are commanded to pray for our enemies and no-one will get to heaven without prayer. May God use this opportunity to convert the hearts of our politicians so we can live in a world of peace. Mother Theresa once said “I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is “Abortion”, because it is a war … A direct killing of the innocent child, ” she addressed this to the last democratic president, yet obama is THE abortion president, much more than clinton.

  • Cass

    Yes, the “Good Thief” did repent, and Jesus, knowing what was in his heart, promised that he would be in paradise that day. There is no evidence, absolutely no evidence, that the Son of Lies has repented. Despite his nice speech his position on abortion remains unchanged. His position on forcing Catholic institutions to violate their conscience remains unchanged. His position on one of the most unpopular pieces of legislation ever passed, “Obama care,” remains unchanged. I could go on. When he takes action, not simply speak fine words, on issues that violate both the Constitution and Catholic conscience I will be glad to change my opinion. For now, I can only use the evidence of his actions – not his words.

  • markeyjoe

    “One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:39, So my read is that the first criminal demanded justice without recognizing his responsibility for the crimes he committed. This president must recognize his crimes against unborn humanity and the offenses against the Catholic religion. Saying nice words about religion does not mean that he is nice to religion, he is a politician and will say anything to get support since this is an election year. He must back up his rhetoric with actions and the first action should be to reverse the HHS mandate forcing Catholics to pay, for or provide insurance for, abortion inducing drugs and devices,  contraception and sterilization. as well as forcing people to pay for abortion in their health insurance as indicated in the March 12 HHS announcement. That is a beginning. Then he can call on his justice department to defend DOMA. And then sign the Mexico City policy that he unsigned when he first came into office, then he can bring back the conscience protection that he took away from medical workers etc. etc. etc.

  • Mary

    The President must realize that actions speak louder than words.  Let’s see how real his words are…  

  • commonsense4me

    The sad thing is that people with poorly formed consciences (not formed by Christ’s Church) or who only live on the surface of their faith (many in both categories) might be fooled.  President Obama vigorously fights to keep the killing of unborn babies legal.  President Obama vigorously fights to violate religious liberty in this nation (ironically his target is those who have correctly formed consciences).   He even lied to Cardinal Dolan about conscience protection.  LOOK AT THE EVIL,  DEEDS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AND NOT HIS “HOLY” WORDS.

  • Imalcathic

    By their fruits you shall know them.  Obama is trying to be re-elected and will do anything to make that happen.  Please, do not be fooled.  Wolf in Sheep’s clothing kind of sums it up.  I just pray for God’s guidance and discernment. We need to spend time in
    front of the Blessed Sacrament.  More prayer… that is where the answers lie.

  • Ahawkins77

    “And who are we to judge?” is an oft used statement that is a misunderstanding of scripture. We are absolutely to judge- ones words and actions, just not their souls, that we leave up to God. I’m always amused when someone utters. “And who are we to judge?” because by their very words the person speaking IS JUDGING the person they are saying the words to.
    Does it matter when or why the president finds religion? Yes, msdeeds, it does, because he holds the highest office in the land and therefore is the leader of all Americans and in a very real sense, leader of all nations. Quite a position for one man to hold, a difficult task I’m sure. Can he do it well without the grace of God, without wisodm, knowledge or understanding? Can he do it without good counsel, piety, fortitude or fear of the LORD? All those are gifts of the Spirit, surely needed for a task as big as President of the United States of America, but can only be received with a heart, open to the LORD! So, my answer to your question is YES, it does matter and I’ve been praying for his conversion since his presidency!

  • Florin S.

    When I heard this – Obama speaking – I thought it sounded shallow and deceitful. It seems obvious that this man Obama, will do anything, use any means necessary to deceive the American people in order to get elected again. This man, Obama, is the most anti-life President ever, a man who even supports infanticide and the genocide of the black people through abortion. I have watched his campaign ads and his face is tense as he lies to the American people, or at least manipulates the truth. And, yes, it is sad that so many Americans are poorly informed politically and spiritually and will take Obama’s lies as truth. So it is up to all who are well informed politically and spiritually to get the truth out there…whenever Obama lies or distorts the truth, then write to your local newspapers opposing the lies and distortions and speaking the truth…talk to your neighbors, your fellow worshipers on Sunday…get the truth out there or the father of lies, satan, will have a major victory next November…and we will all pay the price…dearly!

  • Florin S.

     You are right mary – I worked with Mother Teresa and Calcutta and she also said that a nation that kills its young cannot survive – and the truth of that is obvious. There are those who say that Obama has changed…well, if that is true then he needs to publicly declare that he will no longer promote the slaughter of innocent human babies in the wombs of their mothers; that he will not oppose care being given to a baby who survives the attempt to kill him; that he will not demand that Religious institutions provide funds for contraception or abortion…until he does that – publicly – I will not believe him nor should anyone else. He is a master deceiver…so beware!!!

MENU