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President Obama Doesn’t Want to Create a Christian Theocracy?! He Must Be the Anti-Christ!! The End Times Are Near!!

Posted by Clamence/The Chaplain on April 7, 2009

The furor over whether Chief Justice John Roberts or President Obama was responsible for the flubbed lines in the presidential oath took a lot of attention away from the inaugural speech that followed. I want to go back in time to that historic day to comment on one of the statements Obama made:

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers.

This statement echoed one he made back on June 28, 2006:

Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.

Two years after the fact, FoxNews (and Sean Hannity) reported on this statement, causing right-wing Evangelical Christians to get their panties in a bunch. This led to anti-Obama blog entries that omitted the qualifier “just” from his statement, so it appeared that Obama was claiming Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism had replaced Christianity in this country. This is clearly not what he was saying, but right-wingers tend to believe what they hear and seem more than happy to repeat it to their friends without conducting any research. I view this lack of interest in research and verifying truth as a direct result of a Christian mindset that does not require evidence for beliefs; the fact that an old book or a Christian you trust said it appears to be utterly convincing to these people. Very sad.

Really, what Obama was doing was simply echoing Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists which reads:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his god, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their “legislature” should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.

His statement meshes more closely to the specific wording found in Article 11 of the Treaty of Tripoli:

Art. 11. As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion; as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen; and, as the said States never entered into any war, or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties, that no pretext arising from religious opinions, shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

I thought about Obama’s speech today, because I saw the following video some Christian made in which a part of Obama’s nomination speech is reversed so that it says “Serve Satan!” I especially like how the creator of the video tries to play the reversal off as a joke but at the same time argues his case quite seriously. Funny stuff.

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One Response to “President Obama Doesn’t Want to Create a Christian Theocracy?! He Must Be the Anti-Christ!! The End Times Are Near!!”

  1. Paulo said

    Oh my god! Obama said “Serve Satan” and he didn’t even realize he said it backwards, and no one even noticed he said it backwards! Oh my god, and everyone knows that your brain can pick up anything said backward and play it forward without you consciously realizing it!…

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