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October 8, 2007
Which party threatens Theocracy?
First we have Barack Obama declaring that he is an instrument of God:
During the nearly two hour service that featured a rock band and hip-hop dancers, Obama shared the floor with the church's pastor, Ron Carpenter. The senator from Illinois asked the multiracial crowd of nearly 4,000 people to keep him and his family in their prayers, and said he hoped to be "an instrument of God." Now we have Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi who prays all the time for President Bush to change his policy, appealing to God to control policy.
"Sometimes this is a difficult road being in politics," Obama said. "Sometimes you can become fearful, sometimes you can become vain, sometimes you can seek power just for power's sake instead of because you want to do service to God. I just want all of you to pray that I can be an instrument of God in the same way that Pastor Ron and all of you are instruments of God."
He finished his brief remarks by saying, "We're going to keep on praising together. I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that she prays for President Bush to change his policies “all the time,” and has specifically prayed for him to sign legislation boosting heath insurance coverage for children. Forgive me for concluding that these appeals to God are a cynical charade to appeal to people of faith-they are echoes of statements made by George Bush and other Republicas that are routinely excoriated by Democrats a signs of an emerging theocracy.
"First of all, I pray for President Bush all the time, and I pray especially hard that he would sign the children's health bill because it's so important for America's children," Pelosi said on Fox News Sunday. "I pray that he makes the right decisions for the American people."
But she said she doesn't pray specifically "for a political outcome."
"We just pray that God's will will be done. We pray for the children, we pray for poor people, we pray for people who need help," she said. "And we always, always, always pray for our men and women in uniform who make our freedom to pray possible.”
Double standards, cynicism, political opportunism-all in God's name?