"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."I find this incredibly ironic, given the painting many Republicans have been circulating on Facebook. The artist, Jon McNaughton, actually says that it's not meant to be a partisan painting--he believes that both Democrats and Republicans are equally guilty of trampling on the "common man's" rights. In his view, President Obama is only the latest of all the presidents to govern poorly. He is appealing for a return to the Constitution and limited government. Sounds more like a Libertarian viewpoint than a Republican one.
Santorum has been repeatedly attacking President Obama for his grounding his policies in a "phony theology." Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said today that Obama's administration has "fought against religion" and sought to substitute a "secular" agenda for one grounded in faith.
Franklin Graham, son of the famous evangelist Billy Graham, questions again publicly whether Obama is a Christian and supposes that he is probably a Muslim. "All I know is under Obama, President Obama, the Muslims of the world, he seems to be more concerned about them than the Christians that are being murdered in the Muslim countries," he said. "Islam sees him as a son of Islam...Islam has gotten a free pass under Obama." He also questions whether Mitt Romney is a Christian because of his Mormon faith. Of course, he believes that Newt Gingrich is a Christian: "Newt's been married several times... but he could make a good candidate," Graham said. "I think Newt is a Christian. At least he told me he is."
So why doesn't he believe President Obama's own repeated statements that he is a Christian? "Now he has told me that he is a Christian. But the debate comes, what is a Christian? For him, going to church means he's a Christian. For me, the definition of a Christian is whether we have given our life to Christ and are following him in faith and we have trusted him as our lord and savior."
Insanity. The one who is advocating for the poor, the marginalized, and the downtrodden is the one whose Christianity is being called into question. This is what Christianity means to me. (Lyrics below the video.)
The Rebel Jesus - Jackson Browne (1997)
All the streets are filled with laughter and light
And the music of the season
And the merchants' windows are all bright
With the faces of the children
And the families hurrying to their homes
As the sky darkens and freezes
Will be gathering around the hearths and tales
Giving thanks of God's graces
And the birth of the rebel Jesus
Well they call him by the "Prince Of Peace"
And they call him by "The Saviour"
And they pray to him upon the sea
And in every bold endeavor
As they fill his churches with their pride and gold
And their faith in him increases
But they've turned the nature that I worship in
From a temple to a robber's den
In the words of the rebel Jesus
We guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions
And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why they are poor
They get the same as the rebel Jesus
But pardon me if I have seemed
To take the tone of judgement
For I've no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In this life of hardship and of earthly toil
We have need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure and I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus