On Mr Obama

The Jewish Atheist, blog neighbor is an Obama supporter … and oddly enough given the name … an atheist. He has in the past, excoriated Mr Bush as a “theocrat.” From Mr Obama:

“Sometimes this is a difficult road being in politics. 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 . . . We’re going to keep on praising together. I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth.”

If Mr Bush had said that, there’d be a squawk. Why the pass for Mr Obama? Perhaps it’s … glasses thy color is rose.

[update: An excellent rejoinder can be found here ]

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  1. I certainly wish he were less religious, but being a theocrat means that you want to combine church and state (c.f. faith-based initiatives, etc.) not that you’re a religious person who wants to be elected. Am I disturbed by Obama’s religious rhetoric? Yes. Obviously, I’d prefer a non-believer. I’d prefer a believer who didn’t wear his faith on his sleeve, all things being equal. I’d definitely prefer a believer who didn’t say things like “I am confident that we can create a Kingdom right here on Earth.”

    I’m a pragmatist, though, and I choose from the options which are realistic. I believe an Obama presidency would be better for America than a Hillary one, and either would be miles better than a Rudy one.

  2. Ok, I got my post up. 🙂