In one the most jaw dropping displays of fake outrage in recent history, Fox contributor Steven Crowder let loose a diatribe against President Obama for daring to speak of his religion as the basis of his politics. Yes, the Right Wing of the country, the same people that have stated repeatedly, on camera, that the United States of America is a Christian country and that the Constitution is based on the Bible are upset that the president of that same “Christian” country bases his decisions on the teachings of Jesus.
And now my world has finally turned inside out.
Here’s the rant from “comedian” Steven Crowder:
Now, I’m an atheist so I find all claims of God as the basis for morality to be highly suspect but that’s none of my business as long as you don’t impose your beliefs on me. I DO, however, take note when Jesus is used to justify greed, hate and atrocities around the globe. The juxtaposition of “Love they neighbor” and “Turn the other cheek” with “Socialism is evil” and “Bomb, bomb, bomb Iran” as the boiler plate platform of the conservative Right is bizarre, to say the least. But apparently, claiming Jesus as the source of your personal inspiration to share your wealth with those less fortunate is just one step too far for conservatives, that most “religious” of peoples.
A quick dissection of Mr. Crowder’s objections:
1. Obama needs to “increase his own personal charitable donations.” Really? So we can hold all conservative pundits and politicians to that? What do you think the donations of Bill O’Reilly are like? How about Rush Limbaugh? I’m given to understand Pat Robertson is a cheap bastard. How about the Koch brothers? They funded the Tea Party, do you think THEY tithe? And, of course, Mr. Crowder’s assertion that Obama only donated 1% of his money to charity is, you guessed it, a lie.
2. Obama doesn’t attend church regularly. Irrelevant. Especially since so much was made about the political views of his previous Reverend. Why would he inflict such scrutiny on another house of worship? And as the controversy over Tim Tebow’s public displays of worship made clear, not everyone needs to wear their faith on their sleeve. Not to mention, no one seems to mind that the sanctified Bronco quarterback violates the Sabbath every football Sunday, but I digress.
“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. ” (Matthew 6:5-7).
If ever there were a group that stands on the street corners to be seen by men, it is the Republican Party.
3. If Obama really worships the “correct” Jesus then the rest of us must be Satanists. Ah. So what you’re saying is that since you and your cohort of Bible thumpers are obviously the “true” Christians, Obama must be worshipping something unholy. Mr. Crowder confirms this interpretation with his very next sentence:
“This guy should go back to burning the taxpayer-funded incense to whatever pagan, foreign deity he’s worshiping because it’s not Jesus.”
You mean it’s not Republican Jesus and could you be any more obvious with your Birther crap?
4. He’s lying to us, simply trying to score political points and he’s diametrically opposed to Christianity. Well, that clears that up. All politicians that claim religion as their guiding principle must be lying about it. Like Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, Pat Buchanan, Ronald Reagan, ad infinitum. Unless, of course, what he means is that politicians whose politics coincide with the teachings of Jesus are lying. That would mean that all politicians that fly in the face of those same teachings by denouncing health care for all, Social Security, an end to the war on terror, etc. are actually speaking for Jesus who, apparently, is the original flip-flopper.
Mr. Crowder finishes off his hilariously unfunny rant by insisting that if Obama is really in touch with God, then he’s playing a bad game of “telephone” because he gets it wrong so often. The host answers “I remember “telephone” from nursery school.” Crowder certainly does, the sophistication of his arguments suggests he just graduated from it last week.
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