May each of you have the heart to conceive, the understanding to direct, and the hand to execute works that will leave the world a little better for your having been here. -- Ronald Reagan

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas and the Obama's

From the New York Times and a couple of other sources, but I decided to use the Times for this story, the Obama's were thinking about not have the Crèche with the baby Jesus in the White House this year. A main player in this is the White House Social Director, Desiree Rogers.

"But Washington is a city that likes its traditions, and Ms. Rogers has raised a few eyebrows by trying to bend them. When former social secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. Rogers earlier this year, one participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were planning a “non-religious Christmas” — hardly a surprising idea for an administration making a special effort to reach out to other faiths.

The lunch conversation inevitably turned to whether the White House would display its crèche, customarily placed in a prominent spot in the East Room. Ms. Rogers, this participant said, replied that the Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene on display — a remark that drew an audible gasp from the tight-knit social secretary sisterhood. (A White House official confirmed that there had been internal discussions about making Christmas more inclusive and whether to display the crèche.)

Yet in the end, tradition won out; the executive mansion is now decorated for the Christmas holiday, and the crèche is in its usual East Room spot."
Full article here.

I wrote a couple times during the campaign that Obama wasn't a Christian, and by extension I assume Michelle isn't either. That nearly a year into this administration they still are not churched speaks to this. He should say, at least now, but more honestly during the campaign that he wasn't a Christian. He claimed in Cairo that America wasn't a Christian nation, so it shouldn't have had any effect on the election.

A couple Obama quotes on his "Christian" faith. Christians will get it, others not so much.
“The difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and proselytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that if people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior, they’re going to hell.”

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Cathleen Falsani, after interviewing Obama, said he “... doesn't believe he, or anyone else, will go to hell. But he’s not sure he’ll be going to heaven, either.”

Obama doesn't believe that Christ is the 'way, the truth, the life'. Falsani says he believes all faiths knows the same god. Animalists and Gaia worshipers too one assumes.

“I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. When I tuck in my daughters at night and I feel like I’ve been a good father to them, and I see that I am transferring values that I got from my mother and that they’re kind people and that they’re honest people, and they’re curious people, that’s a little piece of heaven.”

He denies the basic tenets of Christianity; so can't be a Christian. He should just say so. He denies the divinity of Christ; so can't be a Christian. He should just say so. This is the honesty and transparency guy, right?

So Obama, wife, and social director were going to throw the baby Jesus under the bus.
Really, I think they should have done it. :-)

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