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Obama: Jesus Loves My Policies

by Keith Koffler on February 2, 2012, 11:48 am

President Obama today suggested his political agenda is blessed by the world’s great religions, linking a variety of specific policy proposals to the teachings of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

In a remarkable flouting of the traditional barrier between church and state, Obama used the annual National Prayer Breakfast to assert that his proposals are not just based on economic benefit, but on guidance he receives from the Bible.

George W. Bush was repeatedly knocked by liberals and members of the press who believed he thought his presidency was guided by the hand of God.

Obama today affirmed that his tax policy, which he frames as a call to “shared responsibility” that would increase the tax burden on the rich, is prescribed by Jesus Christ.

And when I talk about shared responsibility, it’s because I genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.

But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.” It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.

Obama said the financial reform law, as well as Obamacare provisions barring insurers from rejecting those with preexisting conditions, stem from the Divine call to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”

Spending programs that support increased college enrollment, retraining of unemployed workers, and medical research are examples of Obama fulfilling the admonition that “I am my brother’s keeper.”

Even foreign aid is justified by “the biblical call to care for the least of these,” Obama said.

The president’s linkage of his policies to the bible comes as he ramps up his own religious profile, an effort certain to appeal to voters stretching across a variety of demographics.

Obama in recent weeks has added specific Christian references to his remarks and upped his attendance at church.

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lc southern February 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

I have a neighbor who loves his policies. She got ss disability for depression because she could not find a job that would let her work only the days and hours she feels like it….makes me sick…

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Star February 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm

It’s really difficult to get disability–you need a lawyer in most cases…she must have had some documentation…and money–although the lawyers will wait until they get it through.

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Star February 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Four-yr backlog–they are thinking of using video instead of a personal appearance before a SS commissioner…

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lc southern February 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

She had a successful home daycare that she shut down last year because she said the depression and headaches made it to difficult to take care of the children. I saw the paperwork she filed, read the letters she got back. She went to an interview, then metqq with a therapist…in 8 months she was on disability….I was stunned, I had always been told that it was very hard to get also. She is now in therapy for the depression and receiving medication for that and the resulting migraines. Also now receiving free health care, food card….My husband is an Agent Orange affected Viet Nam Vet, who is insulin dependent diabetic with onset 4 years after his tour in 67-68. He had 3 coronary graft’s with 2 blockages that are 90%. He went into Congestive heart failure 3 years ago and have been trying to get his disability changed from 60% to100% from the VA. Can someone explain how she gets ss disability in under a year and we are still fighting the VA???????

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lc southern February 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm

As you can tell I’m so pissed I could just spit nails. I just don’t get it. We both worked till we were eligible for retirement, saved and thought we had done everything right…now we are lucky we have private insurance to cover the specialist he needs, not to mention the medications. Our retirement income goes to pay health costs. This year he turns 65 and under Obamacare we are screwed. Sorry for the rant everyone….

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Talon's Point February 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Because you are not the lefts target constituency. Simple as that.

I’m saying a prayer for you that these idiots will accidentally let you slip through the cracks of their Federal iron curtain. Tell your husband I am so grateful for his service. The Marxist left may not care but many of us across this country are so very appreciative.

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Robin H February 2, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Ditto what he said.

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lc southern February 2, 2012 at 7:53 pm

Thank you.

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Mark Holbrook February 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

After listening to parts of his ‘campaign’ speech at the national prayer breakfast, I fell to my knees and asked God: Where is the lightening when it is required?

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William February 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

He is his brother’s keeper. Well, except for that one that lives in a shack in Kenya, that guy’s on his own.

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Susan February 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Don’t forget his illegal alien relatives, Aunt Zetunia and Uncle Omar, who live off the government dole in Taxachusetts.

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Knothead February 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Taxachusetts. New entry in Webster’s for sure.

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Jojo February 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Don’t forget about his Aunt and Uncle that live here in the States on welfare…

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Mike C February 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm

oh you sillies! He is just practicing the dem motto: do as I say, not as I do.

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Keith Koffler February 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Nice William.

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lc southern February 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

He not doing much for his DUI uncle….except let him stay illegally.

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Dennis February 2, 2012 at 11:56 am

Oh goodness, are we trying to appeal to the fundamentalist Republican right here bro’?

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Jeff February 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

This “president” is absolutely shameless and unscrupulous. There is no level that he will not stoop to stay in power. He insults everytime he opens his mouth, at least to anyone with a half a brain.

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Lanie February 2, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Not only that but every time he opens his mouth notice how the subject is really him. Everything is about him. He has taken narcissism to a higher level.

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Mike C February 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Kind of like Kim Kardashian? He is as over exposed as she is. But, she does have that big butt…….

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DeniseVB February 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

The liberals also bashed Palin for praying before public events. Hypocrites.

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Mike February 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm

You don’t get it, it’s OK for a liberal to pretend to be religious in order to pander for votes (Bill and Hillary holding hands and Bibles for the cameras, etc.) but it’s unacceptable to anyone on the right to actually believe in God and try to live a righteous life.

Remember, for the left it’s first and foremost Form Over Substance.

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Keith Koffler February 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

That’s about right Mike.

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Kenny Blackwelder February 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Then how about the teaching of Jesus that says, give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for life. Stop giving handouts and get people to work so they can take care of themselves!!

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Chad February 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

That wasn’t Jesus.

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MarjoJimbo February 2, 2012 at 12:34 pm

It’s a Chinese proverb.

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srdem65 February 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm

How low can he go in his quest to stay in power that he would pick and choose tenets of the world’s great religions to support his political agenda?

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Mrs Compton February 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Every day he sinks to a new low. I’m just not surprised any longer.

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Girly1 February 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm

He’s blasphemous – and on drugs!

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William February 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm

For some reason, he never seems to have read 2nd Thessalonians where it says, “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.”

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Jojo February 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Come now, that’s not very Christian… as defined by the liberals today.

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veritaseequitas February 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Except that Jesus overturned the tables of the tax collectors and threw them out of the temple. Granted, the federal government could only be referred to as a temple by those who feed on tax payer money at the public trough, but still….Barack would do well to leave any mention of Jesus out of his public professions of his excellent policies.

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Cindy Wolf February 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm

….. What excellent policies? Please list.

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veritaseequitas February 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Uh, sarcasm.

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ol gator February 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Boy, our panderer in chief is no different than those false teachers on TV
who distort scripture for personal gain…
He opens mouth & out spews spiritual do do.
He wouldn’t know spiritual truth if it bit him in the bum !

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dk February 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm

i thoufgt that was money changers not tax collectors

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AZH February 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I think Obama has confused Jesus with Satan. But then considering he went to Rev Wright’s church all those years I’m not surpeised.

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Sadie February 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm

It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.

AARRRGHHHH! In the same breath and sentence.

Note to self: Take BP meds before reading.

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Star February 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Tried it–it won’t help.

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bettyann February 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

What happened to thou shalt not steal, lie, or lay with another man?

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Lanie February 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Funny but he skipped the National Prayer Breakfast last year. I guess Jesus is only important in an election year.

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BeeCee February 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Wasn’t just last year. May be wrong but don’t believe he attended any of the NPBs until this year … election year. He is such a transparent disgrace. Media members must obviously vote in braille.

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Knothead February 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm

“Like”

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MaryOhSoContrary February 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Keep an eye on the east coast seismographs today…an earthquake or two may be the Heavenly response to such blasphemy.

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Jeff February 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Pbbbbbbbbt on the 13th Iman.. Heres a selection of 10 quotes from the Islamic one… BTW, it’s spelled Taqiyya
1 “Islam has always been part of America”
2 “we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities”
3 “These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.”
4 “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”
5 “So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed”
6 “Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality”
7 “As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.”
8 “I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.”
9 “That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”
10 “I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.”
The Qur’an:
Qur’an (16:106) – Establishes that there are circumstances that can “compel” a Muslim to tell a lie.
Qur’an (3:54) – “And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.” The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means deceit. If Allah is deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same. (See also 8:30 and 10:21)
Qur’an (40:28) – A man is introduced as a believer, but one who must “hide his faith” among those who are not believers.
From the Hadith:
Bukhari (52:269) – “The Prophet said, ‘War is deceit.’” The context of this is thought to be the murder of Usayr ibn Zarim and his thirty unarmed men by Muhammad’s men after he “guaranteed” them safe passage.
Bukhari (49:857) – “He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar.” Lying is permitted when the end justifies the means.
Bukhari (84:64-65) – Speaking from a position of power at the time, Ali confirms that lying is permissible in order to deceive an “enemy.”
From Islamic Law:
Reliance of the Traveler (p. 746 – 8.2) – “Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible (N:i.e. when the purpose of lying is to circumvent someone who is preventing one from doing something permissible), and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory… it is religiously precautionary in all cases to employ words that give a misleading impression…”

One should compare the bad consequences entailed by lying to those entailed by telling the truth, and if the consequences of telling the truth are more damaging, one is entitled to lie.

Do not trust this man or the 1st grifter

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sportinlife10 February 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Wasn’t there something also about how much The Religion of Peace has contributed to space exploration.?
I dunno why we can’t get the hang of this.

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Jeff February 2, 2012 at 3:44 pm

just in their ICBM program

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Linda Kay February 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

It seems Obama has learned to play the, “both ends against the middle,” game. That along with his uncanny ability as a smooth double talker has worked miracles for him. But, Obama’s decision to use Christ’s teachings from the Bible to further a political agenda will be of no help to him on Judgement Day.

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windell jones February 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

You people might want to at least read your bible before posting, Luke 12:48

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Susan February 2, 2012 at 6:16 pm

“You people”? Is that you Barry?

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Knothead February 2, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Like this too.

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domenico dario February 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm

What Bible Obama is reading????
The Bible says: DO NOT KILL

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MT for re-redistribution February 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

“it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone”

Uhhhh, his goal is to raise taxes on the ones who are ALREADY shouldering the burden alone, by strongly implying that many who are not paying a cent now are “shouldering the burden alone”. Sooo, he is blatantly lying at a prayer breakfast? That’s bad karma, even for a muslim.

NO REPRESENTATION WITHOUT TAXATION!

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Mike C February 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

I guess you were being sarcastic, since it it No Taxation without represenation.
But those approx. 50% who do not pay taxes get plenty of represenation. PLENTY.

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dee money February 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

the bible also says if you don’t work, you don’t eat.

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lc southern February 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Except under the food stamp president…

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Wigglesworth February 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I’m sure Jesus recommended that the wealthy hand over their money to the Roman prefect.

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Noma February 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

I listened to bho’s remarks delivered at today’s National Prayer Breakfast, which was part campaign, part vindication of his religiosity. He has an unusual sense of reality. He shared his recollection of “Mama” Kay Wilson, long time family friend, who felt compelled to hold prayer sessions (a.k.a. “prayer circles”) for bho that reached around the country b/c his character was challenged by cable [TV]. As I recall, there were very few challenges. Maybe she was all too familiar with his personal choice of church leader – the spurious Rev J. Wright – and was preparing for character investigations that never happened?

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Nancy F February 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Has anyone had the thought that by spewing religous words especially Christianity, he might be doing so because Mitt Romney is a Morman? Somewhere in time I do believe that on this occassion a few years ago he did not attend The Prayer Breakfast nor did he participate in the National Day of Prayer. I guess it must be an election year. LOL Remember the Bible and how there will be false prophets. I would hate to inflate his ego any more than it is already by calling him a prophet, but…..just sayin’

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rulierose February 2, 2012 at 10:21 pm

and have you noticed that “Jews” are now always the last of the three mentioned?

it used to be “Christians, Jews, and Muslims.” (well, it used to be “Christians and Jews” but anyway…). enter President Obama. he has said before things like “this is a country of Christians, and Muslims…and Jews,” and yeah he said it just like that.

even when he’s trying to pander to Christians, he just can’t resist poking the Jews a bit.

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Jeff February 3, 2012 at 3:26 am

Obama speaks as if Jesus was telling his followers to command the government to “love thy neighbor” on their behalf. This is so silly and ridiculous it barely deserves a response. Jesus always spoke to the INDIVIDUAL. With a statist mindset like Obama, everything relates to the goverment, even the words of Jesus. Blasphemy!

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Lou J Apa February 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

WHAT???????……WHAT??????…..enough said!
lja/JMJ

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