Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning, President Obama defended his hardest-left positions using Christianity, citing Scripture and personal prayer as the impetus for Dodd-Frank, among other policies.
Say, does that include stomping on religious freedom by mandating that Catholic charities violate the basic tenets of their faith and provide contraceptives?
Injury, meet insult.
The president’s words reveal how little he understands of Christianity, beyond how he may best use it to his political advantage. Justifying his healthcare and financial reform laws, he said:
“And so when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street, when I talk about making sure insurance companies aren’t discriminating against those who are already sick, or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren’t taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody. But I also do it because I know that far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years, and I believe in God’s command to ‘love thy neighbor as thyself.'”
“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,'” Obama said, noting Jewish and Islamic teachings say much the same thing.
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