HELD FOR QUESTIONING: Obama’s Religious Faith…Is Mubark Right—“If I Go Now Chaos?”…The Double Standard of Capitol Fax.
Q. Charles Krauthammer on Fox is rendered uneasy about presidents’ “religiosity.” Does he have a point in defense of Obama whose supposed Christianity is an open question with Americans?
A. No. Secular Jews like Krauthammer…like the ruling family ofThe New York Times,the Sulzbergers…often profess “uneasiness” with public expressions of Christian faith by presidents and others because of the historical precedent in Europe where often such public testimony implied—indeed fomented--anti-Semitism. It really implies that none of us should express religious belief because it makes Charles uneasy.
Let this octogenarian tell you that this is a fairly recent development. I’m old enough to remember when FDR and Churchill meet onHMS Prince of Walesoff Nova Scotia on August 12, 1941 when they signed the “Atlantic Charter.” They stayed over on a Sunday and in reporting via radio to the American people, Roosevelt said they co-sponsored an Anglican-Episcopal service on board. They picked one hymn apiece, Churchill “Onward Christian Soldiers” and FDR “Oh God Our Help in Ages Past.” Nary a peep out of Jews and/or the ACLU. As a footnote, thePrince of Waleswas sunk by Nazi torpedoes four months later with terrific loss of life.
Even today, observant Jews such as Norman Podhoretz aren’t bothered because they realize that public profession of Christian belief is more usually a trademark of evangelical Christians who are unabashedly pro-Jewish, pro-Israel. Krauthammer is a very perceptive news analyst, a Pulitzer prize-winner, but he ought to stop trying to intimidate people because he is insecure in his faith.
Q. Getting back to Obama, he said at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday that people doubting his and Michelle’s Christian faith strengthen both.
A. People doubt Obama’s belief in Christianity because of his heavy 3rdWorld connections and education in a Madressa…which is why a heavy majority of those polled don’t know what religious he espouses, if any. They also see how mention of the word “Creator” has stuck in his throat three distinct times when he sought to cite Jefferson’s words in the Declaration. Reagan went to church as infrequently as Obama but nobody doubted his religious faith. Why not? Because religious profession did not stick in his throat as it does Obama’s.
Q. Mubarak has said that if he goes now there’ll be chaos. Agree?
A.I agree wholeheartedly. Somehow it has been ordained in our political psyche…purveyed by our news media including, regrettably, Fox…that because we are a republic we are manifestly obliged to side with any chaos coming from the street against an ally. Of course as I said yesterday it’s a holdover from the last befuddled university professor we had as president—I mean the one before Obama…Woodrow Wilson.
George W. Bush and his goo-goo librarian wife added their idealistic two cents. Let’s understand: we as a nation are definitely Exceptional because we take into account the public consensus—but we are not ordered by almighty God to democratize the world or to toss Mubarak to the tender mercies of the Muslim Brotherhood which would be against our interest. If they want a revolution, let `em carry it out. But this prattling…especially from our secretary of state…who wants Mubarak not to defend himself against chaos is extremely short-sighted.
Q. Capitol Faxis horrified that Sen. Mark Kirk is so partisan…this time about his opposition to global warming.
A. Does that publication realize how two-faced it is by giving one of the leading Democratic hatchet-men in the Senate…Dick Durbin…a pass and wringing its hands about Mark Kirk?