Time again to put some nasty gossip to rest about the President and his religion. I received an email from a correspondent citing a 29dec13 piece in the NYT about how “Mr. Obama’s faith is a more complicated, more private, and perhaps … a more inclusive affair.” Well, we know that it’s a faith that has omitted a number of traditional Christian observances in our capital, and doesn’t include much church attendance given the experience he had with the Rev Wright.
But my correspondent did point out that our president may be even more distant from his fervently claimed Christianity than he thinks. The NYT reports, “He has turned to his faith during difficult times, and is comfortable invoking Scripture; his speeches and remarks are peppered with the phrase “I am my brother’s keeper,” echoing the Old Testament phrase.”
My correspondent thinks that perhaps the President should recheck his echoes a bit more carefully. For example, like the true socialist he is, Mr Obama instinctively reversed the biblical question Cain asks in Genesis – ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ – into the more correct collectivist version. (You’d think that this would have been caught by the crack journalists at the nation’s leading liberal voice.)
In any case, it is good that the President thinks enough of the public’s apprehension about his religion to have his minions publish this clarification in the west’s answer to Pravda.