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September 11, 2009

 American Thinker writer Joseph Ashby had a ….’hey, wait a minute. what did he say again?” moment on the Presidential address to Congress on Weds.

I had one of those myself that I talked about in April in reading a verbatim quote of Obama’s. I keep coming back to it – it’s like a mental speedbump that makes me stop & look again: 

Chicago Sun Times: <Obama said>  “I think I have an ongoing conversation with God…. I’m constantly asking myself…….’

Why does it stick with me? He starts out by saying he is in constant dialog with GOD and then refers to a conversation he has with himself. Is it communion with God, or communion within his inner monologue?  So, if he believes that his intentions were good but his actions negatively impact others, does he get an indulgence from himself?  

The next thing that nags me about this article is this quote:

 “Alongside my own deep personal faith, I am a follower, as well, of our civic religion,”

What in blazes is “civic religion?” Here’s the answer I found in 15 minutes talking to My Friend Google.

Civic Religion: Set of quasi-religious attitudes, beliefs, rituals, and symbols that tie members of a political community together. As originally formulated by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the concept referred to the virtues that citizens need to serve the state.

Nice guy, that Rousseau. During the period of the French Revolution, Rousseau was the most popular of the philosophes among members of the Jacobin Club.

The Jacobin club: Same set of guys as the ‘Reign of Terror club,’ which went out of fashion when Robespierre lost his head literally. Robespierre lost his head figuratively when he tried to establish a new Cult of the Supreme Being as the French State religion.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

A slightly less academic but irreverently funny description can be found here. (warning – mild language in this)

Maybe I am just jumpy on this because all the non-sponsored but donation-encouraged NEA artwork and TV journalists saying Obama is “like God”.

In reality, this entire article  just shows he’s part of the human race – you just can’t take the human out of the human, in spite of an individual aspiration to be Spock. Genesis explains:   The lure of the forbidden fruit to Adam and Eve wasn’t really “don’t accept the imperialist establishment boundaries perpetrated by ‘The Man” as stated by some beret wearing serpent with a goatee.

 Genesis 3: “…the serpent hissed, “God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it, you will become just like God…”. 

So much for enlightened reasoning. To me, this is and continues to be Exhibit A in “what suckers. Would you believe humanity fell for it again?!?

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