Forget The Crusades, Etc. Obama Himself Uses Christ To Justify A Lie

Over on the Volokh Conspiracy Ilya Somin has some very astute “Reflections on Obama’s misrepresentation of his position on same-sex marriage,” referring to David Axelrod’s bombshell admission that in his campaign Obama routinely lied about his opposition to same sex marriage — what Time Magazine described as “A striking admission of political dishonesty from the keeper of the Obama flame.”

One of the most striking of these deceptions was Obama’s wrapping his dishonesty in the mantle of religion. “The president,” as Somin writes, “even went so far as to claim that his supposed opposition to same-sex marriage was motivated by religious considerations.” As Time summarized Axelrod’s account,”

Obama told Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church that marriage could only extend to heterosexual couples. “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman,” Obama said at the time. “Now, for me as a Christian — for me — for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.”

On National Review Online Andrew Johnson cited earlier examples of Obama’s faith-justified lie.

Obama’s use of faith to explain his opposition to same-sex marriage dates back to his bid for Illinois’s Senate seat in 2004. The New York Times notes that Obama began to cite religion as the reason for his position on the issue during his race against Republican Alan Keyes, suggesting that it was part of an effort to court black voters who generally opposed the redefinition of marriage. During a debate with Keyes, when pushed to explain his position on the matter, Obama emphasized his faith.

“What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman when they get married are performing something before God, and it’s not simply the two persons who are meeting,” he said. He went on to praise then-president George W. Bush for his “healthy” reversal in supporting civil unions, a position candidate Obama agreed with.

Elsewhere on the Senate campaign trail, Obama echoed that position, saying he opposed same-sex marriage but not civil unions. “The term ‘marriage’ itself has strong religious roots and a strong tradition that means something special to people in this country,”​ he told reporters.

I posted a comment on Somin’s post this morning noting that I found Obama’s lies about his faith more revealing than his lies about same ex marriage, which led another commenter, JMan 20788, to reply, “Perhaps it would be more revealing if you would explain your position rather than relying on not very subtle implications of what is being “reveal[ed]” here.”

Since he asked, I then posted the following:

Excuse me. I thought it was obvious. Using his supposed Christian belief to justify his supposed belief in the sanctity of marriage as between a man and a woman is a more profoundly offensive lie than simply lying about his claimed (at the time) opposition to same sex marriage. Especially now, with all his sanctimonious warnings that we should avoid getting on our Christian high horse to condemn Muslims when in the past all sorts of equally bad things were justified in the name of Christ. Maybe he should say: “We should not get on our high horse to condemn the way others [he wouldn't name Muslims] treat gays when right here in our home country our own president, namely, me, just the other day used Christ to justify discriminating against gays.” Of course, we shouldn’t blame him for that because he knew that anybody who knew anything knew he was lying.

The Washington Post On Presidential Education: Double (Or No) Standards?

So, the Washington Post thinks that the college grades, etc., of Scott Walker, one of what seems like two or three dozen potential Republican presidential candidates, is worthy of a full-court press and exposé. We learn, for example, that before not graduating he received a D- in French. Quelle horreur! (At least if  he goes by himself to a French restaurant. If elected, perhaps he can find some job to that will keep the French (but little else)-proficient John Kerry close by.)

Now that President Obama has waded into the quicksand of historical controversy, instructing us about the relevance of the evils of the Christ-justified Crusades, the Inquisition, slavery, and  Jim Crow to the “random” evil committed today by those who are not Islamist terrorists, it would be quite useful if the Post would tell us what grades the young Obama got in his history courses.

Thus I searched the Washington Post archive for its article(s) based on Obama’s college transcripts, grades, etc., but I’m embarrassed to report that I couldn’t find a single article that mentioned his history grades. Or any grades. At Occidental or Columbia or Harvard. Alas, my search skills have obviously atrophied, since such an article must exist, right? Or if not, at least an article saying how hard the Post tried to find this information and how loudly it complained about it being withheld.

I couldn’t find that article either. But I did find this piece by Jonathan Capehart, the Post’s prominent young black ” journalist and television personality” who is (or has been) a member of the Post’s editorial board, who wrote that calling upon Obama “to release his transcripts” is a “racist argument.” How dare anyone ask Obama to provide evidence that, say, he’s actually taken a history or economics course! Have those critics no shame!

Apparently not: “Obama’s opponents will stoop to any specious and baseless argument to cast doubt on his qualifications for sitting in the Oval Office and on the legitimacy of his presidency.”


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Originalism, Same Sex Marriage, And Affirmative Action

[NOTE: This post has been UPDATED] I encourage readers to take a look at the enlightening debate taking place on the Volokh Conspiracy over whether there are valid originalist arguments supporting same sex marriage, i.e., supporting the view that laws restricting marriage to partners of the opposite sex violate the Fourteenth Amendment. Ilya Somin, supported by ace […]

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