The CNN blog post destined to draw tons of comments:
I just did a Google Search on that title and the number two result is frlom godlikeproductions where the author simply reacts aloud: “Is CNN Serious?” obviously addressing the choir of folks who consider Obama to be , like the author his/herself says, an “AntiChrist”.
The Christian Right is all over this, proclaiming how “unBiblical” Obama is, as they merrily strip the Bible of it’s “communal” and “peaceful” content and turn into a Right wing , Nationalistic treatise, complete with the bliessing of the “Christian forefathers” (whom, if they bothered to read them, would draw the same “anti-Biblical” accusations rage from these same folks. The “Founders” did not come close to speaking their language. And Obama does it better than W. ever did. W. Bush was often dodging theological quesitons, a far cry from the dogmatic, self-assured claims of many who call themselves “Bible-believing Christians”.
I am not an Obama “supporter” at all. I am deeply disappointedf in many ways in how politically tepid he has been, at least in terms of what he COULD say with his bully pulpit. I know that any of the things I might have considered to be “Obama platform circa 2008″ would suffer the same obstructionist fate at the hands of the insane GOP leadership. But there has been a lot of letting Wall Street and the banks slide, when they could have brought some demands to them that even the financial sector leadership were expecting. So I am not simply joining a chorus of counter strikes to defend Obama’s faith. I simply see through the ideological motives of the Religious Right. That they can even allow themselves to support someone who claims adherence to what most of them consider a “cult” is flag number one. But then again, I’ve always known this ideology is primarily political and not theological. They are totally captured by Republican Right Wing ideology, made stronger by a shared animosity toward liberalism, Democratic party ideology (as they portray it) and yes, outright racism (I’ve heard them…..it’s not unfounded to realize that there are numerous outspoiken racists who are full-throated Right wingers, even more vocal because they can ridicule Obama. )
As the article explores, by inlcluding thoughts of “others” such as Diana Butler-Bass, there is a quite sizeable chunk of Christians whose thought and theology is independent of Nationalism, and has no problem with putting their “Biblical values” over those of a syncretism of American Nationalism with a “Biblical worldview” that begins with those Nationalistic assumptions. It’s a tendency with all nationalisms when they employ the support of the religious hearts of their citizens. It’s happened for centuries.
It is an “OccupyTheology” issue because it raises the questions of howwe can see a ideological kinship with those supporting the Occupy Movement, and therefore be Occupy supporters ourselves. It’s raising the quesiton of how Biblical values can and often diverge from “American values” when the latter is captured by economic interests and propagandized by use of religious rhetoric. So it has become part of the Religius Right rhetoric to ridicule the Occupy movement as a bunch of dirty, stinky hippies who make no sense (since they refuse to hear the Occupy message that these “dirty” people bring). And to critique the United States and it’s sacred “Free Market” is taken as some sort of blasphemy, somehow forgetting (or never being taught) that Jesus spoke more about money and the problems of the rich than he did about abortion (of which he , in fact, NEVER spoke).
Jesus himself promoted what the Right is claiming is “class warfare”. Jesus would likely be treated more like they treat the Occupy movement folks (and was treated that way by the Religious leadership of his day), except they apparently took Jesus somewhat seriously as a threat that he just might engender the tyype of change that would threaten that which they thought they were protecting.