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Driscoll: Obama Doesn’t Know God

The responses from the religious right to President Obama’s second inauguration continue to flow in, especially on Twitter, each one seemingly more absurd than the last. But I think Mark Driscoll of the Mars Hill megachurch in Seattle is probably right about this one:

As Americans tuned in to watch President Barack Obama be sworn into office for his second term on Jan. 21, a number of Christian leaders took to their Twitter accounts to offer reaction.

Arguably the most impassioned remark came from Pastor Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wash., who wrote that Obama knows neither God or the Bible. “Praying for our president, who today will place his hands on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know,” Driscoll tweeted.

He’s probably right that Obama doesn’t know God. Of course, no one else does either.

In his tweet shared Sunday, Christian minister John Piper argued that Obama’s support of abortion stands against the ideals that civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. stood for, whose day of remembrance falls on inauguration day this year.

“President Obama ‘spiritually blind’ or ‘evil hypocrite’ in claiming MLK and disregarding the weakest,” Piper tweeted, who is former senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minn.

Except that Martin Luther King was pro-choice on abortion. He even received an award from Planned Parenthood.

Comments

  1. birgerjohansson says

    The problem with God is that he is several light years distant. This makes a meaningful dialogue difficult. And prayers rarely get answered in time. Since God is mostly visible in the far infrared, being “spiritually blind” is pretty much inavoidable.

  2. says

    Does anyone really know God? I mean, He never calls, He never drops by and it seems like millennia since He’s written anything. His attention wanders when you are talking to Him, and if you do manage to get His attention, it takes forever for Him to get back to you, if He ever does.

  3. eric says

    I’ll quibble. I think I “know” Bugs Bunny. I’ve seen pretty much all the media/literature in which he appears, heck I was practically awash in it the first ten years of my life. I’m not claiming super expertise – I’m sure Chuck Jones and his co-workers knew Bugs better. But if a ‘mere layperson’ can know Bugs, then I probably qualify as a layperson that does.

    I’d say Obama probably knows God just as well as (and the same way that) I know Bugs.

  4. baal says

    One more brick in the wall of right wing nutjobs insisting that Obama is an other – not really one of us. This is, of course, part and parcel of the standing structure of racism in the US. Does anyone recall if the anti-Bill Clinton hate similarly worked to suggest Clinton wasn’t ‘one of ”us”’?

  5. eric says

    Does anyone recall if the anti-Bill Clinton hate similarly worked to suggest Clinton wasn’t ‘one of ”us”’?

    There was a lot of anti-Bill hate going around during his election, and then a whole bunch more after the Lewinsky scandal. “He’s not a moral person like us” is also an example of trying to ‘otherize’ ones opponent.
    I think bigotry is certainly contributing to Obama’s treatment by the right, but that’s only part of it. They would otherize and vilify any democratic president no matter what their attributes out of political gamesmanship. A lot of their base is probably racist, but the leaders are probably doing it from a more mercenary/opportunistic angle: for any democrat, any mud that sticks, they’ll throw.

    I expect there are examples of the left opportunistically slinging mud at GOP candidates too, though at the moment I’m having a hard time thinking about any criticism particularly ‘muddy’ related to Romney. Most of it centered around PR gaffes and economic policy.

  6. Rip Steakface says

    I expect there are examples of the left opportunistically slinging mud at GOP candidates too, though at the moment I’m having a hard time thinking about any criticism particularly ‘muddy’ related to Romney. Most of it centered around PR gaffes and economic policy.

    Nothing from the left that was purely opportunistic or obvious mudslinging, but atheists of course criticized him for being part of the particularly ridiculous Mormon cult… which is a fair frickin’ criticism.

  7. Sastra says

    eric #5 wrote:

    I’d say Obama probably knows God just as well as (and the same way that) I know Bugs.

    And I’d disagree. There are far fewer conflicting stories about the existence, nature, motivations, desires, and vocal characteristics of Bugs Bunny. Therefore, you know Bugs not just better than Obama, Driscoll, Piper, or anyone else knows God, you know that dat wascal in a vewy diffwent way.

  8. Pierce R. Butler says

    Fwiw: King accepted his Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood well before Roe, and before PP stood up against abortion restrictions at all.

    We can count him as pro-Sanger (who also steered clear of abortion legalization), pro-contraception, and pro-women’s-empowerment, but sfaik he never made any public statements about abortion rights one way or the other.

  9. says

    Pierce R. Butler:

    In 1955, Planned Parenthood held a conference called “Abortion in America”. One of the people who gave testimony was abortionist G. Lotrell Timanus. They published a record of the proceedings in 1958, which sparked a national debate about reforming abortion laws in America. So, at the very least, PP was talking about the public policy issues surrounding abortion in the years prior to giving MLK the award.

  10. dan4 says

    @11: I find it hard to believe that as late as 1966 (the year that Planned Parenthood gave their award to King), PP had never “stood up against abortion restrictions at all.”

  11. Pierce R. Butler says

    d.c.wilson @ # 12 & dan4 @ # 13 – oops! I relied on memories of a rant from someone saying PP didn’t challenge the status quo and left the early pro-choice work to “radical” feminists – should’ve dug further.

    I sit corrected – thanks!

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