Seek­ing God’s guid­ance in gov­er­nance? Hor­rors!

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - David Lim­baugh

In the next few weeks, we’re go­ing to hear a lot of hot air from Joe Bi­den as he tries to re­cap­ture the spot­light from Sarah Palin. One thing I doubt we’ll hear from him is that rare sen­si­ble gem he ut­tered a few years ago about Democrats and peo­ple of faith. But he would do well to re­mem­ber his fleet­ing words.

Mr. Bi­den said: “We have too many elites in our party who look down their nose on peo­ple of faith. [. . .] That’s the big prob­lem with my party.”

You can say that again, Joe. But next time, you ought to try lis­ten­ing to your own words in­stead of just talk­ing to hear your head rat­tle.

If Mr. Bi­den was sin­cere, why won’t he take is­sue with lib­er­als in the me­dia and else­where who rou­tinely demon­strate their con­tempt for Chris­tians?

Whether it’s Whoopi Gold­berg hy­per­ven­ti­lat­ing about the sep­a­ra­tion of church and state, Char­lie Gib­son dis­tort­ing Sarah Palin’s views on the in­ter­sec­tion of faith and gov­er­nance, or Mr. Obama him­self dis­parag­ing small-town Chris­tians for their unashamed re­liance on the Bi­ble, lib­er­als just don’t get it. For them to oc­ca­sion­ally pre­tend they do just adds in­sult to in­jury.

On “The View,” Ms. Gold­berg asked John McCain, “So if you be­lieve in the sep­a­ra­tion of church and state, did it not give you a mo­ment of pause that Sarah Palin [. . .] (does) not have the same be­liefs as you do about th­ese things?”

I think we can safely in­fer that Ms. Gold­berg was sug­gest­ing that Mrs. Palin does not be­lieve in the sep­a­ra­tion of church and state. Why? Pre­sum­ably be­cause Mrs. Palin has said that she would seek God’s guid­ance in gov­ern­ing. Hor­rors!

Af­ter all, said Ms. Gold­berg, Amer­ica in­cludes not only Chris­tians and Jews but also Mus­lims, Zoroas­tri­ans and Wic­cans. She asked of Mr. McCain: “Are you to gov­ern this na­tion as God would have you do it, or do you gov­ern this na­tion for the greater good of the peo­ple in it?”

Let lib­er­als keep re­veal­ing their pro­found ig­no­rance con­cern­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion’s pro­hi­bi­tion of the es­tab­lish­ment of re­li­gion and guar­an­tee of re­li­gious lib­erty. Let them con­tinue broad­cast­ing their be­lief that it is im­proper for pub­lic of­fi­cials to humbly seek God’s guid­ance in dis­charg­ing their du­ties. Let them show­case their con­vo­luted view that a Chris­tian pub­lic of­fi­cial can’t con­sti­tu­tion­ally gov­ern un­less he erects a Chi­nese fire­wall be­tween his faith and his gov­er­nance. Let them per­sist in dis­play­ing their mis­ap­pre­hen­sion that Chris­tian politi­cians, by virtue of their faith, are theocrats and can­not serve without dis­crim­i­nat­ing against nonChris­tians.

ABC’s Char­lie Gib­son ap­proached it from a dif­fer­ent an­gle, try­ing to paint Mrs. Palin as a theo­crat who be­lieves we are fight­ing a “holy war” in Iraq. De­spite Mr. Gib­son’s smug as­ser­tion that he was recit­ing Mrs. Palin’s “ex­act words,” he specif­i­cally omit­ted key words and com­pletely twisted her mean­ing. He mis­rep­re­sented Mrs. Palin’s ex­hor­ta­tion that we pray for our troops and pray that they are do­ing God’s work as an af­fir­ma­tive state­ment that they are do­ing God’s work.

Not that it would have been ter­ri­ble for Mrs. Palin to have re­jected lib­eral moral equiv­a­lency ar­gu­ments be­tween Amer­i­cans and ter­ror­ists and im­plied we have the moral high ground over homi­cide-bomb­ing fa­nat­ics. But she didn’t say that. Mrs. Palin has made clear she doesn’t be­lieve she has a pipe­line into God’s will or that she can speak for him — only that she would strive humbly to do his will and that she would con­tinue to com­mune with him, in prayer and through read­ing the Bi­ble. Again, hor­rors!

I hope lib­er­als keep show­ing their open con­tempt for sin­cerely prac­tic­ing Chris­tians. I hope they con­tinue to op­er­ate un­der the as­sump­tion they can scare Amer­i­cans about Mrs. Palin’s Bi­ble-be­liev­ing faith. But in the mean­time, they might want to re­fresh their mem­o­ries about Amer­i­can pres­i­dents and prayer.

Al­most all of our pres­i­dents have re­lied heav­ily on prayer. But to be fair, let’s just look at mod­ern Demo­cratic ones.

In the mid­dle of the Cuban mis­sile cri­sis, Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy prayed at St. Matthew’s Cathe­dral. Pres­i­dent Lyn­don John­son re­peat­edly called for na­tional days of prayer and re­port­edly prayed a dozen times a day.

Jimmy Carter said: “There’s no doubt that dur­ing my time as pres­i­dent, I prayed more in­tensely and more fer­vently for God’s guid­ance than at any other time in my life. [. . .] The prob­lems were so com­plex that I sought coun­sel.” Bi­ble-tot­ing Bill Clin­ton said, “I as­sure you that no pres­i­dent makes de­ci­sions like (an agree­ment with Haiti) without deep thought and prayer.”

Do you ever re­mem­ber any­one ac­cus­ing th­ese Democrats of hav­ing alarm­ing theo­cratic im­pulses?

Bet­ter yet, have you heard any­one in the lib­eral me­dia crit­i­ciz­ing Mr. Obama for his state­ment that he prays “to Je­sus ev­ery night”? Or Joe Bi­den for urg­ing peo­ple to pray that the lev­ees in New Orleans hold?

I won­der why not.

David Lim­baugh is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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