Think of the three or four words that most aptly describe the Left, and the word “secular” would certainly be among them. A defining trend of the last two generations is that as culture war issues related to human life, family and religious freedom have emerged, the Left’s willingness to talk about faith has faded. In fact, for them, faith was an invalid viewpoint to include in any debate.
It is therefore interesting that whenever liberal politicians do find their religious voices they try to wrap their big government, socialist agenda in the adornment of Christianity. Other than Barack Obama, few liberals are as proficient at the shameless use of religion as Nancy Pelosi.
House Speaker Pelosi has urged the Catholic Church to speak up about the need for immigration reform that includes amnesty for the 12 million illegal immigrants living in America. Speaking at a conference recently, she revealed that she often tells Catholic priests and bishops, “I want you to speak about it from the pulpit. Some (who) oppose immigration reform are sitting in those pews, and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the Gospels.”
Ms. Pelosi must be reading the Democrat Party platform because she surely is not reading the Gospels. Our immigration system is broken, but the Democrats’ reform plan, which would reward lawlessness and penalize millions of people waiting to enter our country legally, is not the self-evidently Christian response.
Pelosi’s God talk isn’t confined to immigration. Talking about climate change legislation at a recent press conference, Pelosi said, “I think it’s essential to the health of our children that we reduce emissions in the air. And for those of us who believe—and I think most of us do—that this is God’s creation, we have a moral responsibility to preserve his creation.”
Barack Obama is the master of the opportunistic use of religion. The president has said that the Sermon on the Mount informs his support for homosexual rights, and he has insisted that “as a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering” through life-destroying embryonic stem-cell research. He repeatedly called socialized medicine “an ethical and moral obligation.”
The absurdness of the Left’s misuse of religion is best exemplified by perhaps its best known media mogul. Ted Turner is a well known anti-Christian bigot who has called Christianity, among other things, a “religion for losers.” But Turner recently found God off the Gulf Coast, telling a reporter that the Gulf oil disaster “could be” God’s work. “He’s sending us a message,” Turner announced. “I’m just wondering if God is telling us he doesn’t want us to drill offshore.”
The Left’s piety, which surfaces when it suits their political purposes, mysteriously disappears when real issues of grave moral concern are discussed. Bring up protection for innocent unborn children or the meaning of marriage and liberals suddenly remember that talk of faith in politics is a severe infringement on the First Amendment.
Pelosi’s recent God talk came only a couple months after she was slammed by her bishop for promoting abortion, which he reminded her “is entirely incompatible with Catholic teaching.” In response, Pelosi insisted (wrongly) that “free will” allows her to support abortion in good conscience.
Support for a procedure that takes the lives of more than 4,000 unborn children every day is entirely incompatible with Christianity. But opposition to immigration amnesty or government-run healthcare or climate change laws is not.
Liberals constantly remind us that Jesus loves everyone—homosexuals, the poor, Muslims, illegal immigrants et al. I agree and, given my own foibles, I take comfort in God’s unconditional love.
But just because God is liberal in His love doesn’t mean He endorses the liberal agenda. Pelosi claims that immigration amnesty is “a manifestation of our living the Gospels,” which sends a rather bleak message to immigrants who did things the right way, waiting years to have a shot at citizenship, and to American workers unable to find jobs because illegal immigrants work for less pay.
The Left constantly reminds us that God loves uninsured Americans and those with pre-existing conditions, and that we are obligated to care for them. While that is true, it does not mean God has endorsed Obamacare, which will force many Americans to face higher premiums, penalize some employers for hiring low-income workers and compel doctors and nurses to perform abortions.
Some liberals see higher taxes as a sort of religious tithe (if only they wanted just 10 percent of our income!) and as a response to God’s call to help the needy. While more spending may help some poor people in the short-run, most federal poverty programs fail in the long-run.
And what about struggling taxpayers and our children and grandchildren, the ones who will be saddled with paying for today’s unprecedented borrowing? Jesus loves them too. The scriptures don’t justify government squeezing those families to give away their money to ineffective “anti-poverty” programs.
Anyone who takes the Bible or Torah seriously should be cautious when they hear the Left’s appeals to faith. The Left is on dangerous ground when it cites God only when they believe it bolsters their policy preferences. The only thing worse than a politician who ignores the Creator is one who shamelessly distorts His message for political gain.