Courtesy of Ben Shapiro at Breitbart News, Obama’s pastor (no, that that one, the new one) delivers an uplifting non-political message of unity and brotherhood at the President’s pre-inauguration service:
Obama, said Braxton, was just like Moses facing the Red Sea: “forward is the only option … The people couldn’t turn around. The only thing that they could do was to go forward.” Obama, said Braxton, would have to overcome all obstacles – like opposition from Republicans, presumably, or the bounds of the Constitution. Braxton continued, “Mr. President, stand on the rock,” citing to Moses standing on Mount Horeb as his people camped outside the land of Israel.
But it wasn’t enough to compare Obama with the founder of Judaism and the prophet of the Bible. Braxton added that Obama’s opponents were like the Biblical enemies of Moses, and that Obama would have to enter the battle because “sometimes enemies insist on doing it the hard way.”
The service ended with the pastor leading the crowd in a chant of “Forward.” Really.
This was no religious service. It was a worship service for the man Newsweek labeled “The Second Coming.” And if Obama thinks anything like the pastor he chose just before taking his oath of office, America is in for a long, narcissistic, imperial four years.
What a lovely service. You might wonder how a Party loudly dedicated to the “separation of church and state” reconciles itself to a pastor shouting campaign slogans from the pulpit. That’s easy: those people are perfectly comfortable with the use of religious language and iconography to expand the power of the State, including queasy cult-of-personality rallies for the State’s constant gardeners.
Don’t bother trying to imagine the media reaction if a Republican president sat down for such a bitterly divisive, politicized church service, featuring the comparison of Democrats to Biblical villains, and concluding with the ritual chant of his campaign slogans, presented as if they were divine imperatives. Your head will explode, and that’s not the right way to celebrate a combo national holiday.