Apparently the Republican sport of bashing the President continues unabated.
Forty-two members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, all but one of them Republican, complained in a letter sent to the White House on December 6 that in a speech delivered last month in Jakarta, Indonesia, President Obama substituted the U.S.’s religious-themed national motto for a more secular alternative.
The caucus wrote that Obama used e pluribus unum (out of many, one) as the motto of the United States instead of “In God We Trust.” While e pluribus unum is part of the nation’s seal and has been an unofficial motto since the country’s founding, the group was upset that he didn’t use “In God We Trust” in its place.
From ABC News:
In addition to the misstep in Indonesia, the caucus, which includes arch-partisan Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn, accuses the president of intentionally editing God out of other recent speeches, too.
“Additionally, during three separate events this fall, when quoting from the Declaration of Independence, you mentioned we have inalienable rights, but consistently failed to mention the source of those rights. The Declaration of Independence definitively recognizes God, our Creator, as the source of our rights. Omitting the word ‘Creator’ once was a mistake, but twice establishes a pattern,” reads the letter.
Obama Gave Four Mentions To God
These caucus members chose not to mention that in this same Indonesia speech, President Obama did mention God four times. Actually, he spoke quite spiritually:
“Across an archipelago that contains some of God’s most beautiful creations, islands rising above an ocean named for peace, people choose to worship God as they please. Islam flourishes, but so do other faiths. Development is strengthened by an emerging democracy. Ancient traditions endure, even as a rising power is on the move,” the President said.
Obama Threatening Our Security
But it seems that these Congressional Prayer Caucus members are unimpressed by spirituality. According to them, by failing to mention God in the right places, the President is “removing one of the cornerstones of our secure freedom.”
These Republicans should be ashamed of themselves, playing on the fears of Americans. (In August, a Pew poll found that 43 percent of Americans did not know President Obama was an avowed Christian, and 18 percent believed he was a Muslim.)
President-Bashing A Christian Activity?
As the Reverend Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, said in a statement on Monday, “The Prayer Caucus should just admit that it is looking for any opportunity to bash the president. It’s not very Christian of them.”
This has nothing to do with religion; this is politics at its worst.
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