By David Waters
Conservative Christian conspiracy theorists are anxiously reporting that President Obama has omitted the word “Creator” from his paraphrasing of the Declaration of Independence in public speeches THREE times in the past few weeks.
“We are way past believing that this could be unintentional or accidental,” frets Bryan Fischer, director of issue analysis for the American Family Association. “…The President of the United States is deliberately stripping our Christian heritage from us right before our very eyes.
As we all know from reading our Texas-approved American history books, the authors of the Declaration used the terms “Creator” and “Nature’s God” intentionally to avoid the use of Christian language or imagery. “Properly understood,” On Faith co-moderator Jon Meacham wrote in American Gospel, “the God of public religion is not the God of Abraham or God the Father or the Holy Trinity.”
Or Obama? It does seem a bit strange that a deeply religious man who taught constitutional law, when reciting what historian Joseph Ellis calls “the most potent and consequential words in American history,” would leave out that one particular word.
Did he forget? Was the president just in a hurry? Three separate times?
In an Oct. 18 speech at a Democratic fundraiser in Maryland, Obama referenced the Declaration’s most famous passage: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that each of us are endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Notice he didn’t use the phrase “endowed by their Creator.” He made the same omission in a Sept. 15 speech at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 33rd Annual Awards, and at a Sept. 22 speech at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.
Les Kingsolving of WorldNetDaily asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. “I haven’t seen the comments, Lester,” Gibbs replied, “but I can assure you the president believes in the Declaration of Independence.”
Others are more suspicious.
“President Obama is the first president in American history not to acknowledge that all rights stem from God,” said Jeff Field, Director of Communications, Catholic League. “Given that all prepared presidential speeches are written and vetted by many people, and that he was roundly criticized last month for this same infraction, it is only fair to conclude that this was not a mistake. This was deliberate.”
“Conservatives contend that Obama’s inability to credit God for the rights reflects his belief that, if rights come from the government instead of a creator, the government can take them away,” Newsmax declares.
Ah, there we go.
Meanwhile, the White House apparently has scrubbed plans for Obama to visit a Sikh temple during his visit to India — because he’d have to wear a turban or other head covering. Some fear that would make him look like a Muslim.
Muslims don’t wear turbans, Sikhs do. But, apparently, Americans who think Obama is a Muslim also think that Muslims wear turbans.
Sikhs are not happy about any of it.
“The Sikh community in India believes President Obama not visiting (the temple) would be a missed opportunity to educate the world community about rights of minorities generally, and specifically, the distinctiveness of the Sikh identity,” one group lamented.
“The rampant misinformation is in direct contrast to the President’s actions of championing religious tolerance and diversity. For example, President Obama has always been comfortable and respected the customs of other faith traditions, as exhibited by his trip to the Wailing Wall in Israel where he wore a yarmulke,” another group lamented.
What’s a Jesus-worshipping, yarmulke-wearing, mosque-supporting, Sikh-temple-avoiding President to do in these hyperbolic, hypersensitive times?