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Hey Liberals! Want to be Adopted by conservative Christians?

Well, now I’ve seen and heard it all! A conservative Christian group allied with Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University decided that, rather than condemning liberals like President Obama, they should adopt them instead. This is a radical change from the usual conservative Christian rhetoric about those with whom they disagree.  In addition to adoption, the Liberty Council wants its members to pray for the liberals as well.

Jerry Falwell
Jerry Falwell

And who makes the list? The usual suspects, like the President, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. However, there are others who might now classify themselves as liberal, like California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

And what is President Obama’s sin? From the Liberty Council’s prayer initiative….

“President Obama has assembled what is arguably the most radically liberal administration in American history. His policy initiatives have favored socialism, the homosexual agenda, and the funding of infant genocide around the world. He has denied America’s Christian heritage but has openly praised Islam for its contributions to America and the world. He calls himself a ‘citizen of the world,’ a term that reflects his support of a ‘one world government.'”

So what exactly are they praying for? Do they think the President and his ilk will experience some sort of miraculous conversion? Now, just in case you think The Liberty Council’s approach heralds some new era of conservative Christian soft sell, consider that at last week’s “How to Take America Back ” conference, Obama was called “an enemy of humanity” by Arizona Cong. Trent Franks.

At that same conference, a former advisor to Mike Huckabee accused the President of staffing his administration with “professional infidels”. Sound familiar? That’s the same kind of language radical Islam uses. No matter. These folks believe they have right on their side, whatever right is.

So back to praying for liberals. At the church I attend, we pray for world leaders. When GW Bush was president, we prayed for him, as we do now for President Obama. And Qaddafi. And Ahmadinejad. And Kim Jong Il. We pray not in tongue-in-cheek humor, but because we want God to help guide their thinking and actions. At least, that’s what I’m praying for. When we pray for our Episcopal church, we include those people with whom we fundamentally disagree.

However, when the Liberty Council says they’re praying for Obama because he believes in some sort of one world government, they’re straight up lying. They also lie when they say the President has denied America’s Christian heritage. But hey, I’m nitpicking here. I guess the central question is whether there’s anything wrong with praying for liberals, since liberals do in fact pray for conservatives.

You tell me. Anything wrong with adopting a liberal?

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Is Hillary Jealous of Bill? Or was it sexism?

Jealousy probably is the wrong word to use, but that’s exactly what a lot of media watchers concluded after the Secretary of State got testy in answering a question thought to be about her husband. Bill Clinton, you see, casts a long shadow. His work in freeing those two journalists from North Korea sent speculation abuzz.

What new role might he play in an Obama Administration? Did he freelance? How much did Hillary know about the mission in advance? There were even jokes about his being on the plane with two women.

For a lot of people, this meant the Big Dog was back.

For his wife, it meant having to share the spotlight on a situation that’s normally handled by her office. And remember, this is a woman who came close to being President of the United States, and now handles foreign policy for the most powerful nation in the world. So how is this made manifest?

A university student in Kinshasa, Congo asks her what was translated as “Mr. Clinton” would think about a World Bank concern regarding a Chinese loan offer to the Congolese government. Clinton fired back, “My husband is not Secretary of State. I am”. If you look at the video of her response, her exasperation is clear.

And you know what? She’s got a point.

Reverse the people involved here, and ask yourself if Bill Clinton would have been asked a similar question in an identical situation. Maybe, maybe not, but could Mrs. Clinton have been reacting to what she felt was a sexist inference? To add an ironic twist to the saga, ABC News says the translator got the question wrong, and that the student was actually asking what President Obama, not former President Clinton thought of that loan offer.

So now we’ll go through at least one news cycle with snarky talking heads, male and female, cocking their eyebrows and asking “What’s wrong with Hillary”? And the substantive work she’s been doing since her appointment will mean nothing. Is she getting enough rest? Will Bill be ordered to fade into the shadows? How are they really getting along?

And once again, we’ll see one unintended consequence of cable news without end. I’ve talked about it far too many times on this blog, but only the demands of the 24 hour news machine can take a possibly misunderstood question and run with it like this. And that’s because we as news/political junkies need our fix.

Too bad. But what do you think?

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Two Journalists Get 12 Years- For What?

We may never know what “grave crime” journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee committed that got them sentenced to 12 years in a North Korean gulag.

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We do know they were detained at the border with China back in March, and there are those who think the North Korean government will use the pair as some sort of bargaining chip with the US.

If that’s the case, President Barack Obama will find himself in the same box he does when it comes to the country’s nuclear program. North Korea’s government is secretive, and the motive for its actions aren’t always clear.

In this case, those motives are clear as mud. Lee and Ling are reporters for Al Gore’s Current TV, a network, by the way, worth watching.

al-gore_current-tvThere are conflicting reports about the story they were covering. Suffice to say it may not have been flattering to the North Koreans, but how would they know that in advance? The answer is, it doesn’t matter. This government is low enough to use the lives of two reporters as a means to gain a political end. They certainly won’t be the first, but they ought to be the last.

Is the North looking to avoid sanctions the UN is considering for their nuclear weapons testing? Many in the US diplomatic community think so. Those sanctions are being pushed by the US. Secretary of State Clinton says the two issues are “separate and apart” from each other. Does that mean the US isn’t prepared to offer any concessions to North Korea in order to free Ling and Lee?

There’s talk of a high level diplomatic mission to the North. Two prominent names mentioned are New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former Vice President Al Gore himself. The latter has maintained a low profile so as not to be perceived as politicizing the effort to free the pair. Richardson says there’s much diplomatic groundwork to be laid before any such effort would have a chance of success. Despite such daunting talk, however, there is some hope. Richardson himself helped arrange the release of US prisoners back in the 1990s. And he also points to the fact that neither reporter was charged with espionage as another hopeful sign.

Yet this entire ugly affair points out a critical vulnerability in US foreign policy. How do you deal with nations that are willing to  jeopardize the lives of our citizens by locking them away in prisons where large numbers of people die of malnutrition and neglect? Do you try diplomacy, or do you take a hard line and simply condemn the action while pushing ahead for sanctions?

There is no easy answer, is there? You tell me.

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