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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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Obama Address Congress on Healthcare – Can He Still Win?

President Obama goes for all the marbles next Wednesday when he addresses a joint session of Congress of healthcare reform. At this point, he might as well swing for the fences. Changing the nation’s healthcare system for the better is, like it or not, the defining issue of his presidency. Polls indicate the nation isn’t all that happy with the way he’s handled things thus far, but the game isn’t over yet. I’m using a few sports metaphors on purpose here. That’s because for the president’s opposition, healthcare has become a high stakes game of chicken.

Look for a moment at the duplicity of Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley. For months now, Grassley has been dangling the hope of bipartisan compromise on reform. He is, after all, the ranking Republican member of the Finance Committee, and part of the “Gang of Six” that were in talks to get something done. He’d even been to the White House three times to meet with the president. Then came August, and the rancorous town hall meetings across the country. Grassley’s commitment to bipartisanship seems to have ended right there. Compare for yourself.

Grassley in April: “Health care not only is 16% of the gross national product, but it touches the quality of life of every household as few others do. I’m doing everything I can to make the reform effort in Congress a bipartisan one.”

Grassley in an August fund raising letter: “The simple truth is that I am and always have been opposed to the Obama Administration’s plans to nationalize health care. Period.”

So much for playing nice. And now it looks like Obama has at least in part learned his lesson. Instead of negotiating with Grassley, he’s talking to Maine’s Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe, probably a better choice to begin with. And it looks like he’ll press forward with his vision of healthcare reform not just to members of Congress, but to the American people as well. This makes sense, since recent polls say most folks in fact support a public option as part of reform.

It may not be the single payer, universal plan that I personally favor, but it’s better than the status quo some lawmakers are advocating. And of course, when you look at where some of these people get their campaign contributions from, the real reason for their opposition becomes clear.

What exactly the president will say to Congress is anybody’s guess, since we’re just under a week away from the address. If he asked my opinion (and he hasn’t), I’d say it’s time for one of those inspirational speeches like the ones he gave so well during the campaign. You can win this battle, Mr. President. Just don’t make this speech a mind numbing recitation of statistics and numbers. Bring fire, Barack Obama! The stakes are high.

What do you think. Can President Obama still win the healthcare reform battle?

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