Faith Flashback: Obama Says Christian Right Drives People Apart
Snagged from Sweetness and Light…
Last June Barack Obama blasted Christian conservatives in a speech at the United Church of Christ’s 50th Anniversary General Synod.
Obama said that faith got hijacked by leaders of the Christian Right:
“Somewhere along the way faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart… Faith got hijacked partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who’ve been all too eager to exploit what divides us. At every opportunity they’ve told Evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their church, while suggesting to the rest of the country that religious Americans care only about issues like abortion and gay marriage, school prayer and Intelligent Design.”
In the same speech Obama described how Dr. Jeremiah Wright planted a seed of faith in him:
“Obama briefly described his journey to faith, which began in a household that was not formally religious, though he called his mother “one of the most spiritual souls I ever knew.” His encounter with believers came as he was working in community organizing in Chicago. In those relationships, he found “that without an anchor for my beliefs, without a commitment to a particular community of faith, at some level I would always remain apart, and alone.” So he visited Trinity Church, where the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright’s sermon “The Audacity of Hope” was the seed that, growing, led him to affirm his Christian faith.”
Obama’s speech prompted the IRS to investigate the UCC.