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Next he'll edit out references to Mohammed from Ramadan

Yea, right:

President Obama literally edited Christ out of his "holiday greeting" today when he excerpted a sermon given by a military chaplain on Iwo Jima on Easter Sunday 1945.

Below is the relevant paragraph from Obama's holiday greeting today:

The rites of Passover, and the traditions of Easter, have been marked by people in every corner of the planet for thousands of years. They have been marked in times of peace, in times of upheaval, in times of war.

One such war-time service was held on the black sands of Iwo Jima more than sixty years ago. There, in the wake of some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, a chaplain rose to deliver an Easter sermon, consecrating the memory, he said "of American dead - Catholic, Protestant, Jew. Together," he said, "they huddled in foxholes or crouched in the bloody sands...Together they practiced virtue, patriotism, love of country, love of you and of me." The chaplain continued, "The heritage they have left us, the vision of a new world, [was] made possible by the common bond that united them...their only hope that this unity will endure."

Their only hope that this unity will endure.

Now read below the same paragraph again, but this time note the additional bolded language that comes from the original audio of the 1945 sermon and its context, but which President Obama decided not to include:

There, in the wake of some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, a chaplain rose to deliver an Easter sermon, consecrating the memory, he said:

He has risen. With all due reverence, we apply these words to our beloved dead. 

There are too many air call wings encrusted with the stain of their owners' life blood, too many marine trousers upon the graves, too many symbols of American dead - Catholic, Protestant, Jew. Together," he said, "they huddled in foxholes or crouched in the bloody sands under the fury of enemy guns here on Iwo Jima. Together they practiced virtue, patriotism, love of country, love of you and of me. Together they stand before the greatest soldier of them all - Jesus Christ, to receive the token of our triumph.  For Christ has said: "Greater love than this no man hath then that he lay down his life for his friends."

And so our beloved dead have gone from the world of hate to the world of eternal love. 

The chaplain continued, "The heritage they have left us, the vision of a new world, [was] made possible by the common bond that united them in the drudgery of recruit training or here in the chaos of bursting shouts.  Their only hope: that this unity will endure."

And so our dead have risen to glory.

We're all too aware that we live in an ecumenical time where no faith can be placed atop another and so a part of me understands that the President of the United States must take care not to engage in speechifying that might leave that impression.

But it is Easter.  And Easter is a Christian holy day... the holiest of Christian holy days... and so mentioning Christ would seem respectful and appropriate.

Not however by this President.

I'll allow Wordsmith of Flopping Aces to conclude for us:

As a non-Christian, I don't feel excluded, offended, put-off, by religious holidays like this one. In fact, the commercialized aspects of it (Easter Bunny, egg hunts, etc.) like Christmas (Santa Claus, Christmas carols, Christmas trees, gift-giving, etc.), makes it nationally and universally accessible and all-inclusive to anyone who wants to be a part of the festivities. There is no good reason to segregate yourself off from what's been an American tradition.

Vince Haley concludes with this question:

Is this the first American president to dechristianize Easter?

My guess is, "yes".

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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Comments (24)

I think that Obama's editin... (Below threshold)

I think that Obama's editing was probably more antiwar than antiChristian. A statement like "the greatest soldier of them all -- Jesus Christ," and its implication that God would actually sanction a war fought by the US military, would be anathema to many liberal Christians.

I really don't think obama ... (Below threshold)
mag:

I really don't think obama is a christan..and that of course is his right, but I do get the feeling that he is a muslim synpathizer or at least has some affection for the muslim faith due to his heritage on his father's side.

Either way I do not and not have trusted the man, and not because of his faith or lack thereof..because of the man himself.

I dislike the man as much a... (Below threshold)
Corbin Dallas:

I dislike the man as much as anyone, he is truly an abomination.....but when I read this post I thought he made absolutely no reference to Christ.

You state: "President Obama literally edited Christ out of his "holiday greeting" today"

But that's not true....at the very beginning he stated:

""my family will join other Christians all over the world in marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ."

Perhaps I am splitting hairs here.....

But, when we provide partial truths.....we also provide ammunition for the other side to question the credibility of our cause....

If I were president, I woul... (Below threshold)
James H:

If I were president, I would have issued no proclamation at all. President == secular government official. Easter == religious holy time. Passover == religious holy time.

.....besides, believing his... (Below threshold)

.....besides, believing his own hype he wouldn't want to obscure his own messianic stature with the memory of one who came long ago..........

It's a slippery slope, and ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

It's a slippery slope, and I believe in his most practical proposal James is right. Acknowledge religious holidays for some religions and you demonstrate disrespect for all other religions if you don't acknowledge theirs.

I'm glad it's not my problem to deal with and, since I have no aspirations for the presidency, it never will be my problem.

UOG:My nightmare s... (Below threshold)
James H:

UOG:

My nightmare scenario involves a president who issues a proclamation celebrating L. Ron Hubbard's birthday.

I guess Obama won't be send... (Below threshold)

I guess Obama won't be sending me a birthday card either.

I'm with Corbin. I also wil... (Below threshold)
Geoffrey Britain:

I'm with Corbin. I also will take not take a backseat to anyone when it comes to a low opinion of Pres. Obama BUT criticism like this just provides ammunition to liberals.

He mentioned Jesus and the resurrection right up front and in an entirely reverential way. Editing out the words he did, merely updates the sermon for the current day.

We don't have to search or make up opportunities to criticize Obama, when it comes to exposing the dark side of liberalism, he's the gift that keeps giving.

It's counter-productive to engage in distorted criticism that can't withstand honest scrutiny.

This idiot is so one-term.<... (Below threshold)
Michael:

This idiot is so one-term.

Rick,Did we ask th... (Below threshold)
PHDinCT:

Rick,

Did we ask that magic dancing clown, aka "WH Spokesman Robert Gibbs" and his flak minions..."was the president purposely trying to avoid mentioning Jesus Christ?"

I can almost guarantee a VERY long winded reply that basically means "yes."

I really would like to reit... (Below threshold)
Ron:

I really would like to reiterate what Christian is. To be Christian is to be a follower of Christ and that means to do what he said and that means to not be ashamed of Jesus name. O-Blama is avoiding using his name and by his actions is behaving like like he is ashamed of Jesus name. So no he is not following Jesus or he would have had NO problem mentioning his name, even should have in spite of any advice to the contrary.

James - "L. Ron Hubbard's b... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

James - "L. Ron Hubbard's birthday"

I laughed even as I cringed. Good one, James.

"My nightmare scenario i... (Below threshold)
914:

"My nightmare scenario involves a president who issues a proclamation celebrating L. Ron Hubbard's birthday."

My nightmare scenario is this assclown being re-elected.

What James H. said.<p... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

What James H. said.

The brand of "Christianity" practiced by the Obamas for twenty years before winning the White House is not Christ-like. What we get from Zero about America, about Americans, about Christianity and Judaism, is a teleprompter reading that leaves us feeling soiled and empty. These people even turn an Easter egg hunt into a Green-egg-shaped-recycled-paper-hunt. I can't wait for this guy, his hideous wife, and their cronies to go away. Let them eat paper.

He wouldn't edit out Mohame... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

He wouldn't edit out Mohamed (Peas be up on him) because somewhere some cleric will whip up the mob and that would result in violence. With Christians, not a serious risk. The fringe wackos that would/could commit violence in the name of God are already about as stirred up as they can get and I doubt this is enough to act as a tipping point/straw for the rest of us.
If the Piss Christ and other such things didn't result in car tipping and molotovs, this idiocy wouldn't.

OK, really I think this is ... (Below threshold)
klrtz1:

OK, really I think this is no big deal except for confirming what we thought all along about our hypocrite in chief. Therefore I'd rather make a joke out of it:

"Kinda makes you wonder what would happen if somebody 'accidentally' threw some holy water on our President, don't it?"

Obsequious Priest: "And this Mr. President is the holy vessel that holds ...(trips) Oops, I'm so sorry, Sir. Sir!"

Obama: "Look what you've done!! I'm melting, melting. Ohhhhh, what a world, what a world."

I might agree that the link... (Below threshold)
Rick:

I might agree that the linked to writer's opening sentence is awkwardly put together given Obama's initial reference to Christ but the Iwo Jima reference certainly attempts to bring a meaning not found in the original and it's the omission of the the Christ reference that is central to the twisting of the message...

That I believe to be the focus of the piece...

OTOOne Term Obama<... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

OTO

One Term Obama

Somehow I dont believe OTO ... (Below threshold)
914:

Somehow I dont believe OTO is going to be omitting mohammed from anything anytime soon.

The man is not a Chr... (Below threshold)
Free Soul:


The man is not a Christian. He said once that he was an atheist or non-believer until he met Jeremiah Wright.

He's not a Muslim in terms of faith, either.

He's a secular Marxist who has no faith.

He sees all of us of faith, any religion, as fools and stupid.

He does worship at the shrine of personality- his own.

Could somebody here please ... (Below threshold)
James H:

Could somebody here please tell me what would be so bad about a non-Christian president? Or about a non-Christian in general?

Together they stan... (Below threshold)
Tina S:
Together they stand before the greatest soldier of them all - Jesus Christ, to receive the token of our triumph.

I do not think any of you would be OK with the president making the above statement if the name Jesus Christ was replaced with Muhammad or a non-Christian deity.

For Obama to include the phrase, "the greatest soldier of them all - Jesus Christ" would sound a bit like the government endorsing one religion over all others.

Obviously this man is not a... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Obviously this man is not a Christian in any meaningful sense.

But he's also more of a petty, prissy, preening, prancing peacock than a President, so what should we expect when he must be dragged away from his full-length mirrors to inspire us mere citizens?




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