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February 28, 2012 | 3,941 views | 16 comments

By Dr. Paul Kengor

In case you didn’t notice.... With George W. Bush out of office and a Democrat in the White House, the secular media stopped its handwringing over the president mentioning God. With Rick Santorum’s surge, the hysteria has started again. Every religious utterance by Santorum will be a cause for apoplexy by the liberal press.

It will be just fine--perfect, actually--for President Obama to effectively claim that Jesus favors a 39.6 percent marginal income tax rate on wealthy Americans (as opposed to 36 percent), or repeatedly sermonize about being his “brother’s keeper.” It won’t be preachy for Nancy Pelosi to urge no domestic drilling as “an act of worship.” But if Rick Santorum’s wife, Karen, dares to consider her husband’s presidential pursuit as “God’s will?”

Well, that’s plainly unacceptable.

Speaking of God’s will, I could offer countless examples of Democrats invoking precisely that. I’ve done articles, chapters, books on the subject. Pick your liberal/progressive: Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore. Democrats have never been shy about claiming God’s work as their own. The difference is that the secular press calls attention to this alleged malfeasance only when committed by conservatives.

To briefly illustrate the case, here are some examples from Bill Clinton:

“By the grace of God and your help, last year I was elected president,” said Bill Clinton, speaking at the Church of God in Christ in Memphis, November 1993. Or take this one: “Our ministry is to do the work of God here on Earth,” said Clinton to a church in Temple Hills, Maryland, August 1994.

Mind you, Clinton said this not merely while speaking in churches but actively campaigning in churches--another tactic the press only permits of Democrats.

In fact, Bill Clinton’s wife, as the senatorial candidate for New York in 2000, likewise campaigned in churches, as did Clinton’s vice president, Al Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee. On election eve in November 2000, Mrs. Clinton campaigned in seven churches in seven hours.

Bill Clinton, sitting president, happily helped Hillary and Al Gore and other Democrats that year, barnstorming churches like a country preacher. On October 31, 2000, Clinton hit the Kelly Temple Church of God in Christ in Harlem. Joined by a contingent of fellow Democrat politicians, Clinton reminded congregants why they were there:

Now, we all know why we’re here.... But I want to talk to you about the people that aren’t in this church tonight ... but they could vote. And they need to vote, and they need to know why they’re voting. And that’s really why you’re here, because of all the people who aren’t here. Isn’t that right? ...

So what you have to think about tonight is, what is it you intend to do between now and Tuesday, and on Tuesday, to get as many people there as possible and to make sure when they get to the polls, they know why they’re there, what the stakes are, and what the consequences are.... If you’ve got any friends across the river in New Jersey or anyplace else, I want you to reach them between now and Tuesday, because this is a razor-thin election.
Speaking to the Alfred Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, Bill Clinton employed Scripture as justification to head to the polls: “The Scripture says, ‘While we have time, let us do good unto all men.’ And a week from Tuesday, it will be time for us to vote.”

Clinton was joined at the Alexandria church by a prominent collection of Democrats. That talk came on October 29, 2000, at 12:40 p.m. Three hours earlier, at 9:40 a.m., he squeezed in another campaign talk to the congregation of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. There, Clinton pitched various federal legislation and blasted Republican-proposed tax cuts before urging worshipers to go vote.

When Scripture was mentioned at these churches, it was for political purposes. It was a total infusion of church and state. And why not? shrugged Clinton. As he told a congregation in Newark, he and fellow Democrats were doing the Lord’s work: “God’s work must be our own.”

Overall, Bill Clinton spoke in churches 21 times as president, over half of which came in election years. For the record, his wife did 27 churches in just two months in 2000.

The hypocrisy of the press on this issue is staggering. All a Republican needs to do is mention God and secular liberals go wild. Meanwhile, liberal Democrats can say anything they want about God--even while blatantly campaigning in churches--and their media allies will not utter a peep of protest.

“God’s will?” To the press, that’s the domain of Democrats alone.

-- Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values.
 
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4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
March 7, 2012 12:42pm
 
 
Mount Broken Arrow (the volcano) in Ok was about to blow, so the medicine man sent his helper out to find a an honest man to sacrifice to appease the Gods. The helper was ... Read More Read More
 
 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
March 7, 2012 9:35am
 
 
"undergraduates at OU get their degrees as soon as they can spell the abbreviation for University of Oklahoma. "

Yeah well... UT students get their degrees ... Read More Read More
 
 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
March 7, 2012 8:40am
 
 
"Be Careful"...Now, you know that 'puzzled' has no idea what you are talking about...but well said!
 
 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
March 7, 2012 8:39am
 
 
"Prairie Grouch"...I read the other day that undergraduates at OU get their degrees as soon as they can spell the abbreviation for University of Oklahoma. And, ... Read More Read More
 
 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
March 7, 2012 8:35am
 
 
"Prairie Grouch"...that's not exactly the way that I heard that tale. I heard that a bunch of Okies left Ok and Moved to Texas which raised the IQ in OK but ... Read More Read More
 
 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
March 7, 2012 6:49am
 
 
If you guys are going to discuss religion, please
pay attention to the important parts such as Big 12
football.....Boomer Sooners....For 4th Generation
Texas......Did ... Read More Read More
 
 
Be Careful  
Floresville, TX  
March 6, 2012 11:05pm
 
 
Puzzled - I know why you are puzzled. You seem to make statements that are puzzling. First, there is no proof that Jefferson was not a Christian. Yet, you state Santorum ... Read More Read More
 
 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
March 6, 2012 8:53am
 
 
"puzzled'...if there were not a duffus or two (you) on line making uninformed comments, then Rock 'n would not be able to have nearly as much fun...kinda of like ... Read More Read More
 
 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
March 6, 2012 7:30am
 
 
"...you can spend 15 hours each day posting your idiotic ramblings ..."

Ah, the benefits of early retirement.....

I only wish there were more ungrateful ... Read More Read More
 
 
Puzzled  
Wilson Co.  
March 6, 2012 6:45am
 
 
4th Gen and Rockn: Do you two have jobs? Or do you two just live on welfare so you can spend 15 hours each day posting your idiotic ramblings on everything printed in the ... Read More Read More
 

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