Okay, so Nancy Pelosi thinks that Christian doctrine should regulate public policy. Big deal. So what else is new? There are all kinds of things that liberals can do/have/say that conservatives can’t. I think it’s even in the Constitution or something.
Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton had free reign to express their faith. But Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, not so much.
Look at it this way. Faith in the hands of conservatives is scary – like a five-year-old with a deer rifle. Liberals know how to use it correctly to agitate their way into more and more power in the name of social justice. What better way to moralize legalized theft than to invoke Jesus’ admonition to feed the poor? Republicans with faith just want to do dangerous things like teach kids the Ten Commandments and fight for freedom and self reliance.
Al Gore once said this about George W. Bush’s brand of faith:
“It’s a particular kind of religiosity,” he said. “It’s the American version of the same fundamentalist impulse that we see in Saudi Arabia, in Kashmir, in religions around the world: Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim. … You don’t hear very much from them about the Sermon on the Mount, you don’t hear very much about the teachings of Jesus on giving to the poor, or the beatitudes. It’s the vengeance, the brimstone.”
That’s why Pelosi can say the following, but Sarah Palin can’t: “Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’ And that’s the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we’re prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up.”
Isn’t that beautiful? Now, on a completely unrelated subject:
But I digress. Here is Pelosi’s full statement:
(CNSNews.com) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she believes she must pursue public policies “in keeping with the values” of Jesus Christ, “The Word made Flesh.”
Pelosi, who is a Catholic and who favors legalized abortion, voted against the ban on partial-birth abortion that was enacted into law in 2003.
At a May 6 Catholic Community Conference on Capitol Hill, the speaker said: “They ask me all the time, ‘What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that? What is your favorite that?’ And one time, ‘What is your favorite word?’ And I said, ‘My favorite word? That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word.”
“And that Word,” Pelosi said, “is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word.
“Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’ And that’s the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we’re prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up.”
John 1:14 states, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw His glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.”
Am I the only one who gets distracted by her bizarre gesticulations? She reminds me of a pelican just released from a barrel of fermented apples, flapping around like the wires got cut from her hands to her brain. Perhaps they aren’t really her own hands, and Barnie Frank is really standing behind her doing that Helping Hands gag from Whose Line is it Anyway.
Speaking of Barney Frank, he has the same effect on me. When he’s on the tube, I never hear a word he’s saying, because I forget about everything but searching for teeth. Pretty soon it’s on slo-mo, then freeze-frame, and I’m kneeling and peering from six inches back. I have never found even one tooth – or heard one word for that matter. The fact that the gentleman from Massachusetts would purposely hiss and spit around an unfettered tongue on national TV trumps anything he might have to say – at least in my easily distracted mind – no matter how instructive and beneficial I’m sure it may be.
Anyway, what was I talking about before? Oh yeah, Nancy Pelosi saying something George Bush would have been hounded to the ends of the earth for. With pit bulls. Don’t despair, all this blatant avarice and hypocrisy has got to get through some thick heads before the next election.
We can only pray.