On at least a dozen occasions President Obama has said that he has relied upon his Christian faith and has turned to God for guidance in leading the country. No journalist has directly questioned whether that was a good idea or not. Presidents have been doing that in various ways since Washington. Literally hundreds of examples may be given where a president in the past has asked to country to pray. In fact anytime a President concludes a speech with-“..May God Bless America” he is really offering a short prayer.
Here is just one poignant example from a president who is still a liberal icon and has never been accused of being too ‘religious.’ FDR asked the country to join him in prayer on D-DAY during WWII (See video above):
My fellow Americans, I ask you to join me in prayer. …
And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in prayer:
Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. …
Thy will be done, Almighty God.
This is just one famous example which remains a bone of contention to some today. Some academics and even some Christians who theologically and philosophically oppose all war may question whether we should be asking for God’s help in killing others in battle. Nevertheless it is just one famous example of a president spiritually leading the country in a time of great need.
I bring this up because over the weekend, George Stephanopoulos, host of “This Week”, questioned Gov. Bobby Jindal whether it’s the “job of the president to lead a spiritual revival.” Jindal had attended a Christian prayer rally- “The Response” on Saturday and had called for spiritual revival in America. Gov. Jindal responded to the challenge:
“It is a time-honored tradition, going back to our nation’s founding, for our presidents, for our leaders to turn to god for guidance, for wisdom. George Washington did it, Abraham Lincoln did it, Harry Truman did it,” he said. “So, absolutely I think this idea of praying to God for wisdom and guidance is as old as our country.”
Jindal noted, too, that America is a diverse country with a majority Christian population, but that “we don’t discriminate against anybody” and “we believe in religious liberty.”
Response: It should be noted and understood that George Stephanopoulos is actually a Democratic Party strategist masquerading as a journalist. In the last presidential election cycle Stephanopoulos used his position to initiate the ‘War on Women’ issue that found considerable resonance among young women voters and was in actuality a war against Republican candidates.
I believe that Stephanopoulos may be initiating another key Democratic partisan issue for the 2016 campaign. Watch for ‘journalists’ to start questioning whether Republicans that are ‘too religious’ like Gov. Jindal are fit to lead our increasingly diverse and secular nation. *Top