Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Obama Evoking Jesus More Than Bush

Politico has noticed something:

"I don't recall a single example of Bush as president ever saying, ‘Jesus' or ‘Christ,'" said Tony Perkins, president of the conservative Christian group Family Research Council. "This is different."

To Perkins, Obama's overtly Christian rhetoric is a welcome development from an administration that he largely disagrees with on the issues, though Perkins sees a political motive behind it, as well.

"I applaud that. It gives people a sense of comfort," Perkins said. "But I think it's a veneer, a facade that covers over a lot of policies that are anti-Christian." That includes, in his view, Obama's stance in favor of abortion rights.

The Rev. Barry Lynn, the executive director of the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State, doesn't like the trend with Obama: "I don't need to hear politicians tell me how religious they are," Lynn said. "Obama in a very overt way does what Bush tended to do in a more covert way."

While I'm not one of those people who thinks Obama is a secret atheist (or of another religion), I think he's probably not extraordinarily religious either. I think the reason he does this is because he wants to bring evangelicals into his coalition. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Honestly, you should be bringing people into supporting you by convincing them your goals are good, not by name-dropping religious icons.