Bush's Christian presidency; Obama's secular one

Fmr President George W. Bush celebrated his birthday on July 6. What Bush's presidency meant for Christians, especially compared to Obama's. Photo: Associated Press

FORT SMITH, Ark., July 8, 2013 ― Former President George W. Bush, a Methodist, tried hard to keep his presidency in line with America’s traditional Judeo-Christian values.

Bush strongly opposed abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and same-sex marriage, making him a trusted ally of many religious leaders.

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Bush also had a healthy relationship with then-Pope Benedict XVI. He threw a birthday party for the pope in 2008, during the pontiff’s visit to the United States.

In addition, in an interview with Raymond Arroyo, Bush said that he saw God when he looked into the pope’s eyes, in reference to a previous comment about Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Now, let us contrast that with President Barack Obama’s presidency and his public past.

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  • In 2011, Obama failed to give an official statement commemorating Easter.

  • In May 2012, after opposing it in 2008, Obama came out in favor of same-sex marriage. It was speculated that it was a cynical ploy to raise money and secure a strategic voting bloc.

  • In September 2012, delegates at the Democratic National Convention clearly opposed the inclusion of a mention of God and were shown booing it. It was not until after facing public backlash that the party leadership forced the mention’s passage.

  • Louie Giglio, a Christian pastor that was set to give an address at Obama’s second inauguration, was pressured by far-left activists to give up his slot after some of Giglio’s previous critiques of same-sex marriage became public. Obama refused to defend Giglio.

  • Obama has restricted religious freedom. The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) dictates the implementation of the HHS mandate, which forces many religious institutions to pay higher insurance costs so that free birth control and other anti-life products can be offered to their employees. The mandate has met much opposition from Christian groups, especially the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    Many businesses and organizations, including Hobby Lobby, have filed lawsuits in an attempt to protect their conscience rights.

  • Obama’s policies on Syria have been disastrous for Christians in the Middle East. His encouragement of the rebels has caused the killing of priests,the kidnapping of bishopsattacks on religious sites, and the imposition of strict Sharia law in rebel-controlled territories. 

    Plenty have questioned the wisdom of supplying weapons to the rebels, many of whom are known to have links to terrorist cells. Vladimir Putin, an Orthodox Christian and the strongest supporter of the Syrian government, has said: “If the United States … recognizes one of the key Syrian opposition organizations, al-Nusra, as terrorist … how can one deliver arms to those opposition members? … Where will(those weapons)end up? What role will they play?”

Once you understand Obama’s mind-set, his actions are not all that surprising. He follows the Alinsky playbook. Obama is a secularist, through and through.

Even Bill Maher, an atheist, recognizes that Obama is more of a “secular humanist” than a Christian.

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Notice that the popularity of secularism has sharply increased within the Democratic Party. Liberals recognize that the sure-fire way to have their agenda enacted is to eliminate what little influence Christianity still retains in the public square.

Christian leaders long for the days of Bush, a man seen by many of them as one of the most faithful and principled leaders in America’s history.

In fact, they might be ready to elect another Bush, solidifying the family’s political dynasty. Bush’s younger brother, Jeb Bush, is a devout Catholic and a possible 2016 presidential contender.

Whether it be Jeb Bush, or someone else, I just pray that our next president will actively try to govern with Christian principles in mind.

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Matthew Olson

Matthew Olson is a journalist in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His primary interests are theology, Church history, and ecumenism. He enjoys the thrill of politics, and always seeks to enlighten politics with Catholic principles. He writes for The Washington Times, Ignitum Today, and other outlets.


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