Isn’t there something in the Ten Commandments forbidding the bearing of false witness?
I ask that question simply because countless holier-than-thou extremists of the political right have been complaining for the past few days about the alleged failure by President Obama to give thanks to God in his Thanksgiving statements.
For example, the headline on THIS PIECE on the Fox News Web site reads: “Obama’s God-Less Thanksgiving.” And the story begins with this paragraph:
Yet again, President Obama’s Thanksgiving message eschewed any direct reference to thanking God, making this the fourth straight year in which the President of the United States has ignored the central message of the holiday in favor of political grandstanding.
Actually, some wingnuts seem to be a little confused about this matter. Obama made two separate statements about Thanksgiving this week. One was a formal Thanksgiving proclamation, the other a less formal weekly TV address. The former included several mentions of God, the latter only one overt reference. But the gist of the right-wing attacks has been that this pseudo-Christian president all but completely ignored the Man Upstairs in his Thanksgiving utterances.
In Obama’s Thanksiving proclamation (full text HERE), he says this:
This day is a time to take stock of the fortune we have known and the kindnesses we have shared, grateful for the God-given bounty that enriches our lives…
When President George Washington marked our democracy’s first Thanksgiving, he prayed to our Creator for peace, union, and plenty through the trials that would surely come…
Let us spend this day by lifting up those we love, mindful of the grace bestowed upon us by God and by all who have made our lives richer with their presence.
The rest of the proclamation is replete with implied gratitude to God for our “blessings” (as Obama calls them).
The TV address (full text HERE) similarly implies such gratitude to God, mentions our American freedom to worship as we see fit, repeatedly refers to the “blessings” we enjoy and includes this passage:
As Americans, we are a bold, generous, big-hearted people. When our brothers and sisters are in need, we roll up our sleeves and get to work – not for the recognition or the reward, but because it’s the right thing to do. Because there but for the grace of God go I. And because here in America, we rise or fall together, as one nation and one people.
But for the right-wing crazies, it’s just not enough that Obama spoke of “blessings,” and of “God-given bounty,” and of praying to “our Creator,” and of “the grace of God.”
No, no, no! That’s all fakery. The man is a fraud. He’s not really one of us. He’s a foreign-born Muslim.
Wake up, America! The Great Satan is among us!