On Easter Sunday, Barack Obama continued perhaps his least recognized redistribution policy: the redistribution of respect. Not content to betray Armenian Christians, he insulted all their brethren in the faith. On Holy Saturday, Obama issued a statement on the Armenian genocide that studiously refused to admit the Muslim murder of 1.5 million Christians rose to the level of “genocide.” However insufficient the proclamation was, it was better than other American members of the Body of Christ got. Barack Obama issued no statement for the celebration of Easter, the holiest Christian holiday, whatsoever.
Obama has made no similar slight against Islamic, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, or Jainist holy days. He has not overlooked Nowruz, the Persian New Year reflective of Zoroastrianism. But the Founding Founders’ faith and majority religion of most citizens of the United States no longer merits written recognition from the president.
Obama seems to have singled out Islam for special recognition and approbation. Last August, he hosted an Iftar dinner, where he declared his support for the Ground Zero Mosque. He released statements on Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.
A presidential statement commemorated Passover, which falls near the date of Easter each year. Indeed, the president’s staff posted Passover recipes on the White House website. (Obama has held a Passover Seder since at least his days on the campaign trail in 2008.)
Indeed, those celebrating the holiday need not be American to receive the president’s undivided attention. He has spoken “directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” on Nowruz, the Persian New Year. His 2009 message was particularly subservient, telling Iran’s leaders, “We know that you are a great civilization, and your accomplishments have earned the respect of the United States and the world.” This year, he posted a slightly tougher (sub)missive on the White House website in both Arabic and Persian. (He has ended each message with the greeting, “Eid-eh Shoma Mobarak!”)
The president has no trouble taking pen in hand to recognize even the most exotic festival of non-Christian faiths. But the holiest holiday of the Christian religion got passed over.
True, Obama sponsored the annual Easter Egg Roll. And he hosted an Easter breakfast, where he offered, “There’s something about the resurrection, something about the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ that puts everything else into perspective.” (To be fair, his speech had four good sentences, one of which Obama mangled. To be more fair, it could hardly have gotten worse than the line I quoted, which sounds like a riff on The Beatles.)
He sort of mentioned the holiday in his weekly radio address, in which Obama said, “We all know how important” it is to spend “time with people we love” over holidays like Passover and Easter. He then demonized oil companies and Republican budget-cutters.
Despite the lack of a written statement of any sort, some on the Left insist this is no oversight whatever. Little Green Footballs typified the disingenuous Left’s response, labeling it the “Wingnut Fail of the Day.” LGF’s Charles Johnson insisted no other president ever issued an Easter proclamation — because the presidents did not use the term “proclamation.” That hardly detracts from the fact that, for all his limitations as president, George W. Bush wrote annual Easter messages that reflected his sincere belief in the Life, Death, and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Silence may be better than another Obama attempt to banalize the Christian kalendar‘s Holy of Holies. Last year, he issued a message that said, in essence, there is nothing special about Christianity. “All of us are striving to make a way in this world; to build a purposeful and fulfilling life in the fleeting time we have here. A dignified life. A healthy life. A life, true to its potential. And a life that serves other.” And these principles lie “at the heart of Judaism, at the heart of Christianity, at the heart of all the world’s great religions.” Oh, and Jesus, the God-made-Man, suffered a torturous death before rising again from the dead. Yawn.
Nonetheless, this year Obama skipped writing altogether.
Barack Obama, who regularly noises that he is the president of all the American people, has celebrated more holidays than the temple priests of the Pantheon. Every other religious group receives a message celebrating the spiritual beauty of its heritage. Christians alone are told there is no room in the multicultural inn. Even when the president writes of their faith, he presents it (and it alone) as part of a mosaic alongside other religions, degrading Christianity as merely a familial or ethical/psychological concept perfectly interchangeable with Salafism or Shintoism.
Obama’s faith rests in redistribution — in this case, the redistribution of cultural capital. He sees the United States as an exploitative state, capitalism as the engine of dispossession, and traditional Christians as the spiritual descendants of the slave masters whose faith kept minorities down. He sees himself as the avenging angel who will redistribute the nation’s goods through executive action. His czars have made clear they believe they are “in a position where you have to say who is going to step down so someone else can have power.” That means taxpayers subsidize non-taxpayers; the middle class pays stealth reparations to victims of mythical discrimination, and a Christian nation pays homage to Mohammedans and adherents of every other faith tangentially related to, underrepresented within, or overtly hostile to the United States. Christianity itself must “step down” so others can have the spotlight.
Call it the redistribution of respect, where the government chooses which religion will hold sway in the public sphere in the manner of the empires of old. Obama is “nudging” Jesus Christ and His followers out of the way while ceremonially saying his America is made up of every religious group except the faith of Pilgrim Rock, William Penn, and the McGuffey Reader. His America is a homeland for people from the far-flung corners of the world, people who consider the Muslim call to prayer “one of the prettiest sounds on earth.” People like him. Obama’s politics of envy and resentment rage against the fundamental fabric of this nation. Christianity, so long its cornerstone, is now sharing his disregard.