Interesting. Ironic. Bizarre.
That’s how I would describe the following story by the LA Times. Its about Bishop Charles Blake who comes out carrying the torch for Obama’s controversial health care plan.
Legislation proposed by House Democrats would require public healthcare money to be segregated into separate accounts so that only private funds could be used for abortions. Conservatives call that an “accounting scheme.”
The black leaders are expected to use careful language — echoing Obama’s abortion funding pledge while cautioning the White House against breaking its promise.
“In accord with our commitment to Christian teaching, we wholeheartedly affirm the president’s position that medical costs related to the abortion of fetuses shall not be covered by healthcare plans funded by this initiative,” Blake will say today, according to an advance copy of his remarks.
A leading abortion opponent who has fought against Obama’s healthcare plan suggested Wednesday that the black ministers might not wind up in the White House’s camp. Douglas Johnson, legislative director for National Right to Life, said the clergy instead should be pressing for legislative amendments that ensure no government money goes toward abortions.
“From what the pastors are saying, it sounds like what they want to do is what we want to do — which is to ensure that these new plans not cover elective abortions,” Johnson said.
The predominantly African American Church of God in Christ is one of the world’s largest Pentecostal denominations, with an estimated 6 million members. Its leadership, including Blake, has been heavily courted over the years by Republicans including former President George W. Bush, who viewed them as potential conservative allies because of their views on abortion, same-sex marriage and embryonic stem cell research.
Full text of Bishop Blake’s media statement.
“Abortion of fetuses”? That sounds bizarre in a technical way coming from a holiness church leader who is “antiabortion”. The word “fetus” is almost always used by abortion rights advocates who reject the personhood of a child in the womb.
Its also ironic that Blake would seek out media attention for this but play the silent game with clergy sexual abuse in his own denomination as well as not saying a single word against Obama when he pushes his homosexual rights agenda.
Blake also reduces the number from the standard unsubstantiated 47 million without health care to an unsubstantiated 30 million. I wonder what type of scientific criteria are they using to come up with these numbers? Or is this just official guesstimating?
Bishop Blake’s decision to be a front man for Obamacare may not necessarily be because he is concerned about the plight of poor people with no health care. Charisma reported late last month that Obama recruited church leaders to carry the ball for him to the star struck church folk. That may have been the fodder Blake needed to launch his pitch to the black church.
President Obama on Wednesday accused opponents of his controversial health reform plan of “bearing false witness” during a conference call with faith leaders who represent what is being called the “religious left.”
During the 10-minute call, organized by the left-leaning Faith in Public Life as part of a 40-day campaign to promote health care reform, Obama criticized opponents for propagating “ludicrous ideas” about the plan, including claims that the bill calls for death panels for the elderly, seeks to insure illegal aliens and would fund abortion.
As part of his offensive Obama broke out his shallow religious rhetoric encased in his own political interpretations. He accused his detractors of “bearing false witness”. Once again, the fake saviour is using the bible to ensnare foolish church people who worship his status.
“These are all fabrications that have been put out there in order to discourage people from meeting what I consider to be a core ethical and moral obligation—and that is that we look out for one another. I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper. “In the wealthiest nation on earth right now, we are neglecting to live up to that call.”, Obama told the religious left members on the call.
See more of the fake savior’s use of the bible to support his agenda.