President Obama Deliberately Edits Jesus Out Of Easter Message

This is really something: editing Jesus out of Easter.

It’s almost as though Obama is wearing his “WWJD” bracelet.  Only his means, “What would Jeremiah Do?

Obama Removes Jesus from Easter Message
Vince Haley

President Obama literally edited Christ out of his “holiday greeting” today when he excerpted a sermon given by a military chaplain on Iwo Jima on Easter Sunday 1945.

Below is the relevant paragraph from Obama’s holiday greeting today:

The rites of Passover, and the traditions of Easter, have been marked by people in every corner of the planet for thousands of years. They have been marked in times of peace, in times of upheaval, in times of war.

One such war-time service was held on the black sands of Iwo Jima more than sixty years ago. There, in the wake of some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, a chaplain rose to deliver an Easter sermon, consecrating the memory, he said “of American dead – Catholic, Protestant, Jew. Together,” he said, “they huddled in foxholes or crouched in the bloody sands…Together they practiced virtue, patriotism, love of country, love of you and of me.” The chaplain continued, “The heritage they have left us, the vision of a new world, [was] made possible by the common bond that united them…their only hope that this unity will endure.”

Their only hope that this unity will endure.

Now read below the same paragraph again, but this time note the additional bolded language that comes from the original audio of the 1945 sermon and its context, but which President Obama decided not to include:

There, in the wake of some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, a chaplain rose to deliver an Easter sermon, consecrating the memory, he said:

He has risen. With all due reverence, we apply these words to our beloved dead.

There are too many air call wings encrusted with the stain of their owners’ life blood, too many marine trousers upon the graves, too many symbolsof American dead – Catholic, Protestant, Jew. Together,” he said, “they huddled in foxholes or crouched in the bloody sands under the fury of enemy guns here on Iwo Jima. Together they practiced virtue, patriotism, love of country, love of you and of me. Together they stand before the greatest soldier of them all – Jesus Christ, to receive the token of our triumph.  For Christ has said: “Greater love than this no man hath then that he lay down his life for his friends.”

And so our beloved dead have gone from the world of hate to the world of eternal love.

The chaplain continued, “The heritage they have left us, the vision of a new world, [was] made possible by the common bond that united them in the drudgery of recruit training or here in the chaos of bursting shouts. Their only hope: that this unity will endure.”

And so our dead have risen to glory.

The American President is president of all the people, believers and non-believers alike.  So when presidential messages are delivered to mark the special observances of major religious groups, it is understandable that a president will strive to provide some measure of explanation of how a particular religious observance honors values that all Americans can share.

But there are limits. A president cannot possibly hope to be a grand synthesizer of all religious traditions in the United States. Despite his skills, it is above President Obama’s pay grade to construct some kind of civic religion that stands above traditional religions and which should guide Americans going forward.

Instead of providing separate messages to Jews and Christians on the observance of Passover and Easter, President Obama said in this holiday greeting that “while we worship in different ways, we also remember the shared spirit of humanity that inhabits us all – Jews and Christians, Muslims and Hindus, believers and nonbelievers alike.”

Obama then went on to say that “on this Easter weekend, let us hold fast to those aspirations we hold in common as brothers and sisters, as members of the same family – the family of man.”

The problem is that when you start to water down what people actually believe in an attempt to construct a religion of the “family of man”, you start to misrepresent fundamentally the nature of the hope that is at the center of lives of believers.

In the case of Christians, Christ is our hope.  Our hope is in the risen Christ, which we celebrate on Easter Sunday.

But if a president wants to water down religious beliefs in an attempt to find a synthesized religion of the ‘family of man’, you end up removing Christ from Easter, which is, strangely, exactly what President Obama did today in his Easter message.

Is this the first American president to dechristianize Easter?

The answer to that final question is almost certainly, “Yes.”

Christians seek to find Christian meaning in everything.  A gifted pastor can literally see something that illustrates the Christian life from just about anywhere or anything.

Obama would seem to be the reverse-Christian who reverse engineers Jesus out of specifically Christian messages.

If I want to hear a Jesus-denuded Easter message, I’ll turn to my Karl Marx Devotional Manuel, thank you.  I managed to misplace my ACLU Book of Easter Homilies.

Sorry, but on Easter of ALL days, I don’t celebrate my belonging to “the family of man”; rather, I celebrate that Christ rising from the dead allows me to belong to the family of God.

Family of God
Words and Music by William J. Gaither

Chorus
I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God

You will notice we say “brother and sister” ’round here,
It’s because we’re a family and these are so near;
When one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear.

Chorus
I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God

From the door of an orphanage to the house of the King,
No longer an outcast, a new song I sing;
From rags unto riches, from the weak to the strong,
I’m not worthy to be here, but PRAISE GOD! I belong!

Chorus
I’m so glad I’m a part of the Family of God,
I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood!
Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod,
For I’m part of the family,
The Family of God

It frankly surprises me that Barack Obama still surprises me.

What would REALLY surprise me is if he finally surprised me in a good way.

If Obama wanted a Jesus-denuded Easter message (as bizarre and warped as that idea even IS), then he should have at least had the integrity to FIND a Jesus-denuded Easter message.

Hey, kids.  Here’s a game you can play at home: start downloading Obama speeches, and then edit out the parts you don’t like so you can twist it to say the exact opposite message that Obama intended.

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6 Responses to “President Obama Deliberately Edits Jesus Out Of Easter Message”

  1. morsec0de Says:

    “Sorry, but on Easter of ALL days, I don’t celebrate my belonging to “the family of man”; rather, I celebrate that Christ rising from the dead allows me to belong to the family of God”

    Which just goes to show that President Obama is a more inclusive and kinder person than you are.

  2. HL Says:

    I too am surprised that I still feel surprised at the sheer gall of this man. He is attempting to dismantle and destroy things I cherish, To remove our Lord Jesus Christ from his Easter message is intolerable.

    Why can’t he just go screw over some other country????

    I said this the day after he was elected and he has proven me right. This man is not my president, he treats me as an enemy. Well, the feeling is mutual.
    He is a despicable person.

  3. Michael Eden Says:

    I’ll take your attack as a compliment, seeing as how it is coming from a religious bigot. You just took the teachings of Jesus and threw them in the trash.

    You don’t seem to bother with basic fundamental honesty, such as representing one’s words fairly or honestly, given the fact that you believe that Obama is a “more inclusive and kinder person” for butchering the Iwo Jima chaplain’s clear intent.

    As a former professor, I happen to know that Obama obviously, deliberately, and disingenuously changed the meaning of quoted material. That’s a big no-no in terms of academic integrity. Or any OTHER kind of integrity.

    If you think dishonesty makes someone more inclusive and kind, what does that say about your character???

  4. morsec0de Says:

    “I’ll take your attack as a compliment,”

    A comment is an attack? No wonder Christians always claim to be persecuted.

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    Being politically correct is not just an attempt to make people feel better. It’s a large, coordinated effort to change Western culture as we know it by redefining it. Early Marxists designed their game plan long ago and continue to execute it today — and liberals and progressives have been using the same tactic: to control the argument by controlling the “acceptable” language. Those with radical agendas understand the game plan and are taking advantage of an oversensitive and frankly overly gullible public.

    Now, merely being a conservative, or a Christian, has been perverted (or “redefined”) into being a racist who incites violence.

    I remember a few years ago when Democrats fallaciously attributed Jefferson with their mantra: “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” The same liberals who praised themselves for their “dissent” are not demonizing conservatives and tea party people in a frankly Stalinist manner.

    Liberals play politics as a constantly shifting game. The ONLY rule is that Republicans must always be made to lose, no matter how much hypocrisy it takes.

    When I saw those Jeremiah Wright tapes, and found out that Obama had been going to that racist, Marxist, unAmerican church for over 20 years, I realized that he was an evil man, and would make an evil president.

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    Which just goes to show that President Obama is a more inclusive and kinder person than you are.

    You are welcome to explain to me how you are not attacking me when you make such “comments.” Was I supposed to take that as a compliment? If I go after gay people, or atheists, or anyone else with negative and derisive words, is that just a “comment” on your view? Would other liberals agree with that view???

    You don’t know me. You don’t know how kind I am, or how inclusive I am. You don’t know how much I’ve donated to charity, or how much I’ve worked with less fortunate people. And frankly I’m guessing you aren’t a personal friend of Obama’s, either. Which makes your comparison both meaningless and malicious.

    You came by with a drive-by attack, and you don’t even have the character to admit it.

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