The View From 1776

Liberals Sneer at Spiritual Religion and Prayer

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MSNBC’s senior political analyst says that religious Jews and Christians are simple-minded.

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On the most recent edition of the cable TV program “Scarborough Country,” Patrick Buchanan was sitting in for Joe Scarborough.  He asked his guests for their reactions to a question posed by moderator Bob Schieffer in the third campaign debate:

“Mr. President, let’s go to a new question.

You were asked before the invasion—or after the invasion of Iraq if you had checked with your dad. And I believe—I don’t remember the quote exactly, but I believe you said you had checked with a higher authority. I would like to ask you, what part does your faith play on your policy decisions?”

PRESIDENT BUSH: “First, my faith plays a lot—a big part in my life. And that’s—when I was answering that question, what I was really saying to the person was that I pray a lot, and I do. And my faith is a very—it’s very personal. I pray for strength, I pray for wisdom, I pray for our troops in harm’s way, I pray for my family, I pray for my little girls.

“But I’m mindful in a free society that people can worship if they want to, or not.

“You’re equally an American if you choose to worship an Almighty and if you choose not to. If you’re a Christian, Jew or Muslim, you’re equally an American. That’s the great thing about America, is the right to worship the way you see fit.

“Prayer and religion sustain me. I receive calmness in the storms of the presidency. I love the fact that people pray for me and my family all around the country. Somebody asked me one time, “Well, how do you know?” I said, “I just feel it.”

“Religion is an important part. I never want to impose my religion on anybody else. But when I make decisions, I stand on principle, and the principles are derived from who I am. I believe we ought to love our neighbor like we love ourself. That’s manifested in public policy through the Faith-based Initiative, where we’ve unleased the armies of compassion to help heal people who hurt.

“I believe that God wants everybody to be free. That’s what I believe. And that’s one of—part of my foreign policy. In Afghanistan, I believe that the freedom there is a gift from the Almighty. And I can’t tell you how encouraged I am to see freedom on the march. And so my principles that I make decisions on are a part of me and religion is a part of me.”

Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC Senior Political Analyst, ridiculed President Bush’s answer.  Unfortunately, a transcript of the program is not yet available for an exact quote, but O’Donnell’s reply was that only simple-minded people would think that God speaks to them.  Only simple-minded people would think that prayer should have any role in American foreign policy.

This is just another example of the secular and materialistic religious views that characterize liberalism.  For more in this same vein, see Update: Liberals Hate Christianity and Liberals Hate Christianity.

Mr. O’Donnell is ridiculing tougher foes than he knows.  The following is recorded in the website The Mystical George Washington.

“I was riding with Mr. Potts near to the Valley Forge where the army lay during the war of ye Revolution, when Mr. Potts said, ‘Do you see that woods & that plain? There laid the army of Washington. It was a most distressing time of ye war, and all were for giving up the Ship but that great and good man. In that woods (pointing to a close in view) I heard a plaintive sound as of a man at prayer. I tied my horse to a sapling & went quietly into the woods. To my astonishment I saw the great George Washington on his knees alone, with his sword on one side and his cocked hat on the other. He was at Prayer to the God of the Armies, beseeching to interpose with his Divine aid, as it was ye Crisis & the cause of the country, of humanity & of the world. Such a prayer I never heard from the lips of man. I left him alone praying. I went home & told my wife. We never thought a man could be a soldier & a Christian, but if there is one in the world, it is Washington. We thought it was the cause of God & America could prevail.”

Source: Eyewitness testimony of Isaac Potts, a Valley Forge resident who shared the following story with the Rev. Nathaniel Randolph Snowden (1770-1851), who then recorded it in his “Diary and Remembrances.”