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Thursday, May 7, 2009

To Pray As We See Fit

The Fox-generated "controversy" of the day continues to be Barack Obama not playing by the George W. Bush "everybody-look-how-much-I-love-Jesus" playbook.

In another round of nonsensical prattling, the Fox And Friends trio of gleefuly ignorant goons had on Elizabeth Hasselbeck ( who appeared to be sporting a garlic necklace, presumable to ward off those vampires that Obama set lose once he got elected ) to have her speak her piece about the National Day of Prayer.

Did you see that little flash of hypocrisy?

I think that we are looking to him today to lead this country and this has been a huge tradition. It has also been one that has been protected in our country through our constitution. We should be able to gather and pray as we see fit.

Their discussion was set up in order to slander Obama's lack of continuing a "tradition" that was started by George W. Bush. Hasselbeck's statement starts out as a dithering spout of praise for Bush and what he had done and she ends up stating what this is all about - the right to pray as we see fit. Obama doesn't need to set some religious agenda, that's not his job.

More to the point, there were no "East Room" ceremonies involving the National Day of Prayer until Bush started them.

Brian Toon, Vice President of The National Day of Prayer Taskforce, said in an interview with the Baptist Standard stated:

There was no East Room event until George W

Also, the article stated as well that:

Prior to the Bush years, task force leaders held more low-key events, including at Lafayette Park across the street during the Clinton administration.

The "tradition" that Hasselbeck is speaking of is completely confined to George W. Bush's presidency. His father and the consistantly diefied Ronald Reagan only held events once during each of their times in the White House to mark this day. That's 12 years with only 2 formal events. This is something that you'll not hear uttered on Fox"News", unless some guest has the ability or inclination to bring it up.

Considering the people that are the leaders of the taskforce, it makes one wonder what their true motives are. Think Progress goes on to state:

Rev. Susan Thistlethwaite, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, pointed out that the organization is chaired by Shirley Dobson — wife of the ultraconservative Focus on the Family founder James Dobson. Indeed, the fact that conservatives and the Task Force in particular feel the need to lie about the history and traditions surrounding the NDP suggests that they are less concerned with promoting prayer in America than they are with taking every possible opportunity to “slam Obama” for political gain.

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