Sen. Barack Obama chastised fellow Democrats on Wednesday for failing to “acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people,” and said the party must compete for the support of evangelicals and other churchgoing Americans.
“Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation. Context matters,” the Illinois Democrat said in remarks to a conference of Call to Renewal, a faith-based movement to overcome poverty.
See, now, this is a Lieberman moment. Because what Obama is doing is using Republican talking points about Democrats and religion to criticize his own party.
Now Obama was talking to an Evangelical audience, so obviously he had to speak of religion. But he could have said something along these lines. . .
More after the jump
“I want to talk today about why I, a man of faith, joined the Democratic party. I read the Bible, and I saw that it said
“before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Then the King will tell those on his right hand,’Come, blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;
for I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink. I was a stranger, and you took me in.
I was naked, and you clothed me. I was sick, and you visited me. I was in prison, and you came to me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, saying,’Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you; or thirsty, and give you a drink?
When did we see you as a stranger, and take you in; or naked, and clothe you?
When did we see you sick, or in prison, and come to you?’
“The King will answer them,’Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
The Democrats are the party of those whom Jesus told us to serve – the poor, the sick, the hungry and the thirsty.
I believe in universal healthcare. I believe in looking after the poor. I believe in helping prisoners rehabilitate. I believe in feeding those who don’t have their daily bread.
Like all political parties there are places where the Democratic party and the bible part. But I know that Jesus wanted us to care for the poor, and the sick and the wretched, and I believe that of the two parties in this country, the Democratic party is the one more committed to doing that.
And that’s why I’m a Democrat. And that’s why I invite those of you who love Jesus, and believe with me that it is our duty to God to care for the poor and the sick and the hungry, to join me as a Democrat, and to do our duty to God and our country.”