If Obama came out in support of oxygen, a common meme goes, the Republicans would suffocate themselves. Here’s a perfect example. If Obama doesn’t host a National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he’s obviously a atheistmuslimcommieterrorist. But when he issues a proclamation of days of prayer, they question his motivations:
President Barack Obama signed a proclamation released by the White House on Friday that the next three days (Friday through Sunday) will be National Days of Prayer and Remembrance in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. soil. However, calling for three consecutive days of prayer is unusual from a historical and presidential perspective, says a National Day of Prayer Task Force chairman.
“As much as we would like to see the days of prayer take place every day, we believe it is a rare occurrence,” National Day of Prayer Vice Chairman John Bornschein told The Christian Post Friday. “National days of prayer have been once a year and at times have been called upon more than once. However, historical records show that at least in recent times, Gerald Ford and George H. Bush are the only two who officially signed national day of prayer proclamations more than once in a given year…Noting that Obama also called for a national day of prayer after the shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colo., in which 12 people were killed and nearly 60 people injured, Bornschein questions the president’s motive during an election year.
“President Obama called for a national day of prayer after the Auroro, Colo., shooting and that comes back to the point, too, that we haven’t seen this type of behavior from him until an election year. Now, suddenly there are multiple calls to prayer,” Bornschein said.
And then there’s this statement, which would make Bryan Fischer green with envy:
Although not referring specifically to Obama’s proclamation, he adds, “We don’t like to see prayer utilized in any way other than being authentic. If it has a political undertone to it then it simply is convoluting the purpose of calling Americans to prayer.”
The mind boggles. This is why Obama shouldn’t even bother trying to pander to the wingnuts; it just doesn’t matter. They’re going to say whatever they’re going to say no matter what he does.