Is There Anything the Right Can’t Politicize 2: Electric Boogaloo

In his weekly radio address over the weekend, President Obama talked about Easter and Passover, sending greetings to those who celebrate those two holidays. But he was far too ecumenical for hateful Islamophobes like Pam Geller, who accused him of “proselytizing for Islam” by even mentioning them. For the record, here is the transcript of the address:

Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this time of year holds great meaning.

Earlier this week, we hosted a Passover Seder at the White House, and joined Jewish families around the world in their retellings of the story of the Exodus and the victory of faith over oppression.

And this Sunday, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and I will join our fellow Christians around the world in celebrating the Resurrection of Christ, the salvation he offered the world, and the hope that comes with the Easter season.

These holy days have their roots in miracles that took place long ago. And yet, they still inspire us, guide us, and strengthen us today. They remind us of our responsibilities to God and, as God’s children, our responsibilities to one another.

For me, and for countless other Christians, Holy Week and Easter are times for reflection and renewal. We remember the grace of an awesome God, who loves us so deeply that He gave us his only Son, so that we might live through Him. We recall all that Jesus endured for us – the scorn of the crowds, the agony of the cross – all so that we might be forgiven our sins and granted everlasting life. And we recommit ourselves to following His example, to love and serve one another, particularly “the least of these” among us, just as He loves every one of us.

The common thread of humanity that connects us all – not just Christians and Jews, but Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs – is our shared commitment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. To remember, I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper. Whatever your faith, believer or nonbeliever, there’s no better time to rededicate ourselves to that universal mission.

For me, Easter is a story of hope – a belief in a better day to come, just around the bend.

So to all Christians who are celebrating, from my family to yours, Happy Easter. And to every American, have a joyful weekend.

Thanks, God bless you, and may God bless this country we love.

Does that seem like it’s “proselytizing for Islam” to you? It does to Geller.

No, instead he proselytize for Islam. On Easter. It’s sick.

No, I’m afraid you’re the sick one, Pam.

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  • Mr Ed

    is our shared commitment to love our neighbors

    I can see why this would offend Christians. What kind of person would say something like this.

  • richardelguru

    And I thought he was proselytizing for Sikhs!!!

  • Synfandel

    @2 richardelguru: “And I thought he was proselytizing for Sikhs!!!”

    Sikhs, Muslims,…I’m sure it’s all the same brown-skinned religion to Pam Geller.

  • The Gregarious Misanthrope

    She’s the embodiment of Gary Larson’s Farside strip where the dog hears only his name and a lot of blah, blah, blah. Geller hears “blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, Muslims, blah, blah.” She demonstrates that her reasoning and rhetorical skills are on par with her listening skills.

  • Chiroptera

    No, instead he proselytize for Islam. On Easter. It’s sick.

    Just out of curiousity, to evangelical Christians refrain from proselytizing if the day happens to be a holiday in another religion?

  • caseloweraz

    Yabbut, the fact that the president mentions God 5 times in that speech, and Allah not at all, is just a smoke screen. Because if you play the tape backward, you’ll hear the name of Allah — right at the point where these highlighted words occur: We recall all that Jesus endured for us…

    Checkmate, Obama worshipers!


    Actually, of course, what you’d hear is “la la.” Which is very telling.

  • eric

    No, instead he proselytize for Islam. On Easter. It’s sick.

    But Pam, you just mentioned Islam. On Easter. You sick muslim proselytizer!

    [But then so did I Accckkk! Caught in a self-referential loop!!!]

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Whatever your faith, believer or nonbeliever…

    Wouldn’t it be fun to ask Obama to expand on those six words?

  • John Horstman

    *Sigh* Why is our president making religious proclamations of any sort in the first place?

  • Synfandel

    @4 The Gregarious Misanthrope: “She’s the embodiment of Gary Larson’s Farside strip…”

    For reference:

  • Moggie

    Why do you ignore this bit?

    I am my sister’s keeper.

    Look, it couldn’t have been more clear if he’d mentioned the burqa!

  • Henrietta Swan

    I’m sure that Ms. Geller was equally outraged when George Bush, in 2002, said:

    Americans practice different faiths in churches, synagogues, mosques and temples. And many good people practice no faith at all. For those who observe Easter and Passover, faith brings confidence that failure is never final, and suffering is temporary, and the pains of the Earth will be overcome. We can be confident, too, that evil may be present and it may be strong, but it will not prevail.

    I’m sure she was especially critical of President Bush’s outrageous idea that good people can practice no faith at all.

    Or else, perhaps, she’s just another lying hypocrite.

  • blf

    [Do] evangelical Christians refrain from proselytizing if the day happens to be a holiday in another religion?

    Eh? Other religions!!!1!? BURN THE SATANIC HERETIC AT THE STAKE!!!!1!!111!!

    (I mean, “judeochristian” and “abrahamic” are just fancy elitist words for the one and only, true and correct, proper USfoA-founding (specks of spittle obscure the rest of the rant)!)

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