The news from Egypt overshadowed everything else today, but…
President Obama spoke yet again at the infamous National Prayer Breakfast, the only public event organized by the organization known as “the Family,” a group that seeks to co-opt the American political system and transform it into a paternalistic theocracy by embracing power for the sake of power. You’d think the president would shy away from a group with ties to numerous corrupt and violent Third World dictators, and which has had a hand in encouraging homophobia in Uganda (an effort which culminated in the shameful and shocking anti-gay legislation in that country, which includes punishments up to and including death).
And thanks to the environment encouraged by the likes of the Family and the “Reverend” Rick Warren, Ugandan gay rights advocate David Kato was recently beaten to death. Â But did the president lecture his audience about tolerance for gay rights? Â You wish.
I’m confirmed more and more in my opinion of Barack Obama: that he is both as religious as he says he is, and that he is interested mostly in political success rather than ideological change. The National Prayer Breakfast is another opportunity to spout the usual pabulum about God and prayer and faith. And don’t overlook the little paternalistic jibe he got in at the expense of elder daughter Malia: “Lord, give me patience as I watch Malia go to her first dance, where there will be boys. Lord, let her skirt get longer as she travels to that place.” Â How embarrassing.