'We are God's partners in matters of life and death'
A reader points out that President Obama's call with the rabbis today — as recorded in Rabbi Jack Moline's and other clerics' Twitter feeds — freights health care reform with a great deal of religious meaning, and veers into the blend of policy and faith that outraged liberals in the last administration.
"We are God's partners in matters of life and death," Obama said, according to Moline (paging Sarah Palin...), quoting from the Rosh Hashanah prayer that says that in the holiday period, it is decided "who shall live and who shall die."
The president ended the call by wishing the rabbis "shanah tovah," or happy new year — in reference to the High Holidays (that should be spelled "Holy Days"! jill) a month from now.
I'm enjoying the comments made in response to outrageous statement that "we are God's partners in matters of Life and Death" made by the man who has declared "We are not a Christian nation" and who would not attend National Day of Prayer as he felt is interfered with separation of Church and State
My favorite comments so far:
"Like hell we are!" signed "God".
"Ooooo...somebody's going to hell!"
"Problem is, Mr. Obama thinks he is the senior partner."
"Newsflash: God doesn't need a partner....but thanks for exalting yourself, Obama!"
"Now that is compromise we can believe in.. Obama is actually willing to share the spotlight with GOD!?!?!?"
"We aren't God's partners you arrogant twit. We are dust specks. You are a narcissistic dust speck."
"Sorry Barack, this is a family-owned business." - God
"I believe, Mr. President, with all due respect, sir, that God's partners in life and death are the God, the Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. He doesn't have any vacancies right now due to the recession!!!!!"
"The more our President speaks, the more wary I become. Last time I checked, God wasn't looking for volunteers to help Him make decisions."
"He has that president thingy down. Promotion time!"
"If an ordinary citizen went about seriously proclaiming himself to be God’s partner, we would consider having him committed to a mental institution for observation."
"Partners???? I thought God worked for him. Did God get a promotion?"
"Oh man. I wouldn't want to stand near him in a thunder storm."
"Don't assume the god he speaks of partnering with is the one of the Bible. There are many gods, but one I AM."
Let's see... When asked by Rick Warren when life begins, Obama said that he could not answer that because it was "above his pay grade". Now he claims "We are God's partners in matters of life and death." Next thing you know he will dissolve the partnership and say that matters of life and death are none of God's business!
"Just so you know, the act of "attributing partners to God", is one of the most serious sins in Islam. This quote will be shouted from the minbar all across the Muslim world tomorrow at Friday prayers. "
"This is waaaayyyy above Mr. Obama's pay grade. "
Step down, Barry...step down NOW!