President Obama made waves when he invited millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the promised land. Conservative commentators, and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, say it is “repugnant” that the president would quote the Bible to support his executive order exempting millions of people from immigration law while defending late-term abortion.
In a televised address unveiling his executive order to exempt family members of U.S. citizens and permanent residents from deportation, the president quoted the Old Testament. “Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger – we were strangers once, too,” he said. “We were strangers once, too.”
On Fox and Friends Friday morning, Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson called Obama's Scripture spouting “repugnant.”
“For this guy specifically – the president who spent his career defending late-term abortion, among other things – lecturing us on Christian faith?” he said. “That's too much. That is too much. This is the Christian Left at work, and it's repugnant.”
He went on to say Obama's use of the Holy Book to promote left-wing policies was “out-of-bounds.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee agreed, likening the president's changing view of Scripture to “the way that his Biblical beliefs led him to oppose same-sex marriage as a candidate for election. Then when he needed big campaign donations from gay liberals for his reelection, the Bible suddenly got rewritten.”
President Obama referred to Scripture to justify his support for redefining marriage, saying his decision to bolster gay “marriage” was based on the Golden Rule.
In reality, the Bible describes homosexuality as an “abomination” (Leviticus 20:13), a sin that disqualifies its practitioner from entering Heaven (I Corinthians 6:9-10), and an unnatural act that signifies God has given a society over to complete depravity (Romans 1:24-32). The Christian church has considered homosexual relations a grave sin from its earliest days.
The Bible's position on immigration policy is less than unambiguous.
The president has been accused of citing the Bible for purely political reasons. Political science professor John Green of the University of Akron recently told USA Today that Obama's “ramping up his ‘God-talk’” is “a strategic emphasis on his part. He didn’t speak this way when he was at 60 percent public approval.”
Speaking about religion has been a dicey proposition for the president. Obama's chief connection to church was his attendance at the church of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, an “Afro-centric” pastor who has shouted “God d—n America” from the pulpit.
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“I always thought that Scripture was eternal and unchanging,” Huckabee said, “but apparently, now that Obama is President, Scripture gets rewritten more often than Bill Cosby's Wikipedia entry.”