View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

An Obama song: No disrespect intended

With a nod to Orthometer



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am done with your site. What was once an entertaining escape has turned into an Obama-haters unite convention. You should show Obama as much charity as you try to show Bishop Clark, if not more. Clark is a middle management (bishop versus a Pope) while Obama is the supreme leader. He deserves that much more respect, yet you don't give it to him.

You should pray for Obama if you agree or disagree, not rail on him. You're one who loves to quote scripture, why don't you look at yourself in the mirror after reading this passage:

"Be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to rouse your temper; God’s righteousness is never served by man’s anger. Nobody must imagine that he is religious while he still goes on deceiving himself and not keeping control over his tongue; anyone who does this has the wrong idea of religion." (James 1:19-20, 26)

Better yet, check out your tongue in the mirror and realize what hate is coming forth from it. This is not what God wants.

10:17 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

From July 24 -

Obama "Apologizes"

I'm pretty critical of President Obama, especially when it comes to his abortion policies, but today he did something honorable.

Earlier in the week he stepped into a situation involving the arrest of a friend. Obama bad-mouthed the police department, and implied racism was involved.

Today, he apologized (sort of).

The President made a surprise appearance at the daily White House briefing and said that he “could have calibrated” his words more carefully. And he described the incident as "a teachable moment."

Obama had earlier called the police officer and spoken with him for five minutes.

According to a New York Times report, "Mr. Obama did not use the word “apology,” but aides said that was the sentiment conveyed during his phone call with Sergeant Crowley."

Good for him.

10:22 AM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Sorry you feel that way anonymous. You are always welcome to stop back.

A couple of comments.

You say I am quick to quote Scripture. I don't think I quote it enough. I looked back at the 70 posts I've made in July, for example, and only one cites Scripture. That hardly seems quick or excessive to me.

I like the passage from James, but I am not mad at President Obama. Disappointed at some of his actions, certainly, but not mad at him. I criticize actions, not the person. Obama may be a good person at heart, but he believes and does some things that are clearly wrong.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Ben Anderson said...

that is too funny!

3:00 PM  
Anonymous John Keenan said...

As the fellow who wrote this Obama song (a Catholic home school family project, incidentally), I have to say that your first, anonymous comment is a great example of the mindset I’m lampooning. The primary target isn't Obama so much as the Cult of Obama -- people who speak of him with reverence and view any criticism or satire as a form of "hate speech" or "anger." The people who proclaim this most vociferously are, by and large, the same people who called Bush a war criminal and an idiot. As Harry Truman said, if you don't like the heat, get out of the kitchen.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Lee Strong said...

Thank you for stopping by, John. I feel honored.

As a fellow musician (and songwriter), I loved the song, by the way.

6:57 PM  

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