By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today….
Clearly, “they” is aimed squarely at Obama and Carlos Gonzales (the physician who gave the Native American blessing) and others who gave their speeches a faith-based coloration that didn’t match Graham’s vision. This seems odd, given how many of the speeches were rooted to the Bible. The Los Angeles Times tracked the development of President Obama’s speech, written with deep consultation with pastors including Joshua Dubois on his staff and frequent adviser Rev. Joel Hunter of Northland, an Orlando, Florida, megachurch
By Anthea Butler, Religion Dispatches….
Palin’s typical pattern is that she takes a phrase from somebody (in this case, possibly Glenn Reynolds, writing in the Wall Street Journal), picks it up, and uses it for her own. In today’s debacle, referring to criticism of her “crosshairs” map as a “blood libel,” Palin shows that even if six people are killed, it’s still all about her. The strategic release of this video, before President Obama travels to Arizona today for a memorial service, shows her self-serving political ends. In addition to misuing the term blood libel — which historically refers to the accusation that Jews murder Christian babies — her additional reference to dueling shows that she will not retreat from any violence-laden speech.