Today, First lady Michelle Obama – whose husband defends higher taxes, gay marriage and universal healthcare on Biblical grounds – spoke to members of the African Methodist Episcopal Church at a conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The following is just a part of what she said:
Our faith journey isn’t just about showing up on Sunday for a good sermon and good music and a good meal. It’s about what we do Monday through Saturday as well, especially in those quiet moments, when the spotlight’s not on us, and we’re making those daily choices about how to live our lives.
We see that in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t limit his ministry to the four walls of the church. He was out there fighting injustice and speaking truth to power every single day. He was out there spreading a message of grace and redemption to the least, the last, and the lost. And our charge is to find Him everywhere, every day by how we live our lives.
Obama added that “anyone who says that church is no place to talk about these issues, you tell them there is no place better. Because ultimately, these are not just political issues — they are moral issues.”
Ed Morrissey over at HotAir noticed right away that this is the exact same argument the Catholic Church is making when it comes to the HHS mandate.
In fact, the first lady’s statement not only runs counter to Princeton Professor Peter Singer’s absurd claim that “Catholicism does not oblige its adherents to run hospitals and universities,” it undercuts the president’s argument that “freedom of religion” is the equivalent of “freedom of worship.”
I’ve been arguing for a while now that progressives are just a guilty as conservatives for reading their faith into public policy, even though Democrats constantly rail against Republicans who reference their religion in the public square. I hope the lack of criticism from the left as well as the media helps people see how empty and hypocritical those claims actually are.
I mean, can you imagine how the media would have reacted had Mrs. Obama been a conservative Christian?
Stephen Kokx is an adjunct professor of political science and featured columnist at RenewAmerica.com. Follow him on twitter @StephenKokx