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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Hillary Clinton’s deep faith

The Patriot Post

Democrats are desperate to reach out to a new constituency: Evangelical Christians. To wit, their accomplices at The New York Times recently ran a profile piece titled, “Faith Intertwines With Political Life for [Hillary] Clinton.” Obvious from the start is the implication that faith mixed with politics is fine... as long as it’s a certain kind of politics. The problem for Clinton, according to John Green of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, is that she “has a long history of involvement in religious matters and appears to be a person of deep and sincere faith, but a lot of people don’t perceive her that way.” Cue the makeover.

It is encouraging that she (says she) believes in the resurrection of Jesus, a key tenet of Christianity, but is, as The Times put it, “less sure of the doctrine that being a Christian is the only way to salvation.” (Memo to Hillary: Jesus is very clear about this: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” —John 14:6) Perhaps Hillary does have real faith. Perhaps she is simply growing more comfortable with sharing it, now that she is running for president. Color us skeptical—this religious renovation by the Clinton campaign smells of New Age social activism, not genuine Christian faith.


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