By Michael Reagan
September 02, 2004
In New York, former President Bill Clinton took time out from the European leg of his book tour to come back to address the congregation at the ultra-liberal Riverside Memorial Church, where he dissected President Bush's faith.
"I believe President Bush is a good Christian," he said. "I believe that his faith in Jesus gave him new purpose and direction to his life but that doesn't mean that he doesn't see through a glass darkly. It doesn't mean that you can have a bunch of people acting on your behalf and pretending that you don't know them. To say that the seven people who were on John Kerry's Swift Boat don't know what they're talking about when they say he deserves the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts."
That is false. President Bush never said that about John Kerry. If anything the president has praised Kerry and the medals he received. On a number of occasions he has said that John Kerry served with honor and praised his service to his country in Vietnam.
But Bill Clinton would have you believe something else. I have a real problem with what he said in, of all places, a church. This is the same Bill Clinton who has never come to terms with the disgusting things he did in the Oval Office, yet has the gall to stand up in a pulpit and question President Bush's character and his Christianity.
It gets worse. While that was going on in New York, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Democrat National Chairman Terry McAuliffe were desecrating the pulpit at Miami's New Birth Baptist Church.
The Rev. Sharpton got the congregation revved up by resurrecting the Democrat's favorite slander that the 2000 election was stolen by the Bush campaign a charge proven false by a long investigation by a consortium of the nation's top newspapers, most of them near-house organs of the Democrat party.
"We're not people who are going to be beat twice," he stormed.
Not to be outdone in politicizing the pulpit, McAuliffe told the worshippers: "Bush has misled us for four years and will not mislead us for the next four years. Get out to vote and we'll send Bush back to Texas."
This is the Democrats' idea of separation of church and state. This is the Democrats' idea of how to worship God on Sunday. Lie your teeth out.
Now this was supposed to be a religious ceremony, not a Democrat Party rally. Here you have Sharpton telling the congregation that there was a crime committed there. That they were not allowed to vote. One has to wonder if these two glorified ward heelers had any idea of how offensive their misuse of a sacred place to peddle their lies must have appeared in the eyes of God?
And their claims were not mere fibs. They were lies, bald-faced lies. And that's how a church in New York and another in Miami observed the Lord's Day not with uplifting sermons, but with sleazy political screeds.
In contrast, at my church on Sunday, we did what worshippers are supposed to do. We prayed. We prayed for the suffering people in the Sudan, for our Christian brothers and sisters being butchered by Muslim fanatics in that stricken country. We prayed that we and the rest of the world will be free from terrorist attacks.
There wasn't a word about politics. And not a single lie was told.
Mike Reagan, the eldest son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network.
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