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When the Left Talks Religious

According to this report, “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she believes she must pursue public policies ‘in keeping with the values’ of Jesus Christ, ‘The Word made Flesh.’” Whoa, baby. We can’t say that – no one right of center can say that; but they can. A curious fact about a strange place, America.

I was reminded of something that Jen Rubin, the champion blogger of Commentary’s Contentions, said some time ago (here). She quoted Sen. Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.) on the origins of his name: “It comes from the word shomer, which means guardian. My ancestors were guardians of the ghetto wall in Chortkov, and I believe Hashem [i.e., God], actually, gave me the name as one of my roles that is very important in the United States Senate: to be a shomer – to be a shomer for Israel.”

Then Rubin wrote, “Suffice it to say that if Sarah Palin ever said that God had given a name to her with a mission in mind, the chattering class would go bonkers.”

Oh, man: bonkers, nutso.

P.S. Israel needs all the shomers it can get at the moment – and Palin is no less a shomer than Schumer is, I can tell you that . . . 

P.P.S. Remember when, during the Lewinsky scandal, President Clinton would attend the Foundry United Methodist Church, the Rev. J. Philip Wogaman, presiding, and wave his big ol’ floppy Bible at the cameras? I’m sure that one of the best things about surviving impeachment, for Clinton, was not having to do that anymore . . .

P.P.P.S. Can you imagine if George W. Bush had attended church and, beforehand, waved a Bible at the cameras? Theocracy! Nightfall!

P.P.P.P.S. Back to Billy J.: Remember when, after he lost the governorship, briefly, he joined that church choir, which was on television every week? Ah, enough Memory Lane – although, about Billy J., one could talk and marvel forever . . .

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