Friday, 23 January 2009

UK evangelicals send Obama a Bible

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It goes without saying that the rise of Barack Obama has resulted in a fair bit of bandwagon jumping, but the award for Most Tenuous Attempt to Link Your Own Work With That of America's New President may have to go to the Evangelical Alliance, a UK organisation, for a press release they sent out this morning.

I blogged yesterday about the clear lack of significance in there being no Bible at Obama's second swearing-in, but the Evangelical Alliance, who I imagine read all my writing, clearly disagree. They seem happy enough with Obama's Christian credentials but, in order to avoid a repeat of the lack of Bible, they've sent the him a little present in the post:

“We are sending him a copy of the Bible in case he is ever Biblically caught short again. We are delighted that President Obama takes justice and the alleviation of poverty very seriously, so we will send him a Bible that focuses on these issues that are so close to his, and God’s, heart.”
Deserving winners of the bandwagon award, don't you think?

4 comments:

Andy said...

If I were caught short, I am sure I would be able to think of a use for those tissue-thin pages.

scottmaciver said...

Whilst staying in a hotel in Madagascar i did exactly that!

They didn't provide toilet paper yet there was a bible in the top drawer of my bedside table....what did they expect?

btw, I started with genisis as that's the book i have the biggist dissagreement with.

Anonymous said...

Did those whom sent Obama a bible underscore Isaiah 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

History has proven the truth, of Isaiah 3:12. Will Obama break the 6000 year chain of Humanities erant Leaders? amen!

Kevin Murphy said...

Yeah, but which part of the Bible do they want him to swear upon?

"Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is ok and that eating shellfish is abomination? How about Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith? Or should we just stick to the Sermon on the Mount - a passage that is so radical that it's doubtful that our own Defense Department would survive its application?"

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=LXcvbnzNIjg