By DR. LARRY MOSES
No one asked me but… Two world leaders arrived in Washington, D.C. at the same time last week. One is the Christian leader of the smallest country in the world. The other is the atheist leader of the one of the largest most powerful nations in the world that holds about 20% of the United States debt of nearly $19 trillion.
The Christian leader was greeted by the President and his family. TV cameras were everywhere and his every word was recorded and fawned over. The church leader was invited to speak before a joint session of Congress.
The atheist was quietly met by the Vice President and promised a lunch and a twenty-one gun salute some time during his visit.
In a nation that has, for the last decade, worked hard to separate itself from God and the Christian faith, one might suspect that the warm reception would have been reserved for the President of the anti-Christian nation of China. However, you would be wrong. The great reception was reserved for the Pope, the leader of the Catholic Church.
The president of China’s visit was all but ignored.
While the Pope’s appearance before Congress would have been a great opportunity for him to play the role of a modern day Jeremiah, he was more like Bernie Sanders. Rather than scold the Congress for violating basic tenants of his religion, he reminded them that President Obama was right, the major problem in the world today is climate change.
When it appeared that he was actually going to take on the issue of the immorality of abortion with his statement, “The golden rule reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of development,” he tempered the remark by citing the need to get rid of the death penalty.
Meanwhile, the President of China arrived as the Pope left Washington, D.C. for New York and an address before the United Nations. The streets of Washington, D.C. were no longer closed. President Obama and his family were not there to greet him. The major topic for the discussion with the President of China was not to be their new aggressive moves in the Far East, not their cyber-hacking of American government and business computers, nor even their devaluing their currency.
In keeping with President Obama’s assertion that the major threat to America today is climate change, this will be the major issue discussed. The world’s greatest polluter is going to help America become even more pollution free.
Gov. Sandoval is drinking the Kool-aid of climate change as he has just announced a new deal with a Chinese company to help increase Nevada’s dependence on solar power. That is a story for another day. One must wonder if the visit from the Chinese President was not planned for this time while American attention is taken up with the Pope.
In a nation that has worked very hard over the last few decades to divorce itself from God, why was the Pope’s visit so important? The Pope represents a religion that opposes abortion, homosexuality, same sex marriage, divorce, unmarried couples co-habitating, and upholds the importance of the family. All of these beliefs are being eroded by the very Congress he was invited to address.
We now live in a nation where government officials, as well as other leaders, remind us daily that this is not a Christian nation. We are a nation where God is to play no role. A nation where even a religion that has pledged itself to destroy it must be given equal consideration with all others. When this thought is carried to its logical conclusion, by those who oppose a place for God in the nation, this religion would also have no role to play in American politics.
I am not here to champion the cause of a theocracy. We have seen what a theocratic government looks like throughout the Middle East and it is not pretty. I am however amazed that the very people who demand that religion has no place in government are the ones who stood to cheer the Pope as he spoke to the issue of climate change. The very fact the body that has passed the laws that removed prayer from schools invited the Pope to pray for them is a little hypocritical.
It might have been interesting if the President of China had been asked to speak before a joint session of Congress. His religious beliefs are much more in line with that of the Congress of the United States. Maybe he could explain how China plans to destroy the American economy and how they plan to slowly take control of the Far East.
No one asked me but… Carrying on the theme of world leaders coming to America it was announced that the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, would meet with President Obama in New York.
President Obama has stated the main issue is Russian military action in the Ukraine. President Putin said the main issue is the role of Russia in Syria. That should make for an interesting conversation. Obama: Get your troops out of the Ukraine. Putin: I have no troops in the Ukraine. There are only Russian volunteers seeking to recover the homeland. Now let’s talk about something important, the destruction of ISIS, and the protection of my puppet President Bashar al-Assad.
We can only hope that Putin can convince the American President that the way to solve the problem in the Middle East is to stabilize the area under local governments. Whether the government is a democracy, theocracy, or a single man dictatorship no longer matters. American idealism destabilized the area and we now have world crisis of refugees fleeing the countries of the Middle East.
It is time for Americans to join with other nations, including Russia if necessary, to destroy ISIS and other radical Muslim groups and help re-establish sound governments, not based on what America believes is the correct form of government but what the people of the area believes is an acceptable government. It may require dividing the Middle East into new countries each around the various Muslim sects. It surely has to be set up in a manner acceptable to the people of the Middle East not necessarily acceptable to the outside world.
Thought of the week… The Pope preaches a message of love of all mankind. While love is the most important attribute of man – love without accountability is not love, it is indifference.
– Larry Moses