We here at Rancho LawDog are somewhat irritated -- but by no means surprised -- to discover that President Obama has decided to utilize sermons and the altar to give his badly damaged healthcare plan a moral boost.
On the morning of Wednesday the 19th of August, in a call conveniently left off of the White House schedule, President Obama asked about a thousand Jewish rabbis -- currently preparing the sermons and messages for the High Holy Days -- to include an appeal for universal health care in their homilies from the altar during this most holy of times.
This call to the rabbis -- intended to be off-the-record -- was Twittered by several of the attending rabbis.
I have to wonder -- as I sit here contemplating Thomas Jefferson's Separation of Church and State -- how some folks would have reacted had other (previous) Presidents attempted to use the sermon, the pulpit, and Sunday morning church service to push their political agendas.
Especially if these other Presidents had arranged for secret, off-the-record, sub rosa phone meetings to convince religious leaders to work political goals into the preaching, lecturing, proselytizing and Religious Text Of Your Choice-banging.
I'd like to think that those Certain People who would have absolutely lost their minds in an Internet apoplectic fit had prior Presidents attempted to do this thing, would have the same reaction now that our current President has done it.
I'd like to think that, I really would -- but I won't be holding my breath.