Jonah Goldberg was recently heard to complain that the GOP was becoming a "club for Christians"—because he's heard people open Conservatism, Inc meetings with a prayer that mentions Jesus. If the Republicans are a club for Christians (78 percent of Americans) what exactly is the Democratic Party becoming a club for? From John Derbyshire's podcast for December 1, 2012 [MP3]
Item: Speaking at the Soul Train Awards ceremony hosted by Black Entertainment Television last weekend, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Fox-x (that's two x's) said the following thing, quote: "It's like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama." End quote.
I thought I should pass comment on this as an especially weird specimen of Obama-olatry, but I find myself at several disadvantages. First, I have never heard of the Soul Train Awards, and have no idea what is being awarded to whom and why. Second, I have never watched Black Entertainment Television. When in the States, I keep my TV tuned exclusively to white channels. Third, I have never heard of Jamie Fox-x and don't know what he got an Oscar for. Hold on while I look him up on Imdb … Oh right, that Ray Charles movie, got him.
Now I've placed Mr. Fox-x, I can comment on his remark with more confidence. It's actually within a venerable human tradition, going back into deep antiquity, of the God-King as a ruler: the Pharaohs of Egypt, the Chinese Emperors, the Inca Sun King, even the Roman Emperors, though the Romans mainly waited until the Emperor was dead before deifying him.
Among civilized peoples, however, the idea of divine kingship is considered seriously out of date. You can see why the idea might revive, when you consider the miracles of statecraft and economic resurgence Barack Obama has brought about, but really, someone should tell Mr. Fox-x, he's rather badly behind the times.
That may be wrong. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, who also covered Jamie Foxx's epiphany, reports on the kerfuffle over this picture below:
The picture, titled "The Truth" is by an Obama supporter, not someone who hates him; Donohue writes
Michael D’Antuono is a left-wing artist known for exploiting racial tensions (e.g, depicting George Zimmerman as a Klansman and Trayvon Martin as a generous child). But now he has succumbed to a new low.
D’Antuono’s painting of President Barack Obama with outstretched arms wearing a crown of thorns, against the backdrop of the Seal of the President of the United States, is called “Truth.” [Click here.] It is being hosted by the Bunker Hill Community College Arts Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts.
What makes this display so interesting is the flat denial of truth by so many artists and academicians, as well as their irrepressible hostility to Christianity. Yet when it comes to their savior, President Obama, they not only pivot, they proselytize.“Truth” was supposed to make its debut on April 29, 2009 in New York’s Union Square; it was to commemorate the first 100 days of Obama’s presidency. But D’Antuono withdrew his masterpiece after being hit with angry e-mails. Now he is back, apparently thinking that after Obama won reelection, the time is ripe to witness his crucifixion. Imagine if his God had lost what our Christmas gift would look like. [OBAMA CRUCIFIED November 27, 2012]