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God Forbid Obama Should Let Atheists Into The White House

Reported by Ellen - March 1, 2010 -

In a disgusting display of religious bigotry combined with deliberate ignorance and disregard for the truth, Sean Hannity suggested Friday night (2/26/10) that a visit to the White House by a group of atheists signified that President Obama has "a pattern of hostility towards religion." Never mind that the atheists met with administration officials, not Obama. And never mind that Obama has personally met with a number of religious figures. And never mind the hypocrisy that Hannity displayed by using the occasion to attack (again) Obama's long time relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Apparently, despite the incessant talk about freedom on Fox News, our President is only free to respect certain religious views and worship only in certain churches. (H/T Priscilla)

Hannity began the segment by saying, "The Obama administration earlier today rolled out the red carpet for a coalition of atheist groups. Now, among the individuals in attendance was Michael Newdow. That's the California man who sued unsuccessfully to have the words 'under God' removed from the Pledge of Allegiance. Now, religious groups, however, have not received this treatment from the Obama White House. Now, last year, the President distanced himself from the National Day of Prayer, cancelling the formal service traditionally held in honor of the day and refusing to attend a Catholic prayer breakfast. So what's going on? Has the administration demonstrated a pattern of hostility towards religion, or is this merely a coincidence?"

As Media Matters pointed out, the coalition of atheists met with Obama staffers, not the president. Obama has personally met with many religious leaders, including the Pope, and reached out to others, and has established White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnership.

Furthermore, Hannity forgot to tell his viewers that the "traditional" White House service in honor of the National Day of Prayer, only recently became a tradition - during the George W. Bush presidency.

And without a hint of irony, within a few minutes, Hannity was complaining how he "can't get beyond... 20 years in (Rev. Wright's) church." I guess Obama needs to vet all his religious affiliations with Hannity now. Republicans, however, can associate with any religious crackpots they want.

I can't help but think that even if Obama got together with Jesus Christ, himself, Hannity would come up with a reason to attack the get-together.

Even Mike Huckabee, the guest during the segment, advised Hannity that, "Over 20 years, it wasn't that (Wright) was (making controversial comments) every Sunday... He is a liberation theologian. He does in fact some of those strong beliefs... but that wasn't the totality of his ministry. And his church did many good social things in the community."

Hannity, the guy who used to pal around with a white supremacist (currently charged with threatening to kill three federal judges) and frequently reveals his hostility to African Americans, played the race card.

"Black liberation theology!" Hannity declared with obvious disgust. "If you show up on a cover with Louis Farrakhan and Elijah Mohammed and your pastor goes with Farrakhan to meet Qaddafi in the 80's, I got a red flag running in my head." Hannity knows damned well that Obama has long rejected Farrakhan yet he continues to suggest otherwise as part of a transparent effort to paint Obama as a black radical. But while Hannity can't forget Obama's non-existent connection to Farrakhan, he never seems to remember the praise given to him by guests Ed Rendell and Jack Kemp.

Oh, and the trip to Libya? I think Hannity was referring to this one, in which Wright was part of an ecumenical delegation led by Rev. Jesse Jackson that resulted in the freeing of a Navy pilot who had been shot down in Lebanon.