The Gospel Truth

Obama’s Easter Carol

April 8, 2010

One of the great things about grandchildren is that one gets to see things that would have been closed to my imagination.

These little people have a God-given sense of wonder that too many of us big people seem to lose as we face the realities of life.

The other day my youngest granddaughter was visiting and we all watched her DVD about Veggies, called the Easter Carol.

It was loosely–I say loosely because I think Scrooge and Tiny Tim were meat-eaters–based on Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol.

The 49-minute film presented a similar story with some Easter variations.  This Scrooge was a fat broccoli who had a factory that made plastic eggs for Easter.

To expand his plant he has plans to tear down the Cathedral where all the radishes, tomatoes, celery and squash go to pray to God.

I didn’t see any asparagus because I think I read somewhere they tend to be atheists.

( I know a profane story about Babe Ruth and asparagus but I will save that for another day.)

On a side note I had an epiphany that proved to me that you are never too old to learn something, even from a children’s movie.

In watching Scrooge’s guarding egg, who bore a strong resemblance to James Barrie’s tinker bell, I realized that It’s a Wonderful Life, is an American version of Dickens’ classic.

I have seen that film at least 35 times since 1960 and I NEVER noticed that.

This all brings me to my topic.  Just before I saw the Veggies movie I received an e-mail that contained the president’s Easter Message.

I think calling it that was a misnomer because there was nothing of the true meaning of Easter in it at all.

The e-mail detailed how the president completely left Christ out of his Easter message.

This might be excusable if he had written it himself but the slick president literally edited Christ out of his Easter Message, which he excerpted from a sermon given by a military chaplain on Iwo Jima on Easter Sunday 1945.

This is what the president told his fellow Americans.

People in every corner of the planet have marked the rites of Passover, and the traditions of Easter, for thousands of years.

They have been marked in times of peace, in times of upheaval, in times of war.

One such wartime service was held on the black sands of Iwo Jima more than sixty years ago.

There, in the wake of some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, a chaplain rose to deliver an Easter sermon, consecrating the memory, he said of American dead – Catholic, Protestant, Jew.

Together, he said, they huddled in foxholes or crouched in the bloody sands…Together they practiced virtue, patriotism, love of country, love of you and of me.

Obama’s Easter Carol continued The heritage they have left us, the vision of a new world, [was] made possible by the common bond that united them…their only hope that this unity will endure.

Their only hope that this unity will endure.

Now read below the same paragraph again, but this time note the additional bolded language that comes from the audio of the 1945 sermon and its context, but which President Obama decided not to include:

There, in the wake of some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, a chaplain rose to deliver an Easter sermon, consecrating the memory, he said:

He has risen. With all due reverence, we apply these words to our beloved dead.

There are too many air call wings encrusted with the stain of their owners’ life blood, too many marine trousers upon the graves, too many symbols of American dead – Catholic, Protestant, Jew.

Together,” he said, “they huddled in foxholes or crouched in the bloody sands under the fury of enemy guns here on Iwo Jima.

Together they practiced virtue, patriotism, and love of country, love of you and of me. Together they stand before the greatest soldier of them all – Jesus Christ, to receive the token of our triumh.

For Christ has said: “Greater love than this no man hath then that he lay down his life for his friends.”

And so our beloved dead have gone from the world of hate to the world of eternal love.

The chaplain continued, The heritage they have left us, the vision of a new world, [was] made possible by the common bond that united them in the drudgery of recruit training or here in the chaos of bursting shouts.  Their only hope: that this unity will endure.”

And so our dead have risen to glory. (Ed. note–Like Christ)

See the difference?

In his Obaman Carol the president has given new meaning to his idea of transparency.  He remains as opaque and hidden about matters of faith, moral, spiritually and the eternal verities, making him probably the most mysterious president in history.

He keeps giving off these subliminal vibrations that he is hiding something… something that’s  really important.

I can think of no president of all his 42 predecessors (While Obama is #44, Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president) who mentioned or shall I say, failed to mention the Deity.

Even the few Deists among them always seemed to have a place for the Creator.  They all had, at least in their public appearance, the stance of humility before God and most asked for his blessing on America.

Lincoln was vague about whether he was a Christian or not.

I have read both sides of the debate and it seems that his faith was in an evolutionary phase when he was assassinated.

Yet he always quoted the God of the Bible.  The Deity’s name was always on his lips.  He believed in a higher power than man.

Does President Obama?

A good friend thinks that he is either a closet Muslim or an agnostic…or perhaps even an atheist.

The president is particularly vague about his religious sentiments, leading us to imagine anything and everything about him.

Obama’s Carol is a message of secular humanity, based on a religion of man where everybody is the same, no matter if they believe or don’t believe–it doesn’t matter…the new god, the god of American power is here to save them and take care of their every need.

The message is that no one needs God.  They have Obama and the over-flowing US Treasury.

It would have been better had the president issued no message at all.  Maybe some day he will be terrified by a vision of America’s future.  I know that vision terrifies me.

About author

After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at