President Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett spoke at Ebenezer Baptist in Atlanta during Sunday services this week. And she used the occasion to campaign for President Obama and bash the Republican Party. I'm always sad to see Christians confuse the eternal truths with lowly politics, but I don't think it should be illegal or a violation of IRS regulations. So I don't oppose Ebenezer's right to place partisan politics above the Gospel of Christ.
But isn't it funny how during the George W. Bush administration, the media were obsessed with the idea that we were headed straight for a theocracy? When President Bush referenced a passage from a hymn in one of his State of the Union addresses, the New York Times went apoplectic. If a campaign mailer included a picture of Bush with anything religious, books decrying the fundamentalist overtaking of our country shot to the top of the bestseller lists.
When President Obama uses his Faith-based Initiative Office to lobby for health care insurance reform, media silence. When Jarrett goes after Republicans at Ebenezer, it's no big deal.
Maybe it means the media will treat Republican engagement with its religious voters more respectfully now. Just kidding.