In his masterful work, The Devil’s Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce defined Impiety as, “Your irreverence toward my deity.” I remembered this quote while thumbing through the news tonight and seeing that President Obama (you may remember him as the guy who had the gold plate behind his head during the 2008 election) attended the National Prayer Breakfast today, whereupon he had an epiphany. From his remarks:
And when I talk about shared responsibility, it’s because I genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.
But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.”
Required by whom, Mr. President? You? That’s the inescapable conclusion given your penchant for coercively taking from some to give to others in order to, “spread the wealth” as you so aptly explained to Joe the Plumber a few years ago.
Christianity, you might recall, teaches charity as distinguished from armed robbery. While Christ admonished us to render unto Ceasar, I would suggest that if the Almighty can get by on a 10 percent tithe, that it boggles this imagination why you would require so much more.
You do remember the story of the tax collector, Zacchaeus, don’t you? You remember as well, do you not, that after his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus reportedly made restitution to the citizens for his corruption? But your use of Biblical teachings in the service of your tax increases, sir, would have us wondering if perhaps Jesus would have preferred to instruct the citizens to hand over more of their property to Zacchaeus in the service of Ceasar’s shovel ready projects of course.
Mr. President, go and bombast no more.