On Friday, President Obama will meet with the pope in Rome, near where the president is attending the G8 economic conference. Wouldn't you like to be in on that meeting?
As you may know, the president is a secular guy, a strong pro-choice advocate who dodged the question on when life begins by saying it's above his pay grade.
Well, the creation of life is above everybody's pay grade, but if you don't know, it seems to me you have an obligation to protect as many lives as you can, right? I bet the pope sees it that way as well.
There is no question President Obama is a secular leader, and that message has been well received in Washington. For example, for more than 40 years the Air Force has flown over the "God and Country Festival" in Idaho, but not this year. Nope, the Pentagon says it cannot provide planes because the festival endorses religion. Again, the Air Force cooperated with the patriotic festival 42 years in a row, but will not this year.
On May 7, the annual National Day of Prayer was held, but the president attended no events for it. When Mr. Obama spoke at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution, a religious symbol behind him was covered by some plywood.
Are you getting the picture here?
Also, after worshiping for 20 years in Rev. Wright's Protestant church, the president is now no longer affiliated with a specific church.
To be fair, Ronald Reagan was not an outwardly religious man. Neither was Thomas Jefferson and other great American presidents. We should be electing problem-solvers, not Bible-thumpers.
But to diminish spirituality by denying the good folks in Idaho a flyover is simply stupid. There is no specific religion in play at that festival. This is another example of secularists being disrespectful to people of faith.
The secular culture which President Obama embraces is mainly concerned with things of this world like global warming. They reject public spirituality and embrace political activism, most of it of the liberal kind. But where exactly is that getting us?
On Thursday we found out that China and India are not going to help on global warming. They are not going to cut back emissions or do anything else to clean up the planet. These countries want to make money, and heavy industry does that.
So right now, the only global warming strategy that might work worldwide may be prayer. That's how difficult it will be to convince emerging nations to clean up their acts.
The USA has become the strongest, most prosperous country on earth largely because of its Judeo-Christian traditions. I hope Pope Benedict reminds President Obama about that.
And that's "The Memo."
Pinheads & Patriots
I grew up with Casey Kasem, the 77-year-old DJ with the great voice and vegetarian lifestyle. And even though some of his presentations were a bit schlocky at times, he was a unique American presence.
Now Mr. Kasem is retiring, and for all the years of good music he gave us, he is a patriot.
On the pinhead front, a group of global warming nuts swarmed Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. Eleven members of Greenpeace have been arrested for unfurling a banner over the national monument complaining about global warming. Police are charging them with illegal climbing and trespassing.
Hey, you loons, why don't you go to the Great Wall of China with that stuff? That's where the problem is. Pinheads.
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