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NYT: Hillary Forgiving Christian, Bible Scholar

From the Hillary campaign, via their lickspittle slaveys at the New York Times:


For Clinton, Faith Intertwines With Political Life

“We all have things that oftentimes we’re upset about, or ashamed of, or feel guilty over, and so many people carry these enormous burdens around,” Mrs. Clinton said in a recent interview. “One of the great gifts of faith is to let it go.”

The themes of wrongs, forgiveness and reconciliation have played out repeatedly in Mrs. Clinton’s life, as she has endured the ordeal of her husband’s infidelity, engaged in countless political battles and shared a deep, mutual distrust with adversaries.

Her Methodist faith, Mrs. Clinton says, has guided her as she sought to repair her marriage, forgiven some critics who once vilified her and struggled in the bare-knuckles world of politics to fulfill the biblical commandment to love thy neighbor.

Mrs. Clinton, the New York senator who is seeking the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, has been alluding to her spiritual life with increasing regularity in recent years, language that has dovetailed with efforts by her party to reach out to churchgoers who have been voting overwhelmingly Republican

Mrs. Clinton and others who have known her as a church youth-group member, a Sunday school teacher or a participant in weekly Senate prayer breakfasts say faith has helped define her, shaping everything from her commitment to public service to the most intimate of decisions.

“It has certainly been a huge part of who I am, and how I have seen the world and what I believe in, and what I have tried to do in my life,” Mrs. Clinton said in the half-hour interview devoted to her religious convictions, which her campaign granted only after months of requests.

Ever the good student, Mrs. Clinton can speak knowledgeably about St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and John Wesley, the father of Methodism.

On the campaign trail or in other public appearances, she increasingly is speaking more personally about faith, sprinkling in references to inspiring biblical verses (“faith without works is dead,” from James), Jesus’ injunction to care for the needy and even her daily prayer life, which she credits to being raised in a “praying family.”

In the interview and a subsequent telephone conversation, she described her spiritual habits — she carries a Bible on her campaign travels, reads commentaries on Scripture and on other people’s “faith journeys” and spoke of experiencing “the presence of the Holy Spirit on many occasions.”

She spoke of her own shortcomings — “it’s a challenge every single day” — in leading a moral life and of turning to Christian writers for solace after her husband’s infidelity.

“It is both hard to forgive and ask for forgiveness,” she said. “There’s a reason it is talked about in the Bible. It is really hard. It is hard for people to let go of legitimate hurts and slights and disappointments.” …

Mrs. Clinton’s religious roots run deep. While her father, Hugh Rodham, was not a regular churchgoer, he descended from a long line of Methodists. Her mother, Dorothy, taught Sunday school at their Methodist church in Park Ridge, Ill. At age 11, Hillary Rodham read aloud an essay on “What Jesus Means to Me” for her confirmation

The only evidence the Clinton campaign could produce to prove her lifelong faith is a 1959  confirmation class photo.

What a laff riot — even for the New York Times.

Ms. Rodham was also raised by conservative Republicans. So I guess that makes her a conservative Republican, too.

Mrs. Clinton and others who have known her as a church youth-group member, a Sunday school teacher or a participant in weekly Senate prayer breakfasts say faith has helped define her, shaping everything from her commitment to public service to the most intimate of decisions.

Note that the New York Times was unable to produce a single one of these (imaginary) people to talk about Hillary’s “faith.”

Ever the good student, Mrs. Clinton can speak knowledgeably about St. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and John Wesley, the father of Methodism.

Is this the same Mrs. Clinton who claims that Jesus was an illegal alien and that Christmas commemorates “the birth of a homeless child”?

Yes, she really knows her Bible.

Also notice that according to the Solons of the New York Times it is a good thing to be a devout practicing Christian and to have it strongly influence your public life.

Unless you are a Republican or conservative.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 7th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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