A Scorcher In The Pews

April 08, 2008

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For better or worse, the question hanging over Senator Obama is: “What would it be like to live in a nation governed by a man who chooses the Reverend Wright for his spiritual governor?”

The legislative performance of Illinois State Representative Monique Davis, who shares the pews of Reverend Wright’s United Church Of Christ with Senator Obama is scarcely encouraging. Last Wednesday in Springfield,she shouted down a witness testifying before the House State Government Administration Committee about how Illinois? governor illegally rerouted a million dollar state grant into repairing a Baptist church by forgiving the back taxes of a private school directed by felon- a piece of pork barreling rank enough to curl the nose of The Chicago Tribune :

?The hearing to probe the grant came after the Blagojevich administration steered $1 million to the private Loop Lab School to make good on the governor’s pledge to help Pilgrim Baptist Church rebuild after a fire. Instead of giving to the church, the money went to the school, which rented space from the church.

The grant came as state and federal authorities were trying to collect thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes from the school…. to make the grant possible: The governor gave a rare and swift pardon to the school’s director, a convicted felon; the school registered as a charitable organization for the first time in its 25-year history; and the school filed three years’ worth of required state tax documents in one day.”

Providentially finding Buffalo Grove village atheist Rob Sherman among those opposing the payoff, Davis let fly this fatwa:

“This is the Land of Lincoln. This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God, where people believe in protecting their children. What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous, it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!

This is the Land of Lincoln where people believe in God…Get out of that seat . . .You have no right to be here!  We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon.”

Her oath to defend and uphold the Constitution notwithstanding, Democratic Representative Davis enjoys a Constitutional right to deny the existence of the First Amendment, but she might be more respectful of her state?s history. Celebrated as ‘The Great Agnostic” and denounced as “The Infidel” when he ran for President, former Illinois State Attorney General Abraham Lincoln wrote:

“The Bible is not my book, and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long, complicated statements of Christian dogma.”

The nation awaits Senator Obama’s—and the Reverend Wright’s—comments on State Representative Davis? exegesis.


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