Imagine if Mitt Romney gets elected, makes polygamy legal and mandates mission trips for young people. I think we would be pretty shocked at the bold establishment of religion coming from the white house. Yet we did not have that same gut reaction when Obama established his religion from the white house and got it passed without the required majority support through budget reconciliation.
This is why the conservative movement has been so unprepared to handle charges that they are oppressing women or denying people rights when we object to being forced to pay for abortion. Being told that by me not paying for someone else’s birth control, I am denying them the right to birth control is like telling a jungle native that they must be born again and put Jesus in their heart. It just doesn’t translate. The argument that healthcare is a right and society must therefore provide it is so ridiculous that conservatives reject it automatically. But for Obama and social justice, liberation Christians it is gospel truth.
I checked, healthcare isn’t in the constitution. But neither are puppies, and there are certain things you just have to be cautious about when arguing against.
What is in the constitution is religion and guns. In fact, the private ownership and practice of both are enumerated rights. What if I am too poor to afford a gun? What if my community is too poor to support a church? How is it that social justice does not then require the government or society to purchase my gun for me? And as simply as that, for the non-liberation theologian, the idea of society owing me healthcare is defeated.
So why doesn’t this concept fall so easily? If you listen to the liberal argument, Georgetown is denying Sandra Fluke the right to birth control by not buying it for her. The right has a “war on women” because we want to protect the religious liberty and conscience of churches and religious organizations. Conservatives have already ceded the rights of the religious employer in a secular field. And how easily we let go. I often wonder if Ben Nelson, Democrat from Nebraska who sold his conscientious objection to abortion funding for an earmark, ever wishes he could buy back his soul.
To understand the religious connotations of social justice in healthcare and why this religion shamelessly trumps the constitution, you have to understand liberation theology and James Cone. Cone was required reading at Obama’s church. Cone divided his teaching into dogmatic and methodological teachings. The dogmatic teaching was the paradox that there is no universal truth. Not even revelation in the Scriptures is absolute truth. In fact, God is not in control and the very evidence of that is the existence of racism.
Cone’s methodological approach was contextual-dialectic. What this means is that scripture has value in the way it relates to the reader’s context. For Cone, this meant that the value of scripture was how it confirmed his own perception of racism against blacks. From his perspective, there was no value in the original, contextual meaning of the scriptures.
Apply this to Obama’s thinking, and it makes sense that he would think Jesus wanted him to raise taxes, or that healthcare is a social justice right that trumps the constitution. It also explains a lot about the ambiguity of Obama’s faith, his comfort level with the Muslim faith, and why he is so eager to impose his liberation theology on the country. Obama is what the media keeps trying to convince us Santorum is. Obama is a religious fanatic who is seeking to impose his beliefs on the country. He is not alone, social justice and liberation theology is the spine of the liberal movement in the United States. Documents like the constitution have value only to the extent that they endorse the liberal readers personal context.
That is why when a religious employer refuses to buy abortion pills for their employees, they are actually denying that employee the right to have abortion pills and are stealing her rights. This is truth from the liberal perspective.
If Conservatives are going to successfully defend the constitution, perhaps James Cone should be required reading for us as well.