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Monday, January 20, 2003  

While we’re at it, see how many occasions you can spot self-serving language in the President’s comments to a Virginia church today to commemorate MLK Day:

It is fitting that we honor the life of a great American in a church who derived his inspiration from the church. It is fitting that we honor this great American in a church because, out of the church comes the notion of equality and justice. (Applause.) And even though progress has been made, Pastor -- even though progress has been made, there is more to do. There are still people in our society who hurt. There is still prejudice holding people back. There is still a school system that doesn't elevate every child so they can learn. (Applause.) There is still a need for us to hear the words of Martin Luther King, to make sure the hope of America extends its reach into every neighborhood across this land.

So it's fitting we're here in a church that has got ministries aimed at healing those who hurt, and fighting addiction and promoting love and families. It is fitting we meet here in a church because in this society, we must understand government can help, government can write checks -- but it cannot put hope in people's hearts or a sense of purpose in people's lives.

And so as we remember the dream of Martin Luther King and remember his clear vision for a society that's equal and a society full of justice, this society must remember the power of faith. This government of yours must welcome faith, not discriminate faith, as we deal with the future of this great country.

For those scoring at home, I got 1) faith-based initiatives, 2) opposition to "quotas," 3) compassionate conservatism, 4) veiled props to the Bible-belt boys. And what's this? "Out of the church comes the notion of equality and justice." Theocratic promotion?

posted by Jeff | 6:31 PM |
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