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Obama HAS RUINED MY WEEK.  That IMAGE OF AN American President bowing to an Arab sheik will forever be in my memory.  It will play forever.  He bowed so low (when I saw the actual footage it was far worse than reported) that I am sure that as he sprung back from the double gainer the hem of the sheik’s toga was on the end of the president’s  nose.  And with the white house trying to explain their way out of this embarrassment, all I could see in my mind was Jim Carrey in the movie “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls”  trying to climb out of the hind end of a rhino,” … but then the rhino slowly turns into a camel…  As the sheik meeting with Obama rides in on a camel (nothing against camels or sheiks) it appears as though someone is trying to board that ship of the dessert by climbing in, rather than out of the stern… And that someone sadly is our president.

Though I do love and respect the American Presidency, I do believe, at this particular moment Barack Obama did not.


In Church this week (I went to Church this week several times, trying to get images out of my head….  )  While I was sitting in Church, listening to the sermon, the priest began speaking on how it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.  Now apparently the eye of the needle is an historic place where camel drivers would have to stop, remove goods and sacks from the camels back, cause the camel to actually kneel down so it could scoot through ‘the eye of the needle’.  Here I was again, back with the camels … The only image I kept getting in my mind this time, though,  was one of that wealthy sheik riding up to the honorable mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, right after 9-11, and handing him a check for ten million dollars.  I then hear the sheik making a comment on how the United States should learn a lesson, and should now learn to have some regard for the Palestinians and maybe the experience of 9 -11 will teach the Americans blah, blah, blah….  as he tries to hand Giuliani a check.  Giuliani stuffs the check back in the sheiks’ shirt.


I went to Church this week several times, as I said, trying to get images out of my head and prepare for the resurrection.  Now, depending on your religious beliefs you may have varying beliefs about Jesus, but one thing is clear:  This man never ingratiated himself.  Whether you are a Muslim, a Christian or Jew, whether you love him, or are indifferent to him, it must be apparent that he never groveled.  He stated very matter-of-factly, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”   When asked by Pilate if he were a king he stated plainly, “You say that I am.”  He said to the emissaries of Herod, “Go tell that fox, ‘Today I cast out devils and give cures, tomorrow and the third day I am perfected.’” 

I have no comprehension of his great soul.  I found myself thinking as the priest carried the bread out of the Church sanctuary to a small tabernacle outside of the main sanctuary, “I wonder how he feels being carried?  What’s going through Jesus’ mind as someone carries him?”


Is he looking into our faces?


Whoever we have been taught to believe God is, “Maheo, the Great Spirit, or Allah, the divine one, El Shaddai, the great expansive plain,  the Father of the Universe, Yahweh, Jehovah, or Jeshue the bread of life, we need to bow humbly to that one, pray for his mercy, and then live in his image, standing tall, honoring our beliefs, not trying to kick the truth with one shoe under a coffee table, the truth that we are in fact  a nation founded on Judeo – Christian writings by thinkers and great men who wrote profusely in the Judeo Christian traditions.  Read the American Historical documents.  Let’s not lie.  We have grown to be a nation that loves Muslim peoples and Hindus and Buddhists, and those religions too are flourishing, but the facts are the facts, and denying our bounty and heritage and roots as we ingratiate ourselves, bow low to people who would stuff checks in our shirts and apologize for who we are is not a way to turn from our blunders and rise again.


-John P. Schumake

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