Dan Gilmore / September 22, 2015

Obama Uses Pope for Political Point

The greeting delegation will include homosexual activists.

In a rare instance when someone comes to the U.S. from Cuba not floating on a homemade raft, Pope Francis will arrive at Joint Base Andrews at 4 p.m. today for his six-day visit to the United States. In his first visit to the U.S., Francis will address the UN, visit a correctional facility in Philadelphia and meet with Barack Obama. Francis is controversial, not necessarily because of his doctrine — which does raise questions — but because of how the media, which does a dismal job covering religion, has portrayed him. For example: In July 2013, the media breathlessly reported that Francis, when asked about homosexuality, responded, “Who am I to judge?” But the larger context was that Francis started his statement saying, “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and he has good will…” See, morality and faith are still in play, and the pope opposes same-sex marriage. Still, many people reject the nuance of Francis’ statements, one of them being Obama. When the executive greets the pope, by his side will be LGBT advocates, openly homosexual Episcopal priest Vicky Imogene Robinson and a group of nuns that helped lobby for ObamaCare. While the pope speaks of liberation theology, a similar philosophy embraced by Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright, the Holy See objected to these guests, saying images from the event could imply that the pope endorses those practices. But everything is political for Obama. Nuance or no, he will use Francis’ visit as a way to further his ideology.

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