Can the American people have Easter off from partisan rhetoric? Christian Science Monitor outlined the contrast in the approach of the GOP and President Barack Obama in their messages Saturday, April 19.
In a brief message linked in the article, Obama said nothing political but was broad enough to cover over 90 percent of Americans. It was not a Christian message spoken by a religious leader like the Easter mass given by Pope Francis, but one of a political leader that stuck to a spiritual message. He specifically mentioned this as a day in alignment with values held by Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and even mentioned Sikhs.
There should be no mistaking the intent of that inclusion: Obama is sending a political message of diversity and acceptance—good things to be sure but calculated nonetheless.
The Republican leaders chose Easter to attack Obama and the Affordable Care Act often called Obamacare that he pushed through in his first term. Flawed though it is, the GOP failed to come up with any alternative but the current system that literally leads to the death of Americans without insurance.
On a philosophical scale, the issue comes down to who one represents and how one represents oneself. The facade of patriotism and family values is stripped away by many policies outside of the abortion issue.
This hypocrisy and others like the "family values" senator whose adultery with his friend's wife was caught on camera or Republicans screaming about protecting civil liberties after supporting the administration with the most abuses of power ever do not dispel the myth that the GOP is patriotic or Christian.
This is neither to say that all Republicans are neither—most are surely both—nor that Democrats are any better in personal affairs or partisan double-standards. However, the GOP is the primary party portraying itself as Christian while failing to represent Him—on the Easter weekend while the faith celebrates His resurrection.
Some Republican policies that are in conflict with the nation's or faith's best interests warrant closer examination...