And Telling Me It’s Raining. . .

And Telling Me It’s Raining. . .
Vol: 82 Issue: 28 Monday, July 28, 2008

And Telling Me It’s Raining. . .

There is a colloquialism often used in the South to respond to someone who is spinning a story. Forgive me if the expression is a bit ‘earthy’ — I’ve cleaned it up some.

My old police chief, B. C. Sustaire, used to use it all the time: “Don’t pee down my neck and tell me it’s raining!” Every time I’ve switched on the TV news in the past week, I could hear ol’ B. C.’s voice in my mind — “They’re telling you it’s raining . . .”

(Note to Self: Stop saying in writing that you hear voices in your head.)

For example, I was as outraged as anyone at the news that somebody had snatched Obama’s ‘prayer note’ after he tucked it between the stones of the Western Wall of the Temple.

It is a Jewish tradition that, upon visiting the Western Wall, one writes a prayer and slips it between the stones.

In keeping with that tradition, Obama stopped to pray at the Western Wall, slipped his note between the stones and left the area.

The next day, the Israeli daily, Yediot Aharonot, published an article saying it had obtained a copy of the prayer note, but decided against publishing it. So did most other media outlets.

One the controversy had reached fever pitch, however, the Israeli newspaper Ma’ariv published both the contents and a photocopy of the original note, scribbled on stationary bearing the letterhead of the King David Hotel.

It was a noble prayer: “Lord, protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of Your will.”

It wasn’t just noble, it was positively presidential, almost kingly. And since it was part of a private prayer, I started to wonder if maybe I’ve misjudged the guy. At least a bit.

So, he might seem somewhat presumptuous, but maybe appearances can be deceiving. His prayer reflected a deeply-ingrained spiritual humility. He asked little for himself beyond protection and wisdom, while offering himself as an instrument of God’s will.

In fact, wherever the story was told, it was told with a mixture of outrage at the invasion of privacy and a touch of reverential awe at the part that related what the note actually said.

So it wasn’t just me.

Everybody seemed to be feeling the same sense of outrage at such a noble prayer being cheapened by its publication, from CNN to Fox News and from the Huffington Post to the Washington Times.

How dare they invade the Senator’s privacy. (But, ooooh, look at what he prayed!)

Well, we can check “Obama is a Muslim” off the 8-point “Fight the Smears” website. No Muslim would offer such an insightful and moving prayer at a Jewish holy place.

But as the weekend news coverage droned on and on, I started to feel as if I needed to borrow B.C.’s umbrella.


It began when Israeli Attorney Shahar Alon petitioned Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz on Sunday to order police to open a criminal investigation against the editor of Ma’ariv and other correspondents from the newspaper.

“With its actions, in my opinion, the newspaper broke several clauses of the 1967 Preservation of Holy Sites Law and violated rights based on Basic Law – Respect for Man and his Freedom,” wrote Alon.

In addition, Alon called for a consumer boycott of the newspaper until it publishes an apology to Obama.

“I declare a consumer protest against Ma’ariv starting today. I urge all MKs, ministers, judges, soldiers and other public sector officials to freeze or cancel their subscriptions to Ma’ariv in the coming month,” he wrote. Alon added that;

“the boycott will be lifted only once the paper publishes a public announcement in English and in Hebrew, apologizing for its lack of sensitivity, for infringing on Senator Obama’s privacy and honor, for hurting the feelings of any Israeli citizen insulted by the publication and for profaning the sanctity of the Western Wall.”

At first, Ma’ariv tried defending its action by arguing that since Obama is not a Jew, publishing his note was not an infringement on his privacy.

Until the Western Wall’s Chief Rabbi, Shmuel Rabinovich called Ma’ariv’s actions ‘sacrilegious’.

“Notes which are placed in the Western Wall are between the person and his Maker; Heaven forbid that one should read them or use them in any way. The custom of placing notes between the stones of the Western Wall is ancient and is used as a means of expression by a person praying to his Creator. This sacrilegious action deserves sharp condemnation and represents a desecration of the holy site.”

Rabbi Rabinovich’s remarks made a real boycott a possibility. One that forced a Ma’ariv spokeman to admit that Ma’ariv had coordinated its publication with Obama campaign — even BEFORE Obama had put it in the Wall.

“Obama’s note was published in Maariv and other international publications following his authorization to make the content of the note public. Obama submitted a copy of the note to media outlets when he left his hotel in Jerusalem. Moreover, since he is not Jewish, there is no violation of privacy as there would be for a Jewish person who places a note in the wall.”

In addition to adding to the mountain of evidence that Barack Obama will do or say anything to get into the White House, it also demonstrates, once again, the power of the media to shape opinions.

Of all the news reports I found concerning the Obama note, only the Israel Insider seemed outraged by Obama’s cynical use of the media to polish his image as a committed Christian by offering a carefully crafted pretend prayer.

Apart from that, the outrage was reserved for the media for printing it or the yeshiva student who pried it from the Wall and delivered it to the press. I was fascinated by the number of media reports (including Fox News) who totally omitted Obama’s collusion in the ‘leak.’

And since it wasn’t ‘leaked’ but rather, approved by the Obama campaign, it makes it the first presidential campaign release ever addressed to God instead of the voters.

So shouldn’t it be newsworthy? Evidently not. That’s why I am telling you about it.

Nobody seems to want you to know.

Here is what else the Obama campaign doesn’t want you to think about. Obama’s prayer? It was a noble prayer, as I said. But it wasn’t REALLY written to God, regardless of how it was addressed. It was written to you.

Its purpose was to shore up the illusion of Obama’s ‘Christianity’ as well as his public image, by demonstrating he could be spiritual, selfless and deeply committed to his faith.

If Ma’ariv is telling the truth, it instead reinforces his image as a cynical elitist who will do anything, say anything or use anything in order to get elected.

I quote 2nd Timothy 3:1-5 a lot because Paul’s description of last-days society is such a perfect mirror of our own. I’m going to quote it again. Read it with new eyes.

Run down the list — compare it to the list of promises made by the presidential candidates.

Paul intended his list to be pejorative — he penned it as a warning to the faithful remnant of the Church that would see, to its astonishment, that each item on the list corresponds to the agenda of some special interest group.

In other words, if you seem favorably disposed to the following moral code, then it is seen as a political PLUS!

“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”

Here’s a challenge for you. Which of these is NOT a campaign issue ENDORSED by at least one of the candidates in 2008?

Seriously. It’s a genuine challenge. Pick any one of them and make your argument in the forums that it isn’t being used to get votes.

And remember, these are not the moral attributes that LOSE elections in 21st century America.

These are the ones that WIN them.

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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