Hell Burgers — What Else?
Vol: 105 Issue: 25 Friday, June 25, 2010
When the president of what used to be the world’s most Christian country meets with the president of what used to be the world’s most atheist country, where is a good place to eat?
Hmmm. Something appropriate to the occasion, but something casual that will make for a good photo-op. How about a burger? What’s more American than a hamburger?
Now, where to go? Someplace that screams, “America!” would set just the right tone.
Where? Let me see. . . Wait! I’ve got it! How about Ray’s Hell Burger!
According to the blog DC Foodies.com, Ray’s Hell Burger’s the third in a series of eateries started by Washington area restaurateur Michael Landrum, and all called Ray’s.
There are literally thousands of restaurants in Washington, DC. Out of all the choices available, our president chose one that honors hell.
If there is one thing that one can bet the farm on, it is that nothing this White House does is by accident and everything about this White House is long on the symbolic.
This picture of the president standing in front of what looks like a pyramid shape in the background was taken as he spoke in a Georgetown church.
The pyramid shape was there to block out a symbol of Jesus — at Obama’s request. The gold “IHS” monogram inscribed on a pediment in the hall was covered over by a piece of black-painted plywood, and remained covered over the next day.
The Washington Times’ Belief Blog asked the university about the presidential request. The White House replied saying:
“The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they’ve done for other policy speeches. . . Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn’t high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context.”
The White House reply failed to explain how the Name of Jesus could be seen as “out of context” in a church! Indeed, the only part that really appears out of context is the spectacle of Barack Obama standing in a pulpit.
Having used his choice for lunch to symbolically assure Russian President Medvedev that the two men were spiritual kindred, they got right down to business.
First, the president assured Medvedev that the United States would strongly support Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization. From 2000 to 2003, Russian entry into the WTO was Vladimir Putin’s Number One priority.
By 2004, Putin dropped the effort, announcing that membership in the WTO was not in Russia’s best interests. Had Russia been a member of the WTO when it invaded Georgia in 2008, it would have faced WTO sanctions.
But that was when the evil Bush was running US foreign policy. Now that Obama is in charge, the Russians evidently believe they have nothing to worry about.
They settled their differences over a Hell burger.
No doubt there are those that will think I am making too much out of Obama’s culinary choices. I admit I’ve never eaten at Ray’s Hell burger and it may be true they make a h*ll of a burger, but the fact is that I wouldn’t eat there if it were across the street from my house.
I also wouldn’t eat at a place called “Satan’s” or a place called “The Sin Burger” or a place called even at a place called “God’s.” I believe there is an entity named Satan. I believe in the reality of sin. And I believe that God is a real Person.
I especially wouldn’t eat there because of the symbolism — particularly if I were the president. The best reason is embodied in this USAToday headline from May 6, 2009.
As noted earlier, symbolism is of extreme importance to the Obama administration. The first thing Obama did when he purchased a used Boeing 757 for use as his campaign aircraft was to remove all the American flags painted on the fuselage and replace them with his own campaign symbol — a rising sun.
There is a publication on the internet called “The Muslim Sunrise” which bears the following quote from Mohammed:
“In the latter days, the sun shall rise from the West.”
Can it really be that obvious? That’s the thing that throws me for a loop.
If wanted to dispel the suggestion that I was a Muslim impersonating a Christian, the last thing I would do is surround myself with Muslim symbology.
If anything, I would go out of my way to avoid any possible connection. But when it comes down to it, if the circumstances of my birth were being questioned, I would release my birth certificate, too.
And the last place I’d choose to host a Russian president would be called “Ray’s Hell Burger.”
What have we done?