If any politician dressed up a republican narrative in such grossly misappropriated religious speech, there would be riots in the streets, whipped up by angry Democrats.
Bernie Sanders once tried to (unconstitutionally) disqualify a nominee simply because he was a devout Christian. Feinstein infamously opposed a SCOTUS nominee because ‘the dogma lives loudly’ within the candidate… which was also unconstitutional.
AOC regularly rails against and demeans traditional Christianity because it stands as a bulwark against the agenda her squad is working so hard to push.
But let a Democrat take the podium and blur the distinctions between Church and state by draping their political initiatives in expressly religious language, and suddenly the Left has nothing bad to say about it.
Here’s the latest egregious example of a leftist whackjob doing exactly that. You might think whackjob is harsh. Maybe, maybe not. Just wait until AFTER you have seen what she said before you jump to her defense.
The whackjob in question is Cuomo’s successor, Gov. Hochul. While addressing an audience in Christian Cultural Center (Brooklyn location?) she veers into a religious sermon about … vaccines. Be forewarned, the cringy-ness of this video is off the scale.
By the way, their website tells us only have in-person services on alternate weeks. But they can bring Kathy Hochul in to drop some government propaganda, in front of a live audience, no problem.
"[The vaccine] is from God to us. And we must say 'Thank you God'…There are people out there who aren’t listening to God + what God wants…I need you to be my apostles, I need you to go out and…say: We owe this to each other."
NY Gov Kathy Hochul @ Christian Cultural Center pic.twitter.com/wetjNgDHEp
— Woke Preacher Clips (@WokePreacherTV) September 27, 2021
She was mocked, of course. This one was particularly effective.
— frogfromroc (@frogfromroc) September 28, 2021
Let’s unpack what she said, and explain why it’s so very, very wrong.
As a service to our readers, here’s a transcript to save your ears the horror.
We have to get this community back. What we went through in this pandemic made us stronger, I believe that especially as I talk to young people who weren’t able to have their graduations from high school or a normal life for the last 18 months. I say to them, whatever comes your way in life you are stronger, you are more resilient, God let you survive this pandemic because wants you to do great things someday. He let you live through this when so many other people did not and that is also your responsibility.
But how do we keep more people alive? We are not through this pandemic. I wished that we were. But I prayed a lot during this time. And do you know what? God DID answer our prayers.
He made the smartest men and women, the scientists, the doctors, the researchers, he made them come up with a vaccine. That is from God to us. And we must say ‘thank you God, thank you’. And I wear my vaccinated necklace all the time to say ‘I’m vaccinated’.
All of you, yes, I know you’re vaccinated. You’re the smart ones. But you know there’s people out there who aren’t listening to God, and what God wants. You KNOW this. You know who they are.
I need you to be my apostles. I need you to go out and talk about it and say we owe this to each other, we love each other. Jesus taught us to love one another, and how do you show that love but to care enough about each other to say please get vaccinated? Because I love you, I want you to live. I want our kids to be safe when they’re in school. I want you to be safe when you are in a doctor’s office or a hospital and are treated by somebody. You don’t want to get the virus from them? You’re already sick or you wouldn’t be there.
We have to solve this my friends, I need every one of you. I need every one of you to let them know this is how we can fight this pandemic, come back to normal and then start talking about the real issues that we have to, fighting systemic racial injustice which exists today and if there’s a denier, I will take you on any day because I have seen it, I know it exists, and we are not going to have a blind eye to this ever again any longer under my watch and this is my commitment to you.
There are two ways to critique this monstrosity — ripping apart her horrific theology, or evaluating the political demagoguing.
Let’s take the latter approach, at least for today.
She took an explicitly religious venue as an opportunity to push a political agenda. She filled her speech with religious-sounding buzzwords to persuade this audience to devote themselves to her agenda.
But more than that, she took the cultist’s approach of speaking as though in the voice of God himself, while offering an implied divine imperative.
Why is this dangerous? Simple — if God were truly speaking, He would have singular authority to command his creatures to do this or that moral imperative because He is God and we are not.
But when a politician speaks in that same authoritative voice, this is no longer the realm of encouragement and persuasion, it shifts into the realm of moral obligation.
There is a problem with real moral obligations: they cannot be questioned.
The only reason the Nuremberg trials could even go forward was because of a shared recognition that some moral obligations exist that supersede any order given by human authority — no matter HOW compelling the reasons may seem.
A politician standing up and making declarations in God’s name, while claiming the subservient obedience of her audience to serve as ‘apostles’ of that message is chilling.
If Democrats weren’t in lockstep agreement with the message she was pushing, they would be calling for her head on a plate. But when a Democrat co-opts religion in the service of politics, it’s ok… right?