by Greg Krehbiel on 19 January 2013
A Christian friend took offense at the cover of Newsweek, which uses the headline “The Second Coming” over a picture of Obama.
The phrase, of course, refers to the idea in Christian theology that Jesus will come again. Applying that phrase to Obama’s second term could be considered blasphemy — especially in view of all the Messianic language the press has regularly used about Obama.
It could also be considered a clever play on words.
What I find amusing about this is that the left is always complaining about “code words.” Colin Powell channeled his inner leftist on Meet the Press recently when he said that calling Obama “lazy” is racist.
A leftist can turn any criticism of Obama into racism. Once you admit to this nonsense about “code words” you can say that anything means anything.
So the left is going to have to make up its mind. If criticisms of Obama are racist because they use “code words,” then the use of Messianic language about Obama shows that they worship the guy.
How about this instead — how about we get some perspective and stop trying to read secret meanings into what people say?
-- 2013-01-19 » Greg Krehbiel