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"Obama Would Like You To See Government As Religion"

The New York Times reports on The One's address to a group of multidenominational religious leaders:

“I know there’s been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and there are some folks out there who are frankly bearing false witness,” Mr. Obama told a multidenominational group of pastors, rabbis and other religious leaders who support his goal to remake the nation’s health care system.

Ann Althouse responds:

Bearing false witness? Breaking the 9th Commandment? So his opponents are sinners. I'm trying to imagine the separation-of-church-and-state freakout if George Bush had taken this approach to arguing for one of his policies.

Ann's post is titled, ""Obama Would Like You To See Government As Religion."

Hey, some of us noted that Obama viewed government as a sort of transcendent form of religion as far back as the fall of 2007. Or at the least, that both he and Michelle certainly enjoy using language that describes it in that fashion.