Thursday, August 20, 2009

'We are God's partners in matters of life and death'

The following is from Author Ben Smith posts on his blog about the conference call between the prez & prominent Jewish rabbis. The title of this post is a quote from President Obama, and it rings eerily hollow compared with the reality of the currently proposed healthcare reform bill.

A reader points out that President Obama's call with the rabbis today — as recorded in Rabbi Jack Moline's and other clerics' Twitter feeds — freights health care reform with a great deal of religious meaning, and veers into the blend of policy and faith that outraged liberals in the last administration.

"We are God's partners in matters of life and death," Obama said, according to Moline (paging Sarah Palin...), quoting from the Rosh Hashanah prayer that says that in the holiday period, it is decided "who shall live and who shall die."

The president ended the call by wishing the rabbis "shanah tovah," or happy new year — in reference to the High Holidays a month from now.

I don't know where or when we became God's partners in the decision making process of when to end someone's life. It must have just come to light since our country's "savior" was elected. I'm sure glad we have our government to let us know when these things happen - how would we know otherwise?

You can read the article in it's original context here

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