The basis for Hillary Clinton’s visit to the women of the United Methodist Women Assembly in Louisville last Saturday was, of course, politics disguised as a declaration of faith.
It would have been difficult for Hillary Clinton to have found a more welcoming crowd than the women at Saturday’s United Methodist Women Assembly in Louisville.
Whilst it’s true that Hillary was greeted with rapturous applause after she hammered away about her faith in God, Jesus, John Wesley, and the Methodist church, the context was her intention to seek nomination as President in 2016..
Clinton said, “Even when we are tired and all we want to do is go away by ourselves to a secluded place and rest awhile – even then, especially then, let’s make it happen.”
Until recently, Clinton has held back on public declarations of her religious beliefs; presumably political expediency now demands it if she is to secure support from Christian communities.
Hopefully, when she quoted from Mark 6:30-44 – you know, the part where Jesus instructs his followers to feed the faithful with five loaves of bread and two fish – this was not a reflection of her future economic policies.
Clinton tried to explain away this fairy tale as a way of getting people to fend for themselves and help those with the greatest need and the fewest resources
Hillary’s remarks about faith were tempered with undertones of political policy. She spoke of gender equality, equal pay, and raising the minimum wage. “Holding back women is not right, but it is also not smart,” Clinton said, repeating remarks she has used before.
Hillary Clinton was actually born into a conservative Methodist family in Park Ridge, Illinois, and was confirmed in the First United Methodist Church there.
Her father was both a Republican and a devout Methodist, and her mother taught Sunday school. After Hillary moved to Arkansas to marry Bill Clinton, she continued to attend Methodist services, although Bill was a lifelong Southern Baptist. Their daughter, Chelsea, was confirmed at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
Yvette Richards, board president of the United Methodist Women said, “She is the daughter of the United Methodist Church and the daughter of the United Methodist women. We are paired together; we are connected. She is one of us.”
While this was Clinton’s first speech to the United Methodist Women Assembly, she had previously addressed the General Conference in April 1996 when she was first lady.
Now, it is obvious that term ” first lady” will take on a different significance for Hillary Clinton if her attempt to enter the White House as president is successful.
So, does that mean that Bill Clinton will become ” first man”?