That sound you here is religious and secular liberals alike furiously typing out their denunciations of Rep. Charles Rangel for bringing religion into the debt debate, asking clergy to dictate to Congress, and thereby breaching the wall of separation between church and state. According to CNN:
Veteran Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel made an impassioned plea to religious leaders Friday, calling on them to lobby members of Congress and the Obama administration to remember the “lesser of my brothers and sisters” during this weekend’s debt negotiations.
“What would Jesus do this weekend? Or Moses. Or Allah. Or anyone else,” the New York congressman said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. “I don’t want this book (debt negotiations) closed without the clergy having an opportunity to forcefully express themselves as well as I know they can do.”
Rangel said he was stumped as to why Washington wouldn’t be “besieged by spiritual leaders saying ‘do what you have to do – but not to the homeless, the jobless and the helpless. Not to the sick. And certainly not to the aging that are sick or those depending on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.'”
“I have not heard from those people who have been called by God to protect the poor. I haven’t heard them,” he said. “The issues that are going to be discussed this weekend involve spiritual, moral issues.”
Wait, my mistake. Rangel is a liberal Democrat. That isn’t the sound of Susan Thistlethwaite and Barry Lynn pounding their keyboards. It is the sound of…
(Via Hot Air.)