It now seems that the shooter in the Charleston, SC church massacre did not act alone. Because according to Barack Obama's eulogy for the victims, God is the unindicted co-conspirator.
In his remarks, the president asserted that the killer was actually being used by God to help raise awareness of a host of issues which just happen to perfectly align with Mr. Obama's political agenda and clear distaste for white people.
The president warmed up the crowd by reminding them "over the course of centuries, black churches served as hush harbors, where slaves could worship in safety. Praise houses, where their free descendants could gather and shout “Hallelujah.” Rest stops for the weary along the Underground Railroad. Bunkers for the foot soldiers of the civil-rights movement."
All well and good - but it was only preamble. Knowing that there's no political hay to be made from a single racist lunatic acting alone, it was then necessary for the president to make this punk killer into something larger and more universal...
"We do not know whether the killer of Reverend Pinckney and eight others knew all of this history, but he surely sensed the meaning of his violent act. It was an act that drew on a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches, not random but as a means of control, a way to terrorize and oppress."
Having made the connection, and establishing that he was speaking for God (Who apparently uses both murderers and lying political weasels as His messengers) Obama ticked off the things that the Almighty hoped to accomplish with His bloodbath: the end of public displays of the Confederate flag, more government spending on schools, less poverty (i.e. "income inequality"), changes in police training and equipment, and greater leniency for those black men "caught up" in the criminal justice system.
Also on God's list of demands, evil white employers shouldn't favor a job application from "Johnny" over one from "Jamal," voter ID laws are an abomination which must be cast into the fiery pit and, unsurpisingly, "we express God's grace" by supporting tougher gun control laws.
All in all, Hope n' Change thinks Obama did a masterful job (as usual) of saying one thing while implying the exact opposite; of using words which sounded healing while they ripped open and salted old wounds. Words which had the semantic ring of faith, but the clearer tones of division and crass political opportunism.
Frankly, we don't think that it was God's plan to take advantage of these horrendous murders. We think that's more Mr. Obama's style.
Nor do we think that the president, who has religiously avoided church attendance ever since the good old "God DAMN America" days spent with Reverend Jeremiah Wright, was in any way speaking for the Almighty.
Rather, Obama was mixing his lies with truth - a skill which comes from another source entirely.