U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about immigration reforms during a visit to Casa Azafran in Nashville

Speaking at an immigration town hall event on Tuesday, Obama once again tried to use Scripture to further his case. It ended badly. In a typically long-winded response to a question about civility, Obama concluded with this head-scratcher:

“And I think — the good book says, don’t throw stones in glass houses, or make sure we’re looking at the log in our eye before we’re pulling out the mote in other folks’ eyes. And I think that’s as true in politics as it is in life.”

“Don’t throw stones in glass houses”??? This seems to be a bad mix of the proverb, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones,” (which is NOT found in the Bible) and possibly John 8:7, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (New International Version (NIV)). How do you screw up that badly?

H/T Washington Post

Then again, what do you expect from a man who has been known to mock passages of the Bible to make his point?

To be fair, he does come much closer to correctly quoting Matthew 7:3 which, in the New International Version (NIV), says, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

The president would do well to study all those sayings and verses more closely and take them to heart in his own role as leader of our country.

 

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