The Secular Saint

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Jan 18, 2009 3:02 PM
Flying back to Los Angeles yesterday afternoon, I happened to look over at the news coverage my airplane seat-mate was watching, thus seeing it with the sound off.

What was striking were the images being touted by NBC/MSNBC of the upcoming Obama inauguration.  To see the screen (minus the sound) was to be bombarded with television shots that were obviously striving for "iconic" status.

Coupled with the teasers I saw later last night, one would think that we are witnessing not just a presidential inauguration, but the canonization of a secular saint.  The joyous faces of the anchors, the repeated invocation of the word "historic" -- coupled, of course, with the images referenced above -- reflect a quasi-religious ecstasy, and do nothing if not suggest that a magnificent event of unrivaled proportion is about to unfold before us.

Just as secularists have global warming to stand in the place of a religion, they now also have Barack Obama to serve as their all-purpose object of adoration.  Obviously, a lot of those on the left and in the media (same difference, for the most part) have taken seriously Obama's hype about this being the moment the "oceans began to fall.  And the planet began to heal."