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Michelle Obama Visits Fla. Megachurch; Urges Religious Groups to Fight Obesity
The Christian Post ^ | February 12, 2012 | Anugrah Kumar

Posted on 02/12/2012 5:14:32 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

First lady Michelle Obama Saturday visited the Florida megachurch where one of President Obama's spiritual advisers is the pastor. She encouraged faith-based groups to join her campaign against obesity, saying "your bodies are temples given to you by God." "Sometimes folks won't do it if it wasn't said right here," she said, speaking to about 3,000 people from more than 120 congregations and organizations, representing over 15 faiths and denominations, at Northland, A Church Distributed in central Florida.

The Rev. Joel Hunter, a spiritual adviser to President Barack Obama and who serves as senior pastor of the Northland church, introduced Mrs. Obama as a "talented, caring, a very physically fit first lady" who is most proud of being "Malia and Sasha's mom." She was in Orlando on the last day of her three-day tour to mark the second anniversary of her "Let's Move!" initiative to fight childhood obesity.

"You serve as a beacon for those who are lost, a refuge for those who've been forgotten," she told religious individuals and groups. "And our faith communities don't tend only to folks' spiritual health but to their emotional and their physical health as well," she said. "Think for a moment about the scripture that tells us that your bodies are temples given to you by God. That is a core teaching of so many of our faiths – a teaching that calls us to honor and nourish the bodies we've been blessed with, and to help others do the same."

She said one-third of children in America are overweight or obese and therefore at risk for serious conditions like diabetes, cancer and heart disease "that undermine their health, that diminish their prospects, and they cost our economy billions of dollars each year."

While Michelle Obama might like to keep her campaign separate from politics, her tour, which comes months before the presidential election, boosts the president's image. Reporters asked her about her husband's re-election bid while she was touring in Dallas on Friday, to which she replied, "I want him to be my president for another four years." She added that her approach to campaigning is, "This is the time that I have to give to the campaign and whatever you do with that time is up to you, but when it's over, don't even look at me... No calls. No anything."

While Obama's talk at the church on Saturday drew a lot of cheering and laughter, her arrival at the church campus was marked by anti-abortion protests. Activists held up placards declaring abortion as murder, but didn't mention her husband's administration by name.

The first lady praised Pastor Hunter's megachurch, which has a congregation of 15,000. It's no accident, she said, that the Northland church hosts classes to "help folks lead healthier lives."

"It's no accident that, long before we ever started 'Let's Move,' so many congregations were already sponsoring health ministries and fitness classes, hosting food pantries and summer nutrition programs for our kids."

Obama also mentioned the National Council of Churches, which she said had joined with Ample Harvest, an organization that helps gardeners donate fresh produce to 4,700 of their local food pantries. "The National Baptist Convention is aiming to have health ambassadors at all of their nearly 10,000 churches by September," she added. "And some of their churches have already created "no fry" zones in their congregations."

She said all faith communities were promoting a healthy lifestyle. "Muslim community leaders are hosting sports tournaments to encourage young people to get active," she said. "The Jewish Community Centers Association is working with JCCs around the country to grow gardens, and to get fresh food into underserved areas, and they're [creating] early child wellness programs."

She told the crowd that members of Let's Move Faith and Communities, which was created to partner with faith-based groups, had sponsored more than 1,000 summer nutrition sites providing millions of healthy meals for children in need. "So just imagine what we could achieve if every single organization and every single congregation in America got involved in this way… Imagine how many children we could feed… Imagine how many lives would be transformed."

The first lady recalled the days when she was growing up, saying, "You might not even understand how life was back then. Most of us led reasonably healthy lives. We walked to and from school every day – rain or shine." But the times have changed. "How many of us find ourselves looking forward to that fried chicken and mac and cheese, pound cake, after church on Sunday?" she asked. "Some people come to church just for the fried chicken."

She also underlined the need to revive the tradition of cooking and eating in the kitchen. "We still do that at the White House. It's a little, bitty kitchen – big, old house, everybody sitting in the kitchen. No matter where – you're sitting in the kitchen. I'm not cooking, but … but we still like the kitchen. Dirtying every pot, cooking everyone's favorite dishes, talking, laughing, sharing stories late into the night. That's family."

Obama said the government doesn't have all the answers. "There's no one-size-fits-all program or policy that will solve this problem. Every family and every community is different. Each of us needs to make the changes that fit with our budgets, our beliefs, and our tastes."


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Meh.
1 posted on 02/12/2012 5:14:40 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did she pass out contraceptives and coupons for free abortions?


2 posted on 02/12/2012 5:17:10 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The chef at the whitehouse was their personal chef at home in Chicago. He knows a lot about lard.


3 posted on 02/12/2012 5:19:13 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


4 posted on 02/12/2012 5:19:36 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Her husband is attacking my Church and she is speaking about her body being a temple of God.

back in Florida again at our expense.

Does the plane ever sit still long enough to change the tires?


5 posted on 02/12/2012 5:19:36 PM PST by Venturer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A far easier solution is to modify the SNAP / food stamp rules to limit purchases to healthy foods, such as what WIC permits today plus a few other healthy things like potatoes. Instead, she wants to tell those who feed the hungry to watch what they eat.


6 posted on 02/12/2012 5:19:55 PM PST by tbw2
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To: Sacajaweau

“Did she pass out contraceptives and coupons for free abortions?”

I wish her mother had availed herself of such.


7 posted on 02/12/2012 5:20:38 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She went there to pray her butt doesn’t get any fatter.


8 posted on 02/12/2012 5:22:16 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Now I know how the average lefty would feel if Fred Phelps were elected President.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Fight obesity. Feed the obese to the starving.


9 posted on 02/12/2012 5:22:26 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
First lady Michelle Obama Saturday visited the Florida megachurch where one of President Obama's spiritual advisers is the pastor. She encouraged faith-based groups to join her campaign against obesity, saying "your bodies are temples given to you by God." Really Michelle now you use God for your own good? Yet when some don't want to take birth control because of their beliefs your hubby and his crew say no you have to do it. God not a issue then? FUMO
10 posted on 02/12/2012 5:23:10 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

11 posted on 02/12/2012 5:26:33 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: Venturer
Her husband is attacking ALL of our churches and religious freedoms of the USA.
12 posted on 02/12/2012 5:27:56 PM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Could start by trimming the fatheads on the staff and the cabinets.


13 posted on 02/12/2012 5:30:02 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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We must all get in shape like our glorious First Lady

14 posted on 02/12/2012 5:30:58 PM PST by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
they cost our economy billions of dollars each year

Unlike her vacations, shopping sprees and dinners.

15 posted on 02/12/2012 5:34:12 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: patriot08

Is she pregnant?


16 posted on 02/12/2012 5:37:13 PM PST by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Perhaps she is a Hottentot, a real African tribe known for big butts.


17 posted on 02/12/2012 5:37:25 PM PST by pankot
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To: patriot08
nice outfit. Jackie Kennedy must be rolling in her grave.

Camelot is alive and well. Well...Hamelot anyway. With LOTS of mac and cheese.

18 posted on 02/12/2012 5:37:25 PM PST by smvoice (Better Buck up, Buttercup. The wailing and gnashing are for an eternity..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Buzz off, bitch.


19 posted on 02/12/2012 5:38:20 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Is the title of this post correct or was Michelle speaking of

OBAMIDIOCY!

20 posted on 02/12/2012 5:38:38 PM PST by Young Werther
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To: Venturer

“Her husband is attacking my Church and she is speaking about her body being a temple of God.”

Right! But she and her husband believe we can use that temple to kill helpless innocents within the womb.


21 posted on 02/12/2012 5:38:59 PM PST by kitkat (Obama, rope and chains)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

watching the red carpet at the Grammy’s to see if any of the babes are wearing hot dresses and i notice the ticker on the bottom reads “mic obama was seen at a pizzeria in “i did not see the rest”...


22 posted on 02/12/2012 5:39:50 PM PST by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: patriot08

Just what is with that t-shirt, boob belt and gawdawful purple and red dress (old drapery)that the Worst Lady is wearing? A real fashionista, right there.


23 posted on 02/12/2012 5:39:54 PM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama’s Spiritual Adviser?

Must be a part time gig, one hour a year at the 19th Hole.

24 posted on 02/12/2012 5:40:46 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: tbw2; All

I have always thought it would be good to have an optional food stamp package that would only be for unprocessed food (vegetables, whole grains, seeds and nuts, and raw meat foul and fish), plus a modest amount for soap, toothpaste, razor blades and the like.


25 posted on 02/12/2012 5:43:33 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I almost missed this comment,Obama said the government doesn't have all the answers.
26 posted on 02/12/2012 5:51:10 PM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: Mears

God forbid!


27 posted on 02/12/2012 5:51:10 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (NOT VOTING gets 0bamao re-elected and it's all downhill from then on.)
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To: Venturer

Is the body a temple for God or Allah, in her view?


28 posted on 02/12/2012 5:51:29 PM PST by Dryman (Define Natural Born Citizen)
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To: Nachum

What's this about "nourshing the bodies we've been blessed with"??? How about starting this "fight obesity" in congress?

29 posted on 02/12/2012 5:54:11 PM PST by azishot (Happy 100th Birthday, Arizona!!)
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To: azishot

WOOF. And I’m not talking about Bo.


30 posted on 02/12/2012 5:55:42 PM PST by smvoice (Better Buck up, Buttercup. The wailing and gnashing are for an eternity..)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Michelle Obama Visits Fla. Megachurch; Urges Religious Groups to Fight Obesity

Gee, which is a bigger threat to the United States of America, obesity or government intrusion into areas of life for which it has absolutely no Constitutional warrant?

After what her husband and his cabal have done, we should expect religious groups to fight government overreach, but being married to the thug-in-chief I guess we can't expect her to focus attention on the real threat.
31 posted on 02/12/2012 5:56:07 PM PST by aruanan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"You serve as a beacon for those who are lost, a refuge for those who've been forgotten," she told religious individuals and groups. "And our faith communities don't tend only to folks' spiritual health but to their emotional and their physical health as well," she said

Aborted babies need not apply.

32 posted on 02/12/2012 5:58:30 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: Dryman
Is the body a temple for God or Allah, in her view?

Good point. SOME women (not mentioning any names) would look better in a burka.

33 posted on 02/12/2012 5:59:01 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (Newt's not a perfect candidate but Jesus isn't running this year. - shoff)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lousy Libs...Always finding a “Cause” with which to try and justify them having power over people’s lives. It doesn’t matter if it is Global Warming or Fighting Obesity if it comes from a Liberal you can bet it’s not good!!


34 posted on 02/12/2012 6:00:31 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just say no.


35 posted on 02/12/2012 6:02:14 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Government should not be in the churches.


36 posted on 02/12/2012 6:02:36 PM PST by opentalk
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To: pankot

Steatopygia....

you are not the first to suggest this..

http://thehotness.com/2009/10/29/from-hottentot-venus-to-the-white-house/


37 posted on 02/12/2012 6:06:16 PM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If I ate half of what Michelle eats, I would would weigh a thousand pounds. One week of doing what I do to fight obesity would have Michelle looking for another cause.


38 posted on 02/12/2012 6:06:32 PM PST by pallis
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To: jakerobins

Is this the Bam’s Administration idea of doing ‘damage control’? Send out Big MO on a goodwill journey to placate the lesser plebes clinging to their God, guns and Bibles?
All the while stepping on the sacred boundaries of religious freedoms and tenets granted in the Constitution? Not enough wool to go over ALL the eyes!


39 posted on 02/12/2012 6:06:32 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obesity??

Churches have a higher calling.

Bringing down this monstrous bizarre leviathan of government should be a definite #2 after winning souls for Christ!


40 posted on 02/12/2012 6:11:19 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
What about the tiny bodies in our wombs, are they temples, Mo?

What is the sacrifice of your "religion", Mo?

41 posted on 02/12/2012 6:14:24 PM PST by Jane Long (Soli Deo Gloria!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Moochelle coming and...

Photobucket

going!!

42 posted on 02/12/2012 6:19:16 PM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Preaching/cheerleading from this self-righteous hypocrite got old fast.


43 posted on 02/12/2012 6:20:47 PM PST by tumblindice
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ill say it right now.

Any church that starts spouting Michelle Obama propaganda, would find no longer donating. I go to church for Church, not propaganda from big brother and the food police.

That would end any relationship I had with any church that tried it.


44 posted on 02/12/2012 6:20:56 PM PST by eXe (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“She encouraged faith-based groups to join her campaign against obesity, saying “your bodies are temples given to you by God.”

These people are completely tone deaf. Completely.


45 posted on 02/12/2012 6:21:05 PM PST by webstersII
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To: smvoice
From link

...-some were asking, “What would Jackie do?” While I can’t say for sure, I feel confident that her idea of a sack dress was slightly different from Lady M’s.


46 posted on 02/12/2012 6:21:47 PM PST by opentalk
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To: webstersII

“What goes into a person’s mouth doesn’t make him unclean. It’s what comes out of the mouth that makes a person unclean.”
...Matthew 15:11


47 posted on 02/12/2012 6:24:02 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Moochelle needs to look in the mirror. The “rear-view” mirror.


48 posted on 02/12/2012 6:38:00 PM PST by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Nachum

Keep raising the taxes, sharing the wealth, borrowing money and spitting at Jesus this country will be skinnier than an Ethiopian drought or the Sudan, any fourth world nation. When she loses forty pounds I’ll start laughing. Until then WE EAT!


49 posted on 02/12/2012 6:44:10 PM PST by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
You know 2ndDV, I've read this thread, and can't help but reflect on the reality that if this thread had been about that fraud Joel Osteen (whose clap trap is posted in the religion section daily by a poster who shall remain unnamed), that the religion moderator would most likely have deleted most if not all of the comments with strong admonishment about "leaving politics out of the religious threads, etc".

I'm not at all being critical of the article or your posting it, it's a great thread and needs to be seen as it exposes the hypocrisy of the Kenyan Kid and his First Wookie.

SPEAKING of that joker Osteen, here is what that charlatan and his wife had to say about 0bama on Larry King back in 2009:

"Joel Osteen: Well, I think he [0bama] is doing a great job. I'm impressed with his skill, his calmness, his just strength under pressure. These are tough times for him.

King: And you, Victoria?

Victoria Osteen: I've been really impressed. In fact, I've been impressed [with] the first lady. She stepped up, and she's done a remarkable job.

King: Recent polls show 12 percent of Americans still believe Obama is a Muslim, and 35 percent say they don't know his religion, but to most of them it don't matter. Should it matter?

Joel Osteen: Well, it matters to me. It matters to me that I know he loves the Lord, and I think it's important that he has convictions from his faith. So to me, it matters when I'm making my personal decisions.

King: Does it matter to you, Victoria?

Victoria Osteen: It does. It matters to me. ... I believe he is a Christian."


In my opinion, those two enablers of the twin frauds in the White House should be banned from FR based on that alone.
50 posted on 02/12/2012 6:45:30 PM PST by mkjessup (Let's do to Mitt what his Irish Setter did to him while tied to the roof rack of his station wagon!)
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