Friday, March 6, 2009

Spoken Word


"For my friends on the right, I think it would be helpful to remember the critical role that the separation of church and state has played in preserving not only our democracy but also our religious practice. Folks tend to forget that during our founding, it wasn't the atheists or the civil libertarians who were the most effective champions of the First Amendment…. It was the forbearers of Evangelicals who were the most adamant about not mingling government with religious, because they didn't want state-sponsored religion hindering their ability to practice their faith as they understood it.

Whatever we once were, we're no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of non-believers. We should acknowledge this and realize that when we're formulating policies from the state house to the Senate floor to the White House, we've got to work to translate our reasoning into values that are accessible to every one of our citizens, not just members of our own faith community."


-Barack Obama speaking on Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network.

1 comment:

Corey said...

My Lord! Don't you love it? WHEN have we heard this kind of inclusivness, and broad range of thought coming from a U.S. president? The shame, Ian, is that I'm afraid it's not really making a difference! I pray that I'm wrong!

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