Thank You, Mr. President

At a press conference in Turkey, President Obama asserted the reality that the United States of America is a secular nation made up of people of a variety of different faiths.

"One of the great strengths of the United States," the President said, "is ... we have a very large Christian population -- we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

Of course, to some, this statement is controversial. Below, you can see a rightwing hack trying to stir up controversy on CNN. Wolf doesn't often divert from his ongoing attempt at striking a balance between his guests from the left and right but it's pretty entertaining to watch him clearly side with James Carville.

During his inaugural address, President Obama gave a shout out to the non-religious among us. It's great to see him continuing to assert the fact that the US is indeed a secular nation, quite a change from the last 8 years where the notion that Christianity is our putative national religion was reinforced time and time again by the president.

Tags: Barack Obama, religion (all tags)

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5 Comments

What a Putz!

"That's not a problem for our country" except your party has been trying to turn us into a Theocracy for the last 30 years....

They never give up, even after they have been shown to be contradictary AND full of sh*t, they still keep spouting the talking points....

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-06 10:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Thank You, Mr. President

Just this thought:

Obama is right, and brave, to say that "we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation."  We are also a nation whose Constitution guarantees the separation of church and state, which is to say a secular government.

But I don't think it's quite right to say that we are a "secular nation."  We are a religiously pluralistic nation whose pluralism extends also to nonbelievers.  But that's not the same thing as a "secular nation."  In fact, there's a very good argument to be made that the Constitution requires a secular government because that is the best way to nurture the religious vitality of the nation.  This was certainly the view, and the intent, of many of the early supporters of the absolute separation of church and state, who were devout Christians.

Obama has spoken about all this, and very eloquently.

by Perry Dane 2009-04-07 05:30AM | 0 recs
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Carville verbally punched that idiot in his face... haha.  It was painfully obvious how hard that guy was spinning in order to create anger and controversy, and I think the majority of Americans see right through that BS.

by thatrangeofshadesbetweenredandbluestuff 2009-04-07 06:24AM | 0 recs
Re: Thank You, Mr. President

The fact that he made this statement in Turkey, a country that sometimes struggles to maintain its secular identity, adds some very important context.

by Steve M 2009-04-07 06:25AM | 0 recs
Wolf

Wolf Blitzer is Jewish.

It'd be really odd if he sided with the Republican nut case on this one.

by Sieglinde 2009-04-07 08:32AM | 0 recs

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