Thank You, Mr. President
by Todd Beeton, Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 06:43:12 PM EDT
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.