Moral Contradictions

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Watch this guy

From this article, it appears that the junior senator from Illinois gets it:

"Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation. Context matters," the Illinois Democrat said in remarks prepared for delivery to a conference of Call to Renewal, a faith-based movement to overcome poverty.

"It is doubtful that children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance feel oppressed or brainwashed as a consequence of muttering the phrase `under God,'" he said. "Having voluntary student prayer groups using school property to meet should not be a threat, any more than its use by the High School Republicans should threaten Democrats."


Obama said millions of Christians, Muslims and Jews have traveled similar religious paths, and that is why "we cannot abandon the field of religious discourse. ... In other words, if we don't reach out to evangelical Christians and other religious Americans and tell them what we stand for, Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons will continue to hold sway."

Obama coupled his advice with a warning. "Nothing is more transparent than inauthentic expressions of faith: the politicians who shows up at a black church around election time and claps — off rhythm — to the gospel choir."

At the same time, he said, "Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering the public square."

We as Christians would do well to check ourselves to make sure politicians don't take advantage of us for mere political gain. Politicians who only address moral issues a few months before an election are opportunists.

We are a people of faith - not a consumer group or voting bloc.


  • "Under God" wasn't always in the Pledge. It was added when I was in high school as a response to the "godless Communists". About the same time we were watching the skies and McCarthy was finding a commie under every bed.

    We paid no more attention to it than we did to the rest of the Pedge. Just rattled it off along wih the "voluntary" prayer that was added about the same time.

    It's not at the top of my list of issues but I wouldn't be disappointed to see it gone.

    By Blogger Granny, at Wednesday, June 28, 2006 9:16:00 PM  

  • I applauded when I heard Obama's words. His description of his conversion, kneeling at the cross and giving his life to Christ, was genuine and heartfelt. What a breath of fresh air.

    By Blogger Dr. Mike Kear, at Thursday, June 29, 2006 9:53:00 AM  

  • We're on the same wavelength Nathan. I posted on this today and I've put up a link from Sojourners where you can hear his entire speech.

    By Blogger Marty, at Thursday, June 29, 2006 11:49:00 PM  

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