Standing in the crowd of nearly 2 million people during the inauguration in Washington, DC, I was please to hear President Obama speak of our country in such an inclusive way….. “For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers” His words brought both nods of agreement and in some cases “praise Jesus” and Amens. One of the great inspirations of the Obama campaign came from its diversity and his ability to treat with respect those who strongly disagreed with him. What successes or failures that come will depend largely on our ability to embrace the “other” in our midst.

Jay Keller

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  • Agnes

    Nice blog! Keep up the good work.

  • Pat

    A very serious encroachment upon public power was introduced by President George Bush in granting faith based intiatives which allowed total dependency upon government for the establishment and maintenance of religion in the U.S. which cannot afford to be discriminatory based upon Constitutional protections.

    Christianity has no legitimate preference under Constitutional authority, and for that reason the assault upon Islamic extremists is the purist example of creating a preference for religion that is prohibited by the Constitution.

    He has managed, with cohorts, to introduce the very threat that the Constitution was seeking to expel in its creation in 1789 by using the Establishment Clause to prevent State-based and State-preferenced power to establish and install religion in America. It was the very thing the original colonists were trying to escape, the persecution because of religion.

    We have now gone full circle into the very real problem that colonists faced in England and elsewhere that became the reason for emigration to the U.S., and simply because it doesn’t appear to be a problem because no one is tortured or put in the tower of London doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem.

    Americans need to end religious tyranny and return to its basic implementation of freedom from religion – in all manner, way, shape, and form – as adverse to citizenship rights of self government, not supporting religious government.

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