Obama on the Separation of Church and State
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Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 11:49:10 PM EST
This item may already be yesterday's news, but I think it is sufficiently important to put here for the record. Obama is trying to persuade conservative Christians of the historical legacy and importance of the separation of church and state.
In an answer to a question by David Brody of Pat Robertson's CBN news, Obama says:

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 persecuted minorities, it was Baptists like John Leland who didn't want the established churches to impose their views on folks who were getting happy out in the fields and teaching the scripture to slaves.

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. Given this fact, I think that the right might worry a bit more about the dangers of sectarianism.

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.





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by Carlos on Tue Jul 31, 2007 at 11:52:05 PM EST

I don't think that Senator Obama can make up his mind on this subject. He opened his announcement rally with the words, "All praise and honor to God for bringing us together here today". Not exactly a warm welcome for Hindu's, Buddhists, agnostics or atheists. He also said in an interview that he wasn't uncomfortable with reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the words "under God" in it, so he didn't see how it could be a problem for others. And I'll bet you that he sees no problem with the $65 billion of tax payer monies going to faith based programs where religious protelysizing and religious discrimination in hiring is going on. I just don't trust him on this issue. He has made statements both ways.

by LindaJoy on Wed Aug 01, 2007 at 03:40:47 PM EST

From Schmitz Blitz: schmitzblitz.blogspot.com

More from the Democratic Youtube Debate: Senator Biden (D-DE) says one of the most sane things I've heard from a politician on religion in a long time:

Religion informs my values, reason dictates my outcomes...I don't find anything inconsistent about my deep religious beliefs and my ability to use reason.

I did not like what Senator Obama (D-IL) had to say:

We've got to translate our moral, our religious values into moral terms that all people can share, including those who are not believers.

Is he implying that the non-religious lack moral values, that they somehow need to be taught by the religious? Even though Obama represents a liberal twist on faith in politics (a welcome change from the religious right), I still feel uncomfortable with the divisions he makes along religious lines.

by Schmitz Blitz on Fri Aug 03, 2007 at 07:21:26 PM EST

I agree with your concern about Obama. I actually think that John Edwards has a better sense of balance on this subject, even though he is religious.

by LindaJoy on Sat Aug 04, 2007 at 10:42:39 AM EST
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"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."

by Vesica on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 09:50:25 PM EST
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