Friday, February 6, 2009

Pleasing All Of The People All Of The Time

Obama Can Try, But It's Never Been Done Before
(That's One Reason to Love Him!)

Read the Economist's take on Obama's Speech for the National Prayer Breakfast and you'll know that while he's trying to be inclusive, some Christofascists aren't amused at his attempt. In the next few days, we'll see all the negative screeds come out of the woodwork.

The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another - or even religious groups over secular groups. It will simply be to work on behalf of those organizations that want to work on behalf of our communities, and to do so without blurring the line that our founders wisely drew between church and state.

There's certainly one position that can be argued:

“No matter what we choose to believe, let us remember that there is no religion whose central tenet is hate,” he said.

I certainly would question it. So very many radical fundamentalists make hate THE ONLY tenet. We see it in radical fundamentalist Islam, and fundamentalist Christianity. Enter a church in the middle of Rev. Rod Parsley's* sermon: you'll FEEL the hate! It will be covered in velvety tones of "concern" but hate will be there virtually screaming at you. Certainly, if you were a Muslim or a homosexual, you'd feel it so much, it would have you retching within minutes.

Yes, I'm sure the pundits and the relgionists will find fault with Obama's attempt at inclusion.

Just a thought.

* A Rod Parsley book was titled: Culturally Incorrect: How My Hate Affects Your Future. The title was changed to: Culturally Incorrect: How Clashing Worldviews Affect Your Future.

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