Call me impressed. I wasn’t particularly enamored with Barack Obama as a potential future President, but his recent criticism of the Religious Right — he said they’d hijacked faith — has caught my attention:
“When you have pastors and television pundits who appear to explicitly coordinate with one political party; when you’re implying that your fellow Americans are traitors, terrorist sympathizers or akin to the devil himself; then I think you’re attempting to hijack the faith of those who follow you for your own personal or political ends,” the freshman Illinois Senator said at The Brody File.
“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,” Obama wrote to Brody, pointing to early American leaders who fought to include the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights.
He went on, “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.”
I’ve been waiting for someone to say as much, but so far Obama appears to be the first to do so. I want to know that my President is going to represent everyone and not just those he agrees with.