This is a great speech by Barack Obama on the proper place of religion and faith in public policy. He should get the churchless vote with these sentiments. Obama certainly has mine.
I just wish he'd repeat it now, saying the same things he did in 2006, since he has a much bigger audience as the Democratic presidential candidate.
For the broadband impaired (I'm not aware of a transcript of this video), here's some of what Obama said in the five minutes. These aren't quotes, just a summary of main points.
--This is a nation not only of Christians, but also of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, many faiths. It's also a nation of unbelievers.
--In the public arena, we need to focus on universal rather than religion-specific values. Values that everyone can understand and accept, no matter a person's variety of belief or unbelief.
--Arguments about public policy have to be based on reason, not faith. Religion doesn't allow for compromise, but in the public sphere compromise is essential.
--People are tired of seeing faith being used as a tool to attack.
I enjoyed the comments on the Pharyngula post containing the video. Steve liked it, but didn't want any compromising on faith.
Pretty good, up until the end, when he says, "they don't want faith to belittle, they don't want faith to divide."
Faith is inherently belittling and divisive. It belittles the intellect of those who subscribe to it -- "don't think, just believe." It divides, because those who subscribe to faith invariably see their subscription as a virtue, and thus, those who don't subscribe, as lacking that virtue.
Faith sucks completely and utterly and is without a single redeeming feature.
But to hope for a politician to say as much, and remain a viable politician, is to hope for too much, too soon.
So, good enough, and far better than what we've had recently.
For sure. Probably he's referring to Bush, but here's John McCain blathering on about the United States being established as a Christian nation.
I'm praying that he loses. Big time.