Thursday, May 7, 2009

National Prayer Day: President Obama gets it right

Not every thing tradition any President--even Abraham Lincoln--started should necessarily continue forever.

President Obama followed the law in issuing a proclamation for the national day of prayer, but he did so in the most minimal fashion possible: only mentioning God once and even finding a place to mention atheists:

“On this day of unity and prayer, let us also honor the service and sacrifice of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. We celebrate their commitment to uphold our highest ideals, and we recognize that it is because of them that we continue to live in a Nation where people of all faiths can worship or not worship according to the dictates of their conscience.”

This is going to be a huge issue to bash the President, but he's right.

Religion needs, once more, to become a private matter and not a matter for the State.

It is also time to have a President who does not treat atheists as either non-existent or as second-class citizens, and who does so as a matter of course, rather than picking a fight about it.

I may differ with the man on most of his economic and foreign policy, but in this he is the correct President for the times.

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