Saturday, April 18, 2009

Taking Things Out of Context

I keep coming upon snarky comments on the internets that Obama has offended the Christians in this country by announcing the U.S. "is no longer a Christian country." Most people are responding as if Obama has kicked Jesus out of the United States and revoked the right to practice religion.

What Obama said was, "Although ... we have a very large Christian population, we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation, or a Jewish nation, or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.."

In other words, Obama is inclusive and acknowledged everyone in this country, pointing our we are not EXCLUSIVELY Christian. And I think that is a good thing. I, personally, am getting pretty annoyed with Christians who think their beliefs should be imposed on everyone. Go to church, practice your religion and even share your religion with others who are interested but stop thinking the rest of the country should be bound by your precepts.

7 comments:

chelejean said...

AMEN!

JohnnyB said...

Yeah, well what about the atheists? He didn't mention them!

verification word: one of the those things on your shelf next to a canik.

Jenny said...

Huh. I hadn't heard anything about this.

JohnnyB said...

oops - the verification word was "canac"

Susan said...

That's what I guessed it was. What is my prize?

Anonymous said...

I have been annoyed with "those Christians" since 1st or 2nd grade, so Obama is a delight for me.
And John was joking, but the atheists shouldn't have any "generic" God forced on them either.
But his word verification was very funny.

Karen

San Diego Writer Girl said...

Yes...AMEN again! The Rightwing-nut Fox (Faux) News propaganda machine is set to take Obama down. I cannot stomach people who profess to be religious who practice intolerance and hatred. No wonder why the Christian churches are losing people in droves. Who can take the hypocrisy?