Obama’s Secularism

May 4, 2011

President Obama gave his "Call to Renewal" speech on June 26, 2006 -- almost five years ago. Eloquent and bold, this speech remains one of the most interesting reflections on religion and politics ever stated by a politician. 
 
My favorite part?  President Obama tells us why religion ultimately cannot dictate politics: 

"Politics depends on our ability to persuade each other of common aims based on a common reality. It involves the compromise, the art of what's possible. At some fundamental level, religion does not allow for compromise. It's the art of the impossible. If God has spoken, then followers are expected to live up to God's edicts, regardless of the consequences. To base one's life on such uncompromising commitments may be sublime, but to base our policy making on such commitments would be a dangerous thing."

Below is a video of one portion of the speech, perhaps the best part.  The whole speech can viewed here:  http://www.beliefnet.com/News/2006/07/Sen-Barack-Obama-Revisiting-His-Historic-Speech-On-Faith-And-Politics.aspx

 

 

Comments:

#1 SocraticGadfly (Guest) on Thursday May 05, 2011 at 8:11pm

Too bad he said “One nation, **under God,**” etc., along with the usual platitudinous “God bless the United States of America” when announcing bin Laden’s death.

Too bad he’s **increased** Bush’s funding of faith-based groups.

In other words, don’t be fooled by a few throwaway lines from five years ago.

#2 Kevin Slaughter (Guest) on Sunday May 08, 2011 at 9:17am

I’m not understanding why a portion of a speech from 2006 is being posted as some proof of his secularism, when he’s shown resistance to it in the years between then and now.
It’s neither timely, nor did it portend any great secular revolution in the White House.
So, then, is this just boosterism?

#3 SocraticGadfly (Guest) on Sunday May 15, 2011 at 4:44pm

@Kevin .... doorknob knows there’s still enough Obamiacs out there.

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