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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 05:32 AM
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Obama: Easter "a time to celebrate redemption at God's hand"

Obama: 'Beliefs help unite Americans'

Published: April 7, 2012 at 6:00 AM

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday belief "that there is something out there that is bigger than ourselves" helps unite Americans "of all faiths."

In his weekly radio and Internet address, the president noted Christians are observing Easter -- "a time to celebrate redemption at God's hand."

"Tonight, Jews will gather for a second Seder, where they will retell the story of the Exodus.

"And tomorrow, my family will join Christians around the world as we thank God for the all-important gift of grace through the resurrection of His son, and experience the wonder of Easter morning."

Obama said the holidays "have their roots in miracles that took place thousands of years ago. They connect us to our past and give us strength as we face the future. And they remind us of the common thread of humanity that connects us all.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/04/07/Obama-Beliefs...


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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 11:58 AM
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1. Obama's a Christian.


Maybe he's stating his actual beliefs for once. If so, more power to him. Just my opinion.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 02:53 PM
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3. I have no objection to Obama's speaking about his personal beliefs.
Edited on Sat Apr-07-12 03:22 PM by No Elephants
I don't have a problem with his talking about his personal religious beliefs, even though I would rather that he did not. I see no reason for a President of the United States to do that and many reasons, religious and political, why it might be better not to. But maybe that's just me.

I thought that he went somewhat beyond a simple expression of his own personal religious beliefs, though. "I believe in God" is a simple expression of personal religious belief.

But, I think that a President's saying to the nation that "This is a time to celebrate redemption at God's hand" sounds more like a sermon by a head of a national church than does "Easter is a time when I will be celebrating my redemption at God's hand." But maybe that is just me as well.

When a man who is President of the United States addresses the nation, saying things like religious beliefs uniting Americans, is that really only an expression of personal religious belief?

(For that matter, is it even remotely true that religious beliefs unite Americans? But that is only a rhetorical question for purposes of this thread.)
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 01:48 PM
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2. It is Easter.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 03:02 PM
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4. I know it is Easter (and Passover) and, for all I know, a lot of other religious holidays as well.
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frebrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-07-12 03:40 PM
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5. What that says to me is.........
that Obama doesn't consider me a real American if I don't share a belief in the supernatural.

Sometimes it seems as if he's determined to make it difficult for me to vote for him. Not that it surprises me - he's long since thrown me under the bus.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-09-12 09:13 AM
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6. That was my impression.
Edited on Mon Apr-09-12 09:13 AM by No Elephants
I don't know why he does stuff like that. It is not going to change the minds of the RW neo theos, but it might turn off some of his supporters. Lose lose, it seems to me.
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