Wednesday, July 18, 2012

In God we trust.

Is Obama waging war on religion? During his presidency, Obama has been criticized for taking God out of the equation. The famously controversial first Christmas in the White House, the Obama's debated whether or not to display the creche, in an attempt to make Christmas more inclusive for Americans. Obama has also excluded the use of "God" or "Creator" in the Declaration of Independence. It is also worth noting that he and his team have asked for religious symbols to be covered if he is addressing the public, as he does not want religious symbols to be a backdrop to his speeches.

What does all of this mean? There are a lot of rumors circulating that Obama is not the Christian he claims to be, and that he is either a Muslim or an atheist. I, personally, think Obama is trying to be as inclusive as possible. Some would argue his reach for inclusivity is at the cost of Christianity, but that's up for debate. Others may argue that he dons his "Christian" hat to gain votes.

Obama has always supported religious freedom. He is trying to bridge that chasm between religions to make America a place not of "tolerance" but of free acceptance. Maybe excluding all religions isn't the best way to do this, but maybe celebrating only Christian traditions and using language that only some Americans understand isn't effective either. What is really boils down to is this: Do we care more about the beliefs of our President than the effectiveness and quality of his/her leadership?

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