Relfections of Jefferson in Obama's speech.
There should be no rational person who coulc claim that Jefferson was an absolute bible thumper who would have claimed that Jesus wrote our Constitution. But to hear Obama mention non-believers in his inauguration goes way past race as an issue and adresses what it means, at least to me, what voters should be focused on, in not of label, but that of action.
I do not want this following quote to be lost to history. It should be as fresh in the mind of any civic minded citizen, atheist or believer.
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers
In all honesty I did not witness this on the news first hand because of my fear of the godspeak that is needlessly supurflous of all prior presidency, yet he reflected the very nature that Jefferson had, way before his time, that WE, are not a label, but a species as a common goal.
"We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers."Obama
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