Barack Obama on Religion

For my mother, organized religion too often dressed up closed-mindedness in the garb of piety, cruelty and oppression in the cloak of righteousness.

This isn’t to say that she provided me with no religious instruction. In her mind, a working knowledge of the world’s great religions was a necessary part of any well-rounded education. In our household the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology. On Easter or Christmas Day my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites. But I was made to understand that such religious samplings required no sustained commitment on my part. Religion was an expression of human culture, she would explain, not its wellspring, just one of the many ways‚ and not necessarily the best way‚ that man attempted to control the unknowable and understand the deeper truths about our lives.

In sum, my mother viewed religion through the eyes of the anthropologist she would become; it was a phenomenon to be treated with a suitable respect, but with a suitable detachment as well.

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    16 Responses to Barack Obama on Religion

    1. He seriously said?
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      Damn it’s too bad he’ll never win.

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    2. pshhhhhhh he’s got as much chance of being elected as billary every did

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    3. hes got a great chance of winning. he is barely behind her in the number of delegates

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    4. Wow, that is pretty awesome. Imagine actually having a President that is tolerant of other religions… Certainly nothing like Bush who said ‘fuck you’ to atheists.

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    5. He has a serious gift with words…I hope he wins.

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    6. He must have like 100 lips to be kissing that much ass all at once.
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      This kind of faux love for all is laughable. He should be running in Canada. His whole can’t we all just get along shtick is tiresome. The answer is ‘no’… because we’re human being you fucking idiot. Until you change the nature of the universe then in order for your country to win you have to make someone else lose.
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      It’s nice to be tolerant of other religions. It’s just too bad religions aren’t tolerant of each other. This guy is like a first year philosophy student. He wants to change the world but he doesn’t really know the world too well yet. Or at least that’s the image he’s working.

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    7. It just kinda seems like he is trying to appeal to everyone at once.

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    8. If he keeps trying to appeal to everyone at once after he gets elected, then there’s no problem, is there?

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    9. Appealing to everyone? What a damned. Clever. SUBVERSION OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY.
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      Frankly the first politician to get my vote is the one who promices to genocide all those who disagree with me.

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    10. The cult of Obama:
      www.commentarymagazine.com/blogs/index.php/greenwald/2374

      Barack Obama is taking advantage of white guilt. He is the secular Messiah who can supposedly forgive us for our racist past. The Obama cult is based on anti-intellectual emotionalism. He constantly promises to bring about change. Obama deliberate avoids offering any specifics. Thankfully, this nonsense will only continue a bit longer. Soon the middle of the road voters will be much more demanding.

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    11. Yeah, but absolutely everyone knows that he comes from a family of recent immigrants to Hawaii. If that argument was true, Jessie Jackson would be the most successful candidate in history behind Malcolm X and Rodney King.
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      Quadruple irony points for the phrase ‘middle of the road voters’ in an IDDQ post as if he thought that was some desireable thing.

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    12. Oh, yeah, and when are we gonna see a Jewish candidate, damnit?

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    13. Ya’ll know, there is a black woman running for president this year.

      no shit.

      www.runcynthiarun.org/

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    14. Also, in order to bridge the great divide between the races, and between political parties in our country, Obama and Huckabee should reinact this legendary meeting between black and white:

      www.funnyordie.com/videos/f02d0b8cca

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    15. www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1546579-1,00.html

      The article from which this quote is excerpted. An interesting read.

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    16. Obama is popular because he isn’t part of the washington machine yet. Not to mention he is charismatic and friendly, unlike Hillary.

      And yeah, his views on religion may not be extrapolatable, but they are his views. Religions may never get along with each other, but having the president not interfere is a step towards some sort of peace.

      I like Obama because he isn’t Hillary. If I’m going to vote for a democrat, I’m voting for him.

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