“We’re no longer a Christian nation” Obama


 



Obama: U.S. also country of Muslims, nonbelievers
Echoes past remarks in which he said America ‘no longer a Christian nation’

 


Posted: January 20, 2009
3:20 pm Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Echoing his previous declaration that the U.S. is “no longer a Christian nation,” President Barack Obama today in his inaugural address affirmed America is a nation of many faiths that includes Muslims and “nonbelievers.”

“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,” Obama stated during his speech before a crowd estimated by security officials at about 1.8 million.

He continued: “We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”

Obama’s statements about an inclusive country were strikingly similar to remarks he made twice in 2007 in which he went further and stated the U.S. is “no longer Christian.” At that time, some took issue with his pronouncement, fearing the declarations indicated his intention to reorient the U.S. away from its traditional Judeo-Christian values.

     

During a June 2007 speech available on Youtube, Obama stated, “Whatever we once were, we’re no longer a Christian nation. At least not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, and a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.”

In that speech, Obama took aim at the “Christian Right” for “hijacking” religion and using it to divide the nation:

“Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked. Part of it’s because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who’ve been all too eager to exploit what divides us,” he said.

Asked last year to clarify his remarks, Obama repeated them to the Christian Broadcast Network: “I think that the right might worry a bit more about the dangers of sectarianism. Whatever we once were, we’re no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers,” Obama wrote in an e-mail to CBN News senior national correspondent David Brody.

“We should acknowledge this and realize that when we’re formulating policies from the statehouse to the Senate floor to the White House, we’ve got to work to translate our reasoning into values that are accessible to every one of our citizens, not just members of our own faith community,” wrote Obama.

Obama clarified his statement about the “Christian Right.”

“My intention was to contrast the heated partisan rhetoric of a distinct minority of Christian leaders with the vast majority of evangelical Christians – conservatives included – who believe that hate has no place in our politics.

“When you have pastors and television pundits who appear to explicitly coordinate with one political party; when you’re implying that your fellow Americans are traitors, terrorist sympathizers or akin to the devil himself; then I think you’re attempting to hijack the faith of those who follow you for your own personal or political ends,” wrote Obama.

Obama’s speech declaring the U.S. “no longer Christian” was originally met with little fanfare. But it was recirculated this summer during the presidential campaign.

A television commercial that aired in South Dakota by a group calling itself the Coalition Against Anti-Christian Rhetoric juxtaposed the audio of Obama’s “no longer Christian” statement over images of the presidential candidate dressed in Somali garb and a picture of him with his hands rested below his waist while other politicians place their hands over their hearts during the Pledge of Allegiance.

“It’s time for people to take a stand against Barack Hussein Obama,” declares the voiceover on the commercial.

The Gateway Pundit blog took notice of Obama’s speech 2007 about the U.S. being a nation also for Muslims and non-believers.

“This won’t play well in the Bible Belt,” commented the blog in a posting.

Obama’s campaign had utilized faith as a central theme. The candidate’s Christianity and his former membership in the controversial Trinity United Church of Christ led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright were much scrutinized.

His comment about the “Christian Right” echoed similar statements made by Merrill A. McPeak, Obama’s military adviser and national campaign co-chairman. As WND reported, in a 2003 interview with The Oregonian newspaper, McPeak apparently compared evangelical Christians to the terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

The Oregonian interviewer asked McPeak whether “there’s an element within Hamas, Hezbollah, that doesn’t want Israel to exist at all and always will be there?”

McPeak responded by comparing the two terror groups to “radical” Oregonians.

“There’s an element in Oregon, you know, that’s always going to be radical in some pernicious way, and likely to clothe it in religious garments, so it makes it harder to attack,” he said. “So there’s craziness all over the place.”

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3 Responses to ““We’re no longer a Christian nation” Obama”

  1. Thomas Dohling Says:

    It looks like you are an Obama critic and are finding it difficult to let go of Bush. He is gone; he is history. Face reality and let the new President do his job. Judge him only after he has done (or not done) what he set out to. There is noting wrong in stating facts; President Obama was stating facts when he said, “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.” More often than not truth and facts are difficult to accept (as you are finding out). Temper your judgement with accepting reality.

    • extremelives Says:

      Thomas,
      I am an Australian Christian, not an American and mourn for you all in my Spirit at this time as God is in charge of raising up and putting down kings and He has allowed what this man will introduce among you all that full repentance and godly living will once again rule in the hearts of both believers and non-believers in the US and across the world.
      Blessings
      Bob

  2. Thomas Dohling Says:

    I am an Indian Christian and so we know what it is to be “a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus.” There is unity in diversity in our country in spite of the problems we are facing from militants and terrorists. Eventually, it is God who is in control. As one of my brothers (aged 84) in the USA said, “I must turn to Scripture in Romans 13 “…there is no authority except that which God established.. The authorities that exist have been established by God…….
    …”This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants.”

    “Admitting to holding some “basic” political differences, I STILL must say that in light of the above, I REALLY BELIEVE THAT GOD HIMSELF HAS RAISED UP OUR NEW PRESIDENT “FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS”, AND I HAVE HIGH HOPES FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY. Mr Obama comes NOT ONLY with a tremendous amount of “self-confidence”, talents and “gifts”, but also the confidence of millions of Americans, young and old, and from “all walks of life”.

    “GOD BLESS PRESIDENT OBAMA AND HIS FAMILY…….”

    Another brother from the USA (aged 60+) in concluding an article writes, “So I will pray for President Obama, and for all others in positions of power (Eph. 6:18). I will pray that God will overrule all their decisions for good, that God’s name will be hallowed, his kingdom realized and his will done (Matt. 6:9-10). I will pray that we Americans, and people throughout the world, may live godly and dignified lives in peace and quietness (1 Tim. 2: 1-4). As a Christian living in the United States of America, that is the least that I can do. As a matter of fact, it is also the most powerful (James 5:16).”

    These brothers in Christ (both based in Texas, USA) are supporters of the Republican Party and staunch Bible-believing-teaching Christians.

    I am very sure that our Lord Jesus Christ died for all (and that includes “gays”) and that He has equal compassion for the “straight” as well as for the “crooked” individual. This is not to say that I condone the “gay” way of life which is not in harmony with God’s order of life. We just have to be more compassionate and less judgemental (this borders on being Pharisaical), that’s all.

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