Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Faith and Politics Under Obama

Robert Parham has posted an editorial at Ethics Daily comparing Obama's use of religious language in his inaugural speech with the words of his predecessors. Overall, Obama appears to be cautious and inclusive in his use of religious language.

More troublesome is the advice Obama is receiving from Mike McCurry, former President Clinton's press secretary. McCurry appears to be advising Obama to employ religion as a tool to reach out to faith-based communities. Such utilitarian applications demean and undermine religion by subordinating faith to politics.

Most troublesome was the response of a U.S. Army Commander to Rick Warren's prayer at Obama's inauguration. He intimidated subordinates into violating their own consciences by applauding what some clearly did not approve.

1 comment:

♥georgie♥ said...

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