i liked the dig at the former administration with his science comment. to me it was as though he had taken gauntlets to slap across their face. i notice that today the wikipedia entry for White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives has been modified to reflect it no longer exists.The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) was a department under the Office of the President of the United States...
yes, that line was really cool.but it didn't make up for all the god talk at that ceremony. don't get me wrong, overall it was moving as hell, but the whole church/state thing kept throwing me off.also, "non-believer" is a lame term. i prefer atheist. i believe in lots of things, just not in god or organized religion.
The line that knocked me for loop was the second surprise mentioned in the article: when Obama gave non-believers a seat at the table with Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus. I've been an athiest all my life, though I now follow the cultural traditions of Judaism, and have never heard a person in power acknowledge that mine was a legitimate belief or even a legitimate option.And that was only one of many moments during Obama's eloquent and (to me) profound address that left me knowing that I've never in 42 years been so proud to be able to point to a person and say, "That is my President."
I was taken aback when he included "non-believers" in his list. I know they are only words, but it felt empowering to be acknowledged by the President instead of being ignored. Maybe it is for selfish reasons, but it was my favorite moment of the speech.
As a gov't employee, I can tell you we're expecting to get hit with a huge one time pile of money. Good point: You can get everything on the wish list for programs. Bad point: You have no money to keep things going past the first year unless you have ongoing funding.
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