Let’s face facts: the majority of Americans are not like me. Accordingly to religioustolerance.org, over three quarters of the United States (i.e. about 225 million Americans) are Christian. About 3% follow other faiths. 14% of Americans are, more or less, like me: we do not have a religious affiliation (agnostic, atheistic, humanist, secularist, etc. whatever).
In any case, the United States is simply not ready to elect a President who is not religious. Period. Full stop.
To that end, I must salute Barack Obama for being so open and candid with his religious beliefs. I don’t buy in to the whole Christianity thing, but I certainly don’t respect those who do any less, as long as they don’t try to foist their beliefs upon me.
Senator Barack Obama said Tuesday that if elected president he would expand the delivery of social services through churches and other religious organizations, vowing to achieve a goal he said President Bush had fallen short on during his two terms. “The challenges we face today — from saving our planet to ending poverty — are simply too big for government to solve alone,” Mr. Obama said outside a community center here. “We need an all-hands-on-deck approach.”