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Clarify Obama’s comments

Published: Sunday, June 8, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I would like to make a comment on Clifford Evenson’s letter on America‘s success (June 1). As he stated, he is devout Christian. I guess that gives him the right to mislead people on President Barack Obama’s quote, “America is not a Christian nation.”

Throwing red meat out there is a typical right-wing con job, cherry-picking a quote from a speech. Here is what Obama stated in 2006: “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.” Also, Obama noted that “Americans are a religious people” with 90 percent believing in God. “I think we make a mistake when we fail to acknowledge the role of faith in people’s lives and the lives of Americans.” Obama also continues to state, “I think it is time we joined about how to reconcile faith with our pluralistic society.”

Clifford should read the First Amendment of the Constitution, separation of church and state.

I think Thomas Jefferson got it right. One thing history teaches us: The bloodiest wars in history were based on the dominance of one religious belief over another. That is what makes America a great nation, where people can practice their faith, whatever they believe in, without being persecuted. I think that was what Obama was trying to say in his speech.

Get your facts straight.

Tom Donis

Algonquin

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