Obama on Day One: awaiting God's orders
In the Warren forum, Obama reveals the viewpoint that I find perhaps the most dangerous of all among religionists. It provides a thin veil for conservative politics.
“And one of the things that I strongly believe is that we are not going to, as individuals, be able to erase evil from the world. That is God's task, but we can be soldiers in that process, and we can confront it when we see it.”
I don't want our government employees to view themselves as "soldiers" of God against evil.
I don't want my president defining evil within the framework of his Christian religion.
I don't want my president hesitating to reduce evil and suffering in the world because he thinks it's not his job, but God's.
Our secular government must be comfortable defining evil in secular terms, such as human suffering, and must feel fully empowered to reduce it without awaiting orders from a deity. There are secular definitions of evil that are universal to humanity that transcend religion, that we agree to as a society. A leader must facilitate and implement that agreement, not await voices in his head.
It is blindingly unconstitutional for our government to act as an army of soldiers of God using a religious sect's definition of evil.
It's becoming increasingly clear that the voices he intends to listen to are not ours.
Please don't tell me that these are "words, just words." Obama uses this language consistently and I think it should be taken at face value.
(I predict McCain will run out of money and steam, and agree to be Obama's VP. They'll be relieved to drop the pretense that they differ much.)