This is good. Really Good. I am happy.
What irks me, is we haven't gotten anything close to such statements anywhere before this. The timing of these statements is what is curious....
Are his public declarations a means of early positioning for a 2012 Evangelical Vote?
And then we have Tim Pawlenty (former Governor if Minn.) doing an interview at Christianity Today's Website, wherein he appears to be setting himself up for a run for the Republican nomination in 2012...and lo and behold he is setting up his Evangelical Christianity as more of a centrist position that advocates social reform (I agree), that seems to criticize the traditional Evangelical Right and it's "judgmental" tendencies.
My curiosity with the interview and Obama's statements is not the statements themselves. It's simply the timing of each and their curious nearness to the "jockeying for position" in the 2012 race...
This is why i hate American Politics now...It's not what what is said, it's rather about the appearance of what is said and when to display such appearances.
Christians will argue that the secularism of America has removed God from the Public Sphere and the Government.
Surely Obama's statements and Bush's own religious leanings demonstrate otherwise.
The reality we need to catch onto is that for the majority of our history, God has been removed from the Government. There is a sharp separation between God and State. The Invoking of God in Government has simply been a rhetorical device to appease the religious masses that compose our Union.
For further evidence, look to our nation's founding fathers (primarily the likes of Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin)....they used the name of God and his influence in the founding of our nation left and right, but yet in their private writings (and even in the first draft of the constitution), the mention of God is primarily muted. Many of the founding fathers were Deists and thus did not believe God was actively involved...
(apologies for cynicism).