Obama’s Inaugural Speech Recognizes Non-Believers
Was I the only one surprised when President Obama mentioned nonbelievers in his list of religious “patchwork heritage”? In Obama’s inaugural address, he said,
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers.
I’m very much accustomed to this notion that every religion ought to be treated with respect. Traditionally, that’s been Christianity, Islam, Judiasm, and Hinduism. Occasionly you may hear about old Eastern religions thrown in the mix like Confusionism. However, today’s been the first time that I heard about nonbelievers getting recognized as part of our religious diversity.