On one level, Obama’s State of the Union address was low on religious rhetoric. Yet he used our civil religious tradition to connects the theme of American uniqueness to the idea that the nation stands under some form of providential judgment. More
Underlying the president’s State of the Union remarks was a powerful theme: that we are all human beings with many shared values.
“It is doubly ironic that the core of the first State of the Union address from a black president would contain such a profoundly affirmative nod in the direction of good old US economic imperialism…first, the history of slavery and racism is definitely connected to such classic American economic hubris, and, second, he made this particular case so clearly dependent on the rhetoric of Martin Luther King.” More
The painful awareness that those on the margin, for whom Hebrew and Christian scriptures declare God’s special affinity, could only peek through the cracks of the State of the Union address says something more about us than it does the president or the address itself. More
“President Barack Obama has faith in America. He both opened and closed his State of the Union address with remarks about his belief in the power of the American spirit, which he defined as our fundamental strength, optimism, generosity, and decency as a people and as a nation.” More
Across the political and theological spectrums, religious conservatives, moderates, and liberals all have their own hopes for President Bush’s second term. Some conservatives say it’s payback time for their support in the election. Others say, “Don’t forget the poor.” More