A few years back, in 2006, Barack Obama gave a long speech on religion in public life. During the 2008 election cycle James Dobson tried to make a political issue of the speech. Dobson didn’t like it. The full text of Barack Obama’s speech can be found here. But below are some snippets from his speech.
I think it is a great speech, and a brave speech, and I like the way that Obama thinks out loud, and in a nuanced way, about the role of religion in the public sphere. I’ve actually never heard a politician speak so honestly about religion before. It is extraordinarily refreshing. We are fortunate, in a time of much religious polarization, to have a man as our president who has given religion such serious adult reflection: