We Atheists Win Out Anyway
After the Inauguration Day fuck up by Justice Roberts President Obama decided to retake his oath to avoid any issues that may have been presented later on by the tinfoil hat wearing group of Americans out there. It appears we atheists get the real oath of office just how we like it. President Obama didn’t take the oath with Lincoln’s Bible this time.
Before Wednesday’s second oath at the White House, Obama, waiting on a couch, joked that “we decided it was so much fun … ”
Though a Bible was used in Tuesday’s oath, one was not used for Wednesday’s.
After a flawless recitation, Roberts smiled and said, “Congratulations again.”
I’ve had strong suspicions that President Obama is a psuedo-Christian since his speech that explained how he came to his Christian faith.
My father, who I didn’t know, returned to Kenya when I was just two. He was nominally a Muslim since there were a number of Muslims in the village where he was born. But by the time he was a young adult, he was an atheist. My mother, whose parents were non-practicing Baptists and Methodists, was one of the most spiritual souls I ever knew. She had this enormous capacity for wonder, and lived by the Golden Rule. But she had a healthy skepticism of religion as an institution. And as a consequence, so did I.
It came about as a choice, and not an epiphany. I didn’t fall out in church, as folks sometimes do. The questions I had didn’t magically disappear. The skeptical bent of my mind didn’t suddenly vanish.
When I first heard this speech I thought to myself “If I had to pretend to be a Christian to run for office and I found it unpleasant to do so, this is how I would explain my faith.” So, I have my reservations about Obama’s faith, as does Hemant Mehta (The Friendly Atheist) and some other atheists. I don’t write this to sound like a loon; it is very possible that Obama is truly a Christian and I’m fine with that idea. Either way he’s a very reasonable man. But one can hope..