This morning, Thursday, February 5, 2009, President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. In his speech he announced reform and a continuation of the faith based initiatives championed by the Bush White House.
The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another – or even religious groups over secular groups. It will simply be to work on behalf of those organizations that want to work on behalf of our communities, and to do so without blurring the line that our founders wisely drew between church and state.
With the goal of strengthening communities in its forefront, this new office appears ready to embrace the multi-faith background of the entire nation. Obama’s announcement runs in contrast to that of the former Republican administration; many conservatives reject the notion of a Separation of Church and State.
there is one law that binds all great religions together. Jesus told us to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” The Torah commands, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.” In Islam, there is a hadith that reads “None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.” And the same is true for Buddhists and Hindus; for followers of Confucius and for humanists. It is, of course, the Golden Rule – the call to love one another; to understand one another; to treat with dignity and respect those with whom we share a brief moment on this Earth.
We Are All Children of the Same Universe