President Obama: 'Nothing Beats Scripture'

While hosting an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House yesterday, President Barack Obama told a group of Christian leaders that "there's something about the resurrection of our savior Jesus Christ that puts everything else into perspective." 

Obama, a Christian, said it was important to praise god for the "gift" of "his son, and our savior," Jesus Christ.

“And that’s why it’s important to have this breakfast,” Obama said. “In the middle of the these critical national debates, in the middle of our busy lives, we must make sure we keep everything in perspective. Children help do that. A strong spouse helps do that. But nothing beats scripture and the reminder of the eternal ... I pray that our time here this morning will strengthen us both individually as believers, and as Americans."


Well, here's some perspective, Mr. President: Millions of Americans are not "believers," and millions more practice a religion other than Christianity. So when you, as the leader of our secular democracy, refer to "our savior Jesus Christ," and say that "nothing" is better than your holy text for gaining perspective on life, you alienate millions of constituents who hold different views on life and religion than you. When you make such statements, you don't sound like a civilian leader of a secular nation. You sound like a member of the clergy.

Commemorating a holiday that carries great meaning for you and millions of Americans is one thing, Mr. President, but appearing to place a presidential stamp of approval on one religious view over others is not appropriate for someone in your position, especially while speaking at the White House. 

If you want to truly "keep everything in perspective," please remember that as president you represent not just Christians, but all Americans -- and a growing number of us live fulfilled and meaningful lives without prayer, the Bible, or Jesus.


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