Congrats to all fellow Obama supporters, and thanks for helping stop bigotry in Minnesota.
In his victory speech President Obama said:
…I believe we can keep the promise of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where [sic] you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.
This sounds all inclusive: a statement of total equality.
But it isn’t.
In listing virtually every sort of minority that exists, President Obama conspicuously left out religious minorities. This is not a mistake; it echoes his words at his 2009 Inauguration. He took pains to call out all other disadvantaged groups, even many that normally get no attention at all. But still no love for minority religions and atheists.
Our president then invoked God and gave God’s blessing to all of us, whether we follow that deity or not.
His supporters’ cheers rose louder—this was the climax. The crowd didn’t notice that my people were left out, or they didn’t care.
It’s risky for an American politician to help non-Christians. I still had high hopes. Four years ago President Obama had to think carefully about his political future; now, as a second term president, he has a freer rein. He can choose to reach much further.
I’d like that.
I would like my President, for whose election I worked tirelessly, to remember that there are many gods blessing America—and that there may be no gods at all.
I would like my President Elect to reach out and help disadvantaged Muslims, Jews, Pagans, Polytheists, Hindus, and the non-religious in the same way he wishes to help gays, lesbians, hispanics, blacks, and all the other groups he took the time to call out.
Unfortunately, no matter how hard I campaigned for him, no matter how much he needed my vote in undecided Wisconsin, he is not likely to fulfill that wish.
President Obama is not the candidate of religious freedom. Everything that gays and lesbians needed before Obama, non-Christians need still.
Consistent with my stated policy on voting, I voted for him anyway—and I would do it again if he could run for a third term.
But do you think a president will ever stand up up for my faith?