Inaugural Address acknowledges all beliefs … or maybe not

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  1. Do you favor secularism and the removal of any talk of faith from governing? I must point out that the 1st amendment is a two sided coin. On one side, the President has the right to believe in God, talk about God publicly, and pray to God for help in making tough decisions. On the other side, the President shall not oppress or persecute others who may not feel the same way about religion or higher powers. I hope Obama will adhere to the 1st amendment, and in the future should we elect an atheist President, he/she will do the same.

    I think Obama is starting down the right track on many issues. Energy is a no brainer. Constitutional rights (closing Gitmo), and the economy (keeping the Bush tax cuts), for starters. The true test of his inauguration speech promises will not just be the establishment of a lasting democracy in Iraq, but to see that philosophy “spread out” to its neighbors.

    1. I’m an absolute secularist. One’s religion or lack of it is irrelevant to one’s public service and should remain a private thing. Public service means serving all the public, regardless of religious belief. The president, like everyone else in America, has the right to believe in God or Allah or the Flying Spaghetti Monster, but is also supposed to observe the separation of church and state and not do anything to advance one belief to the exclusion of others. It has always seemed to me that anyone who invokes God is excluding anyone who does not believe in God.

      As for democracy in the Middle East or anywhere else, it’s not our call. What works for the U.S. (a republic, actually) won’t necessarily work for another nation, and I don’t think we have the right to try to impose our form of government on anyone else. Democracy requires a certain unity and willingness of the citizenry to participate in and support that democracy; tribal nations, underdeveloped nations, and others may not have the wherewithal to sustain a democratic form of government.

... and that's my two cents