5th September 2008

“If you get a federal grant you can't use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can't discriminate against them – or against the people you hire – on the basis of their religion.”

Barack Obama

7 Responses to “5th September 2008”

  1. Alton Says:

    This is nice, but how in the hell is it a quote that belongs on the Atheist quote of the day?

  2. Rhos Says:

    It quite rightly belongs on the quote of the day. Barack Obama is clearly no atheist but it does show he has at least a glimmer of common sense as far as religion is concerned. This is something sadly lacking over the last 8 years (George Bush – God told me to invade Iraq).

  3. Alton Says:

    Interesting logic: It quite rightly belongs on “A” because it belongs on “B”. It’s a political statement. I’m an Obama supporter and agree much has been lacking with Bush, but speculating that a politician “may” show a glimmer of common sense isn’t exactly an earth shattering philosophic statement relating to atheism.

    But if it’s your blog, I guess you – by definition – get to define its purpose.

    Cheers.

  4. Admin Says:

    The original purpose of the blog is to provide “quotations to interest, inspire or amuse atheists and agnostics” as stated in the banner. That means the quotes aren’t always made by atheists and aren’t always about atheism.

    Perhaps this scope is too wide and confuses people because there always seems to be some queries when I quote religious people (usually digging themselves deeper into a hole…)

    The reason I quoted Obama was some people may not appreciate that he appears to be a secularist. This could have profound implications given the current state of US politics.

  5. Matt Thompson Says:

    I agree. Too bad he can’t say that secularism is okay. He’d lose the election so fast, we’d be like, “Woah.” Sad, sad state of affairs.

  6. Critic Says:

    Here, Barack, let me fix that quote for you:

    If you get a federal grant you can’t use that grant money to proselytize to the people you help and you can’t discriminate against them – or against the people you hire – on the basis of their religion or their lack of religious beliefs.

    There, that’s better.

  7. Chris Says:

    I’m glad to see this quote of the forum. Barack Obama, who once taught constitutional law, clearly sides with Mr. Jefferson in how he views the separations clause. This is right and good and of deep interest and concern for people of unpopular faiths (Islamicide) or no faith (the godless and beastial hordes of the Hollywood “left”) Let the next president appoint so-called strict constructionist judges as long as they agree with separation of church and state. For me, that’s what the American election will turn on – the Supreme Court. Choices made there can affect the character of the U.S. for decades and so it is a hopeful sign to see a major party candidate acknowledge the essential secular character demanded by our founding document.