Obama’s Thanksgiving greeting reignites the culture wars

November 24, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More

Over at FOX News, Todd Starnes wrote this:

President Obama did not include any reference to God during his weekly address titled, “On Thanksgiving, Grateful for the Men and Women Who Defend Our Country.”

And then the culture war was reignited, which you can see in the hundreds of comments to the post. In reaction to Obama’s address, comments indicated that he was an American-hating, Muslim (or Pagan) rotten atheist socialist. One woman commented: “Pray for Obama – Psalm 109:8 ~ ‘Let his days be few and brief; and let others step forward to replace him.'” Another woman wrote: “There is no way I could be more disgusted with this creature who pretends to be a man. He must be eliminated from the public eye. The people who claimed to love god tend to hate Obama. In more recent comments, non-believers jump into the fray to chastise the Christians for their nastiness.

All of this caused by a President who said things like this:

As Americans, each of us has our own list of things and people to be thankful for. But there are some blessings we all share.

We’re especially grateful for the men and women who defend our country overseas. To all the service members eating Thanksgiving dinner far from your families: the American people are thinking of you today. And when you come home, we intend to make sure that we serve you as well as you’re serving America.

We’re also grateful for the Americans who are taking time out of their holiday to serve in soup kitchens and shelters, making sure their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay. This sense of mutual responsibility – the idea that I am my brother’s keeper; that I am my sister’s keeper – has always been a part of what makes our country special. And it’s one of the reasons the Thanksgiving tradition has endured.

I have repeatedly criticized Obama for his decision-making, but I don’t see anything in his address that is hostile to religion.

What have we come to, America? And since when did Thanksgiving become a holiday only for those who believe in God?

Epilogue: Good thing Obama didn’t follow in the footsteps of Neil deGrasse Tyson:

Thanksgiving dinner, a few years ago, each in turn thanked God for food. I thanked scientists for improved farming. Got booed.



Category: Politics, Religion

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    ABC News pointed out that three of the GOP presidential candidates – former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum – also omitted God in the Thanksgiving statements they issued.


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