20 January 2009

Thumbs up for Obama

From Barack Obama's inaugural speech:

We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus—and nonbelievers.
It's good to hear a president of the U.S. acknowledge that there are nonbelievers in this country and that they are not an object of derision.

Let's hope Obama will keep up with his inclusiveness.

(Via Abnormal Interests)


Bruce Berman said...

He also promised to elevate science to a proper place in public life.

Snail said...

I watched as much as I could before sleep overtook euphoria. (It was very early in the morning over here.) I am hopeful that Obama will make a huge difference.

Anonymous said...

Ed and I were very happy that atheists were acknowledged. Usually it is as if atheists don't exist at all, or at any rate, that they are something rude and crude that can't be mentioned in polite company.

Susan J. Hewitt

O. B. Sirius said...

Yes, I was really glad to feel that inclusiveness, too. For once, I didn't feel like the unwelcome guest at the party.

Probably the Wiccans were ticked off, though.

Andy said...

Probably the Wiccans were ticked off, though.

Wiccans? What about the Buddhists? They didn't got a nod, either. It would've been great if he'd just gone off for ten minutes...Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, non-aligned Pagans, Confucians, Zoroastrians, Druids...etc., etc....and nonbelievers.

PZ Myers noted that it would've been nice if he'd used "freethinkers" instead of "nonbelievers", but I'll take what I can get.