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Posted: December 2, 2009 10:04 p.m.
Updated: December 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Isn't it refreshing Lynn Vakay ("To whom should Americans give thanks?" Nov. 20) saw fit to use Thanksgiving as an opportunity to push her political and religious propaganda while simultaneously launching a preemptive strike against the Obama White House?

She did not know what President Barack Obama was going to say, but she already determined she did not like it.
Talk about hitting two birds with one stone. Bravo.

Vakay started by repeating the outrages seen on conservative news outlets, about Obama's comment of how America is not just a Christian nation.

She neglected to ask why the president would make such a comment.

Could it be he is aware the Muslim world, as well as the Christian world, views our two military occupations as Holy Wars?

Don't believe me? Just look at the comments Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin made in June 2008: "Our national leaders are sending (U.S. soldiers) out on a task that is from God."

Former President George W. Bush said in June 2003: "I'm driven with a mission from God. God would tell me, ‘George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.' And I did, and then God would tell me, ‘George go and end the tyranny in Iraq,' and I did."

Add Donald Rumsfeld putting Bible verses on presidential war briefings, and the 700,000-plus Arab civilians who have perished as a direct result of our military operations, and it is no wonder the Muslim world is a little annoyed at us.

Vakay's beloved conservatives do not even attempt to hide their real motivations.

They act as if al-Qaida members do not know how to read a newspaper. Muslims of the world read the above quotes and get their "jihad juices" flowing.

Obama has the wisdom to try and temper these notions and make it clear he is not waging war against any religion.

Vakay goes on to support her belief America is a Christian nation by citing a poll from Pew Research Center, which I was unable to find or verify.

Either way, I am not sure what it really proves, especially since a recent University of Minnesota study put atheists as the most-hated and distrusted minority in the country - even hated more than the dreaded Muslims and homosexuals.

A Gallup poll done in 2008 showed only 40 percent of people surveyed said, "yes" when asked: "Would you describe yourself as a ‘born-again' or evangelical Christian?"

Not quite the 79 percent Vakay claims, although 92 percent believe in at least a vague form of God or a universal being, which really doesn't hold much significance as far as religious commitment goes.

In fact, evangelical Christianity has been on the decline for the past 20 years, falling nearly half a percent every year since 1989.

Vakay is trying to label and put in the same category people who would say "Well, my family is Catholic, but I have not been to Mass since Reagan was president," and those hardcore evangelicals who never miss a church service, then gather together to rally against gay marriage.

The point is, Obama, like most presidents and politicians of the past, including the founding fathers who would pay homage to a vague concept of God and religion, just to satisfy the religious zealots of the land, give the impression they are trustworthy.

This does not mean any of them were overtly religious men.

Even if it were true most of the founding fathers were religious men, what does that really matter? They also believed bleeding people who had yellow fever would help cure them. They were wrong.

It is amazing what a little education and science can do.

So Vakay made a premature assumption Obama would not uphold the foundational belief: "All men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights."

I make the assertion Obama's statement about which Vakay is so upset, actually holds more to the meaning of the Constitution than what she asserts.

His statement, when taken in context, essentially said America is a melting pot of religions, all of which are equal in the eyes of the Constitution.

Vakay's entire argument, that somehow Christianity should get some kind of preferential treatment in our country, is completely opposite the Constitution's core concept she is claiming to love so much. She has quite the cognitive dissonance on her hands.

I think Vakay needs to take a long, hard look at what she really believes and start coming up with solutions to America's problems, rather than making an already difficult job for Obama that much harder.

Nathan Imhoff is a Newhall resident. His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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